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UniCredit S.p.A.
UniCredit Group
Formerly called
UniCredito Italiano
Società per azioni
Traded as
Industry Financial services
Predecessor
Founded 1998; 19 years ago (1998)
Headquarters
Key people
Products
Profit Decrease (11.790 billion) (2016)
Total assets Steady €859.533 billion (2016)
Total equity Decrease €39.336 billion (2016)
Number of employees
Decrease 117,659[2]:24 (2016)
Subsidiaries See list
Capital ratio Decrease 8.15% (Group CET1 ratio at 31/12/2016)[2]:454
Website www.unicreditgroup.eu
Footnotes / references
in consolidated financial statement[2]

UniCredit S.p.A. is an Italian global banking and financial services company. Its network spans 50 markets in 17 countries, with more than 8,500 branches and over 147,000 employees.[3] Its strategic position in Western and Eastern Europe gives the group one of the region's highest market shares. The company is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.[4]

History[edit]

Founding through mergers and growth (1998-2006)[edit]

UniCredit Group was the outcome of the 1998 merger of several Italian banks, which the majority one were Unicredito (banks from Turin, Verona and Treviso) and Credito Italiano (consists of Rolo Banca, Banca Popolare di Rieti), hence the name Unicredito Italiano. Credito Italiano issued about 38.46% new shares to the owners of Unicredito, and renamed itself to Unicredito Italiano.[5] Other banks such as Banca dell'Umbria, Cassa di Risparmio di Carpi, Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto (Caritro), Cassa di Risparmio di Trieste also joined the group in 1998–2000. A new subsidiary was also created in December 1999 which was named after the original Credito Italiano.

In 1999, UniCredito Italiano, as it was then known, began its expansion in Eastern Europe with the acquisition of Polish company Bank Pekao. On 30 June 2002, UniCredit started its S3 project which merged 7 of their bank network: Rolo Banca, Banca CRT, Cariverona Banca, Cassamarca, Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto and Cassa di Risparmio di Trieste into Credito Italiano, and Credito Italiano was renamed into UniCredit Banca.[6] UniCredit Private Banking and UniCredit Banca d'Impresa was spin off from it in 2003.

In 2005, UniCredit merged with the German group HVB, which is itself formed in 1998 by the combination of two Bavarian banks: Bayerische Vereinsbank and Bayerische Hypotheken-und Wechsel-Bank. Integration with the HVB Group was reinforced by the merger with Bank Austria Creditanstalt in the year 2000 and enabled further growth for the UniCredit Group. However, this merger was only marginally profitable.[according to whom?] Additionally, Bank Austria Creditanstalt was a major shareholder in Bank Medici AG. Bank Medici was Thema Fund's investment manager.[7] In return for finding investors, Bank Medici collected fees of 4.6 million euros from Thema International Fund in 2007.[8] Following the news that Bank Medici had invested US$2 billion with Bernard Madoff, officials in Vienna appointed a supervisor to run the private bank, raising questions about control of the sprawling group.

On 30 June 2005 Banca dell'Umbria and Cassa di Risparmio di Carpi were absorbed into the parent company.

In 2006 the securities services business of UniCredit (2S Banca, now Société Générale Security Services S.p.A.) was sold to Société Générale for €579.3 million.[9]

In 2006, minority interests in Bra (31.021%), Fossano (23.077%), Saluzzo (31.019%) and Savigliano (31.006%) was sold for about €149 million to Banca Popolare dell'Emilia Romagna.[10]

Acquisition of Capitalia and recent history (2007–)[edit]

In 2007, in combination with the Capitalia Group, the fourth-largest Italian banking group (by total assets in 2006; Sanpaolo IMI and Banca Intesa were counted as one entity as the banks also merged in 2007);[11] UniCredit Group consolidated and strengthened its position, but added considerably to its overhead costs. The registered office of the bank was also relocated from Genoa (inherited from Credito Italiano) to 17 via Minghetti, Rome.

