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Jan 5, 2014

Likely US listing to further sideline Italy in Fiat-Chrysler group

MILAN/DETROIT, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Chief Executive Sergio
Marchionne’s merger of carmakers Fiat and Chrysler will probably
entail a U.S. share listing that cements North America as the
group’s new centre of gravity and further sidelines Italy.

Two sources close to Fiat said it was likely to
move its primary listing to New York as early as 2015 after a
merger with Chrysler, the third-largest U.S. automaker,
heralding a politically delicate shift of focus that reflects
the operating facts.

Jan 2, 2014

Fiat shares jump on Chrysler merger deal but worries remain

MILAN (Reuters) – Fiat shares jumped on Thursday after it struck a $4.35 billion deal to gain full control of Chrysler Group LLC, but doubts remained over whether the Italian carmaker can use the merger to cut losses in Europe.

Investors welcomed the deal struck by Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne under which Fiat will buy the 41.46 percent of the No. 3 U.S. automaker it does not already own, without raising funds from the stock market.

Dec 10, 2013

Alitalia pockets emergency cash, no job cuts planned

MILAN (Reuters) – Alitalia finally secured the 300 million euros ($412 million) it needs to keep flying over Christmas, a source said on Tuesday, concluding a drawn-out capital raising that showed how much work the airline has to convince investors it can survive.

The cash call was part of a bigger government-engineered rescue to keep Alitalia going while it searches for a new partner willing to invest in revamping its fleet and making it profitable in the longer term.

Dec 10, 2013

Alitalia pockets emergency cash, heads to union meeting

MILAN, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Alitalia finally secured the 300
million euros ($412 million) it needs to keep flying over
Christmas, a source said on Tuesday, concluding a drawn-out
capital raising that showed how much work the airline has to
convince investors it can survive.

Italy’s national carrier, having pocketed cash that analysts
estimate will last it six months, now goes straight to its next
challenge: A meeting with unions where sources said it will try
to persuade them to sign up to thousands of job cuts.

Nov 29, 2013

Alitalia seen running out of options after disappointing cash call

MILAN, Nov 29 (Reuters) – After a poor response to its
emergency rights issue, Alitalia has been left with the prospect
of literally running out of fuel before the peak season next
summer unless it can get top shareholder Air France-KLM
or some other investor to pour in billions of euros
and revamp its fleet, analysts say.

The long-ailing national airline has so far raised less than
two thirds of the 300 million euros ($408 million) wanted from
the share sale and will rely on Italy’s state-owned postal
service and other investors to come up with the rest.

Nov 28, 2013

Alitalia raises less than two-thirds of emergency cash

MILAN, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Loss-making Alitalia has yet to
raise all of the 300 million euros ($407 million) it was seeking
in an emergency cash call, piling more pressure on the Italian
airline and find a strategic investor to keep it flying.

Alitalia said on Thursday it had received 173 million euros
by a deadline for existing shareholders to subscribe to its cash
call via pledges and bank guarantees and expected to raise the
rest from the state-owned postal service and other investors.

Nov 27, 2013

Alitalia: a symbol of Italy’s stunted efforts at market economy

MILAN, Nov 27 (Reuters) – In 2008, Maurizio Prato, then
chairman of Alitalia, said only an “exorcist” could save the
Italian airline. Five years later, the near-bankrupt carrier is
still waiting for a miracle worker other than Italy’s ill-suited
political establishments.

By Thursday, Alitalia will learn how many shareholders have
subscribed to a 300 million euro ($407 million) capital increase
that is part of a wider government-led rescue plan.

Nov 27, 2013

Monte Paschi tries to win over local opposition to cash call

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena would be nationalized without a capital injection and disappear from its base in Siena, bank executives said in an attempt to overcome local opposition to its planned rights issue.

The warning came as the European Commission gave a green light to the bank’s restructuring plan in Brussels on Wednesday, saying it would ensure a return to viability.

Nov 25, 2013

Chrysler won’t go ahead with IPO in 2013: Fiat

MILAN (Reuters) – The planned stock market listing of Fiat’s (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) U.S. unit Chrysler will not take place this year, the Italian carmaker said on Monday, prolonging the uncertainty over its chances of buying out the rest of the company.

The initial public offer, which Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne had previously said could take place in 2013, was expected to shed light on the U.S. carmaker’s value and help settle a long-running spat between Fiat and a healthcare trust which owns 41.5 percent of Chrysler.

Nov 13, 2013

Alitalia expected to buy time on capital hike at board meeting

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian airline Alitalia is likely to extend the deadline for subscribing to a capital increase at Wednesday’s board meeting to give major shareholder Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) more time to sign up.

Italy’s flagship carrier is wrestling with financial losses and faces a battle with unions as well as being stuck in a months-long tussle with Air France-KLM over whether they want to keep their strategic and financial partnership alive.