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10/17/2019
Country risk and economic studies

AGRI-FOOD SECTOR OUTLOOK: IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY MARKED BY PROTECTIONIST TENSIONS, WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

Central to the current trade tensions, notably between the USA and China, the global agri-food sector is impacted by knock on effects, notably via downward trends on the prices of key agri-food commodities, such as soybean. Coface has conducted an in-depth analysis of future trends in this market.

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10/16/2019
Country risk and economic studies

THE "MADE IN RUSSIA" STRATEGY: A LIMITED INSTRUMENT FOR ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION

Faced with fluctuations in hydrocarbon prices and economic sanctions from Western countries, Russia has developed a strategy that favours "Made in Russia" - but the results have remained mixed.

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10/03/2019
Country risk and economic studies

COFACE BALTICS FILIALAS NAMED ‘NATIONAL WINNER’ IN PRESTIGIOUS EUROPEAN COMPETITION

COFACE BALTICS FILIALAS has been named ‘National Winner’ in the 2019 European Business Awards, one of the world’s largest business competitions.

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09/24/2019
Country risk and economic studies

Netherlands: What is the secret of Dutch trade?

Rising protectionism in China and the United States, Brexit, contracting world trade... despite all the clouds on the horizon, the Dutch economy remains surprisingly bright.

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09/12/2019
Country risk and economic studies

Insolvencies in Central and Eastern European Countries (CEE): 2019

The Central and Eastern European region has seen an improvement in economic activity in recent years. In 2017 and 2018, GDP growth in the region rose to 4.6% and 4.3%, respectively, the highest rates since 2008.
This acceleration in the CEE economy was mainly due to the increase in domestic demand, in particular thanks to the significant fall in unemployment that benefited households. At the same time, households also benefited from strong wage growth, which had a direct impact on consumption. Beyond households’ consumption, growth was supported by an increase in public and private investment.
The aforementioned period of favourable macroeconomic environment brought effects on solvency of companies in the CEE region. GDP weighted average insolvencies dropped by 4.2% in 2018, contrary to an increase of proceedings recorded a year prior.

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09/05/2019
Country risk and economic studies

Coface publishes CEE Top 500 companies

The international credit insurance company presents its eleventh annual study on the biggest 500 companies in Central and Eastern Europe – the Coface CEE Top 500. It ranks 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 economic development of the CEE Top 500 is representative of the market trend in the entire region.

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08/06/2019
Country risk and economic studies

COFACE DELIVERS RECORD FIRST SEMESTER IN RISKIER ECONOMY

Coface delivers record first semester in riskier economy:

Net income up 25% at €78.5m, RoATE[1] at 9.6% and Partial Internal Model submitted

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08/01/2019
Country risk and economic studies

GCC: tight financial conditions for businesses feed alternative sources of financing

Despite improving economic performances across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), monetary and financial conditions remain tighter compared with before 2015. Access to financing remains one of the key issues for companies, particularly for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loan growth in the region has recovered somewhat thanks to higher oil prices, but it remains below its historical average.

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07/10/2019
Country risk and economic studies

Asia Corporate Payment Survey 2019: Deteriorating payment trends amid trade war woes

Coface’s 2019 Asia Corporate Payment Survey covered over 3,000 companies in nine economies (Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan). 63% of companies surveyed stated that they experienced payment delays in 2018. The length of payment delays increased to 88 days on average in 2018, compared to 84 days in 2017. The length of payment delays was highest in China, Malaysia and Singapore; as well as the energy, construction and ICT sectors.

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06/26/2019
Country risk and economic studies

Natural gas: an oscillation between boom and gloom

The natural gas market is booming and will increase in the medium term, but many factors point to a less promising future.

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06/19/2019
Country risk and economic studies

Morocco: payment delays are improving but remain too long

Coface's fourth survey on payment terms in Morocco shows a situation that remains worrying despite a slight improvement.

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06/18/2019
Country risk and economic studies

Corporate insolvencies in France: microenterprises in the trough of the wave

While the yellow vests movement did have a strong impact on corporate insolvencies at the beginning of the year, the decline in mobilization and the resilience of economic growth had a positive impact on the health of French companies in March and April.