In the same year, two more acquisitions were carried out: ATF Bank,[12] which ranks fifth out of domestic banks in Kazakhstan with 154 branches, and Ukrsotsbank, a universal bank in Ukraine. With these two banks the Group extended its operations in this area to 19 countries (including Central Asia). However, in November 2012, Kazakh government sources declared UniCredit is in talks with Kazakh investors over the sale of a controlling stake in ATF Bank.[13]

In 2010, UniCredit S.p.A. absorbed its Italian banking subsidiaries: UniCredit Banca, Banca di Roma and Banco di Sicilia.

In 2013 UniCredit Finance informed that they would no longer provide banking services in Latvia.[14]

On March 14, 2014 UniCredit announced that it expects to cut around 8.500 jobs upcoming time, together with the announcement of a $15 billion loss in the 4th quarter of 2013 due to extensive cash-reserving for bad loans and writing down goodwill from acquisitions.[15] UniCredit is one of the 6 European banks which is currently most exposed to potential problems in the emerging markets.[16]

In April 2015 UniCredit and Banco Santander reached an preliminary agreement to merge their asset-management businesses in a transaction valuing the combined entity at about €5.4 billion. The accord created a holding company called Pioneer Investments that is 50 percent owned by UniCredit and 50 percent held by the U.S. buyout firms Warburg Pincus LLC and General Atlantic LLC. The holding firm owns Pioneer’s U.S. business and controls combined operations of UniCredit's Pioneer, excluding its U.S. activities, and Santander Asset Management. The two lenders hold each one third of the new combined business, while Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic owns the rest.[17] However, the deal was terminated on 27 July 2016. Nevertheless, Pioneer was sold in December 2016 to Amundi for €3.545 billion. UniCredit also received an extraordinary dividend of €315 million from Pioneer.[18]

From June 2015 to January 2017 UniCredit sold its bad debts that was doubtful to collect (sofferenze) to various investors, namely PRA Group Europe (€625 million gross),[19] a fund managed by Cerberus Capital Management (€100 million gross), a US fund (€150 million gross),[20] AnaCap Financial Partners (€420 million gross),[21] Fortress Investment Group and PIMCO (€17.7 billion gross; UniCredit retained minority stake in the securitization SPV), [22] B2 Kapital (€110 million in gross from Slovenian subsidiary)[23] and B2Holding (€93 million from UniCredit Bulbank).[24] In October 2015, UniCredit also sold UniCredit Credit Management Bank (now doBank), the subsidiary that specialized in managing non-performing loans (NPLs) to Fortress Investment Group and Prelios S.p.A.. A portfolio of €2.4 billion (in gross book value) NPLs was included in the deal.[25][26] On a year to year basis, net value of sofferenze had increased from €19.701 billion at 31 December 2014 to €19.924 billion at 31 December 2015 (or from €52.143 billion to €51.089 billion in gross).[27]

In December 2016 UniCredit sold Polish bank Bank Pekao. UniCredit had already sold part of the stake in FinecoBank in mid 2016, as well as sold Ukrainian bank Ukrsotsbank to Alfa Group in January 2016. In December 2016, the card business in Italy, Germany and Austria were sold to SIA for €500 million.[28]

On 13 December 2016, despite the annual European Central Bank (ECB) Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process (SREP) lowed the CET1 ratio (transitional basis) requirement of UniCredit from 9.75%[29] to 8.75%,[30] the bank announced a massive €13 billion recapitalization of the bank, as well as €8.1 billion loan loss provisions and net restructuring charges of €1.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016.[31] In 2016 European Union bank stress test announced on 29 July, UniCredit's CET1 ratio (fully loaded basis) was predicted at 7.10% in the adverse scenario on 31 December 2018, which was the second last among the big 5 Italian banks that were participated in the stress test (the last was Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena).[32] Based on 2016 SREP, UniCredit Group was required a fully load basis CET1 ratio of 10.5% from 1 January 2019 due to increase in Capital Conservation Buffer and global systemically important bank buffer as required by CRR and CRD IV.[30] Moreover, the pillar 2 guidance: the additional capital that ECB suggested the bank to keep, was remained confidential.[30]

In January 2017 10 old ordinary shares were combined into 1 new ordinary share, as well as bearer savings share and registered savings share.[33] On April 6, 2017, UniCredit issued its first bond in the United States in a decade.[34]

Geography[edit]

The company has its registered office in Rome and general management in Milan.[35] UniCredit's core markets are Italy, Austria, Russia, Southern Germany and Bulgaria. The UniCredit Group has investment banking divisions in New York City, London, Hong Kong, Milan, Munich, Vienna, Budapest and Warsaw.

