Intesa Sanpaolo

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Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.
Società per azioni
Traded as BITISP
Industry Financial services
Founded 2007 (merger of Banca Intesa and Sanpaolo IMI)
Headquarters Torre Intesa Sanpaolo, Turin, Italy
Number of locations
6,841 branches (5,302 in Italy and 1,539 abroad) (2012)[1]
Area served
Italy, Central Eastern Europe, Middle East, and North Africa[2]
Key people
Products Retail, investment and private banking, investment management, public finance
€ 16.898 billion (2014)[4]
Profit € 1.251 billion (2014)[4]
Total assets € 646.427 billion (2014)[4]
Total equity € 44.683 billion (2014)[4]
Number of employees
89,486 (2014)[5]

Intesa Sanpaolo is a banking group resulting from the merger between Banca Intesa and Sanpaolo IMI based in Torre Intesa Sanpaolo, Turin, Italy. It has clear leadership in the Italian market and a minor but growing international presence focused on Central-Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (77% of the bank's revenue (96.3% from Europe) and 86% of all loans to customers come from business in Italy).[6] When it was formed in 2007 it overtook Unicredit Group as the largest bank in Italy with 13 million customers and $690 billion worth of assets.[7] By 2010 its assets had grown to $877.66 billion 26th highest among all of the world's companies.[8][9] The company is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.[10]

As of July 2015, it is the first banking group in Italy by market capitalization.[11]

In 2009 group acquisitions included a 30% interest in business info company MF Honyvem, and an increased stake in Alitalia up to 33.3%[12] Even though the bank was rumoured to have been working with the government to keep Air France from acquiring a stake in Alitalia, Air France eventually acquired 25%.[13][14]


Torre Intesa Sanpaolo, Intesa Sanpaolo headquarter, Turin
Intesa Sanpaolo former headquarters in piazza San Carlo, Turin
Intesa Sanpaolo secondary headquarters. Ca' de Sass building, Milan

Banca Intesa and Sanpaolo IMI, the two banks that merged in 2007 to create Intesa Sanpaolo, were themselves the product of many mergers.[15] Cariplo and Banco Ambrosiano Veneto merged in 1998 to form Banca Intesa. The following year Banca Commerciale Italiana joined the group. Sanpaolo IMI was born in 1998 following the merger of Istituto Bancario San Paolo di Torino, which specialized in retail banking, and IMI (Istituto Mobiliare Italiano), an investment bank.[15]

Banca Intesa[edit]

The oldest part of the banking group is Cariplo SpA which traces its roots to Austrian household savings bank Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde which was established in 1823. Cassa di Risparmio was started by an Italian philanthropic group, the Central Committee of Charity; a response by the government to the hard economic times of the early 19th century. In the early 20th century the bank helped Italian companies in the North obtain capital during and after World War 1 and 2, chiefly under the guide of Giordano Dell'Amore. Banking reforms in 1990 started by Giuliano Amato (Amato Law) led to the restructuring/reorganization of banks by forcing the government to relinquish control of them (the result was a more market driven bank that focused less on social programs/social causes were abandoned).[16]

Cariplo SpA was formed in 1991 when Cassa di Risparmio Cariplo (sold by Ente Cassa Di Risparmio Cariplo ) merged with its subsidiary IBI. Banco Ambrosiano Veneto originated with Nuovo Banco Ambrosiano and Banca Cattolica del Veneto which merged in 1989. The bank increased in size during the 1990s due to numerous acquisitions (Citibank Italia, Banca Vallone di Galatina and European securities dealer Caboto among others).

Banca Commerciale Italiana[edit]

Banca Commerciale Italiana (BCI) started in 1894 as a corporate loans lender operating in the commercial industry of Northern Italy. In 1994 Mediobanca purchased an interest in BCI (ironically BCI was one of the 3 banks that formed Mediobanca almost 50 years earlier). BCI tried to acquire Banco Ambrosiano Veneto the same year but was spurned by shareholders who wouldn't accept the US$1.13 billion offer. In 1999 Italy's largest bank Unicredit Group at the time, attempted a hostile takeover of BCI but failed due to Mediobanca's interest in the company (Mediobanca wanted to merge Banca di Roma with BCI)[17] BCI merged with the former Banca Ambrosiano and Cariplo in 1998 to form a financial institution renamed Banca Intesa in 2003.

