Corporate Credit Rating for PRADA S.P.A.: A3 (Affirm)

Press release 12 June 2019

modefinance Corporate Credit Rating (Unsolicited) for PRADA S.P.A.: A3 (Affirm)

modefinance published on its CRA website the Corporate Credit Rating (Affirm) of PRADA S.P.A. and the rating assigned to the entity is A3.

The company has a good capability of meeting its financial obligations. The high capitalization ensures low dependence on possible adverse macroeconomic conditions.

Reason for review: publication of 2018 Annual Accounts.

Key Rating Assumptions

The reasons that have driven this decision are:

  • Prada Group 2018 accounts have positively impacted on the balance sheet structure, with a consolidation of the financial position and an increase in net sales after a period of downturn. The company is still undergoing a period of transition and the potential acceleration of profits still has low visibility. Operating margins are lower than expectations, but it seems that management policies will show the expected results in the next years. As for cash flow, there are no problems relating to the generation of operating cash flows, and in two years the company has distributed over 500 million EUR in dividends and invested as many, demonstrating great financial capacity.
  • As in the last considered periods, comparing Prada S.p.A. with its peer group the company is among the largest in the sector, although profitability can be improved. Prada is a long-established company and has a leadership position in its pertaining peer group.
  • In the last four-year period, industry players are good in all considered ratio. Prada outperformed the peer group regarding solvency, liquidity slightly worsened, but it’s aligned with the industry and profitability remains the weakest aspect and could be improved. Compared to the previous year, the comparison between Prada and its peer group does not underline negative issues.
  • The three main macroeconomic areas where Prada operates (Italy, Europe, China) showed a less performing 2018 from the point of view of global economic growth compared to 2017 due to several reasons (economic duties, political reasons, terrorism, monetary reasons, etc.) that could lead to further slowdowns even in the coming years. The situation remains uncertain. The Political tensions in countries are intensifying, as trade relationship tension between countries (China and USA). Unfavorable economic conditions, social or geopolitical situations leading to instability could result in lower travel volumes which might affect negatively the company, since an important part of sales is generated from tourism.


The present Corporate Credit rating is issued by modefinance under EU Regulation 1060/2009 and following amendments.

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Chiara Di Piazza - Head Analyst
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Pinar Dilek - Responsible for Rating Approval
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