Payment Practices Barometer
23rd May 2018
Despite minor improvements, the impact of late payments cannot be denied and businesses in Asia Pacific need more time to convert B2B invoices into cash.
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26th February 2019
After nearly a decade of annual improvements, 2019 is expected to mark the first year of insolvency growth since the crisis.
21st February 2019
As many building materials are imported from the EU tariffs or limits on quantities imported after Brexit could lead to higher costs and material shortage.
The construction materials subsector clearly benefits from increased building material prices, and elevated costs are expected to persist throughout 2019.
The payment duration in the industry has increased to 70 days on average, and the payment experience over the past two years has been rather bad.
Many smaller construction companies have weak equity ratios and limited financial scope, which makes them vulnerable to payment delays and defaults.
Competition in the Swedish construction sector is high and consolidation is ongoing, with financially stronger groups buying financially weaker peers.
The insolvency level is high compared to other industries, and after increasing in 2018 business failures are expected rise further in H1 of 2019.
Payment behaviour in the construction industry slowly deteriorated in 2017 and 2018, and this negative trend is expected to continue in the coming months.
The overall indebtedness of many Belgian construction businesses is still high, while banks remain rather unwilling to provide credit to the industry.
Besides the low spending capacity, ongoing tight lending conditions set by banks remain one of the main reasons for the subdued sector performance.
Payments in the Australian construction sector take 30-60 days on average, and the level of protracted payments and insolvencies was high in 2018.
Late payments by mainly larger companies continue to negatively affect the working capital management of many smaller businesses in all segments.
Mid-sized businesses are facing profitability issues due to higher labour costs triggered by shortage of qualified staff and increased commodity prices.
14th February 2019
Despite increasing clouds on the horizon, there remain several bright spots for export opportunities in emerging markets.
7th February 2019
The economic impact of USMCA on Mexican-US trade is likely to be limited, as it is effectively a small modification of the pre-existing NAFTA agreement.
Trade policy uncertainty is one of the top risks to US businesses and consumers in 2019 that may bring the next downturn on more quickly than expected.
Despite a forecast growth slowdown in 2019 the economy should still experience positive momentum, with low unemployment and manageable inflation.
19th December 2018
Some larger players continue to push the supply chain on price and longer payment terms, adding cash flow challenges to mainly smaller food businesses.
Many food producers and processors struggle to pass on higher input prices, which is hampered by the high concentration and market power of retailers.
As the UK is a major Danish export market, a hard Brexit could trigger a significant decrease in Danish export of food and agricultural products.
Despite efforts of food exporters to diversify shipments away from Britain, a hard Brexit remains a major challenge, also for shipments to mainland Europe.
Growth is set to continue, but the strong export orientation makes many food businesses susceptible to trade disputes and price/currency fluctuations.
Many meat processors and producers suffer from higher procurement prices, while their ability to pass on those increases to retailers is limited.
Even the biggest food retailers are small compared to other major international players, and e-commerce is increasingly challenging traditional businesses.
The new Mexican government could launch policies in order to increase domestic production and put emphasis on domestic agricultural support programmes.
Higher input costs have increased the pressure on margins in recent years, with a recent draught in Australia having and additional negative impact.
The number of protracted payments in the sector is rather high as larger businesses use their leverage against suppliers by demanding long payment terms.
10th December 2018
The UK leaving the EU without a deal would be a major disruption, causing business insolvencies to be higher in the UK and EU27.
3rd December 2018
The USMCA has finally been signed on November 30, easing short-term uncertainty surrounding North American trade.
27th November 2018
The main potential downside risk for the industry is a deterioration in orders from main buyer industries, especially from the automotive sector.
Both payment delays and insolvencies could increase in 2019, especially if price and margin pressures rise and activity in the construction sector slows.
Competitiveness of the steel and metals industry remains negatively impacted by power costs, which are about 30%-50% higher than in France or Germany.
Despite ongoing price pressure the general outlook for the Dutch steel/metals sector is positive, and the impact of the US import tariffs is very limited.
Payment delays or rescheduling schemes are currently on an upward trend, as producers are facing cash pressure due to heavier working capital requirements.
Higher margin pressure as demand from the automotive sector is expected to decrease in the coming months, while demand from construction remains sluggish.
The number and amount of protracted payments and insolvencies remains high, and many private-owned steel and metals producers face serious troubles.
Payment delays and insolvencies will probably increase until the new USMCA trade agreement is ratified and the US import tariff issue is resolved.
Despite the comprehensive safeguarding measures imposed by the EU, the risk of declining steel prices as a result of additional steel inflow remains.
EU safeguarding measures against steel imports could become an issue if the EU and the UK fail to reach an agreement on the post Brexit trade relationship.
Mid-level producers, smaller steel and metals service centres have started to feel cash flow and profit margin pressure after the imposition of tariffs.
15th November 2018
Southeast Asia is facing headwinds in the face of the US-China trade war and increased global market volatility, but strong domestic policymaking and economic fundamentals should mitigate risks.
13th November 2018
Despite ongoing growth, there are challenges ahead, as profit margins of businesses decreased in 2017 and H1 of 2018 due to sharply increased input costs.
Many producers are under pressure to either expand/grow or refuse orders, while difficulties in hiring skilled staff impacts further business expansion.
As in previous years, competition remains strong in the domestic market, mainly among small and medium-sized machinery companies depending on construction.
A modest insolvency increase is expected in 2019, with businesses related to oil and gas exploration, construction and agricultural markets mainly exposed.
The demand situation for Belgian machinery businesses is generally positive, but remains affected by difficulties in some major buyer industries.
There is pressure on the profits of turbine manufacturers and their suppliers along the value chain, and further consolidation seems to be likely.
Due to its high export ratio the industry is highly susceptible to rising geopolitical risks, exchange rate volatility, and rising protectionism.
Business performance and profit margins of machinery traders could be negatively affected by the ongoing trade dispute between China and the United States.
Due to its high export ratio the industry is highly susceptible to external risks like a deterioration in the Eurozone and rising protectionism.