Scope affirms CDP’s Issuer Rating at A- and revises the Outlook to Negative
Scope Ratings has changed to Negative from Stable the Outlook on Cassa Depositi e Prestiti’s (CDP) ratings, citing the institution’s substantial business and balance-sheet concentration in Italian sovereign and sovereign-related risk. At the same time, the rating agency highlighted that while sovereign concentration and the government guarantee on a large segment of the institution’s liabilities are key rating drivers for CDP, they are not the only ones. Scope’s rating analysis continues to consider CDP as a viable financial institution on its own merit, noting that it is managed in an autonomous way for profit generation, rather than as a pure government agency. In addition to mirroring Scope’s assessment of the Italian sovereign (whose A- rating Outlook was recently changed to Negative from Stable), CDP’s ratings remain supported by the institution’s good financial fundamentals, as well as by its low-risk business model.
Scope noted that 2017 results confirmed the strong performance of CDP in terms of financials, with revenues outgrowing costs and with a declining cost/income ratio. The institution continued to execute on its business plan, targeting infrastructure investments, and providing support to Italian companies in their internationalisation efforts.
Going forward, the rating agency cautioned on the potential uncertainties related to the new political dynamics in Italy. It added, however, that it draws some degree of comfort from the fact that CDP’s by-laws contain provisions for enhanced minority rights. Accordingly, Scope believes that the banking foundations, which are minority shareholders, are likely to continue to exert significant influence on CDP’s strategic choices and that the nature of CDP is unlikely to change dramatically as a consequence of the new government.
The following ratings were affirmed with a Negative Outlook:
- A- Issuer Rating
- A- senior unsecured debt ratings
- S-1 short-term debt rating
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No stress testing was performed. No cash flow analysis was performed.
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Lead analyst Marco Troiano, Executive Director
Person responsible for approval of the rating: Samuel Theodore, Group Managing Director
The issuer and the senior unsecured debt ratings/outlooks were first released by Scope on 24.10.2017
The short-term rating/outlook was first released by Scope on 01.02.2018
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