Corporate Credit Rating for BARILLA INIZIATIVE S.P.A.: A3+ (Upgrade)

Press release 26 June 2019

modefinance Corporate Credit Rating (Unsolicited) for BARILLA INIZIATIVE S.P.A.: A3+ (Upgrade)

modefinance published on its CRA website the Corporate Credit Rating of BARILLA INIZIATIVE S.P.A. and the rating assigned to the entity is A3+ (Upgrade).

The company has a good capability of meeting its financial obligations. The high capitalization ensures low dependence on possible adverse macroeconomic conditions.

Reasons behind the review: the publication of 2018 Annual Accounts.

Key Rating Assumptions

The reasons that have driven this decision are:

  • The Group confirms its economic and financial solidity, having a good solvency, an adequate liquidity and a good profitability. Financial and equity structure is solid, able to maintain a long-term balance in a period of economic uncertainty. The company's cash flow is positive, improved respect the previous year. Despite the tougher and fragile economic scenario, Barilla managed to reach a growth in operating sales.
  • Comparing Barilla Iniziative Spa with its peer group, the company is well positioned in terms of turnover (100th percentile of the peer group distribution). The solvency ranking could be improved (45/100) respect to its peer group, while the profitability ranking is within the best companies of the same sector with a ranking of 90/100.
  • Barilla Group is a well-established company with a long history, founded in 1877, with more than 140 years since foundation. It’s a well-diversified company, which operates internationally in 26 countries. All the group companies achieved good results in 2018.
  • Analyzing the industry’s creditworthiness, solvency of the peer group is improving, and it remains at an adequate level, both for leverage and financial leverage. Liquidity ratios are stable at adequate levels. Finally, profitability for the industry has also improved in the last two years considered, settling at sufficient levels. Barilla Iniziative Spa outperformed in terms of profitability.
  • Despite the progressive global economic slowdown, characterized by uncertainty and slowing consumption trends that caused some companies to suspend their investments, in 2018 Barilla shows an increase in sales.
  • Barilla is the only bidder for the purchase of pasta ZARA, located in Muggia (Trieste), for which it will pay 118 million Euros. It is expected that the purchase will lead to benefits in terms of turnover in favor of Barilla.
  • The trade war between China and USA and the increase in protectionist policies continues to represent a point of uncertainty in the upcoming year.


The present Corporate Credit rating is issued by modefinance under EU Regulation 1060/2009 and following amendments.

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Giulia Valentina Facchini – Head Analyst
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Eva Vocci – Assistant Analyst
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Pinar Dilek – Responsible for Rating Approval
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