INNOVATIVE-RFK S.P.A. Corporate Credit Rating (Downgrade)

Press release 19 April 2021

INNOVATIVE-FRK S.P.A. rating update

modefinance published the review of the Solicited Corporate Credit Rating of INNOVATIVE-RFK SPA on its CRA website, and the rating assigned to the entity is B1 (downgrade). The analysis revealed that the Company has average capability of repaying financial obligations, although possible adverse macroeconimic conditions or different management or strategies might impact on the capability of repaying debt.

Innovative-RFK is an investment company founded in 2017 by the same partners of Red-Fish Kapital, a company that has been long active in the field of private equity investment. The investment target of i-RFK is innovative start-ups and SMEs with a solid profitability profile in terms of marginality, turnover growth and cash generation.

i-RFK stands as investment partner through the purchase of minority shares, while increasing SME and start-ups values, and leading them towards a listing on the AIM Italy stock exchange or other Growth Market SME.

Key Rating Assumption

The company has an adequate economic and financial situation, although it shows a decline in profitability also dictated by strategic and financial choises. The situation is not surprising, as the company is focusing its efforts on investment activities in anticipation of future returns.

The analysis of the Central Credit Register does not report any critical issue.

The company is listed on Euronext stock exchange market and about a quarter of the shares are floating. The stock has experienced little price fluctuations, mainly due to its lack of liquidity. Nevertheless, the company has not been affected bu the crisii caused bu the outbreak of Covid-19.

The corporate structure is stable and all the subjects, both physical and legal, appear well-defined in their roles and responsabilities.

The company was founded in 2017 and went public on Euronext in 2019. In 2020, it further strengthened its growth by increasing investments, supported by an increase in capital and an inflow of alternative financing.

Compared to the reference peer group, the company appears well-positioned in terms of solvency and size. Profitability can be improved.

The innovative SME market, in which the analyzed company invests, constantly grows in terms of numbers, turnover, and employed workforce. The pandemic does not seem to slow down this growth and the various Governments continue to invest in this sector.

Under the macroeconomic point of view, the general conditions are negative and the emergency related to the pandemic continues to burden the national and global economy. The continues closure and general uncertainity can only make evertything very difficult.

Sensitivity Analysis

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


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

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Head Analyst – Fabio Politelli
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Responsible for Rating Approval – Pinar Dilek
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