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Intesa received 2 bids for leasing unit, 1 bln euro NPL portfolio - sources

MILAN, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Intesa Sanpaolo has received two non-binding offers for its leasing unit, which it is considering selling together with a portfolio of non-performing loans (NPLs) with a gross book value of 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion), three sources familiar with the matter said.

Digital lender and bad loan specialist Illimity and a consortium formed by Prelios and Bain Capital submitted non-binding offers for Intesa Sanpaolo Provis and the leasing portfolio, the sources said.

Intesa Sanpaolo, Prelios and Bain Capital declined to comment. Illimity was not immediately available for a comment.

Intesa is preparing to integrate smaller rival UBI Banca which it secured in August after an arduous takeover battle to create the euro zone’s eighth-largest banking group.

Intesa has been steadily reducing its problem loans with a view to cutting them to 6% total lending next year. Its gross impaired loan ratio stood at 7% at the end of June.

Mediobanca is advising Intesa on the deal, news of which was first reported by MF daily. ($1 = 0.8443 euros) (Reporting by Elisa Anzolin; editing by Valentina Za)

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