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07/22/2019
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07/16/2019
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Natural gas: an oscillation between boom and gloom

The natural gas market is booming and will increase in the medium term, but many factors point to a less promising future.
Until recently, natural gas was acclaimed as the "cleanest" of fossil fuels and all indicators point to an increase in demand and production.

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07/09/2019
Corporate news, Corporate news

Morocco: payment delays are improving but remain too long

Coface's fourth survey on payment terms in Morocco shows a situation that remains worrying despite a slight improvement.
Coface presents its fourth survey on the payment behavior of companies in Morocco. Carried out at the beginning of 2019, this survey aims to monitor the evolution of payment terms and delays between the various Moroccan economic actors.

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07/04/2019
Corporate news, Corporate news

Positive revenue trend and an increase of 17% in 2017 compared to the previous year for wholesale of wood, construction materials and sanitary equip...

Positive revenue trend and an increase of 17% in 2017 compared to the previous year for wholesale of wood, construction materials and sanitary equipment

Strengths:
• 17% increase in consolidated revenues in the sector;
• The money conversion cycle became positive in 2017, 3 days, from -1 day in 2016;
• Decrease in the period of receivables collection from 64 to 60 days.

Weaknesses:
• More than one third of companies (43%) registered a decrease in revenues;
• Almost a third of the companies operating in this sector do not obtain profit from their core business;
• Among companies with turnover > EUR 1 Million, 2018 was a maximum in terms of the number of incidents recorded and the number of companies for which they were registered.

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06/14/2019
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From copycat to early bird: Taking stock of China’s 5G ambitions

China coordinated its approach to 5G and some successes are already visible. However, China still relies on imports, especially for high-end products, leaving the sector exposed to protectionist threats. Moreover, the deployment of 5G networks by Chinese companies is perceived as a cybersecurity risk by many recipient countries. The US is banning Huawei equipment and pressing its allies to do the same, which could limit the growth of Chinese 5G in the future.

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06/04/2019
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In Global Economic slowdown, Luxury continues to outperform but faces new challenge

In a global economic slowdown, luxury continues to outperform but faces new challenges

Counterfeiting, e-commerce, Chinese consumers importance - even if it is generally relatively spared by recessions, the luxury market must adapt to a profoundly changing economy if it does not want to lose its exceptional status.

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05/22/2019
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

Road freight transport sector: 61% of the companies in this sector exposed to a medium to high and high risk of insolvency

Strengths:
• Consolidated sector revenues increased by 14%
• Over a third of the companies (40%) made investments in 2017
• Profitability ratios have remained at the same level as last year

Vulnerabilities:
• Over half of the companies in the sector are exposed to an insolvency risk above average
• The car fleet is obsolete, with 75% of the registered vehicles in use at the end of the year being older than 10 years, in line with the modest evolution of the infrastructure
• Over one third of the companies (43%) reported a decrease in revenues

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05/06/2019
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

Despite five years of Modinomics, India continues to be constrained by economic fragilities

When Narendra Modi ran for Prime Minister in 2014, he pledged to boost the competitiveness of India’s industrial sector to promote growth. Modi will be running for president again in India’s general elections between 11 April and 19 May. The economy is in a better position than it was in 2014, but many of the structural fragilities that Modi inherited continue to afflict India today and a mixed track record in terms of economic reforms has dampened enthusiasm for Modi.

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04/24/2019
Country risk and economic studies

Coface anticipates a 3% increase in insolvencies in Western Europe and 4% in Central and Eastern Europe

• Signs of a slowing global economy continue to accumulate
• 2019 - the number of insolvencies will increase in two-thirds of countries (+3% in Western Europe)
• The chemical industry in Europe and North America is suffering from fewer opportunities in the automotive sector
• Improvements in assessments are concentrated in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia's upgrade (B)

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04/22/2019
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

Coface strengthens its market position in the Adriatic region by acquiring SID - PKZ, the leading credit insurance company in Slovenia

Coface announces today the acquisition of SID - PKZ, the market leader in credit insurance in Slovenia with a high market share. As Coface has acquired all SID - PKZ shares, the business will operate under the new brand name Coface PKZ. The acquisition supports Coface’s strategy of profitable growth in Central & Eastern Europe region.

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04/08/2019
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

Coface launches credit-insurance offer in Greece

Local companies set to benefit from Coface’s expertise in risk prevention and payment protection.
In line with its strategic ambition to grow in promising new markets, Coface is launching its credit insurance offer in Greece. Coface is now able to strengthen its support to Greek businesses, by providing them with its recognised expertise in monitoring the credit-worthiness of millions of companies all over the world, and by protecting their commercial transactions.

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02/20/2019
Country risk and economic studies

In 2018, insolvencies in Romania remain at approximately the same level of 2017, but the forecasts show an increase of at least 20% in 2019-2020

The macroeconomic context becomes unstable, following the procyclical fiscal policies that cause the increase of a very high fiscal deficit in a period of attenuated economic growth. The number of insolvent companies in 2018 is similar to the one registered in the previous year, namely almost 8,200 companies, and continues to be on the level of the last decade.

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02/20/2019
Country risk and economic studies

Infographic: Situation of Insolvencies in Romania 2018

In 2018, insolvencies in Romania remain at approximately the same level of 2017, but the forecasts show an increase of at least 20% in 2019-2020

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09/05/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Coface announces CEE Top 500 companies: Household consumption boosts economic activity in CEE

The international credit insurance company Coface presents its tenth annual study on the biggest 500 companies in Central and Eastern Europe – the Coface CEE Top 500. It ranks the businesses by their turnover and additionally analyses further facts such as the number of employees, the framework of the companies, sectors and markets as well as the new Coface company credit assessments. The trend of the CEE Top 500 reflects developments in the region.

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08/23/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Insolvencies are the minimum level of the last ten years, but the level of losses generated to creditors is close to the maximum in the last decade

The number of large companies with the turnover over EUR 1 M becoming insolvent registered a growth of almost 5%, reaching 189 insolvent companies in the first semester of the current year.

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08/23/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Infographic: Insolvencies in Romania in the first semester of 2018

4,199 new insolvency procedures were initiated in the first semester of the current year, down by 5% fewer in relation to the same period of the previous year, when 4,442 insolvency procedures were initiated.

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07/11/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Join the ranking of the biggest companies in Central and Eastern Europe

Take this opportunity to present your results and compare them with the largest companies in CEE. The ranking gives you the possibility to show that you belong to the best companies in this region.

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06/27/2018
Country risk and economic studies

41% of the companies of the wholesale of cars and equipment have an insolvency risk above average

41% of the companies of the wholesale of cars and equipment have an insolvency risk above average and the number of companies with banking incidents doubled in 2017 compared to 2016

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06/13/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Residential and non-residential construction works

The sector of residential and non-residential construction works had a negative evolution of the returns in 2016, dropping 8% compared to 2015, while the profitability continued to increase.

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05/14/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Election season in Latin America: Growing political risks undermine economic activity

The Coface Political Risk Index takes into consideration various risk aspects: (...)

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05/05/2018
Country risk and economic studies

The non-specialized wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco

In the sector of non-specialized wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco, more than one third of the companies have had a decrease in their income and 40% an insolvency risk above average.

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