Corporate Credit Rating 2023 for OPTIMA ITALIA SPA: B1- (First Issuance)

Press release 20 October 2023

Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for OPTIMA ITALIA SPA: B1- (First Issuance)

modefinance published the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of OPTIMA ITALIA SPA on the CRA website and the rating assigned to the entity is B1- (first issuance). The analysis revealed it is an adequate company with average capability of repaying financial obligations and it is little affected by adverse economic scenarios.

OPTIMA ITALIA S.P.A. is an Italian multi-utility company, active in the supply of integrated services. Founded in 1999 on the initiative of Danilo Caruso and Alesso Matrone, the Company began as a provider of B2B telephone services and, since the 2000s, it experienced a progressive lateral diversification, expanding its activity to electricity and natural gas supply. Since 2015, 20% the Company’s share capital has been held by the private equity fund Alpha, through the Luxembourg-based company Optiworld S.a.r.l.. 

Key Rating Assumptions

The Company has a proper composition of financing sources, with limited exposure to the financial system. The existing credit lines appear to be well managed, showing no delays in payments or situations of financial tension. In addition, new resources raised through financing activities appear to be well correlated with new investments. The ratio between current assets and current liabilities is properly balanced, although, from a dynamic point of view, there was a burden on working capital at the end of 2022 due to significant growth in trade receivables (+40.49%).Nevertheless, this did not impact operations, which were able to generate a substantial cash flow, the main driver of the growth in cash and cash equivalents.
Margins appear to have contracted compared to the previous year. 

The Company’s administration and control system appears to be aligned with best practices, with the Supervisory Board ex-231/2001 having collegial form and with a proper division between the legal and tax areas. 

The comparison with the peer group shows that the Company is among the largest in terms of turnover, while solvency and profitability figures are still low. The peer group analyzed expressed a good state of health, with a gradual strengthening of the capital base and a slight growth in profitability acting as driving factors. 

From an operational point of view, as already resumed, the Company operates strong lateral diversification, managing to decrease its exposure to certain sectors in which it operates. The end of the free energy market and the macroeconomic growth, albeit modest, of the Italian economy could be growth factors for the Company. 

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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No amendments were applied after the notification process.

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Head Analyst - Christian Raimondo, Rating Analyst

Responsible for Rating Approval - Pinar Dilek, Rating Process Manager