Corporate Credit Rating 2023 for INNOVATIVE-RFK SPA: A3 (Upgrade)

Press release 25 August 2023

Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for INNOVATIVE-RFK SPA: A3 (Upgrade)

modefinance published the review of the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of INNOVATIVE-RFK S.P.A. on the website. The rating assigned to the entity is A3 (Upgrade). The analysis revealed that the company's capacity to meet its commitment on financial obligations is strong.

Innovative-RFK is an investment company founded in 2017 by the same partners of Red-Fish Kapital, a company that has long been active in the field of private equity investments. The investment target of I-RFK consists of innovative start-ups and SMEs, or companies that can be transformed into innovative ones according to current regulations, and that demonstrate a solid profitability profile in terms of marginality, turnover growth and cash generation. I-RFK positions itself as an investment partner through the acquisition of minority shares, concurrently offering its expertise, network and capital, thus increasing SMEs’ and start-ups’ value and guiding them towards a listing on AIM Italy stock exchange or another Growth Market SME.

Key Rating Assumptions

During 2022, along with its affiliated companies, INNOVATIVE-RFK generated an aggregated turnover of approximately €55 million. The company has also invested €10 million in 10 affiliated companies and holds an estimated market valuation of around €21,7 million, with a share price of €1,70 euros. Listed on the stock exchange, I-RFK has maintained strong solvency levels over the past year. A significant increase in profitability was driven by the divestment of a stake in June 2022.

With numerous holdings in various enterprises, most of which enjoy good economic and financial conditions, INNOVATIVE-RFK is governed by a board of directors, supported by a board of statutory auditors and an external auditing firm. The company demonstrates a solid positioning in all three evaluated areas: size, solvency, and profitability.

The sector of innovative start-ups and SMEs in Italy is experiencing a period of sustained growth, evidenced by increased numbers, turnover volumes, and employment rates. In 2023, a further increase in investments by Italian venture capital funds is expected, aiming to surpass €1,6 billion by the end of the. Thanks to solid management and a strategic focus on innovative investments, INNOVATIVE-RFK continues to strengthen its positioning in the sector of investments in high-innovation start-ups and SMEs.

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 - Stefania Latin, Rating Analyst

Responsible for Rating Approval - Pinar Dilek, Rating Process Manager