MILAN – Net income at Italy’s Poste Italiane rose 44% in the second quarter to 469 million euros, mainly thanks to strong growth in the payment and mobile division and cost-cutting in the mail and parcel segment, the company said on Thursday.
The company, which includes a financial and an insurance services division, reported improvement in the traditional mail and parcel segment also thanks to the purchase in March of a 70% stake in health logistic firm Plurima.
Payments and mobile unit revenues rose 21% year-on-year in the second quarter to 250 million euros ($255.58 million), beating an analysts’ consensus provided by Poste of 243 million euros.
Poste said it expects to report an operating profit of 2 billion euros in 2022, up from 1.85 billion euros last year.
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(Reporting by Francesco Zecchini, editing by Gianluca Semeraro and Agnieszka Flak)