UPDATE 2-Italy pursuing January treatment to $3 bln Monte dei Paschi headache

* MPS says it requirements 2.-2.5 bln euros in capital

* Board to approve on Jan. 19 prepare to increase funds

* Treasury had been discussing tie-up with UniCredit

* Treasury confident approach to deal can kick off in Jan (Provides aspects, context)

By Valentina Za, Giuseppe Fonte and Stefano Bernabei

MILAN/ROME, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Italy’s Monte dei Paschi (MPS) mentioned it would approve a strategy to fulfill capital needs totalling up to 2.5 billion euros ($3.1 bln) in mid-January, as Rome scrambles to discover a merger companion for the state-owned financial institution.

The Italian Treasury has been talking about a doable tie-up with UniCredit and a few resources acquainted with the matter explained a deal was nonetheless on the playing cards, in spite of the decision of the greater bank’s CEO Jean Pierre Mustier to quit in April.

The Treasury was self-assured it could kick off in January a procedure that would guide to a deal, a single of the sources claimed, incorporating that achieving an settlement would have to have far more time.

If talks with UniCredit ended up to fall short, the Treasury has a Prepare B completely ready, sources have stated, devoid of disclosing particulars.

Rome pumped 5.4 billion euros into MPS as element of a 2017 rescue for Italy’s oldest lender and will have to minimize its 64% stake less than the terms of the bailout agreed with Brussels.

Discovering a remedy has turn out to be imperative just after MPS past month warned its money ratios would breach bare minimum thresholds, and the European Central Bank explained to it to clarify by the finish of January how it programs to fill the shortfall.

MPS explained its board would meet up with on Jan. 19 to approve the strategy asked for by the ECB, underneath which the bank’s capital requires will be set at concerning 2. billion and 2.5 billion euros.

Beneath a different five-year plan authorised by MPS on Thursday, it expects to slash a web 2,670 careers and return to income in 2023.

The Treasury will go over this strategy with the European Commission, which have to obvious any even more use of point out revenue.

Rome has established aside 1.5 billion euros, but the resources claimed it was not obvious how a great deal of the bank’s funds desires the Italian governing administration would be capable to cover.

That is essential because UniCredit has manufactured crystal clear it would not agree to a deal that lessens its capital buffers, a single of the sources informed Reuters.

In the closing drive just after two several years operating to rid MPS of most of its problem financial loans, the Treasury past month employed Bank of The us and Orrick to support it minimize its keeping.

The advisers are on the lookout in element at MPS’ figures right before negotiations enter a crunch stage, two of the people said.

The bank’s money reserves are established to be eroded by a poor mortgage clear-up, which will shut by the yr-close, and provisions in opposition to pending lawsuits booked in the 3rd quarter soon after yrs of mismanagement and the conviction of previous executives.

The Treasury has also devised tax breaks for companies merging in 2021, which would entail a web 2.4 billion euro boost for an MPS buyer. ($1 = .8155 euros) (Reporting by Valentina Za in Milan, Giuseppe Fonte and Stefano Bernabei in Rome Editing by Giulia Segreti, Jane Merriman and Alexander Smith)