DBRS says stability of new Italy govt depends on Monte Paschi cash call

Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's quick formation of a new government after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned was reassuring, ratings agency DBRS told Reuters, adding a successful capital raising at Monte dei Paschi <BMPS.MI> could help financial stability.

 

"The durability of the government will partly depend on how successfully Monte dei Paschi is recapitalized," Fergus McCormick, chief economist and co-head of sovereign ratings at DBRS, said in an interview.

 

Italy's third-biggest bank has until the end of the year to raise 5 billion euros ($5.22 billion) in equity or face being wound down by the European Central Bank, potentially triggering a wider banking and political crisis in Italy.

 

"A drawn out recapitalization involving public funds and the forced conversion of subordinated bonds ... into shares would be very unpopular. That said, a well-delivered recapitalization could bolster financial stability," McCormick said.

 

He also added any further slowdown in Italy's consumption and business investment would impact nominal GDP, leading to a further increase in the debt ratio, which would be "concerning".

(Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari, writing by Agnieszka Flak, editing by Isla Binnie)

 
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