Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for ITALIA POWER SPA: B1+ (Upgrade)
modefinance published the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of ITALIA POWER S.P.A. on the website and the rating assigned to the entity is B1+ (Upgrade). The analysis revealed it is an adequate company with average capability of repaying financial obligations and it is little affected by adverse economic scenarios.
ITALIA POWER S.P.A. is an Italian energy sector’s company since 2016 and, over its first six years of life, has developed a marked lateral diversification, expanding its business to energy efficiency, marketing of products related to green mobility, mobile telephony, and clothing. The Company’s fast strategic expansion makes it one of the leading ESCo Utilities in Southern Italy.
Key Rating Assumptions
The Company confirms the appreciable economic and financial situation, characterized by a capital endowment capable of covering existing risks without massive recourse to financial debt. The financial balance is confirmed as adequate from a static point of view, while from a more dynamic side, there is an increase in tax receivables to be considered consistent with the growth of operations in the energy efficiency sector. Moreover, lateral diversification continues to ensure sustained profitability. Cash and cash equivalents express a contraction, having been impacted by both new investments and the performance of working capital, which is affected by the aforementioned growth in tax receivables.
The management of credit lines is confirmed to be correct, being characterized by punctuality in payments and the absence of financial tension.
The governance and control system confirm their solidity, with the internal bodies having a collegial form and being supported in their work by an auditing company voluntarily appointed by the Company. Moreover, the Company adopts the organizational model ex-231/2001 and confirms the presence of a supervisory body.
Comparing the Company’s health with the reference peer group, it is possible to note an appreciable positioning in terms of size and profitability; the performance in terms of solvency is also largely sufficient. The peer group expresses an adequate trend in all areas of analysis examined.
Italy’s energy sector has been affected by recent geopolitical tensions, which have led to a rise in energy commodity prices and the need for the national government to diversify its sources of supply. The situation seems to have eased over the past few weeks, with a return to lower prices and greater diversification of production sources. This has led to a revision of the medium/long-term outlook, which is now showing appreciable recovery.
The Italian macroeconomic situation shows modest growth, with rising interest rates, high inflation and unfavorable international scenario as factors of uncertainty, countered by strengthened political stability. The macroeconomic forecast data could be revised upward.
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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