How To Detect Energy Company Financial Distress Before It’s Too Late

19 ways to spot energy company financial distress before it’s too late

The energy industry is in a world of pain.

So far in 2016, more energy companies have failed than in any year since the Great Recession. And this shocking rate of bankruptcy isn’t slowing down any time soon, with many more business failures expected in the months and years to come.

Doing business in this environment makes assessing credit particularly tricky. Fortunately, when it comes to predicting bankruptcy, there’s a clear pattern of behavior that can help you detect growing financial distress before it’s too late.

Read on to find out what to look out for – and what to ignore – as you manage risk exposure in your credit portfolio customers, suppliers and partners.

Red flags versus red herrings

The art of credit management is knowing when to take steps to mitigate risk without sacrificing sales opportunities.

By learning what signals to look out for, it’s possible to get a timely warning of financial distress. But it’s also important to know that some signals can be misleading.

For instance, payment history is a commonly used credit metric, but one which is notoriously unreliable when it comes to detecting financial distress for public companies. That’s because public companies have access to capital markets for financing, which means they can often make timely payments right until filing for bankruptcy.

The Altman Z-Score can be an excellent data point, especially for detecting default risk. But this metric can sometimes be too early to be useful as a signal for credit determinations.

A more timely signal is needed to make credit assessments for the companies you’d like to continue to do business with.

19 warning signs of financial distress

We’ve come up with a checklist of 19 signals of energy company financial distress. Download this special checklist to find out:

  • Eight clear signs in financial statements and SEC filings that commonly occur in the months before bankruptcy
  • Eleven often overlooked but easy-to-track market factors and financial risk indicators that signal growing distress
  • Three false signals, that are either too early, too late, or too unreliable to be useful.

Given the soaring bankruptcy risk in energy markets, and the growing challenges faced by your energy counterparties, taking your credit risk management process to the next level is more important than ever. Download our checklist 19 Red Flags That Reveal Energy Company Financial Distress today.

Know the warning signs of energy company financial distress: Download the '19 Warning Signs' checklist

19 ways to spot energy company financial distress and bankruptcy risk before it’s too late

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