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      Scope places ITK Holding’s BB- issuer rating under review for a possible upgrade

      TUESDAY, 28/11/2023 - Scope Ratings GmbH
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      Scope places ITK Holding’s BB- issuer rating under review for a possible upgrade

      The rating’s placement under review reflects the recently announced change in shareholder structure, with Hungarian oil and gas company MOL Group advancing towards full control of ITK Holding.

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

      Rating action

      Scope Ratings GmbH (Scope) has today placed the BB- issuer rating and BB- senior unsecured debt rating of ITK Holding Zrt under review for a possible upgrade.

      Rating rationale

      The change of shareholder structure was announced in a press release dated 20 November 2023 . The transaction is expected to positively affect the credit rating of ITK Holding, as MOL Group is rated significantly higher than the issuer (Scope’s rating on MOL Magyar Olaj- és Gázipari Nyrt. is available to ScopeOne subscribers). On top of its core activities in the oil and gas sector, MOL is active in a diverse range of industries (waste management, car sharing, e-charging, etc. services amongst others).

      ITK Holding has previously been operating as a joint venture between MOL E-mobilitás Kft (a 100% subsidiary of MOL) and a private investor represented by ITK Invest Kft., with no sole controlling interest at either party and ITK Holding was not included in the scope of consolidation for MOL Group. The new structure is expected to result in closer integration, in ITK Holding becoming a fully consolidated entity of MOL Group and a further consolidation on the management and operational level, with the appointment of a new CEO, CFO, other executives and change of auditors. The motive for MOL’s enlarged ownership in ITK Holding is to be seen in the context of its strategy to further diversify its business with a focus on mobility and transportation.

      Under review for a possible upgrade

      The issuer rating is under review for a possible upgrade. Scope will closely follow developments related to the ongoing transaction. An upgrade could be triggered by the finalisation of the transaction resulting in ITK Holding’s integration into the MOL Group as a consolidated entity. Despite the weak standalone financials of ITK Holding, a likely upgrade -not limited to one notch -could be triggered by MOL’s commitments in the new shareholder structure, and the form and degree of integration.

      Long-term debt ratings

      The BB- long-term debt rating for senior unsecured debt issued by ITK Holding is also place under review for a possible upgrade. 

      Stress testing & cash flow analysis
      No stress testing was performed. Scope Ratings performed its standard cash flow forecasting for the company.

      Methodology
      The methodologies used for these Credit Ratings, (European Automotive and Commercial Vehicle Manufacturers Rating Methodology, 11 February 2022; General Corporate Rating Methodology, 16 October 2023), are 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.
      The Outlook indicates the most likely direction of the Credit Ratings if the Credit Ratings were to change within the next 12 to 18 months.

      Solicitation, key sources and quality of information
      The Credit Ratings were not requested by the Rated Entity or its Related Third Parties. The Credit Rating process was conducted:
      With the Rated Entity or Related Third Party participation    YES
      With access to internal documents                                       YES
      With access to management                                                YES
      The following substantially material sources of information were used to prepare the Credit Ratings: public domain, the Rated Entity and Scope Ratings' internal sources.
      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 Ratings 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 Ratings and the principal grounds on which the Credit Ratings are based. Following that review, the Credit Ratings were not amended before being issued.
       
      Regulatory disclosures
      These Credit Ratings are issued by Scope Ratings GmbH, Lennéstraße 5, D-10785 Berlin, Tel +49 30 27891-0. The Credit Ratings are UK-endorsed.
      Lead analyst: Istvan Braun, Associate Director
      Person responsible for approval of the Credit Ratings: Olaf Tölke, Managing Director
      The Credit Ratings/Outlooks were first released by Scope Ratings on 14 April 2021. The Credit Ratings/Outlooks were last updated on 13 April 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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