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      Scope downgrades CDP to BBB+, changes Outlook to Stable

      The rating action follows Scope Ratings’ downgrade of its rating on the Republic of Italy on 7 December. The rating on CDP is aligned to the rating on the Republic of Italy.

      Scope has today downgraded its long- and short-term ratings on Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA. At the same time, the Outlook has also been changed to Stable. The rating action is driven by the recent change in Italy’s credit fundamentals, to which CDP’s rating is aligned.

      The ratings on CDP are driven by its status as Italy’s national promotional institution and the high likelihood that the Italian government would support CDP if needed. However, we also believe that CDP’s financial fundamentals remain strong on their own. Any change in Italy’s rating or a material decline in the degree of integration between CDP and the government of Italy, would be likely to lead to a change in the ratings.

      Scope notes that the new business plan, published on 5 December, aims at further expanding CDP’s activities beyond its more traditional role of channelling postal savings, primarily towards public investment projects.

      In line with previous strategy, CDP’s new management team is looking at areas of partnership with the private sector to leverage its resources, with investments directed primarily at enterprises, including SMEs, as well as public administration and large infrastructure projects.

      While a large proportion of CDP’s assets and liabilities are likely to remain tightly linked to the government sector, Scope will continue to monitor the extent of CDP’s business diversification away from government-related activity.

      Scope also notes positively CDP’s greater focus on sustainable development and cooperation, with EUR 3bn earmarked for the financing of projects in development countries over the plan horizon and a commitment to proactively contribute, through its investments, to the UN sustainable development goals.

      The following ratings were downgraded:

      • Issuer rating to BBB+ from A-; Outlook changed from Negative to Stable
      • Senior unsecured debt rating to BBB+ from A-; Outlook changed from Negative to Stable
      • Short-term ratings to S-2 from S-1; Outlook changed from Negative to Stable

      Stress testing & cash flow analysis
      No stress testing was performed. No cash flow analysis was performed.

      Methodology
      The methodologies used for this rating(s) and/or rating outlook(s) Bank Rating Methodology 2018 and the Government Related Entities Rating Methodology 2018 are available on www.scoperatings.com.
       Historical default rates of the entities rated by Scope Ratings can be viewed in the rating performance report on https://www.scoperatings.com/#governance-and-policies/regulatory-ESMA. Please also refer to the central platform (CEREP) of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA): http://cerep.esma.europa.eu/cerep-web/statistics/defaults.xhtml. A comprehensive clarification of Scope’s definition of default as well as definitions of rating notations can be found in Scope’s public credit rating methodologies on www.scoperatings.com.
      The rating outlook indicates the most likely direction of the rating if the rating were to change within the next 12 to 18 months.

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      The rated entity and/or its agents participated in the rating process.
      The following substantially material sources of information were used to prepare the credit rating: public domain, the rated entity, third parties and Scope Internal sources.
      Scope considers the quality of information available to Scope on the rated entity or instrument to be satisfactory. The information and data supporting Scope’s ratings originate from sources Scope considers to be reliable and accurate. Scope does not, however, independently verify the reliability and accuracy of the information and data.
      Prior to the issuance of the rating or outlook action, the rated entity was given the opportunity to review the rating and/or outlook and the principal grounds on which the credit rating and/or outlook is based. Following that review, the rating was not amended before being issued.

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      This credit rating and/or rating outlook is issued by Scope Ratings GmbH.
      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 ratings/outlooks were last updated on 25.06.2018.
      The short-term rating/outlook was first released by Scope on 01.02.2018. The ratings/outlooks were last updated on 25.06.2018.

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