Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for ITALIA POWER S.P.A.: B1 (First Issuance)
modefinance published the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of ITALIA POWER S.P.A. on the CRA website and the rating assigned to the entity is B1 (first issuance). The analysis revealed it is an adequate company with average capability of repaying financial obligations and it is little affected by adverse economic scenarios.
ITALIA POWER S.P.A. is an Italian energy sector’s company since 2016 and, over its first six years of life, has developed a marked lateral diversification, expanding its business to energy efficiency, production and marketing of products related to green mobility, mobile telephony, and clothing. The Company’s fast strategic expansion makes it one of the main ESCo Utilities in Southern Italy.
Key Rating Assumptions
The company ITALIA POWER S.P.A. presents an economic and financial situation characterized by a correct structure of financing sources, with shareholders’ funds covering over 27% of investments. This results in a limited recourse to financial debts, which is consistent with the capital endowment and sustainable based on the margins produced.
Profitability appears to be in appreciable expansion, well sustained both by the growth in the price of energy commodities and by economic benefits of the diversification strategy adopted by management: the effect has been that of a slight growth in profitability indicators, with ROE to be considered of ample sufficiency. In addition, the financial balance appears adequate, with short-term loans largely composed of trade receivables.
With regard to cash flows, a contraction in cash equivalents can be noticed, which nevertheless remain high despite the erosion caused by investments in the new operating HUB and the negative performance of working capital which proved capable of fully absorbing the amount contributed by the new loans taken out. The analysis of credit lines granted to the Company reveals a low incidence of drawn volumes compared to the operating agreement and, at the same time, punctuality in payments.
The governance and control system adopted by the Company is aligned with best practices: the administrative and control body have a collegial form and they are assisted by the work of an auditing company and the presence of a monocratic supervisory body, appointed in compliance with the adoption of 231/2001 model. The corporate structure appears clear in roles, with the majority of shares directly controlled by the entrepreneur Alessandro Esposito.
In comparison with the peer group of reference, the Company's positioning appears solid in terms of size and solvency, while its positioning based on profitability appears close to the 40th percentile, which can be still considered appreciable. The peer group manifests steady growth in its debt levels, although dependence on the financial system continues to be contained. This contributes to the maintenance of appreciable levels of profitability. Moreover, the sector's financial balance is also adequate.
The energy sector in Italy is going through a period of high uncertainty: in the short term, this is caused by strong geopolitical tensions and the need for the Italian government to go to activate alternative sources of supply. The feedback on the macroeconomic front has been a marked rise in inflation, which has eroded economic growth.
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