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05/09/2019
Country risk and economic studies

In a global economic slowdown, luxury continues to outperform but faces new challenges

Counterfeiting, e-commerce, Chinese consumers importance, even if it is generally relatively spared by recessions, the luxury market must adapt to a profoundly changing economy if it does not want to lose its exceptional status.

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04/18/2019
Country risk and economic studies

The turnaround in the industrial cycle hits companies in the chemicals sector in Europe and North America

Signs of a slowing global economy continue to accumulate
2019 - the number of insolvencies will increase in two-thirds of countries (+3% in Western Europe)
The chemical industry in Europe and North America is suffering from fewer opportunities in the automotive sector
Improvements in assessments are concentrated in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia's upgrade (B)

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04/15/2019
Corporate news

COFACE STRENGTHENS ITS MARKET POSITION IN THE ADRIATIC REGION BY ACQUIRING SID - PKZ, THE LEADING CREDIT INSURANCE COMPANY IN SLOVENIA

Coface announces today the acquisition of SID - PKZ, the market leader in credit insurance in Slovenia with a high market share. As Coface has acquired all SID - PKZ shares, the business will operate under the new brand name Coface PKZ. The acquisition supports Coface’s strategy of profitable growth in Central & Eastern Europe region.

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04/09/2019
Country risk and economic studies

DESPITE FIVE YEARS OF MODINOMICS, INDIA CONTINUES TO BE CONSTRAINED BY ECONOMIC FRAGILITIES

When Narendra Modi ran for Prime Minister in 2014, he pledged to boost the competitiveness of India’s industrial sector to promote growth. Modi will be running for president again in India’s general elections between 11 April and 19 May. The economy is in a better position than it was in 2014, but many of the structural fragilities that Modi inherited continue to afflict India today and a mixed track record in terms of economic reforms has dampened enthusiasm for Modi.

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04/02/2019
Country risk and economic studies

COFACE LAUNCHES CREDIT-INSURANCE OFFER IN GREECE

Local companies set to benefit from Coface’s expertise in risk prevention and payment protection.

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04/02/2019
Country risk and economic studies

MEXICO AND BRAZIL TAKING OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS IN TERMS OF ENERGY POLICIES

• 2019 will be marked by high volatility in the global oil market
• Brent crude oil price to average USD 65 in 2019, according to Coface estimates
• In Mexico, the financial stress already faced by Pemex might not be contained
• Brazil oil policy is expected to have positive knock-on effect in the medium term

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03/22/2019
Country risk and economic studies

CHINA PAYMENT SURVEY 2019: LONGER DELAYS AS GROWTH FALTERS

2018 proved to be a relatively challenging year for China. Growth slowed to 6.6% and is expected to decline further in 2019 (6.2%, according to Coface forecasts). As a result, 59% of the 1500 Chinese companies that participated in Coface’s survey believe the economy will not improve in 2019, the worst since 2003. The situation relating to payment delays also deteriorated. 62% of companies in China experienced payment delays in 2018, with 40% of respondents reporting that they recorded an increase in payment delays, much higher than the 29% registered in 2017.

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03/15/2019
Country risk and economic studies

POLAND PAYMENT SURVEY 2019: 99% OF COMPANIES EXPERIENCE PAYMENT DELAYS

In 2018, Poland reached a peak in economic recovery with a GDP growth of 5.1%, the highest level of economic expansion since 2011.Despite this positive macroeconomic environment, payment delays appear to be standard practice on the Polish market. Nearly 99% of the Polish companies surveyed by Coface experience payment delays. Only one out of 100 companies reports receiving payments on time.

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02/26/2019
Country risk and economic studies

TURKISH ECONOMY: DOMESTIC DEMAND STILL WANING BUT EXPORTS FUELLED BY THE LIRA’S DEPRECIATION

• Stagflation becoming a reality, exports are a key-source of revenues for economy, especially in the automotive sector
• Exporters are flexible; government support is vital for exporters to gain new market shares

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02/11/2019
Country risk and economic studies

FY-2018 RESULTS: NET INCOME UP 47% AT €122.3M AND PAY-OUT OF 100% OF NET INCOME

Turnover: €1,385m, up 4.6% at constant scope and FX
Net loss ratio at 45.1%, an improvement of 6.2ppts; annual net combined ratio at 79.6%
Net income (group share) of €122.3m; of which €24.1m in Q4-2018. Annualised RoATE[2] at 7.7%
Solvency ratio estimated to have risen to ~169%[3], above target range (140%-160%)
Coface continues to actively manage its capital base

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02/05/2019
Country risk and economic studies

Coface Country Risk Conference 2019 in Paris

Two pitfalls for businesses in 2019: the economic downturn and political risks.
Coface will be sharing its vision of the major trends in the world economy in 2019 with businesses at its annual conference on country and sectoral risks.

