MILAN, March 12 Intesa Sanpaolo,
Italy's biggest retail bank, had 57 billion euros ($74.18
billion) of Italian government bonds on its books at the end of
2012, up 8 billion euros from the end of September, according to
a presentation posted on its website on Monday.
Intesa, the first major Italian bank to report earnings,
said it expected to pursue a rigourous and prudent provisioning
policy against bad loans throughout 2013.
For this year, the bank expected to pay a dividend equal to
or higher than the 0.05 euros per share proposed for 2012.
The bank said in the presentation it had already wholly
refinanced wholesale bonds expiring this year.
($1 = 0.7684 euros)
(Reporting By Silvia Aloisi, editing by Stephen Jewkes)