Italy's Banca Carige have approved a series of measures aimed at rebuilding its balance sheet, including a cash call of up to €500m and a €1.2 billion sale of bad loans. 

Carige, the country's ninth-biggest bank, has been told by European supervisors to shed bad debts and shore up its core capital, which does not meet the regulator's minimum requirements. 

Restructuring at the regional lender was delayed earlier this year by a row over how to fix the bank's problems that led the bank's top investor, a local businessman, to squeeze out the former chief executive. 

In a statement, Carige said it aimed to complete its capital increase by the end of the year after selling the bad loan portfolio and disposing of assets worth at least €200m.

The cash call is guaranteed by Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank in their roles as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners, it said.

Carige's move comes days after Italy started to wind up two failed banks in the Veneto region in a deal that could cost the state up to €17 billion. 

Rome is also waiting for a final green light to pump €6.6 billion of state money into Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena to help keep the troubled lender in business. 

Italian banks are struggling with bad debts that stood at some €350 billion at the end of last year and are striving to shift them off their balance sheets to boost profitability. 

Carige, heavily exposed to the northwestern Liguria region where it is based, has lost nearly €2 billion in the past four years because of big loan writedowns and slumping revenues. 

But with assets of €26 billion and a capital gap of €600m, Carige is expected to be much less of a headache than the two Veneto-based banks. 

Carige's capital increase, its third cash call since 2014, had originally been penciled in for this summer but the removal of former CEO Guido Bastianini and his replacement by former UniCredit executive Paolo Fiorentino has cost time.