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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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02/08/2017
Corporate news

Coface results at 31 December 2016

“The second half of 2016 marks the beginning of the transformation of Coface. We delivered a net profit of €41.5m in the year, successfully closed the transfer of our French State export guarantees activity, and launched our 3-year strategic plan, Fit to Win, the (...)

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02/03/2017
Country risk and economic studies

First Brazilian Corporate Payment Survey 2016

Payment experience affected by the bleak economic scenario.
75% of interviewed companies received payment extensions requests from their clients;

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01/24/2017
Country risk and economic studies

2017: A year of political and banking risks for emerging countries

Despite the recent economic upturn, uncertainties will continue to dominate the global economic climate this year.

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01/23/2017
Corporate news

Infographics - 2017: An economic upturn in the face of political risk

Four major risks for 2017 but some positives points...

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01/12/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Poland Payment Survey: Payment delays pervade Polish corporates

Coface’s payment survey confirms that sales on credit are being extensively used by Polish companies. Although credit periods have become common practice, it does not mean that receivables are being paid on time.

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01/02/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Coface has transferred French State export guarantees activity to Bpifrance

In line with previous communication, Coface has ceded its State export guarantees activity to the French public investment bank, Bpifrance.

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12/20/2016
Country risk and economic studies

South Africa’s economy challenged by crises in agriculture and mining, amid fears of an investment downgrade

Concerns over the country’s economic performance have been amplifying, due to its prolonged economic decline since 2011 (...)

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12/19/2016
Country risk and economic studies

After a series of shocks in 2015 and 2016, Turkey’s economy is coming to the end of its new “Tulip era”

Greater political uncertainty resulting from two parliamentary elections in 2015, drying global liquidity due to the US Federal Reserve’s rate hike process and the weaker Turkish lira, all contributed to dragging down growth.

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12/13/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Uberisation of French economy: a positive impact on employment but will it last?

Taxi company insolvencies in France increased by nearly 60% in one year, rising from 141 cases in August 2015, to 224 at the end of August 2016 and resulting in the loss of 3.38 jobs on average (...)

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11/30/2016
Country risk and economic studies

German Economy in 2017: Stable, but not staid

The signs for Germany’s further economic development are promising, with a high level of stability. Coface’s expectations for solid growth therefore come as little surprise.

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11/25/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Global sector risks in precarious balance

At the end of 2016, global sector trends remained mixed, including in the regions that until now have been relatively spared by the increase in risks. Over the whole year, across 12 sectors evaluated in six regions of the world, nearly half saw their assessments change. There were 23 downgrades for 10 upgrades.

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11/09/2016
Country risk and economic studies

The first arrow of Abenomics: why is it not working?

Why did the yen depreciation, which occurred during the early success of the first arrow, not boost Japan’s merchandise export volumes?

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11/07/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Mexico’s Economy: more difficult times ahead

In the 2nd Quarter of 2016, seasonally adjusted activity decelerated to 1.5 %, down from 2.5% y/y reported in the previous period. Industry, which shrank by 1.5% q/q, was the main contributor to this weak result, due to the fall in oil production and challenges faced by manufacturing and construction industries. The services sector also slowed during the period, to a growth rate of 2.4% YoY, down from 3.4% for 1Q2016.

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10/18/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Rising political risks in developed countries: the sword of Damocles hangs over Europe’s major economies

Periods of economic crisis naturally lead to heightened political uncertainty and this aspect is crucial in assessing country risks

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10/17/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Infografics - Is political risk a new threat for the global economy?

European political calendar: crucial deadlines

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10/14/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Further downgrades triggered by the Brexit shock and falling oil revenues

Global growth: stability in developed countries, slight improvements among emerging economies

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09/30/2016
Corporate news

Coface welcomes Fitch’s decision to affirm its AA- rating

Fitch Ratings issued, on September 29th 2016, a press release on Coface in which the agency affirms the Group’s Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating at 'AA-', Outlook Stable.

