MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's Atlantia ATL.MI said on Friday it bought for over 1 billion euros (891.85 million pounds) a 15.49 percent stake in France's Getlink GETP.PA, becoming the top investor in the operator of the tunnel between Britain and Continental Europe.
Atlantia said in a statement it paid 12.40 euros for each Getlink share. It bought the group from an investment vehicle controlled by funds managed by Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners.
In a separate release, the Rome-based group said core earnings rose 6 percent last year on a like-for-like basis to 3.664 billion euros.
Getlink shares were up 16 percent after the deal was announced.
Reporting by Francesca Landini
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