IFIL - Standard & Poor’s downgrades the Company’s rating from A-/A-2 to BBB+/A-2October 26, 2005
In accordance with paragraph 10 of article 2.6.2. of Borsa Italiana Market Rules, IFIL
makes it known that Standard & Poor’s – following the investment in Fiat announced last
September 15 – has downgraded the Company’s rating from A-/A-2 to BBB+/A-2.
IFIL emphasizes that the downgrade is not due to a worsening of the solidness of the
Company’s equity, as demonstrated by its net financial position, which is positive for
In commenting on S&P’s decision, IFIL affirms the soundness of the investment in Fiat
in September, notwithstanding that this meant a less diversified portfolio. It also confirms
its confidence in reaching the objectives of the turnaround plan now in effect at Fiat. The
success of this plan would result in a considerable growth in the value of the investment
in the motor vehicle group. As for its strategy, IFIL intends to continue its commitment
to seek and invest in new ventures.