After the securitization of € 100 million in September, a new operation that once again sees Azimut, Banca Valsabbina and, with technological partner CARDO AI, as part of the "Slancio Italia" project.

The new resources of € 200 million will be disbursed on through loans to SMEs with a maximum duration of 6 years, with 1 year of pre-amortization, and an amount ranging from 50,000 to 1,500,000 euros with a guarantee of up to 90% of the Fund Central Guarantee for SMEs.

Milan, April 27, 2021 - A new securitization to help SMEs cope and overcome the crisis linked to the spread of the pandemic. The operation, which sees the collaboration of - ​​the Italian fintech that supports SMEs in accessing credit - with the Bank Valsabbina - Brescia institute, present with 70 branches in Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, and Trentino-Alto Adige - Azimut - one of the main independent operators in savings managed in Europe – and CARDO AI – providing institutional investors with advanced technology for private markets to make better investment decisions, is part of the "Slancio Italia" project, aimed at supporting the real economy of its own with the securitization model. Compared to the operation of September 2020, the amount available to SMEs has increased from € 100 to € 200 million, thus guaranteeing companies firepower never made before by an alternative financial operator.

The loans will have a maximum duration of 6 years, including one year of pre-amortization, an amount ranging from € 50,000 to € 1,500,000, and the guarantee of up to 90% of the Central Guarantee Fund for SMEs. The companies applying for the loan will be evaluated within 24 hours based on the investigation conducted by through the use of proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms, with a data-driven and continuously updated approach through machine learning. The automatic process is then followed by verification by a credit analyst and subsequently the resolution which takes place online, with the disbursement of the loan within a few working days.

The "Slancio Italia" project was launched at the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, and is financed by credit funds managed by and signed by Azimut as part of the strategic agreement between the two companies to convey resources quickly for SMEs sanctioned in May 2020 with the establishment of the company Azimut Capital Tech. Azimut also plays, in the context of the current securitization, the fundamental role of the underwriter of the junior part through its private debt funds. Banca Valsabbina supported the two companies as Arranger, Account Bank, as well as underwriter of the senior and mezzanine part, for a maximum commitment of € 180,000,000. CARDO AI, a company specialized in supporting the investments of institutional operators through artificial intelligence algorithms, also participated in the operation, as a technological partner for the supply of reporting tools for securitization investors.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale provided legal assistance as transaction legal counsel, with a team led by Partner Corrado Fiscale. For the role of Master Servicer and other management roles availed itself of the collaboration of Centotrenta Servicing S.p.A., while Banca Finanziaria Internazionale S.p.A. (in short Banca Finint) operates in the roles of Paying Agent, Issuing Agent, and Representative of the Noteholders (in short RoN).

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, businesses have not stopped needing liquidity. According to the most recent Istat data, in 2020 there was a decline in the turnover of companies of services by 12.1%, the largest since the beginning of the historical series, ie since 2001. "The loss of turnover affected almost all the sectors surveyed, particularly in the activities most affected by the restrictions related to the health emergency ", writes the statistical institute.

In this context, in 2020 Fintech came to the rescue of companies for 1.65 billion euros (ItaliaFintech data), with an increase of 450% compared to the 372 million again disbursed in 2019. Also the number of new Italian companies turning to Fintech, which rose from 1,092 in 2019 to 5,464 in 2020.

Gabriele Blei, CEO of the Azimut Group, comments: “This initiative is in line with our project broader than Banca Sintetica, which is an alternative to the traditional banking model to support the needs of small and medium-sized Italian enterprises through the use of fintech platforms with which to finance businesses effectively and quickly. Our goal is to deliver to Italian SMEs, loans of 1.2 billion euros over the next 5 years and to do so we can count on support from our diverse range of alternative customer lending strategies both private and institutional. A project that allows us to create new performance opportunities for the patient capital of our customers, fuelling the virtuous circle between private savings and businesses ".

“After the securitization carried out last year, we are happy to be a partner of this new operation, which doubles the resources made available to SMEs in the area - said Marco Bonetti, Joint General Manager of Banca Valsabbina. - Our institute will continue to look favourably on initiatives like this which on one hand are an important element to support SMEs, which in particular in times of crisis such as the current one should be supported especially in terms of liquidity, and on the other hand confirm the importance and value of the cooperation between the traditional banking system and fintech, a sector in which is positioned as one of the most attractive” Bonetti concluded.

“We believe that the path of collaboration is the main way to truly innovate the world finance and make it more efficient and more functional to needs, including emerging ones, of the real economy - comments Ivan Pellegrini, CEO of - In a delicate period like what Italy is facing, we felt the need to make our skills available to provide resources to all those healthy SMEs that are having moments of difficulty but want to restart and look to the future. This is why we are pleased to have partners such as Banca Valsabbina and Azimut, with whom we have created a solid and structural alliance: for us, it is an evolution, we are no longer just providers of loans to the real economy, but technological enablers for traditional finance"

“Data is now the world’s most valuable asset. We see every day how it empowers smarter and safer investment decisions and how it can bring unparalleled transparency and intelligence by replacing antiquated manual processes and streamlining the reporting workflow – comments Altin Kadareja, CEO of Cardo AI.  - As data agents, we are thrilled to participate and support this securitization transaction granting investors easy access to the normalized loan-level data along with fully integrated analytics and reporting tools, where users can review composition, analyse performance, and project collateral and tranche cashflows.

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