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05/24/2022
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05/17/2022
Country risk and economic studies

COFACE CHINA CORPORATE PAYMENT SURVEY: INCREASING RISKS IN SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTIONS AND RISING RAW MATERIAL PRICES

Coface’s 2022 China Corporate Payment Survey shows that fewer firms encountered payment delays in 2021, but those that did report longer periods of overdue payments than in the previous year. The average payment delay rose from 79 days in 2020 to 86 days in 2021. Firms in 9 out of 13 sectors reported an increase in payment delays, led by agri-food, which recorded the largest increase of 43 days, followed by wood, transport, and textile.

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05/10/2022
Country risk and economic studies

CEE COMPANY INSOLVENCIES ON THE RISE

• Corporate insolvencies in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) increased in 2021, almost reaching pre-pandemic levels in most countries, after a drop of proceedings in 2020.
• Seven countries experienced a higher number of insolvencies (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia), and five countries recorded a decrease (Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Serbia and Slovenia).
• Due to COVID support measures being phased out and the consequences of the Russia-Ukraine war, CEE corporate insolvencies are expected to rise in the coming quarters.

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05/05/2022
Corporate news

War in Ukraine: Many (big) losers, few (real) winners

More than two months after the start of the war in Ukraine, of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, prospects for a rapid resolution of the war seem increasingly unlikely. As sanctions against Russia continue to pile up, a return to the pre-war situation seems illusory, even in the event of an early end to the conflict.

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04/05/2022
Corporate news

COFACE INCREASES ITS FOOTPRINT IN NEW ZEALAND WITH THE OPENING OF A LOCAL BRANCH

Global Credit insurer Coface today announces it has opened a branch in New Zealand after receiving the approval from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand on 1 April.

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03/09/2022
Country risk and economic studies

Economic consequences of the Russia-Ukraine conflict: Stagflation ahead

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has triggered turmoil in the financial markets, and drastically increased uncertainty about the recovery of the global economy. Since our last publication, the world has shifted, so have the risks.

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02/24/2022
Country risk and economic studies

COFACE STUDY: INSOLVENCIES IN ROMANIA INCREASED BY 10% IN 2021 COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR

The latest Coface Romania study shows that in 2021, 6,113 new insolvency proceedings were opened, up by 10% compared to the previous year, but still below the level registered before the local impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The losses of the companies that went into insolvency registered an accelerated growth. The number of employees reported by the insolvent companies in the analyzed period is 30,000.

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02/24/2022
Country risk and economic studies

The global recovery continues in 2022, but a bumpy road lies ahead – Coface Barometer Q4 2021

Two years after the onset of the pandemic, the global economy continues to recover, but still faces significant challenges. After the lull in the 3rd quarter of 2021, Omicron has highlighted the unpredictability of the pandemic and exacerbated one of the main factors affecting the recovery: disruptions in supply chains. The other major risk is the lasting inflation slippage.

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01/25/2022
Country risk and economic studies

Survey on the payment behavior of companies in Morocco in 2021: shortened delays but still widespread late payments

According to the study conducted by Coface in 2021 on the payment behaviour of companies in Morocco , contractual payment terms in the country remain long, reaching an average of 79 days. However, they have improved significantly, with a shorter duration of about 14 days compared to the previous survey conducted in 2019.

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01/14/2022
Corporate news, Corporate news, Product news, Product news

COFACE LAUNCHES "GLOBALINER", ITS NEW OFFER DESIGNED TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES

Thanks to a unique international network, a presence in over 100 countries and 75 years of experience in servicing exporting companies, Coface today accompanies more than 600 large clients and is the credit insurance world leader for multinationals. Coface Global Solutions, dedicated structure and teams were set up in 2012 to provide this type of clients with a central access point to Coface while benefiting from the service and local skills of the teams.

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11/22/2021
Country risk and economic studies

How did CEE Top 500 companies perform during the pandemic?

The 13th CEE Top 500 study provides an insight into the future and summarizes the region’s economic activity for the previous year. Moreover, it describes the condition of the 500 largest companies in CEE by their turnover. This edition describes the struggles of the new Covid-19 pandemic environment as well as how companies adjusted to this new situation. Jarosław Jaworski, CEO of Coface Central and Eastern Europe, explains that “the CEE economies have adapted to the new, pandemic environment, but its positive picture is challenged by the global and European perspective. Central and Eastern Europe’s 500 largest businesses faced a decrease in revenues and an even sharper drop in profits in 2020.” The Top 500 companies' turnover has dropped by 3.3% to 667 billion euros. Average turnover contracted to 1,333 million euros compared to last year’s 1,378 million euros, showing the impact the pandemic has had on the region, but also its resilience and growth potential.

