Corporate Credit Rating 2021 for NEWATT S.R.L. (Affirm)

Press release 26 May 2022

Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for NEWATT S.R.L.: A3- (Affirm)

modefinance published the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of NEWATT S.R.L. on the CRA website and the rating assigned to the entity is A3- (Affirm). The analysis revealed it is a good company with good capability of repaying financial obligations and low dependence on possible adverse macroeconomic conditions.

NEWATT S.R.L. was founded in 2015 as a company active in the energy sector, within which it operates as a supply chain partner for small Italian resellers and energy operators, concentrating its operations in Nothern Italy. The Italian energy market has undergone a particular mutation over the last few years. Although the number of large integrated operators has remained stable, the number of small reseller operators (< 100 GWh/year) has grown. The latter type of operators, due to the small size that characterizes them, is cost-efficient, rooted in the territory, and with a loyal customer portfolio, but it lacks in risks management (mainly operational and market), thus being extremely vulnerable to sector dynamics. As a supply chain partner, NEWATT S.R.L. supports small resellers through: Supply Chain management services (Supply, Balancing and Portfolio management); Distribution, Transport and Dispatching Management; Access to regulated markets and over-the counter markets. 

Key Rating Assumption

The company NEWATT S.R.L. confirms an “adequate” economic and financial situation, characterized by profitability that remains solid during the year and an adequate financial balance. In addition to this, there is an increasing leverage indicator, but still enough to show the Company’s proper capitalization.

An analysis of cash flows shows that the Company recorded a substantial amount of cash resources generated by operations, which in turn was well supported by growth in trade payables. In addition to this, there are also the resources collected from the financial system, which can fully cover the investments made. The analysis of the Bank of Italy’s Central Credit Register confirms the proper management of the credit lines granted to the Company.

The group structure is confirmed to be elementary, although the Company has recently established two new subsidiaries. The administrative body is confirmed to have a collegial form, with operations subject to the control of a single body auditor. The Company was established in 2015, and over the years the management has continued to pursue an appreciable growth path that, in addition to the increase in share capital, has led to the establishment of the mentioned subsidiaries. Still, there are no black records to be found in the Company, shareholders or members of the governing body.

As far as size is concerned, the Company has a very high ranking which shows how it is one of the largest companies in the entire sample in terms of turnover. Regarding solvency, the Company expresses a positioning well above the industry median, which can be considered good and such as to confirm the company's appreciable capitalization. Finally, looking at profitability, the Company manifests a positioning above the industry median and to be considered largely adequate. The peer group expresses an overall constant leverage throughout the period under review and such that it can be considered hardly sufficient, while the financial leverage of the sector is consistently adequate. The peer group expresses liquidity indicators above unity such that they can be considered adequate. The peer group expresses a shrinking ROE during 2020, but such that it can be considered adequate.

The energy sector in Italy is of considerable strategic importance that has undergone a radical transformation in recent years, with the use of coal gradually declining in favor of the greater use of renewable energy. This objective, however, clashes with recent geopolitical tensions and the need for the Italian Government to look for alternative sources of supply. Within this framework, electricity consumption is expected to decline over the next few years. The abolition of the greater protection market will also broaden the pool of potential customers, although the granularity of the sector is an important barrier to entry. The macroeconomic picture for Italy shows that the recovery in 2021 has on the whole met forecasts, with sustained economic growth that could be confirmed in the coming years. However, recent geopolitical tensions undermine the forecasts, especially in terms of maintaining adequate economic growth, with domestic consumption likely to be affected by rising inflation. The 2022 forecast figures are therefore likely to be revised downward.

Sensitivity Analysis

In the following table, the addressing factors, actions or events that could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade are summarized:


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Head Analyst – Christian Raimondo (Rating Analyst)
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Assistant Analyst – Stefano Chirsich (Rating Analyst)
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Responsible for Rating Approval – Pinar Dilek
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