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02/05/2019
Country risk and economic studies

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01/29/2019
Corporate news

Coface launches new online product Business Finder

Coface continues its innovation strategy expanding its online offer to Business Finder, an interactive online tool that helps clients to easily find new business partners. With this service, Coface enables its clients to select new target groups from the largest database in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with 30 million companies.

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11/27/2018
Country risk and economic studies

French companies in 2019: Rise in insolvencies but higher margins will allow cushioning the impact of slowing global trade

• After two years of improvement, insolvencies are on the rise and this trend should continue in 2019 (forecast of +0.8%)
• This uptrend mainly affects micro-enterprises with revenues of less than EUR 500,000
• The disappointing export performance of French companies is partly due to their choice to increase their margin rate
• This applies to most key export sectors: automotive, pharmaceuticals, aeronautics and agri-food
• But this recovery in margins would be an advantage to cushion the impact of slowing global trade in 2019

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11/19/2018
Country risk and economic studies

SMEs in China: Monetary easing won’t be sufficient to reduce credit pressure

When considering risk in the Chinese economy, a lot of the discussion has focused on large State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) or large private conglomerates. However, headwinds impacting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) should not be neglected. SMEs are scrambling to access financial resources to meet their working capital and long-term expansion needs, amidst a looming trade war with the United States and rapidly deteriorating financing conditions. Given their importance in the Chinese economy, it is likely that policymakers will take steps to prevent SMEs from becoming the weak link. Several measures could be helpful: prudent fiscal stimulus, a rational approach to regulating shadow banking, and a shift to more market-based interest rates so as to reward underwriting procedures that allocate adequate risk returns.

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11/12/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Wind energy industry: production costs will increase under the influence of the trade war and the liquidity squeeze

European wind energy manufacturers are likely to keep leading position for next 10 years

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10/25/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Halfway through its trade diversification process, the United Arab Emirates is yet to be integrated into international value chains

• Thanks to its strategic location, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plays a central role in regional exports and re-exports, as demonstrated by its various economic and cooperation agreements with other countries.
• Further involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative[1] represents both a risk and an opportunity for the UAE.
• However, the country is still only halfway through its diversification process, and is yet to be integrated in global value chains.

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10/10/2018
Corporate news

Coface and Tradeshift announce strategic partnership

Global credit insurer to make risk indicators available to a network of 1.5 million businesses in 190 countries.

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10/09/2018
Country risk and economic studies

US protectionism: Significant knock-on effect on trade partners of targeted countries

The net number of protectionist measures currently in place throughout the world is 2.5 times higher than in 2010. In most advanced economies (such as the US, Western Europe, Japan, Canada and Australia) and in many of the large emerging countries (Brazil, Argentina and India), the share of imports impacted by protectionist measures is higher than imports benefitting from favourable measures. Nevertheless, several South East Asian countries (such as Vietnam, the Philippines and Cambodia), as well as Russia and a number of Latin American countries (including Mexico, Columbia and Peru) are not following this trend.

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10/09/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Country and sector risks worldwide

Some emerging economies become increasingly vulnerable
• Higher oil prices and continued capital outflows from emerging markets mark the third quarter of 2018
• A wave of sectorial downgrades in Turkey and Argentina
• Risks improve in Central Europe and the CIS
• Downgrades for Pakistan and Nicaragua, mainly due to political risks

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09/28/2018
Country risk and economic studies

CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN INSOLVENCIES: THE GOOD TIMES ARE OVER

Despite economic acceleration in the region, insolvencies increased by +6.4% in 2017

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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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09/05/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Coface Baltic Top 50 - 2018 Edition

In 2017, the Baltic States benefited from a rebound in external demand. All countries recorded a high growth rate of exports. However, the ongoing increase in household consumption and a revival of investments made domestic demand the main driving force of these economies. The results of the largest companies in the region underline this positive economic development. Overall turnover increased by 9.8%. Net profits likewise developed well, posting a rise of 25.3% for all top 50 companies.

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06/15/2018
Corporate news

Development of employee competencies at UAB Coface Baltics Services

Private limited liability company UAB Coface Baltics Services is implementing a project “Development of employee competencies at UAB Coface Baltics Services” No 09.4.3-ESFA-T-846-01-0035 under the measure “Human resources Invest LT+”.

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04/26/2017
Corporate news

Coface results for Q1-2017: Net income at €7.3m driven by an improvement in net loss ratio. Fit to Win progressing as planned.

Net income at €7.3m driven by an improvement in net loss ratio. Fit to Win progressing as planned.

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04/13/2017
Corporate news

Coface announces the publication of its 2016 Registration Document

The Registration Document of COFACE SA for 2016 (Document de référence 2016 in French) was filed with the French financial markets authority (Autorité des marchés financiers - AMF) on April 12th 201

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03/30/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Corporate payments improve in China in 2016 but ultra-long overdues are up under financial stress

A survey on corporate credit risk management, to which 1,017 Chinese companies responded, reveals that corporate payments improved in 2016, with only 68% of the respondent companies experiencing overdue payments in 2016 (...)

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03/21/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Country and sector risks worldwide - Business confidence is picking up again, despite persistent political risk

Main economic surprise of early 2017: the rise in business confidence is perceptible, but is not yet generating a positive widespread upturn in country and risk assessments.

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03/21/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Infographics: Sector risk assessments - 1st quarter 2017

12 major sectors assessed worldwid

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03/21/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Infographics : New political risk index for 159 countries

Conflicts grew by +100% between 2007 and 2015. 2017 likely to pay a heavy price, due to
intensification of armed conflicts

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03/21/2017
Country risk and economic studies

New Coface Political Risk Index in 159 countries

The widespread rise in the political risk conceals mixed regional dynamics

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03/14/2017
Country risk and economic studies

RMB depreciation, capital flow measures and new monetary stance: What are the implications for Chinese corporates?

The potential depreciation of the renminbi (RMB), along with the implementation of capital flow measures, are longstanding concerns for China.

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