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Asia Pacific: an increase in payment duration in 2018

Payment Practices Barometer

  • Australia,
  • China,
  • Chemicals/Pharma,
  • Construction,

23rd May 2018

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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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    Corporate insolvencies begin to rise

    Economic research

    • Australia,
    • Austria,
    • General economic

    26th February 2019

    After nearly a decade of annual improvements, 2019 is expected to mark the first year of insolvency growth since the crisis.

    Market Monitor construction UK 2019

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Construction

    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.

    Market Monitor construction USA 2019

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Construction

    21st February 2019

    The construction materials subsector clearly benefits from increased building material prices, and elevated costs are expected to persist throughout 2019.

    Market Monitor Construction France 2019

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Construction

    21st February 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.

    Market Monitor Construction Germany 2019

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Construction

    21st February 2019

    Many smaller construction companies have weak equity ratios and limited financial scope, which makes them vulnerable to payment delays and defaults.

    Market Monitor construction Sweden 2019

    Market Monitor

    • Sweden
    • Construction

    21st February 2019

    Competition in the Swedish construction sector is high and consolidation is ongoing, with financially stronger groups buying financially weaker peers.

    Market Monitor construction Denmark 2019

    Market Monitor

    • Denmark
    • Construction

    21st February 2019

    The insolvency level is high compared to other industries, and after increasing in 2018 business failures are expected rise further in H1 of 2019.

    Market Monitor construction Singapore 2019

    Market Monitor

    • Singapore
    • Construction

    21st February 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.

    Market Monitor Construction Belgium 2019

    Market Monitor

    • Belgium
    • Construction

    21st February 2019

    The overall indebtedness of many Belgian construction businesses is still high, while banks remain rather unwilling to provide credit to the industry.

    Market Monitor construction Italy 2019

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Construction

    21st February 2019

    Besides the low spending capacity, ongoing tight lending conditions set by banks remain one of the main reasons for the subdued sector performance.

    Market Monitor construction Australia 2019

    Market Monitor

    • Australia
    • Construction

    21st February 2019

    Payments in the Australian construction sector take 30-60 days on average, and the level of protracted payments and insolvencies was high in 2018.

    Market Monitor construction Spain 2019

    Market Monitor

    • Spain
    • Construction

    21st February 2019

    Late payments by mainly larger companies continue to negatively affect the working capital management of many smaller businesses in all segments.

    Market Monitor construction Netherlands 2019

    Market Monitor

    • Netherlands
    • Construction

    21st February 2019

    Mid-sized businesses are facing profitability issues due to higher labour costs triggered by shortage of qualified staff and increased commodity prices.

    Promising emerging markets for 2019

    Economic research

    • Bulgaria,
    • Indonesia,
    • General economic

    14th February 2019

    Despite increasing clouds on the horizon, there remain several bright spots for export opportunities in emerging markets.

    Country Report Mexico 2019

    Country report

    • Mexico
    • General economic

    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.

    Country Report United States 2019

    Country report

    • USA
    • General economic

    7th February 2019

    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.

    Country Report Canada 2019

    Country report

    • Canada
    • General economic

    7th February 2019

    Despite a forecast growth slowdown in 2019 the economy should still experience positive momentum, with low unemployment and manageable inflation.

    Market Monitor food United Kingdom 2018

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Food

    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.

    Market Monitor food France 2018

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Food

    19th December 2018

    Many food producers and processors struggle to pass on higher input prices, which is hampered by the high concentration and market power of retailers.

    Market Monitor food Denmark 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Denmark
    • Food

    19th December 2018

    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.

    Market Monitor food Ireland 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Ireland
    • Food

    19th December 2018

    Despite efforts of food exporters to diversify shipments away from Britain, a hard Brexit remains a major challenge, also for shipments to mainland Europe.

    Market Monitor food Netherlands 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Netherlands
    • Food

    19th December 2018

    Growth is set to continue, but the strong export orientation makes many food businesses susceptible to trade disputes and price/currency fluctuations.

    Market Monitor food Germany 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Food

    19th December 2018

    Many meat processors and producers suffer from higher procurement prices, while their ability to pass on those increases to retailers is limited.

    Market Monitor food Italy 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Food

    19th December 2018

    Even the biggest food retailers are small compared to other major international players, and e-commerce is increasingly challenging traditional businesses.

