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Enel eying controlling stake in Italian payments firm Mooney, paper says

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s and Europe’s biggest utility Enel is interested in buying a controlling stake in electronic payments company Mooney, Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported on Thursday, citing rumours.

Enel said it did not comment market speculation.

Mooney, controlled by private equity group CVC and with Italy’s biggest bank Intesa Sanpaolo as shareholder, has also attracted interest from funds, the newspaper said.

Enel is keen on buying CVC’s share in the fintech company, while Intesa would keep a minority stake, it added.

The utility launched new digital banking services last year allowing customers to open a current account with a debit card to pay energy bills and access other financial services.

(Reporting by Agnieszka Flak and Stephen Jewkes, editing by Andrei Khalip)