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      Scope rates Poste Italiane S.p.A. perpetual subordinated hybrid securities at BBB-

      FRIDAY, 01/12/2023 - Scope Ratings GmbH
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      Scope rates Poste Italiane S.p.A. perpetual subordinated hybrid securities at BBB-

      The rating is based on the BBB+/Stable issuer rating of Poste Italiane S.p.A. and deep subordination and hybrid characteristics of the instrument.

      Rating action

      Scope Rating GmbH (Scope) has today assigned a rating of BBB- to the perpetual subordinated 8-year non-call hybrid securities issue issued by Poste Italiane S.p.A.

      The latest information on the rating, including rating reports and related methodologies, is available here.

      Rating rationale

      The BBB- rating for Poste Italiane’s subordinated (hybrid) debt is positioned two notches below the issuer rating of BBB+/Stable. This is attributed to specific characteristics inherent in the hybrid debt offered by the entity.

      Primarily, the deep contractual subordination of the rated instrument places it only ahead of ordinary share capital in terms of priority during repayment. Additionally, the perpetual tenor of the debt and the optional deferral available on every coupon payment date, subject to the issuer's discretion, further influences the rating of the hybrid debt securities.

      Given the above characteristics, Scope has assigned a 50% equity content to the notes.

      These features collectively contribute to the subordinated debt's rating being positioned two notches lower compared to Poste Italiane's issuer rating of BBB+/Stable.

      The EUR 800m issuance in 2021 was aimed to diversify Poste Italiane’s investor base by attracting long-term international investors, strengthen Poste Italiane's capital structure by reinforcing key financial ratios, ensure stability and support growth initiatives compliant with regulatory frameworks. For further information on the rating drivers for the issuer rating (BBB+/Stable), please refer to the rating action release published on 1 December 2023 on Poste Italiane S.p.A.

      Rating Committee
      The main points discussed by the rating committee were: i) Poste Italiane’s issuer rating; and ii) the characteristics of Poste Italiane’s subordinated (hybrid) debt.

      Methodology
      The methodology used for this Credit Rating, (General Corporate Rating Methodology, 16 October 2023), is available on https://scoperatings.com/governance-and-policies/rating-governance/methodologies.
      Information on the meaning of each Credit Rating category, including definitions of default, recoveries, Outlooks and Under Review, can be viewed in ‘Rating Definitions – Credit Ratings, Ancillary and Other Services’, published on https://www.scoperatings.com/governance-and-policies/rating-governance/definitions-and-scales. Historical default rates of the entities rated by Scope Ratings can be viewed in the Credit Rating performance report at https://scoperatings.com/governance-and-policies/regulatory/eu-regulation. 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 Ratings’ definitions of default and Credit Rating notations can be found at https://www.scoperatings.com/governance-and-policies/rating-governance/definitions-and-scales. Guidance and information on how environmental, social or governance factors (ESG factors) are incorporated into the Credit Rating can be found in the respective sections of the methodologies or guidance documents provided on https://scoperatings.com/governance-and-policies/rating-governance/methodologies.

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      The Rated Entity and/or its Related Third Parties participated in the Credit Rating process.
      The following substantially material sources of information were used to prepare the Credit Rating: public domain, the Rated Entity.
      Scope Ratings considers the quality of information available to Scope Ratings on the Rated Entity or instrument to be satisfactory. The information and data supporting the Credit Rating originate from sources Scope Ratings considers to be reliable and accurate. Scope Ratings does not, however, independently verify the reliability and accuracy of the information and data.
      Prior to the issuance of the Credit Rating action, the Rated Entity was given the opportunity to review the Credit Rating and the principal grounds on which the Credit Rating are based. Following that review, the Credit Rating was not amended before being issued.

      Regulatory disclosures
      This Credit Rating is issued by Scope Ratings GmbH, Lennéstraße 5, D-10785 Berlin, Tel +49 30 27891-0. The Credit Rating is UK-endorsed.
      Lead analyst: Alvise Lennkh-Yunus, Managing Director
      Person responsible for approval of the Credit Rating: Giacomo Barisone, Group Managing Director
      The Credit Rating was first released by Scope Ratings on 1 December 2023.

      Potential conflicts
      See www.scoperatings.com under Governance & Policies/Regulatory for a list of potential conflicts of interest disclosures related to the issuance of Credit Ratings.

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