    Market Monitor food Mexico 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Mexico
    • Food

    19th December 2018

    The new Mexican government could launch policies in order to increase domestic production and put emphasis on domestic agricultural support programmes.

    Market Monitor food Australia 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Australia
    • Food

    19th December 2018

    Higher input costs have increased the pressure on margins in recent years, with a recent draught in Australia having and additional negative impact.

    Market Monitor food Poland 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Poland
    • Food

    19th December 2018

    The number of protracted payments in the sector is rather high as larger businesses use their leverage against suppliers by demanding long payment terms.

    No-deal Brexit risks driving up insolvencies

    Economic research

    • United Kingdom
    • General economic

    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.

    Goodbye NAFTA, hello USMCA

    Economic research

    • Canada,
    • Mexico,
    • General economic

    3rd December 2018

    The USMCA has finally been signed on November 30, easing short-term uncertainty surrounding North American trade.

    Market Monitor Steel Metals Czech Republic 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Czech Republic
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    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.

    Market Monitor Steel Metals Poland 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Poland
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    27th November 2018

    Both payment delays and insolvencies could increase in 2019, especially if price and margin pressures rise and activity in the construction sector slows.

    Market Monitor Steel Metals Spain 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Spain
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    27th November 2018

    Competitiveness of the steel and metals industry remains negatively impacted by power costs, which are about 30%-50% higher than in France or Germany.

    Market Monitor Steel Metals Netherlands 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Netherlands
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    27th November 2018

    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.

    Market Monitor Steel Metals France 2018

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    27th November 2018

    Payment delays or rescheduling schemes are currently on an upward trend, as producers are facing cash pressure due to heavier working capital requirements.

    Market Monitor Steel Metals Italy 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    27th November 2018

    Higher margin pressure as demand from the automotive sector is expected to decrease in the coming months, while demand from construction remains sluggish.

    Market Monitor Steel Metals China 2018

    Market Monitor

    • China
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    27th November 2018

    The number and amount of protracted payments and insolvencies remains high, and many private-owned steel and metals producers face serious troubles.

    Market Monitor Steel Metals Canada 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Canada
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    27th November 2018

    Payment delays and insolvencies will probably increase until the new USMCA trade agreement is ratified and the US import tariff issue is resolved.

    Market Monitor Steel Metals Germany 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    27th November 2018

    Despite the comprehensive safeguarding measures imposed by the EU, the risk of declining steel prices as a result of additional steel inflow remains.

    Market Monitor Steel Metals UK 2018

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    27th November 2018

    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.

    Market Monitor Steel Metals USA 2018

    Market Monitor

    • USA
    • Metals,
    • Steel

    27th November 2018

    Mid-level producers, smaller steel and metals service centres have started to feel cash flow and profit margin pressure after the imposition of tariffs.

    Southeast Asia - coping well with headwinds

    Economic research

    • Indonesia,
    • Malaysia,
    • General economic

    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.

    Market Monitor Machines China 2018

    Market Monitor

    • China
    • Machines/Engineering

    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.

    Market Monitor Machines France 2018

    Market Monitor

    • France
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Many producers are under pressure to either expand/grow or refuse orders, while difficulties in hiring skilled staff impacts further business expansion.

    Market Monitor Machines Italy 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Italy
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    As in previous years, competition remains strong in the domestic market, mainly among small and medium-sized machinery companies depending on construction.

    Market Monitor Machines United Kingdom 2018

    Market Monitor

    • United Kingdom
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    A modest insolvency increase is expected in 2019, with businesses related to oil and gas exploration, construction and agricultural markets mainly exposed.

    Market Monitor Machines Belgium 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Belgium
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    The demand situation for Belgian machinery businesses is generally positive, but remains affected by difficulties in some major buyer industries.

    Market Monitor Machines Denmark 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Denmark
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    There is pressure on the profits of turbine manufacturers and their suppliers along the value chain, and further consolidation seems to be likely.

    Market Monitor Machines Germany 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Germany
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Due to its high export ratio the industry is highly susceptible to rising geopolitical risks, exchange rate volatility, and rising protectionism.

    Market Monitor Machines Singapore 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Singapore
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Business performance and profit margins of machinery traders could be negatively affected by the ongoing trade dispute between China and the United States.

    Market Monitor Machines Spain 2018

    Market Monitor

    • Spain
    • Machines/Engineering

    13th November 2018

    Due to its high export ratio the industry is highly susceptible to external risks like a deterioration in the Eurozone and rising protectionism.

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