Atlantia's stake in Cellnex falls to 4.73% after capital increase

FILE PHOTO: A logo of the Atlantia Group is seen outside their headquarters in Rome, Italy August 31, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

MADRID (Reuters) - Italian toll road operator Atlantia's ATL.MI stake in Cellnex CLNX.MC fell to below 5% after the Spanish cellphone tower owner's 4 billion euro ($4.71 billion) capital increase, stock market regulator CNMV said on Tuesday.

Atlantia now owns 4.73% in Cellnex, down from 5.98% before the capital increase, a CNMV filing showed.

This summer, Cellnex raised 4 billion euros by selling new shares to finance the expansion of its telecom infrastructure network.

The capital increase dropped the stake held by the family of Italian billionaire Luciano Benetton to 13% from 16.45% though they remained the largest shareholder.

The Benetton family is also Atlantia’s largest shareholder.

Spun off from Spanish infrastructure operator Abertis in 2015, Cellnex has expanded quickly and now has a market capitalisation of around 25 billion euros.

Reporting by Inti Landauro; editing by Jason Neely