Banca IMI is part of Italy's biggest retail bank Intesa Sanpaolo, which in turn is NTV's biggest shareholder with a 19 percent stake. NTV held an initial meeting with the three banks on Monday, one of the sources added.
NTV, run by former Ferrari <RACE.MI> chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo and former Telecom Italia (>> Telecom Italia) chief Flavio Cattaneo, is expected to list in the first half of 2018, the sources said.
The company last week reported nine-month earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and appreciation (EBITDA) of 114.8 million euros ($135 million), up 79 percent on the previous year. Sales were up 26 percent to 329 million euros.
(Reporting by Agnieszka Flak and Elisa Anzolin; Editing by Isla Binnie)