Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for OENERGY S.P.A.: B1 (Upgrade)
modefinance published the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of OENERGY S.P.A. on the CRA website and the rating assigned to the entity is B1 (upgrade). The analysis revealed that the company has an adequate economic-financial situation with average capability of repaying financial obligations and it is little affected by adverse economic scenarios.
OENERGY S.P.A. is a company operating since 2010 in the energy sector and is licensed for retail and wholesale of natural gas and electricity for any typology of customers, from households to large companies. In 2022, the Company managed the difficulties that emerged in the energy sector by repositioning itself on the market, strengthening its sales network and directly contracting institutional operators, making it possible to obtain very positive economic results, outperforming the management forecasts.
Key Rating Assumptions
The Company’s financial and economic situation shows a strong improvement compared to 2021. In particular, in 2022, the Company experienced a significant increase in sales revenue, which amounted to over EUR 40 million (+109% YoY). This result can be attributed to the general increase in gas and energy prices, as well as to the Company's strategies regarding procurement, sales network enlargement and customer portfolio management. The ratios of the profitability area confirm fully sufficient values, thanks to the growing operating margins and net income (€282,000). On the liquidity front, the Company shows a balanced management both in static terms and in the cash flow dynamics. Lastly, on the solvency front, the Company shows a sufficient level of capitalization and a sustainable financial debt in relation to EBITDA and total shareholders’ funds.
The Bank of Italy's Central Risks Report shows a correct management of credit lines.
The Company has an administrative body and a supervisory body, both in a collegial form, and adopts the organizational model ex-231/2001. The Company shows a straightforward corporate structure with a single shareholder represented by 'M2R HOLDING S.R.L.', fully controlled by the entrepreneur Mr. Mattia Pagani. In 2022 OENERGY S.P.A. acquired 30% of OEgreen S.p.A., which produces electricity from renewable sources. In terms of fixed investments, it is also worth highlighting that in 2022 OENERGY continued the implementation of the development plan aimed at building photovoltaic plants: in the next five years, the Company plans to install a fleet of ten plants in Italy, which will further boost the Company’s business. The investments were, moreover, entirely financed with the resources generated by core operations.
Compared to the reference peer group, the Company's positioning is above the 50th percentile in terms of size and solvency, while the performance in terms of profitability is poor, although it should be noted that the latter does not reward the appreciable growth in profitability ratios and economic margins, confirmed also in 2022. The sector peer group expresses sufficient solvency levels, while the financial balance appears adequate and profitability is good.
The energy sector in Italy has a considerable strategic importance and has gone through a period of strong and important changes due to recent geopolitical tensions. In recent weeks, however, the difficult situation seems to have normalized, with a partial reduction in commodity prices. The medium/long-term scenario still appears uncertain, but recovery.
Italian macroeconomic forecasts data shows a modest growth in 2023, characterized by rising rates and inflation. However, it is expected that this situation will be followed by a period of growth trending above pre-pandemic levels. For this reason, macroeconomic forecast data could be revised upwards.
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 – Elisa Graffi (Rating Analyst)
Responsible for Rating Approval – Pinar Dilek (Rating Process Manager)