Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange since 2015, Poste Italiane is 29.3% owned by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance (MEF) and 35% owned by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA (CDP), also controlled by the MEF. The remaining shares are held by institutional and retail investors. As of October 2020, the proportion of institutional investors that have pursued their investment objectives by integrating ESG criteria3 was 27%.
From the date of listing on the stock exchange (27 October 2015) to 31 December 2020, Poste Italiane's share price increased by 23% (while the FTSEMIB index decreased by 2%), guaranteeing an overall return for shareholders (TSR) of +63.8% while the main Italian stock exchange index recorded a loss of 15.8%.
Poste Italiane is now the largest logistics operator in Italy, and is a leading player in the financial, insurance and payment services sector. The Company plays an important role in the country, making a strong contribution to the production chain and the national economy: by investing and operating together with other operators in its value chain, it generates positive results not only through its own business, but also by generating externalities through the activation of a local supply chain.
Our values are customer satisfaction, trust, ethics, integration, professionalism, a can-do attitude and innovation, with the aim of fostering the spread of a culture befitting Poste Italiane's tradition and history in Italy.
With a turnover of over €12 billion, a Market revenue of €10.5 billion, an EBIT of €1.5 billion, a Net profit of €1.2 billion and a CAPEX of €680 million, (Data source: Annual Report 2020) the Group’s activities generate significant impacts on the country in terms of Gross Domestic Product, tax revenues, employment and household income. These impacts are the effect of the involvement of many local companies - many of them small and medium-sized - in the supply chain and investment activities in Italian companies and government bonds. Supporting both public and private actors, Poste Italiane contributes to the development of the entire national economy.
Commenting on the new plan, march 19, 2021, Matteo Del Fante, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, said:
“With our ‘24 Sustain & Innovate’ (‘24SI’) Plan, we are able to build and grow on the solid foundations put in place with Deliver22 with achievable targets across all our four businesses. Revenues will grow steadily throughout the plan, with EBIT and Net Profit increasing 5% and 6% CAGR respectively, generating €0.4 billion of incremental EBIT between 2019 and 2024. After a step up of 14% in 2021, the dividend per share will benefit from a 6% annual growth.
The turnaround in mail and parcels is fully underway and it is the first time parcels will represent a higher revenue proportion than mail, while we will become a fully-fledged logistics player with a sustainable business.
In financial and insurance services, the priority is to become the main reference point for all customers’ needs, from savings to insurance and loans, attracting them with data driven advisory across all Poste’s distribution channels.
We will leverage cross and up selling expertise in Payments & Mobile, confirming the leadership in digital payments, introducing broadband connectivity and entering the power and gas market in 2022 with a fair, competitive and customer friendly offering.
Our strategic foresight in creating a cloud-based architecture, leads the Group to be Italy’s number one cloud services user.
We are delivering new products and services that will help our customers, businesses, the Public Administration and the country as a whole for years to come, with the commitment in creating significant value for all stakeholders.
Confirming the relevance of the environmental topics for our strategy, Poste Italiane will become a net zero emission company by 2030.
Our people have proved to be a cornerstone of our success and we will continue to invest in their skills.
We are proud of our key role in the countrywide vaccination plan, with about 2 million vaccine doses already delivered supporting the Italian Army’s operations thanks to our cloud native technological platform.
The ’24SI’ plan transforms challenges into opportunities thanks to the robustness and flexibility of our strategic approach to business. We will confirm with a ‘yes’ our promise to achieve our 2024 targets.
Poste Italiane is the Italy’s most valuable engine of innovation and digitalisation, linking customers, citizens, businesses and the Public Administration physically and digitally.”
Poste Italiane's sustainability path
For Poste Italiane, sustainability is an integral component of its activities, processes and strategy and represents a fundamental driver in the Group's strategic and financial decisions.
In this regard, over the years, Poste Italiane has embarked on an important process of consolidating its sustainability strategy aimed at creating shared value for its stakeholders and developing its reputation.
At the same time, the Group is committed to disseminating a corporate culture oriented towards sustainability issues, which are put into practice through the implementation of three main guidelines - Reporting, Strategy and Governance. All this has allowed in a short time to lead to important evolutionary transformations and the achievement of numerous national and international goals and awards.
Our Corporate Governance
Poste Italiane's Corporate Governance structure reflects the provisions of Legislative Decree no. 58, 24 February 1998 (the Consolidated Law on Finance), where applicable, the Supervisory Standards issued by the Bank of Italy and applicable to Poste Italiane in view of the unbundled activities conducted by BancoPosta RFC (Patrimonio destinato BancoPosta), and the recommendations of the Corporate Governance Code for listed companies endorsed by Borsa Italiana in force as of 31 December 2020.
As of 1 January 2021, the new Corporate Governance Code came into force, replacing the aforementioned Corporate Governance Code. In this regard, the Board of Directors, at its meeting held on 17 December 2020, approved certain measures to align the Company's governance structure with the new Corporate Governance Code.
The various measures include the adoption of the "Policy guideline for managing dialogue with Poste Italiane S.p.A. shareholders". – Engagement Policy.
Poste Italiane has adopted a traditional governance model, separating the roles of the Board of Directors and the Board of Statutory Auditors. The Company's accounts are audited by an independent auditing firm.
Poste Italiane's financial management is overseen by the Italian Court of Auditors (Law 259 of 21 March 1958); the relevant controls are conducted by a Magistrate appointed by the Court of Auditors, who attends meetings of the Board of Directors and the Board of Statutory Auditors.
The Board of Directors and Board of Statutory Auditors are elected and dismissed by the Shareholders' Meeting, which is also responsible for engaging the independent auditor and determining the related fees. The Shareholders’ Meeting also approves the annual financial statements, amendments to the Company's By-laws and transactions of a nonrecurring nature, such as rights issues, mergers and demergers in cases where the law does not grant the relevant authority to the Board of Directors.