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09/23/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Latin America: Why are manufacturing exports still lackluster?

Foreign trade is unlikely to be a main contributor to the growth of Latin American economies over the next few years

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09/21/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Fit to Win plan to transform Coface into the most agile global trade credit partner in the industry, while evolving to a more efficient capital model

Fit to Win 3-year plan financial ambitions

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09/20/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Moroccan company payments survey 2016

Morocco’s growth rate has slowed in 2016, after recording an increase of close to 4.5% in 2015.

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09/16/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Poland Insolvency Report: Insolvencies fall amid fair economic growth

Poland’s economy is slowing this year, although the growth rate will remain fair: 3.2% for 2016, following 3.6% in 2015.
Business is benefiting from positive macroeconomic conditions.
Insolvencies and restructuration proceedings fell by over 14%. Coface forecasts further improvements, with the number of proceedings falling in 2016 and 2017.

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09/14/2016
Country risk and economic studies

The French economy: a temporary pause in growth

Q2 impacted by external shocks
2016 growth forecasts remain positive at 1.6%
Non-financial corporate debt: an upward momentum unique in Europe but far below alert thresholds

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09/14/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Short-term risk is reduced for the French automotive sector, but profound changes are ahead

The automotive sector has been upgraded to the best risk category
Private buyers are returning to the car market, driving up sales of new vehicles, which are expected to increase by 5.6% in 2016

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09/09/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Agrofood in North Africa: a strategic sector at nature’s mercy

Several favourable factors are boosting the sector, including rising populations, increasing demand for processed food, higher per capita incomes and improved production capacities. Infrastructures, climate and government strategies are major influencers.

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08/31/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Coface publishes CEE TOP 500 Companies

Coface publishes CEE TOP 500 Companies
Biggest players benefit from favourable business conditions in CEE

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08/31/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Pharmaceutical companies in the United States face two opposing scenarios for their business: "optimistic" or "pessimistic”

Despite strong private and public investments, health indicators in the United States are below average compared to the 12 most advanced countries

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08/30/2016
Country risk and economic studies

The outlook for the us pharmaceuticals

Of all the industrialised nations, the USA has the highestn expenditure for public healthcare but poor results

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08/26/2016
Country risk and economic studies

New Germany Corporate Payment Survey 2016

Despite the solidity of Germany’s economy, payment delays are still commonplace

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08/09/2016
Country risk and economic studies

China’s two-speed economy: Sector winners and losers

China’s economy grew by 6.9% in 2015, the slowest expansion pace in 25 years. Growth should continue to slow in 2016 and 2017, and will probably undershoot the government’s average annual growth target of 6.5% - as set out in the five-year plan for 2016-2020.

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07/27/2016
Country risk and economic studies

H1-2016 results in line with July 4th announcement.

Strategic plan Fit to Win designed to transform Coface into the most agile global trade credit partner in the industry

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07/18/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Sector assessments revised in 6 global regions

Sector risks are still increasing in emerging markets

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07/18/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Company insolvencies in central, eastern and northern Europe: Positive trends but the decline will be slower than in 2015 in some countries

Company insolvencies in central, eastern and northern Europe: Positive trends but the decline will be slower than in 2015 in some countries

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07/13/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Coface Insolvency Panorama for Central and Eastern Europe: Less business insolvencies due to favourable economic conditions

The number of insolvencies decreased over the course of 2015 in 9 out of 13 countries, while the GDP-weighted regional insolvency average was -14%.

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07/11/2016
Country risk and economic studies

United Arab Emirates: A new era of slower growth

High level of diversification does not make the UAE totally immune from the energy prices fall, retail and tourism challenged

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07/08/2016
Country risk and economic studies

EURO 2016: the final as seen by Coface economists !

How countries have beat the competition

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07/04/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Noting a higher than expected increase in claims in emerging countries, Coface continues to adapt its risk management policy and foresees a net [...]

