Intesa Sanpaolo says repaid around 5.5 billion euros of ECB loans

Intesa Sanpaolo skyscraper, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, is seen in Turin April 10, 2015. REUTERS/Giorgio Perrottino/File Photo

MILAN, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Italy's Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI) said on Friday it had repaid around 5.5 billion euros ($5.81 billion) in loans from the European Central Bank (ECB).

The early repayment leaves the group with around 96 billion euros in outstanding Targeted Longer Term Refinancing Operation (TLTRO) III funds, the bank added.

The ECB has given banks an incentive to get rid of those loans by taking away a rate subsidy in October. It was its first move to mop up cash from the banking system and the first step towards unwinding its massive bond purchases.

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Reporting by Valentina Za, Writing by Keith Weir, editing Federico Maccioni

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