Corporate Credit Rating for NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETÀ BENEFIT: A3- (Upgrade)

Press release 23 June 2023

Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETÀ BENEFIT: A3- (Upgrade)

modefinance published the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETÀ BENEFIT on the CRA website and the rating assigned to the entity is A3- (Upgrade). The analysis revealed that the Company has a strong capability 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, thus showing particular attention to the environmental sustainability. In 2016, the Company expanded its corporate purpose to include not only profit-making activities but also common interest purposes and it became, in the same year, Italy's first energy B-Corp

Key Rating Assumptions

NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETA’ BENEFIT demonstrates a satisfactory economic and financial situation. The solvency area shows a good improvement in capitalization, whereas the increase in financial debt remains largely sustainable. The financial balance is adequate, with the current ratio above one. Concerning profitability, the significant expansion of operating margins led to an appreciable improvement in the indicator’s values. 

The management of credit lines appears correct, with punctual payments for loans and long-term debts, whereas the utilization of self-liquidating risks and overdraft facilities risks appear well-managed. Cash flow from operations and newly contracted loans adequately support investments and led to a significant increase in cash and cash equivalents.

Regarding governance, the Company has a board of directors flanked by a board of statutory auditors, whereas the auditing of accounts has been entrusted to a specialized company. In 2022, the Company adopted the Organizational Model pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001 and appointed a Supervisory Board. NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETA' 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, instead, below the 50th percentile. The peer group demonstrates an overall sufficient solvency level, whereas the liquidity and profitability indicators appear adequate. 

The energy sector in Italy holds considerable strategic importance and has been significantly impacted by recent geopolitical tensions. The strategy of diversifying supply sources has contributed to the reduction of energy commodity prices in recent months. The medium/long-term outlook is currently uncertain but shows signs of appreciable recovery.

Sensitivity Analysis

In the following table, the addressing factors, actions or events that could lead to a rating upgrade or a downgrade are summarized: 


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Head Analyst – Stefano Chirsich (Rating Analyst)

Responsible for Rating Approval – Pinar Dilek (Rating Process Manager)