Banca Ifis

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Banca Ifis S.p.A.
TypeSocietà per azioni
IndustryFinancial services
HeadquartersVenice, Italy
Key people
Frederik Geertman (CEO)

Ernesto Fürstenberg Fassio (Chairman)

Sebastien Egon Fürstenberg (Director and Honorary Chairman)
ProductsRetail, Factoring, Specialty finance (commercial credit, acquisition/management and disposal of portfolios of non-performing loans and tax receivables, leasing and rental)
Number of employees
1,874 [1] (31 December 2022)

The Banca Ifis S.p.A. Group (Istituto di Finanziamento e Sconto) is an Italian finance company that specialises in lending services to undertakings, and acquiring/servicing non-performing loan portfolios.[2]

Founded in 1983 by Sebastien Egon Fürstenberg, son of Clara Agnelli, Banca Ifis has been listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (FTSE Italia STAR segment) since 2003.


Bank Headquarters at Fürstenberg Villa

The origins[edit]

I.Fi.S., financial intermediary for factoring for small enterprises in Italy, was founded in 1983 in Genoa, where Sebastien Egon Fürstenberg, founder of the company and the current President, resided at the time.

I.Fi.S was established in Genoa as a financial intermediary mainly for the acquisition of trade receivables and the provision of financing in the form of factoring. I.Fi.S. is the captive company of the Americanino group: it helps finance the suppliers of the denim company and liquidate customer receivables.[3]

2002-2004: listing on the Stock Exchange[edit]

In 2002 Banca Ifis was authorised to carry out banking activities, and it changed its name from Ifis to Banca Ifis SpA. The same year, it became a Bank and joined Factor Chain International to operate on a global level, after opening its branches in Romania and Poland.  In 2003 Banca Ifis was admitted to the MTA (Mercato Telematico Azionario, the Online Stock Market), and in 2004 it entered the STAR [it] segment.

2008-2013: growth and diversification[edit]

The Bank's strategy is based on increasing its market share through the development of its historic core business: financial and management support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Italy and abroad. In 2008 Banca Ifis entered the world of retail with the launch of Rendimax, the high-yield online savings account.[4] In 2013, it expanded its offer with the Contomax online current account.[5]

About the same time, Banca Ifis also branched out into what would become its second core business: the purchase and management of impaired loans by acquiring Toscana Finanza in 2011.[6]

2016-2020: acquisitions season[edit]

In 2016 Banca Ifis acquired Ge Capital Interbanca for 119 million Euro (with one billion of assets), entering the fields of leasing, medium-term lending and structured finance. Banca d'Italia acknowledged the operation on 29 November of the same year.[7]

In 2018, development continued in the area of Non Performing Loans (NPL): Ifis Npl S.p.A., a joint-stock company established following the spin-off of the Npl Area of Banca Ifis, became fully operational, 100% controlled by the parent company. In 2018 the Bank entered the pharmacy lending sector, acquiring 70% of Credifarma S.p.A., a company jointly held by Italian Federfarma.[8] The same year, it acquired Cap.Ital.Fin. S.p.A., a financial intermediary specialised in personal salary-backed loans.[9]

In January 2019 Banca Ifis purchased FBS S.p.A., a company that operates in the NPL sector as a specialist in servicing activities, for €58.5 million,[10] which today is included in Ifis Npl. 

The Central Business Department was set up in 2019, bringing together all the business areas aimed at supporting enterprises. In October 2019 Banca Ifis completed the purchase of 10% of the remaining share capital of the subsidiary FBS S.p.A. and became its sole shareholder, consolidating its position as a major player in the market of non-performing loans in Italy.[11][12]

In April 2020 the Banca Ifis Group formed a new vision of NPLs: the names of FBS S.p.A. and FBS Real Estate S.p.A.were changed to Ifis Npl Servicing S.p.A. and Ifis Real Estate S.p.A. The companies of the new Banca Ifis NPL Division were created with the aim of making the organisation more efficient and allowing it to effectively seize the best opportunities on the market.[13]

Banca Ifis announced that it had successfully completed the competitive process for the purchase of 70.77% of the share capital of Farbanca S.p.A.[14][15]

2021: Npl area reorganization[edit]

On 1 January 2021 corporate reorganisation was completed in the Npl area, creating a vertical chain to guarantee the separation and independence between credit purchase and collection activities.[16]

Since April 2021 Frederik Geertman becomes the new Chief Executive Officer of the Group.[17]

2022: creation of Banca Credifarma[edit]

In April 2022, the merger by incorporation of Credifarma into Farbanca, which was approved in February, ends with the creation of Banca Credifarma, the first specialised pole in financial services to pharmacies.[18][19][20]

Financial data[edit]

