Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for UTILITÀ SPA: B1- (Affirm)
modefinance published the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of UTILITÀ SPA on the website and the rating assigned to the entity is B1- (Affirm). The analysis revealed that the Company has an adequate economic and financial situation and can face adverse economic conditions in the medium and long term.
UTILITA’ S.P.A., a key company of Metano Nord Holding Group, was founded in 2000 to offer consulting services, mainly dedicated to SMEs, for the optimization of energy costs. After a steady growth, nowadays the Company is a prominent trader in the Italian energy market that deals with the purchase and supply of electricity and natural gas to large companies, small-medium enterprises, professionals and other traders of the sector.
Key Rating Assumptions
The company presents an economic and financial situation characterized by quite satisfactory solvency levels and effective liquidity management. The profitability indicators, affected by a significant increase in procurement and financing costs, as well as a decline in traded volumes, shows values in contraction. Cash flows highlight a substantial balance: the repayment of financial liabilities is supported by the cash flow from operations and the liquidity released from investment activities.
The management of credit lines appears correct, with punctual payments of loans and long-term debts, and the utilization of self-liquidating risks appears well-managed.
The Company has an administrative body having a collegial form flanked by the Board of Statutory Auditors. The auditing activity is entrusted to KPMG S.P.A. The Company has also adopted the 231 Organizational Model, with Supervisory Board performing periodical audits. The group structure is well defined; the Company is controlled by Metano Nord - Spa and does not hold any shareholdings.
The Company presents a satisfactory positioning in terms of size and solvency, while profitability ranks below the industry median. The peer group, which exhibits a sound profitability, demonstrates an overall satisfactory state of health.
The macroeconomic and geopolitical environment is still uncertain, although the first signs of improvement could lead to an upward revision of the economic forecast for the coming months. The energy sector has shown a price reduction and an improvement in stability in recent months. The outlook in the medium to long term appears in recovery.
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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