Intesa CEO expects bank consolidation in Europe
MILAN (Reuters) - The chief executive of Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI) said on Saturday he expected a new phase of consolidation among European banks, adding the Italian lender was not interested in increasing its exposure to the domestic banking system.
"The industry is highly fragmented, profitability in the banking sector is very low so there are all the prerequisites for consolidation, and I believe that sooner or later it will happen," CEO Enrico Cucchiani told Reuters in an interview.
"It will happen at a domestic level for small and medium-sized banks and at a pan-European level for larger banks."
DAVOS, Switzerland - Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment policies to boost growth, central bankers said on Saturday.