NBI - Net Banking Income Net profit CET1
2010 94.430 mln 18.6 mln 11.5% Core Tier 1
2011 121.453 mln 26.5 mln 11.2% Core Tier 1
2012 244.917 mln 78.1 mln 12.9% Core Tier 1
2013 264.196 mln 84.8 mln 13.7% Core Tier 1
2014 280.930 mln 95.8 mln 13.89%
2015 407.958 mln 161.9 mln 14.7%
2016 331.962 mln 89.7 mln 14.7%
2017 553.108 mln 180.7mln 11.66%
2018 576.503 mln 146,7 mln 10.3%
2019 558.333 mln 123.1 mln 14.58%
2020 467.800 mln 68,8 mln 11,29%
2021 602.500 mln 100,6 mln 15,44%
2022 [1] 680.547 mln 141,1 mln 15,01%

Market share[edit]

  • Banca Ifis is the fifth national operator in factoring in terms of turnover, with a market share of 5%, after Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo (26%), Unicredit (22%), Ifitalia (11%), Factorit (6%).[21]
  • Banca Ifis holds a 2% market share in leasing, positioning itself after Unicredit Leasing (15%), Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo (13%), BNP Paribas Leasing Solution (9%), Alba Leasing (7%), Gruppo Iccrea BancaImpresa (7%), Ubi Leasing (6%), Société Generale Equipment Finance (5%), MPS Leasing & Factoring (4%), BPER Leasing - Sardaleasing (4%), Credemleasing (4%), Crédit Agricole Leasing (3%), Selmabipiemme Leasing (2%) and DDL Group (2%).[22] While Banca Ifis is a leader in electric car leasing[23]
  • In the NPL segment, Banca Ifis is the sixth largest national operator in terms of assets under management with €25.4 billion worth of these preceded by doValue (79 billion Euro), Intrum Italia (53), Cerved (45), AMCO (37) and Prelios Credit Servicing (37).[24]


The shareholding structure communicated to Consob is as follows. The shareholding percentages are notified by the shareholders, in accordance with the provisions of article 120 of the Consolidated text of the provisions on financial intermediation (TUF). Minor parts of the shareholder structure can be indicated directly by the company through other sources. The share capital of Banca Ifis is equal to 53,811,095 Euro, divided into 53,811,095 ordinary shares with a par value of 1 euro. The following table shows Banca Ifis's shareholders that, either directly or indirectly, own equity instruments with voting rights representing over 3% of Banca Ifis's share capital (data updated on 18 April 2023):[25][26]

Shareholder Share
La Scogliera 50.50%
Preve Riccardo 3.09%
Market 43.85%
Treasury shares 2.56%


  1. ^ a b "Annual Report 2022" (PDF). Retrieved 20 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Gruppo Banca Ifis, Chi siamo".
  3. ^ "Da factor captive a factor di Mercato. Storia di una Banca #2". 24 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Banca Ifis lancia Rendimax: massima sicurezza ed alto rendimento". 17 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Banca IFIS crea "ContoMax" tutto compreso". 4 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Banca IFIS: stipulato l'atto di fusione per incorporazione di Toscana Finanza". 27 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Banca Ifis, con Interbanca nuova spinta per affrontare il mercato degli Npl". 13 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Banca Ifis: accordo per acquisizione partecipazione di controllo in Credifarma". 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Banca IFIS: un 2017 di espansione in nuovi Business con CapitalFin e CrediFarma, di ricerca di Integrazione e di Efficienza". 14 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Banca Ifis acquisisce Fbs". 7 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Banca IFIS acquisisce l'intero capitale di FBS Spa". 30 October 2019.
  12. ^ "BANCA IFIS +1,6% Acquista la totalità di FBS". 31 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Banca IFIS rafforza e riorganizza business NPL". 27 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Banca Ifis si aggiudica il 70,77% del capitale di Farbanca S.p.A." 1 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Banca Ifis rileva il 70,77% di Farbanca". 1 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Banca Ifis exceeds expectations acquiring 2,7 billion Euro in NPL in 2020". IFIS Web. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Banca Ifis, the Shareholders' Meeting approves the 2020 financial statements and a dividend of 0,47 Euro per share". IFIS Web. 22 April 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  18. ^ "Fusione Credifarma-Farbanca, arriva il via libera da Banca d'Italia" (in Italian). Retrieved 30 September 2022.
  19. ^ "Fusione Credifarma-Farbanca, ok da Banca d'Italia: nasce Banca Credifarma" (in Italian). Retrieved 30 September 2022.
  20. ^ "Nasce Banca Credifarma, polo finanziario specializzato nel credito e nei servizi alle farmacie" (in Italian). Retrieved 30 September 2022.
  21. ^ "Our Bank's Business Model". IFIS Web. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  22. ^ "Our Bank's Business Model". IFIS Web. Retrieved 30 September 2022.
  23. ^ "Our Bank's Business Model". IFIS Web. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  24. ^ "Our Bank's Business Model". IFIS Web. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  25. ^ "Banca Ifis-Shareholders" (in Italian). Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  26. ^ "Corporate Governance: Ownership Structure". IFIS Web. Retrieved 20 December 2022.