October 17, 2017 / 10:38 AM / a year ago

Italy to sell ENAV stake to state lender under privatisation plan - sources

MILAN/ROME, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Italy’s Treasury will likely sell its stake in air traffic controller ENAV to state lender CDP by the end of the year as it strives to meet its privatisation goal, two sources close to the matter said.

After partially privatising ENAV last year via a stock market listing, the treasury owns 53 percent of the air controller. The stake is worth 1.07 billion euros at current market prices.

“There are very advanced negotiations on the project ... it will likely happen by the end of this year,” one of the sources said.

Italy is running behind on its 2017 goal of 3.4 billion euros in privatisation proceeds. CDP is 80 percent owned by Italy’s state but keeps separate financial accounts. (Reporting by Stefano Bernabei, Antonella Cinelli in Rome and Francesca Landini in Milan, editing by Valentina Za)

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