Italian banks get well after authorities caps windfall tax

By Alvise Armellini and Valentina Za

ROME (Reuters) -Italy’s authorities has capped the affect of a shock windfall tax imposed on earnings generated by the nation’s banks, prompting a restoration in monetary shares on Wednesday after a rout within the earlier session.

The economic system ministry clarified late on Tuesday that its 40% windfall tax, a one-off measure which targets earnings banks have made on greater rates of interest, wouldn’t quantity to greater than 0.1% of their whole belongings.

Whereas different European international locations, equivalent to Spain and Hungary, have launched windfall taxes on banks, analysts mentioned Italy’s announcement late on Monday caught the market unawares, damaging confidence and elevating fears of additional measures throughout Europe.

Analysts at UBS mentioned the cap meant the tax would have an combination affect of 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion).

The preliminary affect of the measure earlier than the cap had been seen at under 3 billion euros, in keeping with sources in Rome and analysts’ calculations.

Citi analysts had estimated on Tuesday that the windfall tax might deliver as a lot as round 0.5% of whole 2023 risk-weighted financial institution belongings (RWAs) into Italian state coffers.

Shares in Italian lenders equivalent to Intesa Sanpaolo, Banco BPM and UniCredit rebounded between 3.3% and 4.4%, whereas FinecoBank added some 6%.

UBS mentioned the anticipated “earnings erosion” for Italian retail banks was prone to vary between 6% for UniCredit to 15-16% for Banco BPM.


The conservative authorities of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni had floated the concept of a financial institution tax, however appeared to have dropped the plan and the precise choice got here as a shock even to ministers gathered for a cupboard assembly on Monday night time.

The transfer was introduced at a late night time press convention which Economic system Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti and Meloni didn’t attend.

Regardless of the market jitters, authorities figures stood by the measure on Wednesday, accusing banks of pocketing too most of the beneficial properties from the present spherical of rate of interest hikes.

“Some bankers are regretting (it) however we’re speaking about an trade that’s making billions and billions in earnings with out lifting a finger,” Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini informed RAI public radio.

“Redistributing a small a part of these earnings is economically and socially justified,” he added, confirming authorities plans to make use of proceeds to assist mortgage holders in addition to these on low incomes and small pensions.

($1 = 0.9113 euros)

(Reporting by Alvise Armellini and Francesca Piscioneri, Writing by Valentina Za and Keith Weir; Modifying by Alexander Smith and Mark Potter)

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