Corporate Credit Rating 2024 for NWG ENERGIA SPA: A3- (Affirm)

Press release 4 July 2024

Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for NWG ENERGIA SPA: A3- (Affirm)

modefinance published the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETA’ BENEFIT on the website and the rating assigned to the entity is A3- (Affirm). The analysis revealed that the Company's has a strong capacity to fulfill its financial obligations.

NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETA’ BENEFIT operates in the national free electricity market and has been committed to provide its end customers energy supplies exclusively from renewable sources since its establishment in 2014, showing particular attention to environmental sustainability. In 2016, the Company expanded its corporate purpose to include not only profit-making activities, but also common interest purposes, becoming Italy’s first energy B-Corp in the same year. 

Key Rating Assumptions

NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETÀ BENEFIT demonstrates a satisfactory economic and financial situation. The solvency area shows a good improvement in capitalization, while financial indebtedness is decreasing and remains largely sustainable. The financial balance is adequate, with the current ratio above one. Despite the decrease in turnover and operating margins, mainly due to the reduction in energy prices which led to a contraction in profitability indicators, the Company shows good levels of return on equity and return on investment.

The management of credit lines appears to be sound, with punctual payments for loans and long-term debts, and the utilization of self-liquidating and overdraft facilities is well-managed. The Company’s increasing direct procurement on the electricity market has led to a greater absorption of liquidity, while additional liquid resources have been used to reduce financial and tax debt, as well as to pay resolved dividends. Nonetheless, the Company maintains an adequate amount of readily available liquidity.

Regarding governance, the Company has a board of directors supported by a board of statutory auditors, while the auditing of accounts has been entrusted to a specialized firm. In 2022, the Company adopted the Organizational Model pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001 and appointed a Supervisory Board. NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETÀ BENEFIT, which holds 20 percent of its own shares and has no holdings in other companies, has a clearly identifiable group structure, with control traceable to the two founding shareholders of NWG ITALIA. The Company’s positioning appears solid in terms of size and sufficient in terms of solvency compared to the reference peer group; profitability is well above the sector median, thanks to the increased ROE recorded in the financial year 2022. The peer group demonstrates an overall sufficient solvency level, while the liquidity and profitability indicators appear adequate.

The energy sector in Italy holds considerable strategic importance and has recently undergone significant changes due to geopolitical tensions. However, in recent months, the situation appears to have stabilized, with some reduction in commodity prices. The macroeconomic outlook for Italy projects a slowdown in growth for 2024, influenced by high interest rates impacting consumption and investment. Over the medium to long term, inflationary pressures are expected to ease, benefiting GDP growth and public debt sustainability. There is potential for upward revisions in macroeconomic forecast data.

Sensitivity Analysis

The following table lists the factors, actions, or events that could lead to a rating upgrade or downgrade:


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Head Analyst - Stefano Chirsich, Rating Analyst

Responsible for Rating Approval - Pinar Dilek, Rating Process Manager