China's Slowdown Ticks Default on B2B Invoices Up in Asia Pacific

Atradius N.V.

China's Slowdown Ticks Default on B2B Invoices Up in Asia Pacific


AMSTERDAM, Oct. 22/PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --

    Concern over China's economic performance persists, causing a further

downward revision of its 2016 growth forecast from 6.9% this year to 6.7% in

2016. Atradius survey shows an uptick in late payment of B2B invoices in China.

This can have a knock-on effect on the liquidity of some businesses in several

countries in Asia Pacific, and appears to worsen the region's B2B trade credit

risk outlook.

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    As revealed by the October 2015 Atradius Payment Practices Barometer for

Asia Pacific [

], 62.0% of the businesses surveyed in China (compared to 46.3% in Asia

Pacific) reported that domestic B2B customers have slowed invoice payment due

to liquidity problems over the past year. Late payment of invoices due to the

formal insolvency of the domestic buyer was experienced by 27.3% of the

businesses surveyed in China (compared to 21.4% in Asia Pacific). Moreover, the

value of domestic B2B invoices more than 90 days past due of respondents from

China nearly doubled over the past year (7.5% in 2015, up from 4.2% one year

ago). The longer receivables remain outstanding, the higher the likelihood that

they turn into bad debts and write-offs, negatively impacting the cash flow and

profitability of businesses.

    The managed slowdown of China's economy, which appears to be having a

severe impact on its insolvency environment, is forecast to trigger a worsening

of B2B trade credit risk in several Asia Pacific countries. According to the

Atradius survey, the warning signs of these ripple effects are already there.

In Australia and Indonesia, for instance, countries whose economies are heavily

dependent on commodity exports to China, the total value of B2B invoices for

foreign trade that were more than 90 days overdue was significantly higher than

last year. In Australia, nearly 23% of the value of foreign past due B2B

invoices remained unpaid 90 days after the due date (up from 6.4% last year).

This percentage is 12% in Indonesia (up from 4.8% last year).

    The Atradius Payment Practices Barometer for Asia Pacific highlights that

approximately 90% of the respondents in the region reported having experienced

late invoice payment from their B2B customers over the past year (response rate

in the Americas 95% and in Europe 92.8%). Respondents in India and Indonesia

(nearly 96% each) experienced late invoice payments from domestic customers the

most often, while respondents in Australia (95.6%) experienced late payments

from B2B customers abroad most often.

    2.0% of the value of B2B receivables was written off by survey respondents

as uncollectable. Respondents in Hong Kong were the hardest hit by

uncollectable receivables. For 54.4% of respondents in Asia Pacific,

receivables were most often written off due to the customer being bankrupt or

out of business. This was particularly the case in Indonesia (67.1% of

respondents). This reflects the challenging business climate in which many

businesses in the region still operate. Failure of the collection attempts was

most often reported by respondents in Australia (nearly 51%).

    Eric den Boogert, Director of Atradius Asia commented "The rebalancing of

the Chinese economy has a significant impact on the whole Asia Pacific region,

as well as on the global economy. Reflecting this, B2B trade volumes in the

region have weakened especially in emerging economies. We have seen an upswing

in payment defaults, raising trade credit risks in some economies in Asia


    The Atradius Payment Practices Barometer for Asia Pacific also investigates

the key factors for customer payment delays, 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 2015 Atradius

Payment Practices Barometer for Asia Pacific can


] be found in the Reports & advice section

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    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.

    SOURCE: Atradius N.V.