(Rewrites with listing plans)
MADRID Jan 18 French utility Suez LYOE.PA and
Spanish holding company Criteria Caixa Corp CRIT.MC, who now
control 90 percent of water utility Aguas de Barcelona
AGS.MC, plan to keep Agbar listed with a free float of about
30 percent within two years.
"It's our intention to to keep Agbar as a listed company
with a capital free float of around 30 percent within two years
the companies said in a statement.
Suez and Criteria bought a further 33.55 percent of Agbar
through a public offer, data filed with Spain's market regulator
on Friday showed.
Suez and Criteria, which is the holding company for the
industrial and financial holdings of savings bank La Caixa, had
bid 27.65 euros per share for the stock they did not already
Criteria said it plans to take an active part in the
management of Agbar together with Suez.
(Reporting by Elisabeth O'Leary and Joe Ortiz; Editing by