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10/29/2021
Financial news

COFACE ACHIEVES RECORD NET INCOME OF €67.7M IN THE THIRD QUARTER

Turnover of first nine months: €1,158m, up +7.9% at constant FX and perimeter, and up +8.9% in Q3-2021
Trade credit insurance premiums increased by +9.3% due to growth in activity on the back of the economic recovery and past price adjustments
The price effect was positive over nine months (+1.6%) but pricing has been negative for the past two quarters
Information services growing +13.4% year-to-date and +18.0% in Q3-2021

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10/26/2021
Country risk and economic studies

Barometer Q3 2021: Supply chain and inflation headwinds hamper the global recovery

More than 18 months after the global recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic started, the economic recovery continues. This trend owes much to progress in the vaccine rollout over the summer, particularly in advanced economies. In turn, this is spurring a rebound in consumption of high-contact services. The situation remains heterogeneous in emerging economies: this rebound is benefitting export-oriented countries, while service-dependent economies continue lagging.

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10/12/2021
Country risk and economic studies

Has the global retail sector returned to normal?

The retail sector’s activity has been affected by the COVID crisis through social distancing measures and closure of stores. However, the effect of the pandemic on the sector greatly varies across countries and segments. While some countries did experience lower retail sales in 2020, the effect was null in others and even positive in Northern European countries. The impacts are also different according to the segments, clothing stores being the most affected.
Overall, COVID should have a limited impact on the retail sector and the most impacted segments are expected to recover as soon as the situation eases. However, maritime freight disruptions, which cause supply issues and higher inflation, could be an obstacle to the full recovery of the retail sector in 2021.

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10/05/2021
Country risk and economic studies

New wave of post-pandemic social movements: international trade as collateral victim

While the restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic put a temporary stop to the upsurge of protest movements, a new wave is on the horizon. Protests, mainly in emerging countries, are expected to increase due to an unprecedented deterioration of socio-economic indicators. In 2020, the Coface social and political risk indicator reached a record of 51% worldwide, and 55% in emerging countries.

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09/30/2021
Country risk and economic studies

Germany Corporate Payment Survey 2021: Learning to live with the pandemic

The 5th edition of Coface’s survey on corporate payment experience in Germany was conducted in July and August 2021, with 819 companies participating.
One of the main takeaways is that German companies seem to have acclimatised to the pandemic environment. More companies are offering payment terms compared to last year when the figure had fallen sharply. Although Germany experienced a strong recession in 2020 and early 2021, payment discipline continued to improve in 2021 compared to already good results in 2020. Furthermore, the average duration of payment delays shortened by over a week.

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09/14/2021
Country risk and economic studies

What perspectives for the United Arab Emirates after COVID-19?

The UAE’s economy was hit by a double shock in 2020: the collapse in oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic. According to preliminary estimates, the UAE’s economy shrank by 6.1% in 2020. However, the outlook is brighter for 2021. Coface expects growth at 3.1% thanks to a fast vaccination campaign, a sharp recovery of the global economy and the rebound in energy prices.

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08/12/2021
Country risk and economic studies

Coface Study: Insolvencies in Romania increased in the first semester of 2021 by 23% compared to the same period last year

The latest Coface Romania study shows that in the first six months of 2021, 3,033 new insolvency proceedings were opened, +23% above the level recorded in the same period of the previous year. Insolvencies opened in the first half of this year have returned close to the level before the Covid-19 pandemic and are expected to increase by at least 10% over the previous year. The number of employees reported by insolvent companies in the analyzed period is 11,294.

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07/29/2021
Country risk and economic studies

Is the electric vehicle metals boom sustainable?

The metals used in electric vehicles, such as lithium, cobalt and copper, are at the heart of the revolution currently taking place in the automotive industry. Strict regulations, government support programmes, and the increased use of electric vehicles in certain regions are all strongly stimulating demand for these metals, which are now indispensable in the manufacture of batteries. Imbalances between supply and demand are thus pushing up their prices, even though the market share of electric vehicles remains modest. In its latest analysis, Coface does not foresee any major changes in these price trends over the next two years.

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07/13/2021
Country risk and economic studies

Barometer Q2 2021: A two-speed world

18 months after the start of the pandemic, access to vaccination is now the main factor setting the pace of people's daily lives and the global economy. GDP growth forecasts for 2021 have been revised upwards (+5.6%), but this is mainly the result of positive surprises from the United States. These improved growth prospects are reflected in world trade: after a 5% decline in volume last year, Coface forecasts an 11% increase for 2021.

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07/08/2021
Country risk and economic studies

Asia Corporate Payment Survey 2021

Coface’s 2021 Asia Corporate Payment Survey, conducted between October 2020 and March 2021, provides insights into the evolution of payment behavior and credit management practices of over 2,500 companies across Asia Pacific during a pandemic year. Respondents came from nine markets (Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan) and 13 sectors located in the Asia Pacific region.

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