Banco Popolare SC Chief Financial Officer Maurizio Faroni indicated the lender has already refinanced “a relevant part” of its bonds maturing next year, according to a note from Bank of America Corp.
The firm “doesn’t need to enter the funding market until next summer,” according to a note obtained by Bloomberg News and e-mailed to clients by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which hosted Faroni at a conference in London yesterday. “Their funding needs were covered for 2011 since the end of June and have already covered a relevant portion of the 5.5 billion euros ($7.4 billion) of maturities due in 2012.”
A Banco Popolare spokesman declined to comment. The Verona, Italy-based bank plans to sell real-estate assets and cut more than 1,000 jobs to boost capital and profit as part of its five-year business plan. The lender sold 2 billion euros in shares through a rights offer earlier this year before a second round of stress tests.
Faroni reaffirmed the bank’s 2013 targets and indicated the company is seeing a decline in gross impaired loans this year, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said.