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    TIM asks for €3 bn credit from banks


    Record losses, ratings plunge – will SACE support Labriola plan?

    Telecom Italia (TIM) has started talks with trusted banks for a new credit line worth around €3 billion (US$3.3 billion) that could be partly guaranteed by Italy’s trade insurer SACE, say Bloomberg News sources.

    Debt-laden and hit by multiple rating downgrades following a record annual loss last year, the former state monopoly is being led on a course charted by new CEO Pietro Labriola, an infrastructure expert who wants to reshape the business by spinning off assets. TIM has initiated talks with a pool of banks UniCreditBNP ParibasCredit Agricole and Santander over the credit line deal, the sources said.

    Under a guarantee scheme Italy used in the first COVID-19 wave in 2020 to help companies raise new debt, SACE is allowed to cover up to 80% of financing. Some financiers close to the deal have questioned if TIM is eligible to tap such a scheme. News about talks between TIM, SACE and banks over a possible €3 billion loan was first reported by Bloomberg News.