MILAN/ROME, June 13 (Reuters) – Top management at Banca
Monte dei Paschi di Siena is pressing to increase the
ceiling on a possible rights issue to 2 billion euros ($2.66
billion) from 1 billion euros, two sources familiar with the
situation told Reuters.
Italy’s No. 3 bank took 4.1 billion euros in state aid this
year to stay afloat, but the lender may need more money to cope
with a worsening economic situation and repay the state.
PARMA, Italy, June 13 (Reuters) – Ten years after its
spectacular collapse in an accounting scandal, reborn Italian
dairy firm Parmalat is still struggling to free itself
from legal disputes that are clouding both its prospects and
those of its new French owner.
In March, a local court put Parmalat under the oversight of
a special commissioner as part of an investigation into its
purchase of a business from its majority owner Lactalis – a deal
which helped Lactalis to cut its debt, but which some minority
investors say was overpriced and makes little strategic sense.
MILAN, June 11 (Reuters) – Generali SpA Chief
Executive Officer Mario Greco took another step towards meeting
a 4 billion euro ($5.3 billion)disposal target, agreeing to sell
out of two Mexican companies for $858 million.
The Italian insurer said it would bag a net capital gain of
500 million euros from the sale of 49 percent stakes in Seguros
Banorte Generali, the larger or the two assets, and Pensiones
Banorte Generali to Grupo Financiero Banorte, Mexico’s No.4
MILAN (Reuters) – A group of investors led by Pirelli (PECI.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera will launch a takeover bid for the company that controls the Italian tire maker, in a move that will consolidate the executive’s grip on the business.
MILAN/PARIS (Reuters) – Italy’s biggest insurer Generali (GASI.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Tuesday that it had agreed to sell its U.S. life reinsurance business to France’s Scor (SCOR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for total proceeds of $920 million as part of its strategy to shed non-core assets.
The deal, under which Scor is paying 579 million euros ($750 million) in cash plus an additional amount for whatever the unit earns this year before the deal’s expected completion in the second half, will make Scor the largest U.S. life reinsurer.