Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETÀ BENEFIT: B1 (First Issuance)
modefinance published the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETA’ BENEFIT 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.
NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETA’ BENEFIT operates in the national free electricity market and since its establishment in 2014 has been committed to guaranteeing its end customers energy supplies exclusively from renewable sources, thus paying particular attention to the environment and sustainability. In 2016, in order to acquire the status of a "Benefit Company," the Company expanded its corporate purpose to include not only profit-making activities but also common interest purposes and becoming, in the same year, Italy's first energy B-Corp.
Key Rating Assumptions
NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETA’ BENEFIT presents a significant expansion of trade payables due to higher costs incurred in energy supply phase, which affects the degree of capitalization. The financial indebtedness, largely concentrated in medium and long-term, appears broadly sustainable with reference to both marginality produced and equity capital.
The management of credit lines appears to be correct, with punctual payments for loans and long-term debts, while the utilization of self-liquidating risks and overdraft facilities risks appear contained. The financial balance is adequate, with current ratio above one.
There is evidence of a contraction in cash flow from operations, which is affected by the absorption of resources by working capital and the reduction in self-financing, while the substantial repayment of financial liabilities results in additional cash absorption. Margins, which were severely affected by the rise in energy prices in the last quarter of 2021, express a significant contraction compared to previous years; nevertheless, data for the first half of 2022 suggest a significant expansion in business volume and a concrete improvement in profitability.
In terms of governance, the Company has a board of directors flanked by a board of statutory auditors, while the auditing of accounts has been entrusted to a specialized company. During 2021 the Company started working on the adoption of the Organizational Model pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001. NWG ENERGIA S.P.A. SOCIETA' BENEFIT, which holds 20 percent of its own shares and has no holdings in other companies. The Company has an easily identifiable group structure, with control traceable to the two founding shareholders of NWG ITALIA.
The Company’s positioning, with respect to the reference peer group, appears solid in terms of size; solvency and profitability are, instead, below the 50th percentile. The peer group expresses overall sufficient solvency while the liquidity and profitability indicators appear 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 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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Head Analyst - Stefano Chirsich, Rating Analyst
Responsible for Rating Approval - Pinar Dilek, Rating Process Manager