Business at Risk – Asia Pacific: Protection of Cash Flow From Payment Risk at Top of Businesses’ Agenda


AMSTERDAM, October 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

Around 40% of the suppliers surveyed in the Asia Pacific regionanticipate increasing the use of credit management tools to protect cash flow from B2B customers late payment over the next year. Nearly half of the suppliers surveyed in the region plan on checking their customerscreditworthiness and payment history significantly more often over the same time frame. This reflects concern over the protection of corporateprofitability, which ensures the viability of the business as well as itssafe growth.

Asia Pacific frontrunner position as leader of global growth is forecast to remain unchanged in the coming years. Emerging Asia will outpace other world regions in terms of GDP growth again this year with 5.7% growth forecast. The two Asian giants, India (7.5% growth forecast this year) andChina (6.6%), are expected to be in the lead. This despite the slowdown ofChina, which is driven by a rebalancing of the economy towards services and consumption-led growth. Against this background, businesses focus on the protection of their receivables’ portfolio from customers’ late payment

As highlighted by the October 2016 Atradius Payment Practices Barometer for Asia Pacific, around 90% of the suppliers respondents in Asia Pacific  reported having experienced late payment of invoices from their B2B customers. Due to this, most of the suppliers interviewed in Asia Pacific (34%) reported that they had to take specific measures to correct cash flow, and that they had to pay their own suppliers late (33%). 25% had to pursue additional financing from banks, factors or others to get the necessary funds to pay their own creditors, and 22% had to request a bank overdraft extension. This may explain why most of the businesses in Asia Pacific (20% of respondents) are of the opinion that cost containment and maintaining adequate cash flow will be the greatest challenges to the profitability of their business this year.

Andreas Tesch, Chief Market Officer of Atradius commented “Global growth, which is set to expand 2.4% this year (steady with last year) continues to be held back by low commodity prices, insufficient consumer demand in advanced markets, Chinese economic rebalancing, uncertainty surrounding global monetary policy, and geo-political risks. All this gives rise to concerns about increasing debt and deteriorating credit quality, being very likely to cause an increase in corporate bankruptcies in many emerging markets, especially in those depending on trade with China and/or commodities”.

Eric den Boogert, Director of Atradius Asia commented “Credit conditions across most emerging markets continue to tighten in response to elevated regional and global economic uncertainty. Although economies in Asia-Pacificshow decent economic growth compared to rest of the world, a record number of companies have seen delayed payments which is also supported by our own claims data”.

The Atradius Payment Practices Barometer for Asia Pacific gives insights into the key factors for customer payment delay, the challenges to business profitability, and the respondents’ opinion on payment practice trends by industry in the next 12 months.

The complete report highlighting the survey findings of the 2016 Atradius Payment Practices Barometer for Asia Pacific can be found in the Reports & advice section of the website.

About Atradius

Atradius provides trade credit insurance, surety and collections services worldwide through a strategic presence in 50 countries. Atradius has access to credit information on 200 million companies worldwide. Its credit insurance, bonding and collections products help protect companies throughout the world from payment risks associated with selling products and services on trade credit. Atradius forms part of Grupo Catalana Occidente (GCO.MC), one of the leading insurers in Spain and worldwide in credit insurance.