Atlantia (company)

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Atlantia SpA
FormerlyAutostrade Spa
TypeSocietà per Azioni
FTSE MIB Component
Italy Edit this on Wikidata
Key people
Carlo Bertazzo (CEO) Giancarlo Guenzi (General Director),[1] Fabio Cerchiai (Chairman)
Revenue€11.3 billion (2018)[2]
Number of employees
31,000 (2018)
SubsidiariesAbertis Infraestructuras SA, Aeroporti di Roma - ADR S.p.A., SPEA Engineering S.p.A., Pavimental S.p.A., Telepass S.p.A.

Atlantia SpA (formerly Autostrade) is an Italian holding company active in the infrastructure sector, including motorways, airport infrastructure and transport services. The group manages 9,400 km (5,800 mi) of toll motorways, Fiumicino and Ciampino airports in Italy and the three airstrips of Nice, Cannes-Mandelieu and Saint Tropez in France with more than 60 million passengers a year.[3]

It is listed on the Borsa Italiana and is a constituent of the FTSE MIB index.

The main shareholders are: Edizione (a company of the Benetton family), GIC Pte Ltd, the CRT Foundation, Lazard Asset Management, HSBC Holdings.[4]


1950–2000: Foundation and consolidation[edit]

Founded in 1950 as Autostrade,[5] when the company Concessioni e Autostrade S.p.A. was created, it aimed to give a significant contribution, cooperating with other Groups, to the post-war reconstruction of Italy.

By the first agreement between ANAS signed in 1956, the companies were committed in co-financing, building and managing the Autostrada Del Sole, between Milan and Naples, inaugurated in 1964.[6] Between 1962 and 1968, the Company was granted the concession for the construction and operation of other motorways. In 1982 it was acquired by Italstat and in 1987 Autostrade Concessioni e Costruzioni S.p.A. was listed on Borsa Valori of Milan.

In 1999, the Autostrade company was privatized.[7] The consortium led by Schemaventotto S.p.A. (Edition of Benetton Group 60%, Fondazione CRT with 13.33%, Acesa Italia with 12.83%, Assicurazioni Generali and Unicredito Italiano both at 6.67% and Brisa International SGPS SA with 0.50%) and another one pulled by the Australian bank Macquarie, who retreated at last, were the other groups in the line.

With the 30% of the capital, Schemaventotto S.p.A. takes over the IRI Group, which was the reference shareholder. They did the only binding purchase offer for the share package paying IRI €5.05 billion; the remaining 56% of the shareholding held by IRI was intended to the stock market by a public sale offer which led to obtain 8.75 billion lire, for a total sum for IRI of 13,800 billion lire.

In January 2003 Newco28 made a tender offer, through a leveraged buyout operation: they found the liquidity necessary for the acquisition using the system credit and, consequently, the debt was transferred from Newco28 to Autostrade, following a merger by incorporation.

2003 was marked by a massive reorganisation of the group, the concession activities were separated from non-motorway activities and Autostrade per l'Italia S.p.A., a subsidiary of Autostrade (now Atlantia S.p.A.), was established.

2000–Present: Company renamed as Atlantia Spa[edit]

During 2005, a process of geographical diversification began with the acquisition of the management of approximately 2,000 km of toll motorways in Brazil, Chile, India, and Poland.[8] In 2007, the Board of Directors approved the change of name into Atlantia S.p.A.[9]

In 2013, the merger by incorporation of Gemina S.p.A.,[10][11] the majority shareholder of ADR (Aeroporti di Roma) into Atlantia, was concluded, with the consequent aggregation of a second core business in addition to the motorway concessions. Atlantia's acquisition of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, the company that controls the airports of Nice, Cannes-Mandelieu and Saint Tropez, consolidated the Group's presence in the airport sector.[12]

During the summer of 2017, Atlantia declared the intention to make a tender offer on all the issued shares of Abertis Infraestructuras, and in October 2017 the Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores authorised this. Just over a week later the Hochtief – Acs Group launched a bid against the tender offer to acquire the Spanish company. In March 2018 Atlantia and Hochtief-Acs reached an agreement for a joint offer for the control of Abertis,[13] which was finalised in October 2018. To acquire 98.7% of the capital of Abertis the parties invested €16.5 billion. In March 2018 Atlantia S.p.A. bought 15.49% of Getlink, the company that controls the Channel Tunnel.[14]

As of December 2019, Atlantia had an EBITDA of 5.7 billions euros, financial debts for 36.7 bln (in respect of 38.8 bln of the previous year) and net profits for 136 million euros (in respect of 775 mln declared in 2018).[15]

In June 2021, Atlantia sold its 88% stake in ASPI (comprising its largest Italian motorways) to the newly formed Holding Reti Autostradali spa (HRA).

With regard to sustainability ratings, as of July 2014 Atlantia had a low rating from Standard Ethics Aei of 'E' on a scale of F to EEE[16] within the SE Italian Index. It was further reduced to "E-" on 10 October 2019 in relation to the management following the Morandi bridge collapse, and was then finally suspended by press release on 22 September 2022.[17]


2018: Morandi Bridge collapse[edit]

On 14 August 2018, the Atlantia owned Morandi Bridge collapsed causing the death of 43 people.[18]

2018: High debt issue[edit]

In 2018, the net debt level of Atlantia and the subsidiary Autostrade per l'Italia, had raised concerns from journalists and rating agencies.[19][20]


  1. ^ "Management - Atlantia".
  2. ^ "Atlantia, Castellucci". 7 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Borsa Italiana". Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  4. ^ "ATLANTIA : Shareholders Board Members Managers and Company Profile - IT0003506190". Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Autostrade per l'Italia SpA: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  6. ^ "The construction of Italy's Autostrada del Sole in 1964 — Italianmedia". Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Infrastructure Channel: What matters when planning an infrastructure investment". Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Autostrade diventa Atlantia, dividendo in crescita del 10% - Il Sole 24 ORE". Archived from the original on 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  10. ^ "Atlantia SpA : Merger of Gemina with and into Atlantia". Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Atlantia and Gemina merge and give birth to Italian champion - Infrastructure Finance & Investment". 13 March 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Atlantia Investor Briefing" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Atlantia and ACS-Hochtief agree to jointly acquire Abertis - Infrastructure Finance & Investment". 16 March 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Atlantia Acquires a 15.49% Stake in Eurotunnel (Getlink)". 2 March 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Atlantia, utile 2019 a 136 milioni dopo accantonamento per ASPI" (in Italian). April 28, 2020. Archived from the original on September 3, 2020.
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  17. ^ Url consulted on 29-20-22
  18. ^ "Ponte Morandi Genova, chi sono i morti. Tutti i nomi". 14 August 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  19. ^ Casiraghi, Luca; Ebhardt, Tommaso; Vanuzzo, Antonio (21 August 2018). "The $11 Billion Reason Italy May Not Nationalize Autostrade". Bloomberg. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Fitch downgrades Italy's Atlantia, Austostrade; Spain's Abertis also hit". S&P Global Market Intelligence. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2019.

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