Corporate Credit Rating for UTILITÀ S.P.A.: B1- (First Issuance)

Press release 28 July 2022

Solicited Corporate Credit Rating for UTILITÀ S.P.A.: B1- (First Issuance)

modefinance published the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of UTILITÀ S.P.A. on the 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.

UTILITÀ S.P.A., a major company of Metano Nord Group, was founded in 2000 to offer consulting services mainly dedicated to SMEs for the optimization of energy costs. After a steady growth path, nowadays the Company is a major trader in the Italian energy market that deals with the purchase and supply of electricity and natural gas to large companies, small-medium enterprises, professionals and other traders in the sector.

Key Rating Assumptions

The economic and financial situation is characterized by satisfactory solvency on the whole, and adequate liquidity management. The profitability area shows appreciable improvement in indicators due to the sharp growth in business volume and margins. 

The cash flow analysis points out how the consistent operating cash flow is almost entirely absorbed by the flow from investing activities, consisting mostly of the increase in long-term receivables. Finally, the absorption of resources due to the gradual return from bank exposure contributes to a decrease in year-end liquidity.

The Company has an administrative body having a collegial form flanked by the Board of Statutory Auditors, while the auditing activity is entrusted to KPMG S.P.A.. The Company has also adopted the 231 Organizational Model, with Supervisory Board performing periodical audits. The group structure is well defined, as the Company is controlled by Metano Nord - Spa and itself does not hold any shareholdings. 

The Company presents a largely sufficient positioning in terms of size and solvency, while profitability ranks below the industry median. The peer group expresses stable solvency while current and quick ratio indicators are improving. Profitability, despite the decline seen in 2020, remains sufficient. 

The macroeconomic outlook looks positive but is impacted by the growing uncertainty of recent months: geopolitical tensions and rising inflation are likely to negatively affect economic growth.

Sensitivity Analysis

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


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Head Analyst - Stefano Chirsich, Rating Analyst

Assistant Analyst - Fabio Politelli, Rating Analyst

Responsible for Rating Approval - Pinar Dilek, Rating Process Manager