MILAN, July 30 (Reuters) – Italian insurer Generali
expects its net profit to rise significantly this year
as it reaps the rewards of a three-year-old turnaround plan, it
said on Thursday after its reported its highest first-half
earnings since 2007.
The company said it had benefited from a strong performance
in its life business in all its main markets, Italy, France,
Germany and central and eastern Europe, with premiums rising
10.6 percent in the first half.
MILAN/LONDON July 3 (Reuters) – Italy could have a new top
three bank behind Unicredit and Intesa Sanpaolo
by the end of next year as the country’s co-operative
lenders size each other up for takeover.
After initially baulking at new governance rules that make
it easier for them to be bought, Italy’s mutual banks — known
locally as popolari — have accepted their fate and advisers are
working on several possible combinations.
MILAN, June 10 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank (ECB)
is checking whether some banks adequately assess risks on their
balance sheet and this could hit their core capital ratios, the
chief executive of Italy’s Banca Popolare di Milano
Giuseppe Castagna, whose mid-tier bank is seen as a prime
target in an expected wave of merger deals between Italian
cooperative lenders, said the ECB was reviewing so-called
internal ratings-based (IRB) models.
MILAN, June 4 (Reuters) – An Italian consumer group has
asked a regional court to suspend Monte dei Paschi di Siena’s
ongoing 3-billion-euro share sale because of doubts
over the accounting treatment of a derivative trade, a court
The cash call, which Italy’s third biggest lender needs to
plug a capital shortfall unveiled by a Europe-wide check of
lenders last year, began on May 25 and is due to end on June 12.
MILAN, May 25 (Reuters) – Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di
Siena launched a 3 billion euro ($3.3 billion) share
sale on Monday, its second cash call in less than a year, to
plug a capital shortfall exposed by last year’s Europe-wide
stress tests and repay state aid.
The Tuscan bank is raising more than its stock market value
which stood at 2.4 billion euros at the end of last week by
selling 2.56 billion new shares.
MILAN, May 12 (Reuters) – Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di
Siena had a 4.7 billion euro ($5.3 billion) net
exposure to Japanese bank Nomura at the end of March,
the lender said on Tuesday, nearly half its total capital and
way above regulatory limits.
The increase from 4 billion euros three months earlier was
revealed in an interim report posted on Monte dei Paschi’s
website on Tuesday, after which the lender’s shares extended
losses to close down 5.8 percent.
MILAN, May 12 (Reuters) – The CEO of UniCredit
said disposals were one option for Italy’s biggest bank by
assets to boost its financial strength, after core capital
increased slightly in the first quarter of 2015 but not enough
to quell investors’ jitters.
The bank’s net profit in the three months to March fell 28
percent year-on-year to 512 million euros ($575 million), in
line with an analyst forecast distributed by the bank.
MILAN, May 11 (Reuters) – Italy’s biggest retail bank,
Intesa Sanpaolo, beat analyst forecasts with its
first-quarter net profit and said lending to business was
picking up in a sign the euro zone’s third-biggest economy is
slowly emerging from recession.
Intesa said its net profit for the period stood at 1.064
billion euros, thanks to around 602 million euros in trading
income and compared with a Thomson Reuters analyst consensus of
658 million euros.
MILAN, May 11 (Reuters) – Monte dei Paschi di Siena
, expects to return to profit in 2015 for the time in
four years and expects to launch a 3 billion euro rights issue
this month as Italy’s third largest lender shapes up for a
The bank, which has lost 14.6 billion euros ($16.3 billion)
since 2011 and emerged as the weakest lender in a Europe-wide
review of banks last year, said it was starting to see the first
positive signs from a painful restructuring plan.
MILAN (Reuters) – Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) posted its first quarterly net profit in three years but delayed its business plan targets by a year, underscoring the challenges Italy’s third-biggest lender faces to make money.
Monte dei Paschi must carry out a 3-billion-euro ($3.4 billion) capital increase by late July to plug a shortfall exposed by a European review of lenders, and has been told by the European Central Bank (ECB) to find a merger partner quickly to fix its problems.