Rome, 3 August 2020 h 2:06 pm - The Board of Directors of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A. (CDP), chaired by Giovanni Gorno Tempini, has today approved the consolidated half-yearly financial report of the CDP Group at 30 June 2020, as presented by the Chief Executive Officer Fabrizio Palermo.
CDP Group supports the Italian economy
In the first half of 2020, new lending, investments and resources made available by the CDP Group totalled € 14.6 billion, allocated mainly as follows:
Continuation of the system-level initiatives launched with the 2019-2021 Business Plan to support the sustainable growth of the Country and additional measures adopted following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response to the latter, CDP Group implemented initiatives to support the production system and local authorities, and ultimately to support the national economy.
New products were launched in support of liquidity constrsints caused by the health emergency. In detail, € 3 billion were allocated to provide direct loans to medium-large businesses and a further € 3 billion made available to SMEs, in the form of indirect loans through the banking system, at policy-controlled, eased interest rates. A 1.5 billion funding agreement with the EIB was also signed in support of more than 6,000 Italian businesses.
In terms of CDP products offered to SMEs, in addition to traditional financing products, CDP has now launched new instruments of alternative financing (Basket Bonds), focused on Southern Italy. The Revolving Fund for Enterprises (FRI – Fondo Rotativo per le Imprese) was also used for the first time at regional level, with significant investments planned in Southern Italy.
Lastly, further steps were taken to ensure greater territorial coverage by opening - in collaboration with ACRI - new regional “CDP Space” desks.
Infrastructures, Public Sector & Territorial Development
The commitment in support of the Public Administration was confirmed through a range of actions aimed at freeing up resources to invest on the ground and the significant increase of the commitment to infrastructure (around +140% increase in resources employed by CDP).
The main actions included:
International Development Cooperation
Continuation of the activities launched to support international development. The main actions included:
Investments in enterprises continued, both directly and through private equity and venture capital funds. The main actions included:
Income statement and balance sheet results1
Notwithstanding the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, net income of the Parent Company was in excess of € 1.3 billion (€ 1.5 billion in 1H 2019), with gross income at € 1.9 billion, substantially in line with 1H 2019.
At 30 June 2020, total assets stood at € 412 billion, marking an increase on year-end 2019 (€ 386 billion), and mainly comprised of cash and other treasury lending (€ 184 billion), loans to customers and banks (€ 104 billion), debt securities (€ 78 billion) and equity investments and funds (€ 35 billion).
On the liabilities side, at 30 June 2020 total funding stood at € 382 billion, marking an increase on 31 December 2019 (€ 356 billion). Postal funding, in particular, was in excess of € 271 billion (€ 265 billion at year-end 2019) thanks to the performance of CDP net funding, which also benefitted from the launch of new products and the activation of new digital services, which contributed to a significant growth in online sales (+85% vs. 1H 2019)
In the first six months of the year CDP also continued its initiatives in the area of sustainable funding with 2 new Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) issues, in particular, the Social Housing Bond (€ 750 million) and the Covid-19 Social Response Bond (€ 1 billion).
Equity stood at € 24 billion (€ 25 billion at 31 December 2019).
Within its scope of consolidation, the CDP Group2 reported a profit before tax of € 0.8 billion for the period (€ 1.1 billion in the same period of 2019). With the residual companies included in the scope of consolidation, the Group posted a consolidated net loss of € 0.7 billion for the period (vs. a consolidated net profit of € 2.2 billion in 1H 2019). The change, equal to -€ 2.9 billion, is mainly due to the effects of the accounting of ENI with the equity method (-€ 2.3 billion vs. the same period of the prior year). In fact, ENI posted a net loss of € 7.34 billion in the half year period. The loss pertaining to the Parent Company was -€ 1.4 billion.
At 30 June 2020, total assets stood at € 474 billion vs. € 449 billion in December 2019. In detail, cash and cash equivalents amounted to € 182 billion (€ 171 at 31 December 2019), lending to customers and banks totalled € 113 billion (€ 106 billion at 31 December 2019), debt securities came to € 91 billion (€ 85 billion at 31 December 2019) and equity investments totalled more than € 16 billion (€ 19 billion at 31 December 2019).
Consolidated equity stood at € 32 billion, of which € 19 billion referring to Group equity.
Note that the Independent Auditors are currently completing a limited scope audit on the condensed consolidated half-year financial statements at 30 June 2020. The reclassified schedules attached hereto are not audited by the independent auditors.
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The Manager in charge with preparing the company's financial reports, Paolo Calcagnini, hereby confirms, pursuant to art. 154-bis, paragraph 2, of the Consolidated Law on Finance (TUF), that the accounting information provided in this announcement is consistent with the information contained in the accounting books, records and documents.
The 2020 Half-yearly Financial Report, the written statement given pursuant to art. 154-bis, paragraph 5, of the Consolidated Law on Finance and the Independent Auditor’s Report shall be made available to the public, at the registered office, on CDP’s website and via any other means provided for in the regulations in force, within the statutory deadline.
1The figures of the CDP Group and of CDP S.p.A., as shown and commented below, are taken from the income statement and the balance sheet, reclassified on the basis of the operational criteria currently adopted, as shown in the enclosed statements of reconciliation. The comparative information reflects the reclassified figures as at 31 December 2019 for the balance sheet and as at 30 June 2019 for the income statement. The reclassified schedules and the statements of reconciliation are annexed hereto.
2The CDP Group, comprised of the Parent Company, the SACE Group and the subsidiaries subject to management and coordination, as shown in the Consolidated information on operating segments.