LONDON (Reuters) – British Airways-owner IAG <ICAG.L> lifted a restriction on non-EU investors’ ability to buy its stock, helping boost its share price by more than 5%.
Last February, IAG, which also owns Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus, set the maximum level for ownership of its shares by non-Europeans at 47.5% in a bid to maintain its status as a European-owned airline.
IAG said on Friday that non-EU ownership had dropped to 39.5% and as such it was removing the cap which had been in effect for 11 months.
Shares in the company rose 5.3% to 672 pence at 0858 GMT, their highest level since September 2018.
Bernstein analyst Daniel Roeska said the change meant a large overhang had now gone. “We view this news very positively,” he said.
(Reporting by Sarah Young, Editing by Paul Sandle)