Legal Framework


Resolution no. 21304

Reduction of the initial percentage threshold of communication pursuant to Article 120, paragraph 2-bis, of Legislative Decree no. 58 of 1998 for holdings of the capital of listed issuers with Italy as home Member State with a high current market value and particularly extensive shareholding structure

LA COMMISSIONE NAZIONALE PER LE SOCIETA’ E LA BORSA

HAVING REGARD to Law No 216 of 7 June 1974, as amended;

HAVING REGARD to Legislative Decree no. 58 of 24 February 1998 and subsequent amendments and supplements (‘Consolidated Law on Finance’);

HAVING REGARD, in particular, to articles 120 et seq. of the Consolidated Law on Finance;

HAVING REGARD to the Regulation adopted by Consob Resolution No. 11971 of 14 May 1999 and subsequent amendments and supplements (‘Issuers’ Regulation’);

HAVING REGARD, in particular, to articles 117 et seq. of the Issuers' Regulations;

HAVING REGARD to Article 120, paragraph 2, of the Consolidated Law on Finance, which states that "Persons who hold more than three per cent of the capital of a listed issuer with Italy as home Member State [pursuant to article 1, paragraph 1, letter w-quater, of the Consolidated Law on Finance] shall notify the investee company and CONSOB. If the issuer is an SME [pursuant to Article 1, paragraph 1, letter w-quater.1, of the Consolidated Law on Finance], this threshold is equal to five percent";

HAVING REGARD to Article 120, paragraph 2-bis, of the Consolidated Law on Finance, which gives Consob the power to prescribe “by means of measures justified by needs to protect the investors as well as corporate control market and capital market efficiency and transparency, […] – for a limited period of time – thresholds lower than that indicated in paragraph 2 for companies with a high current market value and particularly extensive shareholding structure";



CONSIDERING the recent trend in the price of shares listed on the MTA operated by Borsa Italiana S.p.A. related to the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic;

HAVING REGARD, in this respect, to resolution no. 21301 of 12 March 2020, with which Consob decided to temporarily ban the short selling of 85 Italian shares;

HAVING REGARD also to the public statementof 16 March 2020, with which ESMA reduced the threshold for reporting short positions held, and specifically, from 0.2 to 0.1%, pursuantto Article 28 of Regulation (EU) no. 236/2012;

HAVING REGARD to the daily ban on the short selling of 20 shares listed on the regulated market pursuant to Article 23 of said Regulation ordered by Consob in its session on 16 March 2020;

HAVING REGARD to the further ban, notified to ESMA on 16 March 2020, on taking or increasing net short positions for a period of three months;

HAVING ESTABLISHED that there is a need to protect investors as well as a need to ensure the efficiency and transparency of the corporate control market, against any speculative manoeuvres on the securities of listed companies, in a particular period of economic and financial crisis, characterised by a marked fall in share prices, due, as stated above, to the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic;

CONSIDERED that, for the purposes of identifying current market value, a company’s capitalisation as of 31 December 2019 may be considered. This is a date that is just before the dissemination of the news of the epidemic of COVID-19 from China, and, in particular, of the first confirmation - which took place on 9 January 2020 - by the World Health Organization that there was an epidemic originating from a hitherto unknown coronavirus.

CONSIDERED that this high current market value can be considered to exist in the presence of a market capitalisation of more than 500 million euro, a threshold specified in Article 1, paragraph 1, letter w.quater.1 of the Consolidated Law on Finance for the purposes of the definition of an SMEs;

CONSIDERED that, taking into account the purposes set forth in Article 120, paragraph 2-bis, of the Consolidated Law on Finance, the particularly broad-based share ownership that is required can equate to the control structure, and is therefore to be excluded when the issuer is subject to legal control pursuant to Article 2359, paragraph 1 (1) of the Italian Civil Code, referred to in Article 93 of the Consolidated Law on Finance;

CONSIDERING that the listed companies on the attached list fulfil the conditions required by Article 120, paragraph 2-bis, of the Consolidated Law on Finance,

HAVING ESTABLISHED, therefore, that the conditions for the adoption of the justified measure referred to in Article 120(2-bis) of the Consolidated Law on Finance have been met;

