Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for CHINA POWER SPA: B1- (First Issuance)
modefinance published the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of CHINA POWER SPA on the CRA website and the rating assigned to the entity is B1- (first issuance). The analysis revealed how the Company has adequate capabilities to honor obligation and can face adverse and changing economic conditions in the medium and long term.
CHINA POWER S.P.A. operates in the sale of electricity and gas mainly to the Chinese community in Italy. The service is provided in both Chinese and Italian, an element of strong customer loyalty. A further element of loyalty is the use of the WeChat app, widely used within the Chinese community, to contact and communicate with customers. Since its early years, the company has distinguished itself for its sustained growth rates. It was included in the Financial Times ranking of "Europe's fastest growing companies" for the period 2016-2019. The directors and founding members serve as Honorary Chairman and General Manager within the Union of Entrepreneurs Italy China. In 2022, the Italy China Council Foundation recognized the Company as one of the Italian excellences that enhances the trade between Italy and China.
Key Rating Assumptions
The Company presents an adequate economic-financial situation, conditioned only by the worsening of solvency indicators following the increase in liabilities and reduction in shareholders' equity. However, the sustainability of financial indebtedness is not critical as it is correctly supported by operating margins. The balance between short-term sources and uses is correct, stable over the last three financial years, and characterized by liquidity indicators above one. Lastly, the Company shows solid profitability, which is not affected by the trend in revenues caused by the fluctuations in the average price of electricity.
The cash flow analysis confirms that the company has the ability to generate resources through income flow. The financial year 2022 is characterized by a negative operating cash flow, conditioned by the increase in receivables consistent with the expansion of turnover. The analysis of the Italian Central Risk Register shows no critical issues.
The governance structure is appropriate for the company size: the administrative body is formed by the two majority shareholders of the parent holding as directors, flanked by a long-term partner, Mr Caso Fabrizio, as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The company was founded in 2013 by Song Shengzhong and Jin Marco. In the same year, the 100% parent company SINERGIE PARTNERS S.R.L. was also founded. The shares of the parent company are held 51% by partner Song Shengzhong and 49% by partner Jin Marco. SINERGIE PARTNERS S.R.L. leads a group active in different sectors, within which CHINA POWER SPA plays the role of the main company, providing financial resources to the parent company useful for the development of the other companies.
The Company shows an excellent positioning in terms of turnover, placing it in the 91st percentile of the analysis sample. The positioning of profitability indicators is lower, yet still above the median (71st percentile). In line with the sector median are the values of solvency indicators (44th percentile). The indicators are affected by the company's decision to distribute dividends to the parent company rather than allocate them to reserves to strengthen shareholders' equity. Overall, the peer group shows an adequate state of health: its high levels of leverage are counterbalanced by low levels of financial leverage. Current and quick ratio indicators are sufficient, with values around the unity. The ROE index shows a strong recovery compared to pre-pandemic levels.
The energy sector in Italy is of considerable strategic importance. The operators' market is characterized by a strong granularity, which acts as an important barrier to entry, and by business volume trend strongly anchored to the price of energy raw materials. The Russian-Ukrainian conflict led the country to a necessary reshaping of its supply sources, which was followed by favourable weather conditions throughout 2023. This also contributed to a growth in the contribution of renewable sources to energy production. The medium/long-term picture now appears to be in appreciable recovery and less uncertain.
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