Italy’s Banco Popolare says will tap the market for 1.5 bln euros after profit warning. #AQR already starting to impact #Italy #banks
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 23 (Reuters) – A health check of
euro zone lenders led by the European Central Bank is likely to
trigger mergers among mid-sized Italian banks and big disposals
of bad loans, the head of Italy’s No. 1 retail bank Intesa
Sanpaolo told Reuters TV on Thursday.
Carlo Messina, who took over as chief executive in
September, said larger Italian banks such as Intesa Sanpaolo
were in a better position to withstand the ECB’s Asset Quality
Review (AQR), which he said would be a very tough exercise – and
not just for Italian banks.