HAVING ESTABLISHED that in order to ensure greater protection of investors and the efficiency and transparency of the corporate control market and the capital market it is appropriate to prescribe, “for a limited period of time, thresholds lower than that indicated in paragraph 2" of Article 120 of the Consolidated Law on Finance;

HAVING ALSO ESTABLISHED that, at present, a period of time of three months, starting from the entry into force of this Resolution, is reasonable and compatible with what is required by the reference law, unless revoked earlier, in the event that the reasons for the adoption of the measure in question should cease to exist;

RESOLVES:

Pursuant to Article 120, paragraph 2-bis, of the Consolidated Law on Finance, and for a period of three months from the entry into force of this resolution, unless revoked earlier, i) an additional threshold of 1% is prescribed, above which the notification obligations pursuant to Article 120, paragraph 2, of the Consolidated Law on Finance arise, for the companies named in Section A of the attached list and ii) an additional threshold of 3% is prescribed for companies qualifying as SMEs pursuant to Article 1 w-quater.1 of the Consolidated Law on Finance, defined in Section B of the attached list.

This is without prejudice to the exemptions from the notification requirements for significant shareholdings provided for in Article 119-bis of the Issuers' Regulations.

Pursuant to Article 114, paragraph 5, of the Consolidated Law on Finance, anyone who, on the date of entry into force of this Resolution, holds a stake in the voting capital of listed companies named in the attached list that is above the thresholds set out in sub-sections i) and ii) and below the thresholds set out in Article 120, paragraph 2, of the Consolidated Law on Finance, is required to communicate this in the manner and within the terms specified in the aforementioned art. 120, paragraph 2, of the Consolidated Law on Finance, within 10 working days of the aforementioned date.

This resolution shall take effect as soon as it is published on the Consob website. This resolution shall also be published in the Consob Bulletin.

17 March 2020

THE CHAIRMAN
Paolo Savona

Attachment to Consob resolution n. 21304 of 17 March 2020: “Reduction of the initial percentage threshold of communication pursuant to Article 120, paragraph 2-bis, of Legislative Decree no. 58 of 1998 for holdings of the capital of listed issuers with Italy as home Member State with a high current market value and particularly extensive shareholding structure ”

SECTION A)

1 A2A SPA
2 ANIMA HOLDING SPA
3 ASSICURAZIONI GENERALI SPA
4 ASTM SPA
5 ATLANTIA SPA
6 AZIMUT HOLDING SPA
7 BANCA MEDIOLANUM SPA
8 BANCA POPOLARE DI SONDRIO, SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA PER AZIONI
9 BANCO BPM SPA
10 BPER BANCA SPA
11 CERVED GROUP SPA
12 ENEL SPA
13 ENI SPA
14 FINECOBANK BANCA FINECO SPA
15 HERA SPA (HOLDING ENERGIA RISORSE AMBIENTE)
16 INTERPUMP GROUP SPA
17 INTESA SANPAOLO SPA
18 IREN SPA
19 ITALGAS SPA
20 ITALMOBILIARE SPA
21 LEONARDO - SOCIETA' PER AZIONI
22 MEDIASET SPA
23 MEDIOBANCA - BANCA DI CREDITO FINANZIARIO SPA
24 MONCLER SPA
25 PIRELLI & C. SPA
26 PRYSMIAN SPA
27 REPLY SPA
28 SAIPEM SPA
29 SALINI IMPREGILO SPA
30 SANLORENZO SPA
31 SARAS SPA RAFFINERIE SARDE
32 SNAM SPA
33 SOCIETA' CATTOLICA DI ASSICURAZIONE SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA
34 TELECOM ITALIA SPA
35 TERNA - RETE ELETTRICA NAZIONALE SPA
36 UNICREDIT SPA
37 UNIONE DI BANCHE ITALIANE SPA
38 UNIPOL GRUPPO SPA

SECTION B)

1 BANCA FARMAFACTORING SPA
2 BF SPA
3 CAREL INDUSTRIES SPA
4 DOVALUE SPA
5 EL.EN. SPA
6 GRUPPO MUTUIONLINE SPA
7 IGD - IMMOBILIARE GRANDE DISTRIBUZIONE SIIQ SPA
8 ILLIMITY BANK SPA
9 RCS MEDIAGROUP SPA
10 TAMBURI INVESTMENT PARTNERS SPA