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BBVA or any of its affiliates beneficially owned at least 1 % of the common equity securities of the following companies covered in this report:
ACS, BME, Bolsa, Cemex, Galp Energia, Iberdrola, Meliá Hotels Int., OHL, Ohlmex, Telefónica, Técnicas Reunidas, Tubos Reunidos.
In the past twelve months, BBVA or one or more of its affiliates managed or co-managed public offerings of the following companies covered in this report: Abertis, ACS, Actinvr, Aeromex, Almirall, Acciona, Bayer AG, BBVA, BES, Chdraui, CTT – Correios de Portugal, CONCENTRADORA FIBRA DANHOS S, DIA, EDP, Enel Green Power, Enagás, ESS, Falabella, Funo, Gas Natural, Gfamsa, Herdez, Kof, GRUPO LALA SAB DE CV, Liberbank, Livepol, Logista, Arcelor Mittal, OHL, Oma, Pinfra, Banco Popular, Red Eléctrica, Telefónica.
In the past twelve months, BBVA or one or more of its affiliates has received compensation for investment banking services from the following companies covered in this report: Alfa, Alicorp, Almirall, Alsea, Amx, Acciona, Ara, Bimbo, Cementos Lima, Enel Green Power, Enagás, Funo, Gas Natural, Grifols, Gruma, Ica, MEGACABLE HOLDINGS-CPO, Mexchem, Mfrisco, Ohlmex, Pinfra, Repsol, Telefónica, Telmex.
In the next three months, BBVA or one or more of its affiliates expects to receive or intends to seek compensation for investment banking services from the companies covered in this report.
BBVA or one or more of its affiliates makes a market/provides liquidity in the securities of the following companies covered in this report: Amx, Bankia, Cemex, DIA, Endesa, Falabella, Femsa, Gas Natural, Gcarso, Gmexico, Iberdrola, Meliá Hotels Int., Banco Popular, Repsol, Banco Sabadell,Telefónica, Telmex, Televisa, Walmex.
BBVA is subject to a Code of Conduct for Security Market Operations, which details the standards of the above-mentioned overall policy for the EU. Among other regulations, it includes rules to prevent and avoid conflicts of interests with the ratings given, including information barriers. This Code of Conduct for Security Market Operations is available for reference in the ‘Corporate Governance’ section of the following web site: www.bbva.com.
BBVA Bancomer is subject to a Code of Conduct and to Internal Standards of Conduct for Security Market Operations, which details the standards of the above-mentioned overall policy for Mexico. Among other regulations, it includes rules to prevent and avoid conflicts of interests with the ratings given, including information barriers. This Code and the Internal Standards are available for reference in the ‘Grupo BBVA Bancomer’ subsection of the ‘Conócenos’ menu of the following web site: www.bancomer.com.
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BBVA Securities is subject to a Capital Markets Code of Conduct, which details the standards of the above-mentioned overall policy for USA. Among other regulations, it includes rules to prevent and avoid conflicts of interests with the ratings given, including information barriers.
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In the past twelve months, BBVA Bancomer has granted banking credits to the following companies covered in this report: Alfa, AXTEL SAB DE CV – CPO, Bachoco, Bimbo, Chdraui, Gas Natural, Gcarso, Geo, Gfamsa, Iberdrola, Ica, Lab, GRUPO LALA SAB DE CV, Livepol, Urbi.
In the past twelve months, BBVA Bancomer has granted Common Representative services to the following companies covered in this report: N/A.
As far as it is known, a Director, Executive Manager or Manager reporting directly to the BBVA Bancomer General Manager has the same position in the following companies that may be covered in this report: Alfa, Alsea, Amx, Asur, Bimbo, Femsa, Gap, Gcarso, Gfinbur, Gmodelo, Gruma, Kof, Livepol, Oma, Pe&oles, Telmex, Televisa, Urbi.
BBVA Bancomer acts as a market maker/specialist in: MexDer Future Contracts (US dollar [DEUA], 28-day TIIEs [TE28], TIIE Swaps, 91-day CETES [CE91]), Bonos M, Bonos M3, Bonos M10, BMV Price and Quotations Index (IPC), Options Contracts (IPC, shares in América Móvil, Cemex, CPO, Femsa UBD, Gcarso A1, Telmex L) and Udibonos.
BBVA Bancomer, and, as applicable, its affiliates within BBVA Bancomer Financial Group, may hold from time to time investments in the securities or derivative financial instruments with underlying securities covered in this report, which represent 10% or more of its securities or investment portfolio, or 10% or more of the issue or underlying of the securities covered.
Equity Derivatives – Ratings System
Recommended strategies in equity derivatives may include taking positions in an equity underlying instrument (such as stocks, stock indices, sector indices, or dividends on stocks or stock indices), volatility or correlation/dispersion instruments, and/or structured products. Strategies may be: 1.) directional, long or short positions; or 2.) relative, spread based, between products that are the subject of a report. Factors that are considered in recommending strategies may include current market prices and conditions, macroeconomic trends and outlook, fundamental analysis of underlying companies and securities, outlook for dividends, as well as expected volatility and momentum in securities prices. Recommended strategies are maintained until expired, or recommended to be closed in a report.
Recommended strategies employing equity derivatives may differ from ratings that have been made by BBVA on underlying companies and their securities. Strategies over different time horizons may also not be consistent. You should note that actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in the recommended strategies, or price targets, as these involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are beyond the ability of BBVA or its affiliates to control or predict. Future actions, conditions or events (affecting both market and non-market conditions, including those of a political or macroeconomic nature) and future results of operations of subject companies may cause prices of recommended securities to differ materially from those expressed in this document.
Equities – Ratings System, Distribution and History
We have three ratings for stocks based on our current expectations of relative returns over a six to twelve month period: i.) Outperform – we expect the stock to have returns more than 5% above its benchmark; ii.) Market Perform – we expect the stock to perform in-line (+/-5%) with its benchmark; and iii.) Underperform – we expect the stock to have returns more than 5% below its benchmark. Factors which may influence our ratings include: current market prices and conditions, operating issues and financing needs, macroeconomic trends and outlook, mergers and acquisitions, and valuation. Valuation methods used by BBVA include multiples of comparable companies, discounted cash flows, sum of the parts, and other generally accepted methods that may apply to a particular case.
Price targets are provided based on the methodology explained above. You should note that actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in these price targets, as these involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are beyond the ability of BBVA or its affiliates to control or predict. Future actions, conditions or events (affecting both market and non-market conditions, including those of a political or macroeconomic nature) and future results of operations of subject companies may cause stock prices to differ materially from those expressed in this document.
As of today, for the whole universe of companies which BBVA has under coverage there are 34.57%Outperform ratings, 35.8% Market Perform ratings and 25.93% Underperform ratings. BBVA or any of its affiliates has rendered Investment Banking services or participated as manager and/or co-manager in public offerings in 48.28% of the Outperform ratings, 37.93% of the Market Perform ratings and in 6.9% of the Underperform ratings.
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