...loss ratio of 63% to 66% for full year 2016

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06/30/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Despite persistent crises, sub-Saharan Africa presents opportunities in 2025 time-frame

Heavily impacted by the Chinese slowdown and the fall in commodity prices, sub-Saharan Africa posted its lowest level of growth since 2008. 15 countries, including several that have been severely impacted by cri-ses, show significant potential in terms of consumer spending. Two sectors offer medium-term opportunities: retail and ICT

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06/29/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Infografics - Despite persistent crises, Sub-saharan Africa presents opportunities in the 2025 time-frame

15 countries identified as having high potential consumer markets

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06/29/2016
Country risk and economic studies

World corporate risk reaches peak levels

Forecast world growth for 2016 down by 0.2 points to 2.5%. The average level of global risk corresponds to B, « significant risk ». Increasing numbers of emerging markets included in the "extreme" and "very high" risk categories. Three leading world economies become fragile. China penalises activity in several Asian countries. Europe facing positive dynamics, but political risk driven by the Brexit must be monitored.

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06/17/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Insolvencies in Northern Europe: Positive trends in the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany

Europe’s improved macroeconomic situation has had favorable effects on businesses in most European countries and led to fewer insolvencies in 2015 in the four Northern

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06/06/2016
Country risk and economic studies

24 nations warming up for the euro 2016

Country risk assessments of qualified countries: their current form

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05/31/2016
Country risk and economic studies

No improvement in Asia Pacific corporate payments in 2015

Coface’s annual survey on Asia-Pacific economies questioned 2,793 companies in 8 markets (...)

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05/25/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Is the French economy definitely taking off?

A number of positive indicators for the French economy appeared between January and April 2016.

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05/23/2016
Corporate news

Coface AA- rating affirmed by Fitch

Fitch Ratings issued today, May 20th 2016, a press release on Coface in which the agency affirms the Group’s Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating at 'AA-', Outlook Stable.

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05/17/2016
Country risk and economic studies

What to expect from Brazil’s perfect storm?

Brazil is in the midst of a perfect storm. The enduring political crisis and deep economic recession, which led to the collapse of confidence indexes, have now been topped by an impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff (...)

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05/10/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Hungary: Private consumption rising but challenges remain for corporates

Hungary is performing well, considering the context of struggling economies globally.

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05/04/2016
Corporate news

Coface Q1-2016 results: A tough quarter in a polarized environment

This has been a tough first quarter. Business turnover and profits were lower compared to the same period last year, against the backdrop of a polarized and volatile economic environment.

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04/18/2016
Corporate news

Coface and Bpifrance have agreed terms for the transfer of French state export guarantees

Coface and Bpifrance today signed an agreement concluding the transfer of French state export guarantees management from Coface to Bpifrance, in line with the preliminary protocol agreed with the French state on 29 July 2015.

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04/16/2016
Corporate news

Coface announces the publication of its 2015 Registration Document

The Registration Document of COFACE SA for 2015 (Document de référence 2015 in French) was filed with the French financial markets authority (Autorité des marchés financiers - AMF) on April 13th, 2016, and registered under the visa number R.16-020.

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04/15/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Infografics - Steel: faced with global overcapacity

Metals industries, the world's riskiest sector. Over-capacities remain. Outlook: return to normal for 2018.

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04/14/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Steel overcapacity around the world: risk reaches a high in 2016

Following a long period of increasing demand, driven by China in the 2000s, steel is suffering from weak growth in the global economy.

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04/13/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Sector risks remain under pressure in the emerging markets

Global growth at half-mast (2.7% projected by Coface for 2016), under the impact of the highly volatility financial markets and continuing low oil prices, is compromising the health of industries analysed by Coface. (...)

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03/27/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Quarterly update of Coface country risk assessments

The global economy is turning "Japanese": world growth remains low, despite ultra-expansionist monetary policies (...)

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03/25/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Czech Republic, Poland, Chile, and Thailand closest to a quick upturn in exports

Although the current crisis in emerging countries is surprising in its intensity, with their growth cut in half in five years and increased exposure (...)

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03/24/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Infografics: companies in emerging countries: is another “Phoenix miracle” possible?

Consult coface new infographics

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03/17/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Iran: Sharp turn ahead, drive carefully

After five years of sanctions, Iran is finally to rejoin the global community. The return of Iran should have an effect on international growth via the oil channel but, above all, will bring huge changes to Iran itself.

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03/16/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Infografics: The return of Iran to the global market

Iran: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

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03/02/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Risks for German exports have risen significantly

The greater export risks faced by German companies are hampering growth performance. As Germany has strong trading ties with the Emerging Market and Developing Economies group (EMs), it is highly exposed to the (...)