Sanpaolo IMI[edit]

Intesa Sanpaolo[edit]

In January 2007 all of these banking entities came together when 2 of Italy's 3 largest banks officially merged (was announced in 2006).[18] Banca Intesa (the result of a 1997 merger of Cariplo and Banco Ambrosiano) acquired Sanpaolo IMI (Sanpaolo was formed in 1998 when Istituto Bancario San Paolo di Torino and Istituto Mobiliare Italiano (IMI) merged, IMI was established in 1931) in a US 37.8 billion dollar deal.[7]

French banking group Crédit Agricole started to spin off from Intesa Sanpaolo, by acquiring Cariparma, FriulAdria in 2007 and Carispezia in 2011, as well as branches from Intesa Sanpaolo. In 2012 Crédit Agricole sold all the shares of Intesa Sanpaolo. Cassa di Risparmio di Biella e Vercelli was also sold to Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in 2007.

In 2008 Intesa Sanpaolo acquired Banca CR Firenze.

Major shareholders[edit]

Intesa Sanpaolo’s shareholders with more than a 2% stake (as of 31 December 2014)[19][5]

Shareholder Stake (% of ordinary shares)
Compagnia di San Paolo (it) 9.506%
BlackRock 4.897%
Fondazione Cariplo 4.840%
Foundation of Cassa di Risparmio del Veneto 4.162%
Ente of Banca CR Firenze 3.248%
Norges Bank 2.032%

Many shareholders of the group were the former owner (foundation) of the regional bank that was acquired by Intesa and Sanapaolo IMI through shares swap. For example, as of 31 December 2013, Fondazione Carisap (Ascoli) held 0.3537% shares,[20] Fondazione Carisbo (Bologna) held 2.023%, [21] Fondazione Cariparma (Parma, now part of Crédit Agricole Group) held 0.67%,[22] Fondazione Carispezia (La Spezia, now part of Crédit Agricole Group) held 0.25%,[23] Fondazione di Venezia (Venice) held 0.33215%.[24]

Corporate Governance[edit]

Intesa Sanpaolo has adopted a dual corporate governance system in which control and strategic management functions, exercised by the supervisory board, are separated from the management of the company's business, which is exercised by the management board. The supervisory board is appointed by the shareholders' meeting. It supervises the activities carried out by the management board and, in particular, it approves the main strategic initiatives proposed by the management board. The management board appoints one of their members to be the CEO.[25]

Management board

Position Name
Chairman Gian Maria Gros-Pietro
Senior deputy chairman Marcello Sala
Deputy chairman Giovanni Costa
Managing Director and CEO Carlo Messina
Member Carla Patrizia Ferrari
Member Piera Filippi
Member Gaetano Miccichè
Member Francesco Micheli
Member Giuseppe Morbidelli
Member Bruno Picca

The current members were appointed on 9 May 2013 and will remain in office until the supervisory board approves the 2015 financial statements.[26]

Supervisory board

Position Name
Chairman Giovanni Bazoli
Deputy chairman Mario Bertolissi
Deputy chairman Gianfranco Carbonato
Member Gianluigi Baccolini
Member Francesco Bianchi
Member Rosalba Casiraghi
Member Carlo Corradini
Member Franco Dalla Sega
Member Piergiuseppe Dolcini
Member Jean-Paul Fitoussi
Member Edoardo Gaffeo
Member Pietro Garibaldi
Member: Rossella Locatelli
Member Giulio Stefano Lubatti
Member Marco Mangiagalli
Member: Jacopo Mazzei
Member Beatrice Ramasco
Member Marcella Sarale
Member Monica Schiraldi

Members are elected to a three-year term by the annual general shareholders’ meeting. The current members were appointed on 22 April 2013.[27]

Financial information[edit]

Table with a comparison of Intesa Sanpaolo financial performance over the last 5 years.[4][5]

Year Operating income (million €) Net income (million €) Total assets (million €) Total equity (million €)
2014 16,898 1,251 646,427 44,683
2013 16,248 -4,550 624,179 44,520
2012 17,881 1,605 673,472 49,613
2011 16,785 -8,190 639,221 47,040
2010 16,529 2,705 657,025 53,533

Business Units[edit]

The group's operations are segmented into 5 parts[28]

