Credit debt – with interest rates at record lows – is a burgeoning worldwide problem. Will heightened risk hit your customer portfolio this year and if so, how can you get yourself ready for the fallout?
Transparency in China is low, which makes business dealings a little murky. Here’s what you need to know to arm yourself against risk.
The Indian market is high on the radar for many credit professionals, yet if you’re going to do business with this South Asian country, you need to know the facts.
Insolvency rules often vary from one country to the next. Here’s what you need to know when working with the European Union.
The retail industry is unstable and suffering, but there are still many companies thriving. You can benefit by learning about what’s working for them.
Procurement professionals are in the business of keeping operations running optimally, which is why resilience is a necessity.
Brazil's political corruption scandal has found its way into many executive suites. This ongoing challenge adds to the business headwinds from the country's three-year economic contraction. Debt-laden JBS SA (BVMF: JBSDD3), one of the largest meat processing operators globally, recently sold foreign assets for net proceeds of 960 million Real. Brazilian courts, in an added twist, recently found corruption involvement within its management team, a major overhang for the company.
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Moody’s downgraded China’s debt rating from Aa3 (S&P: AA-) to A1 (S&P: A+) in May 2017, given widespread expansion of debt in addition to its expectation of slowing economic growth. Separately, Chinese regulators recently passed a law requiring commercial banks to incorporate proper risk management, governance, and other informational reporting related to loan collateral. These developments—and the growth in off-balance sheet financing in the country—are important indicators that suggest credit risks are expanding in China.
Sears Holdings’ (NYSE: SHLD) financial condition appears more challenged than ever given its mounting debt load, shrinking asset portfolio, and ongoing operating losses. While Sears’ management stated it is seeking $1.25 billion in annualized cost reductions, it’s unclear if the company can actually reduce its large cash burn so significantly. Given the unstable financial picture, now is an important time to evaluate the company’s liquidity, particularly regarding merchandise payables.