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02/18/2016
Country risk and economic studies

China’s role in Latin America is much more than a trade issue

China, on its way to becoming an important financial player for economies with restricted access to international markets, has announced its intention to increase its (...)

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02/16/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Panorama : Company insolvencies in France

Lessons learned 2015, hope in 2016: situation of companies returning to normal

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02/09/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Coface 2015 results: net income €126M and proposed dividend stable at €0.48 per share (5)

At the end of 2015, a year marked by a deterioration in the global economic environment, Coface recorded a slight increase in net income (group share), at €126M (€125M in 2014).

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01/26/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Country risks again under tension in 2016

To be monitored: cheap oil, financial market volatility and the Chinese slowdown in advanceD countries and growing debt of companies in emerging countries

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01/26/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Infographics : Country risk assessment map - January 2016

160 countries under the magnifying glas

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01/15/2016
Corporate news

The Board of Directors of Coface announces the appointment of Xavier Durand as Chief Executive Officer

This appointment will become effective following the Board of Directors’ meeting to be held on 9 February to approve the accounts for fiscal year 2015. Jean-Marc Pillu will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer of Coface until this date.

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12/09/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Sector assessments in the world, the persistence of high risks

Marked by the commidities price fall and the slowdown in sales, 2015 requires a greater control over risks

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12/08/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Infografics : Sector risks - 4th quarter 2015

The temperature of 14 sectors in 3 of the world’s major regions

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12/08/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Infographics : Globalisation of the wine market

Europe's double positioning and Asia, the world's futur landing consumer

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11/03/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Brazil: no quick fix for the crisis

Brazil, downgraded to B (significant risk of businesses defaulting) by Coface in September, has been facing a scenario of economic juggling (...)

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10/15/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Quarterly sector risk assessments update

Energy is more risky than ever, while Information and Communication Technologies is the only sector to receive a positive revision and automobile is adjusting.

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10/15/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Focus on the future of solar energy in Europe: photovoltaics

Despite the strong domination of Chinese companies and overcapacity in Europe, the European market remains promising in the medium term.

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06/15/2015
Product news

Launch of TradeLiner: Coface revamps its credit insurance offer for mid-market companies

Aimed at the evolving credit insurance needs of mid-market companies, Coface has modernised its flagship policy, renamed TradeLiner. The move follows on from the experience Coface gained through its first global non-payment protection offer introduced fifteen years ago and is based on its desire to work harder to help protect mid-sized companies operating in the real economy.

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05/20/2015
Product news

Re-launch of Coface online business information marketplace

Coface, one of the the leading credit insurers and market leader for information in Central Europe, re-launches its online business information marketplace.

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05/05/2015
Corporate news

Coface begins 2015 with robust results: increased turnover and profitability in Q1

We begin 2015 with robust results: the Group’s growth and profitability are satisfactory and demonstrate the steadfastness with which the Group is implementing its strategy in a still mixed economic environment. The weaknesses seen in certain sectors across the world are affecting companies’ financial solidity and are an invitation to remain watchful. The Group continues to accompany its customers through sound risk management, securing both their own results and those of Coface.

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03/19/2015
Product news

Holding a leading position in business information, Coface starts credit-insurance in Israel

Local companies to benefit from Coface’s expertise in prevention and credit risk protection in addition to collection and information services.

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03/11/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Czech Republic under positive watch (A4)- economy benefits from good prospects in the car industry and household consumption

The Czech Republic is recovering from recessive effects as a result of debt crisis in the Eurozone. The economy regained momentum reaching solid growth of GDP by 2.0% in 2014 and even a higher growth of GDP by 2.5% is forecasted by Coface to be reached this year. The main driver of the Czech economy will be the export of passenger cars as well as the rising consumer consumption.

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02/17/2015
Corporate news

Coface posts 2014 results in line with objectives 
and proposes distribution of €0.48 per share

We are pleased to publish full-year results in line with our expectations. Coface has once again demonstrated the pertinence of its profitable growth model this year. Our innovative product offering, appropriate distribution channels, extensive international presence and prudent risk management have all contributed to the significant improvement in our results.