  • Banca dei Territori - By far the largest division this is the company's domestic commercial bank in Italy. Subsidiaries include Mediocredito Italiano, Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking, Banca Prossima, and insurance companies Intesa Sanpaolo Vita, Intesa Sanpaolo Assicura.
  • Corporate and Investment Banking - Present in 29 countries this division acts as a "global partner" supporting the development of financial institutions, both nationally and internationally.
  • International Subsidiary Banks - Present in 12 countries spanning central eastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Eurizon Capital - One of Italy's largest asset manager[29] that invests in such things as bonds (including government), publicly traded companies and also engages in short term borrowing and lending. In 2010 another leading European asset manager Pioneer was rumoured to have been interested in joining forces with Eurizon Capital.[30][31]
  • Banca Fideuram - Offers financial advice services. It was created in 1968 as a subsidiary of IMI (later merged with Sanpaolo and then Banca Intesa to form the current company) with the purpose of managing IMI's Luxembourg mutual fund business. In 1992 it was merged with another subsidiary Manusardi, that is when it officially became Banca Fideuram. In 1997 it entered the private banking industry, 2000 it became a broker after acquiring French Company Groupe Wargny (was established in 1806, some of the Wargny business was sold in 2007) then in 2004 its parent company IMI took over its life insurance business. Its association with US company Frank Russell group gave it a foothold in the personal financial planning market.[32][33]


In addition to its strong presence in Italy, Intesa Sanpaolo has branches and representative offices around the world. The Group also directly controls many foreign banks, especially in Central-Eastern Europe and Middle East and North Africa, with around 1,600 branches and about 8.3 million clients operating in retail and commercial banking.[28][34]

Intesa Sanpaolo Banka d.d. Bosna i Hercegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Banca dell'Adriatico Italy
Banca Fideuram Italy
Banca CR Firenze Italy
Banco di Napoli Italy
Banca Monte Parma Italy
Carisbo Italy
Cariromagna Italy
CR Veneto
Banca IMI Italy
Banca Intesa Beograd Serbia
Banka Koper Slovenia
CIB Bank Hungary
Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania Albania
Bank of Alexandria Egypt
Pravex Bank Ukraine
Bank Intesa Russia
VÚB Banka Slovakia
Intesa Sanpaolo Romania SA Romania
Privredna banka Zagreb Croatia

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2012". Intesa Sanpaolo. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Intesa Sanpaolo Businesses
  3. ^ a b c "Biographies". 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Company profile". Borsa Italiana. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2014". Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Report 2011". Intesa Sanpaolo. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Timmons, Heather (2006-08-28). "Italy's Creation of a Banking Giant Is Seen as a Precursor". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ The Global 2000
  9. ^ Intesa Sanpaolo S.P.A.
  10. ^ Frankfurt Stock Exchange
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Leali, Other Investors Buy Alitalia Cargo Unit, Corriere Says". 2009-04-02. 
  13. ^ Owen, Richard (2008-03-22). "Silvio Berlusconi may save Alitalia from Air France". The Times (London). 
  14. ^ Intesa CEO attacks French purchase of Alitalia
  15. ^ a b "History". Intesa Sanpaolo. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  16. ^ Italy, Europe and Financial Regulation
  17. ^ Decision time is near for BCI, Banca di Roma
  18. ^ Borsa Italiana 2007 Review
  19. ^ "Azionisti rilevanti di INTESA SANPAOLO SPA". Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "bilancio 2013" (PDF) (in Italian). Fondazione Carisap. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "bilancio 2013" (PDF) (in Italian). Fondazione Carisbo. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "bilacnio 2013" (in Italian). Fondazione Cariparma. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "bilancio 2013" (PDF) (in Italian). Fondazione Carispezia. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "2013 bilancio" (PDF) (in Italian). Fondazione di Venezia. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "Governance model". IntesaSanpaolo. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Management Board". Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Management Board". Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "About us". Intesa Sanpaolo. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Eurizon Capital SGR implements Charles River Trader". Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Natixis could be good fit for UniCredit's Pioneer". Reuters. 2010-08-16. 
  31. ^ Eurizon Capital Gets New CEO
  32. ^ Viel & Cie participates in the resumption of Fideuram Wargny
  33. ^ Sanpaolo SEC
  34. ^ "Institutional brochure" (PDF). Intesa Sanpaolo. p. 23. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 

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