Scope affirms CDP's issuer rating at BBB+ and revises the Outlook to Stable
Scope Ratings GmbH (Scope) has today affirmed the BBB+ issuer rating of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA (CDP) along with the BBB+ rating on its senior unsecured debt. The long-term rating Outlook has been changed to Stable from Negative. The S-2 short-term rating has been affirmed with a Stable Outlook.
The rating action on CDP follows Scope’s recent revision of the Outlook on the Republic of Italy1 to Stable from Negative on 20 August. Italy’s long-term local- and foreign-currency issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings were affirmed at BBB+.
The ratings on CDP reflect the issuer’s role as Italy’s National Promotional Institution and its majority control and ownership by the Republic of Italy (rated BBB+, Stable Outlook).
Despite the absence of an explicit guarantee on all CDP’s liabilities, Scope deems the likelihood of exceptional support high, given the strategic importance of the institution for the state, the lack of credible alternative players for the same role and the severe implications a default would have for the Italian economy and public finances.
CDP was at the forefront of policy action amid the Covid-19 crisis in 2020. SACE, a subsidiary of CDP, was designated as the main vehicle for the provision of guarantees on business loans. Additionally, the institution provided approx. EUR 4bn of direct funding to support medium and large corporates’ liquidity needs, EUR 3bn of indirect funding to SMEs, and EUR 22bn in deferrals on public sector loans. The expansion of CDP’s balance sheet highlights the countercyclical nature of National Promotional Institutions’ role during recessions.
Along with its mission of supporting the economy through the direct and indirect financing of private enterprises and public administrations, starting in 2021 CDP operate as advisor and manager of the equity and debt initiatives within the ‘Patrimonio Rilancio’. This is a temporary and extraordinary instrument, which will mobilise up to EUR 44bn of public resources to support companies hit by the crisis.
The ratings also acknowledge CDP’s strong standalone fundamentals, which are notable when compared to other domestic financial institutions. Given CDP’s role as the Italian National Promotional Institution, its exposure to Italian public finance entities, both governmental and local, is material and reflects favourably on the institution’s asset quality.
The portfolio of equity stakes provides a reliable flow of dividends and represents a source of revenue diversification outside government-related activities.
Outlook - rating-change drivers
The Outlook is Stable reflecting the Outlook on the Republic of Italy’s rating.
A material change in the Republic of Italy’s credit fundamentals, as reflected by the sovereign rating, could move CDP’s rating in either direction.
A material decrease in the likelihood of external support from the Republic of Italy coupled with a shift in the balance sheet towards riskier activities would put downward pressure on the ratings.
Rating driver references
1. 20 August 2021 Rating action on Italy
Stress testing & cash flow analysis
No stress testing was performed. No cash flow analysis was performed.
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Lead analyst: Chiara Romano, Associate Director
Person responsible for approval of the Credit Ratings: Dierk Brandenburg, Managing Director
The issuer Credit Rating/Outlook was first released by Scope Ratings on 24 October 2017. The Credit Rating/Outlook was las updated on 22 May 2020.
The senior unsecured debt Credit Rating/Outlook was first released by Scope Ratings on 24 October 2017. The Credit Rating/Outlook was las updated on 22 May 2020.
The short-term Credit Rating/Outlook was first released by Scope Ratings on 1 February 2018. The Credit Rating/Outlook was last updated on 22 May 2020.
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