Finalised the strategic agreement with NEXI in respect of payment systems

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Intesa Sanpaolo and Nexi finalised the strategic agreement in respect of payment systems.

The authorization process by all the competent authorities of the agreement announced to the market on 19 December 2019 has ended today and, in particular, provides for:

Today having obtained the necessary authorisations from the competent authorities. The agreement, which was signed on 19 December 2019 and disclosed to the market on the same day, provides for:

  • the transfer to Nexi of the Intesa Sanpaolo business line consisting of the acquiring activities currently carried out for over 380,000 points of sale. Intesa Sanpaolo will retain the sale force dedicated to acquiring new customers.
  • a long-term partnership, with Nexi to become the sole partner of Intesa Sanpaolo in the acquiring activities and the latter to distribute the acquiring services provided by Nexi while maintaining the existing relationship with its customers.

The business line was transferred through contribution to a Nexi subsidiary. Intesa Sanpaolo sold the shares received from the contribution to Nexi and used part of the consideration to purchase shares of Nexi from the latter’s reference shareholder, Mercury UK HoldCo Limited, equal to a 9.9% shareholding of Intesa Sanpaolo in the share capital of Nexi.

The finalisation of the transaction generates a net capital gain of around €1.1 billion for the Intesa Sanpaolo Group’s consolidated income statement in the second quarter of 2020. This figure has been calculated including the effect attributable to the difference between the purchase price of the 9.9% of the Nexi share capital and the corresponding value resulting from the stock exchange price of the Nexi shares.