With the goal of fostering trade and investment between Eastern and Western Europe, UniCredit has joined up with Ost-Ausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft (de) and the Federal State of Berlin to host the east forum Berlin.[36]

Ownership[edit]

Shareholders owning more than 3% (22 December 2016):[37][38]

In addition, Fondazione Cariverona, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino, the owners of the predecessors of UniCredit, as well as foreign sovereign wealth fund (and other government entity): Central Bank of Libya (and its subsidiary Libyan Foreign Bank)[39][27] were the shareholders of UniCredit that owned more than 2% stake as at 31 December 2015. On 11 March 2011, Unicredit said in a press release that they froze the voting rights of the Libyan shareholders (Central Bank of Libya and Lia).[40]

In addition to aforementioned banking foundations, Fondazione Roma and Fondazione Manodori, the former owners of Capitalia, also owned 0.479% stake and 0.278% stake respectively as at 31 December 2015.[41][42] Carimonte Holding, the joint venture of Fondazione Carimodena and Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna, owned 2.115% stake of UniCredit in 2014.[43]

Subsidiaries[edit]

UniCredit Bulbank Headquarters in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Sponsorship[edit]

UniCredit Group had sponsored tennis tournaments Czech Open, Vienna Open (by subsidiary Bank Austria), golf tournaments Ladies German Open (by subsidiary HypoVereinsbank and UniCredit) and Austrian Open (by subsidiary Bank Austria).

