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Jun 5, 2014

Monte Paschi prices 5-billion euro rights issue at big discount

MILAN, June 5 (Reuters) – Bailed-out lender Banca Monte dei
Paschi di Siena priced its upcoming 5-billion euro
rights issue at a big discount as it seeks to lure investors for
a vital cash call meant to avert nationalisation.

In a statement late on Thursday, the Tuscan lender said it
would offer new shares in the bank at 1 euro each, or a 35.5
percent discount to the theoretical share price accounting for
the dilution of the new shares.

May 21, 2014

Monte Paschi shareholders approve 5-billion euro share sale

SIENA (Reuters) – Shareholders in Italy’s Monte dei Paschi di Siena approved a proposal to boost the size of an upcoming share sale to 5 billion euros ($6.9 billion) to help it absorb a hit on its finances it expects from a Europe-wide bank health check.

At an extraordinary meeting in the bank’s hometown of Siena, shareholders overwhelmingly agreed to raise the capital increase, initially planned at 3 billion euros, by two billion euros. The new amount is twice the bank’s current market value.

May 14, 2014

Italian bank UBI’s offices searched, executives under investigation: sources

ROME/MILAN (Reuters) – Italian magistrates are investigating three top executives at Unione di Banche Italiane (UBI), Italy’s fifth-biggest bank by branches, as part of a probe into alleged obstruction of regulators, four sources with knowledge of the situation said.

Tax police searched the offices of several managers at the bank’s headquarters in the northern city of Bergamo early on Wednesday, two sources said.

May 13, 2014

Banco Popolare posts net loss on big loan writedowns

MILAN, May 13 (Reuters) – Banco Popolare, Italy’s
fourth-biggest lender by branches, slumped to a net loss in the
first quarter due to a jump in the amount of money it set aside
to cover bad loans, it said on Tuesday.

The bank’s net loss of 19 million euros compared with a
profit of 91.9 million a year ago, after net writedowns on loans
totaled 328 million, up 43 percent from the same period last

May 12, 2014

UniCredit returns to profit as bad loans fall

MILAN (Reuters) – UniCredit (CRDI.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) returned to profit in the first quarter of the year and said bad loans had fallen for the first time since 2008 as the Italian economy shows the first signs of recovery.

Italy’s biggest bank by assets beat analyst expectations with a net profit of 712 million euros ($979 million), up nearly 60 percent on a year earlier and compared with a consensus forecast of 550 million euros distributed by the bank.

May 9, 2014

Italy’s Berlusconi starts community service at old people’s home

CESANO BOSCONE, Italy (Reuters) – A somber and silent Silvio Berlusconi entered a Catholic old people’s home outside Milan on Friday to begin community service as part of a one-year sentence for tax fraud.

Berlusconi, at 77 still the most influential politician of Italy’s center-right, had a four-year jail sentence handed down last August commuted into an obligation to spend four hours a week for a year at a center for the elderly.

Apr 18, 2014

Monte Paschi approves plan to increase cash call to 5 bln euros

MILAN, April 18 (Reuters) – The board of Italian bank Monte
dei Paschi di Siena on Friday approved a proposal to
boost the size of a share sale it is planning to 5 billion euros
($6.9 billion) to help cover any gaps a Europe-wide bank check
might find in its finances.

Italy’s third-largest bank held an extraordinary board
meeting after saying this week that it was evaluating how much
capital it needed ahead of an asset review by the European
Central Bank and after discussions with the Bank of Italy.

Apr 15, 2014

Berlusconi ordered to do community service for tax conviction

MILAN (Reuters) – An Italian court on Tuesday ordered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service and set travel restrictions that will limit his ability to campaign for next month’s European Parliament elections.

The Milan court ruled Berlusconi must spend at least four hours a week in a center for the elderly for one year.

Apr 14, 2014

Popolare Milano falls sharply after governance reform rejected

MILAN, April 14 (Reuters) – Shares in Banca Popolare di
Milano fell sharply on Monday after its shareholders
unexpectedly rejected reforms designed to attract new investors
three weeks before the Italian cooperative bank launches a
capital increase.

The reform proposal, which would have given institutional
investors a greater say and limited the power of employee
shareholders and union representatives, fell short of a
two-thirds majority needed for approval at a shareholder meeting
on Saturday.

Mar 31, 2014

Monte Paschi shareholder sells big stake to LatAm investors

MILAN, March 31 (Reuters) – The former controlling
shareholder in Monte dei Paschi di Siena has sold a
6.5 percent stake in Italy’s third-largest bank to two big Latin
American funds, another sign of foreign investors’ appetite for
Italian lenders.

News of the Monte Paschi foundation’s sale to Fintech
Advisory and BTG Pactual Europe follows purchases of shares in
several Italian lenders by BlackRock, the world’s
largest asset manager, and sent the bank’s shares up more than
11 percent on Monday.