Corporate Credit Rating for BARILLA INIZIATIVE S.P.A. (First Issuance)

Press release 16 October 2018

modefinance released the Corporate Credit Rating for BARILLA INIZIATIVE S.P.A.: A3- (First Issuance)

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

Key Rating Assumptions

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

The reasons that have driven this decision are:

  • The Group confirms in time 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 times of economic uncertainty. The company's cash flow is positive, despite the distribution of the dividends which reduced the closing cash. The operating cash flow can face the investments that the Group is implementing. Excellent management of working capital.
  • 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 (39/100) respect to its peer group and the profitability ranking is within the best companies of the same sector with a ranking of 82/100.
  • 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. In 2018, the Group has undergone a simplification of the corporate chain through two mergers by incorporation, which are considered not to have a negative impact on the analysis. Both the parent company and the main subsidiary have solid balance sheet and financial situations.
  • As for solvency and liquidity, Barilla proves to be tendentially more performing than the sector. As for profitability, for all the considered period, profitability indicators definitely outperformed the peer group's median.
  • The Group is mostly subject to macroeconomic situation of Italy (almost the half of turnover), Europe and USA. In 2017 it has been registered a recovery in all areas, with all macroeconomic indicators in improvement. Anyway, 2018 and 2019 forecast underline a slowdown in growth in Italy.
  • Situation of global economic and political instability (protectionist policies, spread, quantitative easing) throws a shed of uncertainty on future macroeconomic scenarios, but apparently are under the control of management.


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

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The present Credit Rating is an opinion of the general creditworthiness that modefinance issues on the rated entity, and should be relied upon to a limited degree. The issued rating is subject to an ongoing monitoring until withdrawal.


Chiara Di Piazza - Head Analyst
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Fabio Politelli - Assistant Analyst
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Pinar Dilek - Responsible for Rating Approval
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