UniCredit is one of the UEFA Champions League's current main sponsor.[44]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arnold, Martin, Jean-Pierre Mustier set for return to familiar UniCredit ground", Financial Times, July 1, 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  2. ^ a b c "2016 Draft Consolidated Reports and Accounts" (PDF). UniCredit. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Corporate website". UniCredit Group. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Börse Frankfurt (Frankfurt Stock Exchange): Stock market quotes, charts and news". Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Provvedimento N°24: Credito Italiano / Unicredito" (PDF) (in Italian). Banca d'Italia. 2 November 1998. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "ROLO BANCA: Via libera alla fusione con UniCredito Italiano prevista nel piano di riorganizzazione del Gruppo UniCredito Italiano" (in Italian). Rolo Banca. 12 March 2002. Archived from the original on 20 August 2002. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Groendahl, Boris (12 March 2009). "Austria's Madoff-hit Bank Medici seeks buyers". Reuters. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Schneeweiss, Zoe (31 December 2008). "Bank Medici Manages Up to $3.2 Billion of Assets Tied to Madoff". Bloomberg. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "UniCredit: Closing of the 2S Banca sale to SocGen". UniCredit. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Bilancio individuale 2006" (PDF) (in Italian). BPER. 10 November 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Table VI "2007 Le principali società italiane" (PDF) (in Italian). Mediobanca. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  12. ^ http://www.atfbank.kz
  13. ^ "UniCredit in Talks to Sell Stake in Kazakhstan's ATF Bank". The Gazette of Central Asia. Satrapia. 18 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Unicredit stopped banking services in Latvia, Baltic Legal
  15. ^ "UniCredit Posts Record Loss, Plans 8,500 Job Cuts". Bloomberg. Bloomberg. 11 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "European banks have $3 trln of exposure to emerging markets". Reuters. Reuters. 3 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Santander, UniCredit Agree to Combine Asset Management Units". Bloomberg. 23 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "UniCredit successfully concludes agreement to sell Pioneer Investments to Amundi". UniCredit. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "UniCredit comunica di aver raggiunto un'intesa per la cessione di un portafoglio di crediti in sofferenza derivanti da contratti di credito al consumo, prestiti personali e scoperti di conto corrente" [UniCredit announces to have reached an agreement on the sale of a non performing consumer, overdrafts and personal loans credit portfolio]. UniCredit. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "UniCredit annuncia di aver raggiunto un accordo per la cessione di due portafogli di crediti in sofferenza del segmento PMI" [UniCredit announces it has reached an agreement on the sale of two Italian SME non performing exposure portfolios]. UniCredit. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  21. ^ "UniCredit comunica di aver raggiunto un'intesa per la cessione di un portafoglio di crediti in sofferenza derivanti da contratti di credito al consumo, prestiti personali e scoperti di conto corrente" [UniCredit announces to have reached an agreement on the sale of a non performing consumer, overdrafts and personal loans credit portfolio]. UniCredit. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  22. ^ "UniCredit signs two agreements for the disposal of a €17.7 billion Italian non-performing loan portfolio". UniCredit. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  23. ^ "UniCredit Banka Slovenia sells non performing credit portfolio to B2 KAPITAL". UniCredit. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  24. ^ "UniCredit Bulbank (Bulgaria) sells non performing credit portfolio to Debt collection agency EAD (DCA), the Bulgarian subsidiary of B2Holding ASA". UniCredit. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  25. ^ "UniCredit e affiliate di Fortress insieme a Prelios hanno perfezionato la cessione di UCCMB, incluso un portafoglio di sofferenze pari a €ca. 2,4 mld" [UniCredit and affiliates of Fortress together with Prelios finalize the sale of UCCMB, including c. €2.4bn non-performing loans]. UniCredit. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  26. ^ "UniCredit e affiliate di Fortress insieme a Prelios sottoscrivono l'accordo per la cessione di UCCMB, incluso un portafoglio di sofferenze pari a €ca. 2,4 mld" [UniCredit and affiliates of Fortress together with Prelios reach the agreement on the sale of UCCMB, including c. €2.4bn non-performing loans]. UniCredit. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  27. ^ a b "2015 Annual Report" (PDF). UniCredit. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  28. ^ "UniCredit and SIA finalize the sale of card processing activities in Italy, Germany and Austria". UniCredit. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  29. ^ "UniCredit Group well above the specific capital requirements set by ECB". UniCredit. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  30. ^ a b c "UniCredit specific capital requirements set by Ecb". UniCredit. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  31. ^ "UniCredit: 2016-2019 Strategic Plan". UniCredit. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  32. ^ "2016 EU‐WIDE STRESS TEST Results" (PDF). European Banking Authority. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  33. ^ "Reverse stock split of ordinary and savings shares". UniCredit. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  34. ^ Hale, Thomas (April 6, 2017). "Italy's UniCredit issues its first bond in the US in a decade". Financial Times. Retrieved April 9, 2017. 
  35. ^ "General company information". UniCredit Group. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  36. ^ Brüggmann, Mathias (19 April 2013). "Wirtschaft fördert den Ost-Ruck". Handelsblatt (in German). p. 8. Kern der Debatte ist die Schaffung eines 'gemeinsamen europäischen Wirtschaftsraums von Lissabon bis Wladiwostok' 
  37. ^ "Shareholders structure". UnicreditGroup.eu. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  38. ^ "Azionisti rilevanti di UNICREDIT SPA". CONSOB. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  39. ^ "Azionisti rilevanti di UNICREDIT SPA: Situazione al 31/12/2015". CONSOB. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  40. ^ "Press Release, 11 March 2011". UniCredit Group. 2011. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  41. ^ "2015 Bilancio" [2015 Annual Report] (PDF) (in Italian). Fondazione Roma. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  42. ^ "2015 Report Integrato" [2015 Integrated Report] (PDF) (in Italian). Fondazione Manodori. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  43. ^ "2014 Annual Report" (PDF). UniCredit. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  44. ^ "UniCredit renews its UEFA Champions League sponsorship and becomes a new partner of the UEFA Europa League". it.ibtimes.com. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 

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