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11/05/2014
Corporate news

Financial COFACE results 2014 – continuous growth

Coface continues to progress on a path of growth and profitability
· Turnover +1.8% at constant scope and exchange rates
· Client retention rate still high at 91.9% and new contracts production up +8%

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09/11/2014
Corporate news, Product news

Launch of CofaMove application: CofaNet goes mobile

Coface now offers customers a mobile application providing access anywhere and at any time to the essential features of Cofanet, its online platform for managing credit insurance contracts. The application will be available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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09/01/2014
Corporate news

CEE Top 500 2014

“Inflation, recession and decreasing exports” were the buzz words that characterised 2013 for companies in Central and Eastern Europe.
Worldwide economic growth picked up pace but left the CEE countries aside. The eurozone, the region’s major trading partner, remained in recession in 2013 and was the main reason for making the economic environment even more difficult for its neighbours.

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08/05/2014
Corporate news

Baltic TOP 50 2014

Coface is publishing its second edition of the Baltic Top 50. The companies are ranked based on their turnover in 2013. Figures for 2013 show the continuing recovery of the Baltic states. The total turnover of the top players in the North increased by 2.2% to EUR 36.2 billion. Whereas net profits fell from 2011 to 2012, companies have now reported a sharp rise of 54.6%.

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07/01/2013
Corporate news

Coface continues its expansion in Central Europe by offering credit insurance in Croatia

(Vienna, Zagreb 2013) Coface launches credit insurance from the very first day of Croatia´s accession to the European Union on 1st of July 2013. For the worldwide credit insurance company it is not an unknown country: Since 1998 Coface has been active on this market by offering business information and debt collection services for Croatian and international customers.

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06/26/2013
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

Italy: Company payment practices worsen, reflecting the severity of the recession

The Italian "business model" stuck in a vicious circle.

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05/30/2013
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

Coface bankruptcy report: Insolvencies on the rise throughout Central Europe

After a slight recovery in 2011, countries report a difficult economic environment again. Insolvency figures increased again in CEE in 2012 – except Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine

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04/18/2013
Country risk and economic studies

The gap between Europe and the rest of the world is widening

Credit risks still high in Europe but the outlook is favourable in Emerging Asia and in North America.

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03/28/2013
Corporate news

Antonio Marchitelli joins Coface as new Mediterranean and African Region Manager

Antonio Marchitelli has been appointed Mediterranean and African Region Manager of Coface, effective from March 1st 2013.

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01/21/2013
Corporate news

A new identity and a new tagline for Coface

A new brand positioning, symbol of a strong commitment to clients.

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11/28/2011
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

CEE Top 500

The CEE Top 500 is a joint project by the Coface branch offices in Central and Eastern Europe. This ranking covers the largest companies in the region – based on revenues for the 2010 calendar year – and was prepared in 2011 for the third time.

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04/19/2011
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

Coface Lithuania insurance premiums this year increased by 78 percent

From the start of 2011, in less than four months, the insurance premiums of business risk Management Company Coface Lithuania reached 1.9 million litas, i.e. nearly 78 per cent more than during the same period in 2010.

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11/17/2010
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

‘COFACE LIETUVA’: IMPORTANCE OF CREDIT RISK MANAGEMENT TOOLS ARE INCREASING

‘Coface Lietuva’ and Danske bank organized risk management conference named ‘Business world after crisis – are we ready for the new challenges?’

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07/30/2010
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

The French company Coface challenged the U.S. ratings agencies

U.S. rating agencies are numbering their monopoly days. Until the end of this year French insurer Coface is going to start its activity as the first international rating agency in Europe.

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07/29/2010
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

Singapore back to A1 rating Coface positions itself as the first Pan-Asian rating agency

The rating was released in conjunction with the Coface Country Risk Conference 2010 held for the first time in Singapore.

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03/01/2010
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

Coface announces good turnover resistance, a turnaround in its profits and a new credit insurance approach

Support to the insured’s and the economy has resulted in a total guaranteed exposure that has been stable between the end of 2007 and the end of 2009, at €370 billion euros (the only major credit insurer to deliver such stability).

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01/18/2010
Corporate news, Country risk and economic studies

Coface sees the end of the global credit crisis by easing the outlooks for its country ratings, but continues to pay attention to the threat of bubb...

During its 14th Country Risk Conference, Coface announces some 20 upgrades in country ratings.

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