Corporate Credit Rating for GIORGIO ARMANI S.P.A.: A3+ (Affirm)

Press release 25 October 2018

modefinance updated the Corporate Credit Rating for GIORGIO ARMANI S.P.A.: A3+ (Affirm)

modefinance published on its CRA website the Corporate Credit Rating (Affirm) of GIORGIO ARMANI S.P.A., reviewed according to the updated financial statement (31/12/2017).

modefinance confirms the rating previously assigned to the entity, equal to A3+ (Affirm).

Key Rating Assumptions

The company has confirmed its high capability to meet its financial obligations, thanks to a very high capitalization, which makes it resilient to potential adverse macroeconomic conditions.

The reasons that have driven this decision are:

  • The overall financial and economic situation of Giorgio Armani S.p.A. in 2017 can be considered very strong. With respect to the previous year, the Company improved its solvency and liquidity, recording a small decline in profitability, which remained by the way adequate. In terms of solvency, improvements were due to higher shareholders’ funds, and to lower total liabilities, with an almost null exposition towards banks and credit institutions. With regard to liquidity, higher cash and cash equivalents pushed all main indicators on adequate levels, higher than those registered within the sector by healthy companies. Finally, as of profitability, Giorgio Armani S.p.A. recorded a contraction in turnover and in all main operating margins, mainly due to a rationalisation of Group’s portfolio of lines, but all main profitability indicators remained on adequate levels;
  • Comparing Giorgio Armani S.p.A. with its peer group, it emerges that the Italian fashion house is well positioned in terms of turnover, being ranked at the 69th percentile of the peer group distribution. The Group presents an excellent condition of solvency, with a ranking of 91/100, and an adequate profitability, with a ranking of 49/100;
  • Giorgio Armani S.p.A. is a long-established company, being funded in 1975. Today it is a world-wide symbol of fashion and a solid international group, which comprehends 13 subsidiaries and 524 directly managed stores all over the world, with a total of 8,100 employees;
  • The Global Ultimate Owner of Giorgio Armani S.p.A. is Mr. Giorgio Armani, founder and also chairman of the Board of Directors, which includes other six counselors, three of whom belonging to Armani family. Despite being to some extent family managed, results show that the Company has so far been well managed. The overall assessment of the Armani Group, which counts 13 subsidiaries, is positive, since most of the Group’s companies have a good level of creditworthiness. With the establishment of Fondazione Giorgio Armani, the founder and sole owner of the Company has tried to secure the future the Group, which should therefore not be quoted on stock exchanges nor sold, at least in the short run. However, it remains to be seen whether this scheme will succeed and lead the Company to a new prosperous phase;
  • Analyzing industry’s creditworthiness and comparing it with the one of Giorgio Armani S.p.A., it emerges that the Italian maison presents an extremely solid condition of solvency, with better indicators than the peer group, whose median values, however, remained on virtuous levels. The Company outperforms the peer group also in terms of liquidity, thanks to higher values of current and quick ratios, which are, on the other hand, not completely balanced in the sector. Taking profitability into account, the Company presents approximately the same ROE and ROCE of the industry, on adequate levels;
  • Giorgio Armani S.p.A. realizes the majority of its total revenues in Europe, North America and Pacific Asia and it is therefore highly influenced by their macroeconomic situation. In 2017, all main macroeconomic indicators of these regions have shown a recovery, but 2018 forecasts show a slowdown, at least for Europe and China;
  • The Italian government decision to increase the deficit-to-GDP ratio to 2.4% had a negative impact on the BTP-BUND spread, which rose over 300 points. Given the almost null bank exposure of Armani, the higher interest rates do not represent a direct threat to the Company, but the possible negative consequences that this entails cannot be undervalued. Other potential sources of risk could arise from the impacts of the Brexit, in particular if a formal trade agreement is not struck, and from other protectionist policies such as those threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump, although the presence of a Group’s subsidiary in New York should protect the Company from these duties.


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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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