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09/17/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Political risks in Asia are on the rise

According to Coface’s Political Risk Index, Asia scored 45% on the latest risk ranking, above the world average of 35% (...)

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09/06/2018
Corporate news

Coface announces the signature of an agreement to acquire PKZ, the credit insurance subsidiary of SID Bank

Coface announces today that it has signed a binding agreement with SID Bank, a Slovenian public bank, to acquire 100% of PKZ capital, a credit insurance subsidiary of SID Bank.

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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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08/29/2018
Corporate news

Fitch affirms Coface AA- rating, with an outlook ‘stable’

Fitch Ratings affirmed, on August 29th 2018, Coface AA- Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating. The outlook remains stable.

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08/17/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Greece's exit from the international bailout programme: Greek companies are experiencing a revival - more competitive and less indebted

Multiple signs of an economic recovery in Greece. Reforms have helped to clean up public accounts, restore Greece's credibility and strengthen confidence.

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07/25/2018
Corporate news

In the first half of 2018, Coface continues to record a solid performance in a gradually normalising risk environment

Net profit of €62.8m and RoATE1 at 7.8%

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07/16/2018
Corporate news

Coface appoints Carmina Abad Sanchez to lead its Latin America region

Coface announces today the appointment of Carmina Abad Sánchez as CEO, Latin America Region.

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07/03/2018
Corporate news

Patrice Luscan, Coface, becomes the 41st President of ICISA

At the Annual General Meeting of ICISA (International Credit Insurance and Surety Association), marking its 90th anniversary, the membership elected Patrice Luscan, Marketing and Innovation Director of the Coface Group, as President of ICISA.

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06/28/2018
Corporate news, Corporate news

Coface awarded “Best Credit Insurance brand in France 2018”

Coface France has been recognised as industry leader with the Best Credit Insurance brand France 2018 Award by Global Brands Magazine (...)

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06/27/2018
Corporate news

Coface sells its stake in Cofacrédit

Coface announces today that it has ceded to Factofrance (Groupe Crédit Mutuel – CM11) its 36% stake in the capital of Cofacrédit, a factoring company previously jointly owned by the two groups.

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06/21/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Country and sector risks worldwide: Signals of risk on the increase in the 2nd quarter

Downgraded assessments in the majority this quarter

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06/19/2018
Country risk and economic studies

France’s loss of market share in Africa benefits several European countries, China and India

While France’s trade balance has remained in surplus, its market share of exports to Africa halved from 11% in 2000, to 5.5% in 2017.

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06/15/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Coface’s new service to guide companies in IFRS 9 compliance and improve risk management

Under the new IFRS 9 regulations which came into effect in January 2018, companies urgently need to put into place more accurate and forward-looking accounting systems for measuring Expected Credit Losses (ECL) on all their trade receivables.

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06/15/2018
Corporate news

François Riahi is appointed Chairman of the Board of COFACE SA

The Board of Directors of COFACE SA met today and elected François Riahi, Chief Executive Officer of Natixis, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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06/14/2018
Corporate news

COFACE SA announces €300m syndicated loan agreement for its Polish subsidiary Coface Poland Factoring

As part of the refinancing of its factoring activity, Coface Poland Factoring signed an agreement with a group of banking partners for a €300m syndicated multicurrency loan (EUR, PLN) on 8 June 2018.

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06/01/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Global metals sector: prices to continue to rise in 2018, ahead of a possible slight decline in 2019

On the back of highly-synchronised economic growth, technological shifts boosting a surge in the use of metals and a shortfall in supply, metals have been benefitting from a bull market since mid-2016 (...)

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05/23/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Election season in Latin America: Growing political risks undermine economic activity

The Coface Political Risk Index takes into consideration various risk aspects: (...)

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05/14/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Western Balkans’ accession to EU membership likely to be completed - supported by the region’s strategic importance

The European Union - Western Balkans Summit will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, on the 17th of May 2018. This meeting aims to reaffirm the EU’s commitment towards the Western Balkans gaining EU membership. Coface’s economists see the EU accession as likely to happen, particularly as it would counterbalance Russian and Chinese presence in the region.

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05/04/2018
Corporate news, Corporate news

COFACE SA: Publication of SFCR Group and Standalone as at 31st December 2017

COFACE SA has published today its Solvency and Financial Condition Report (SFCR) for COFACE SA (Group) and Compagnie française d’assurance pour le commerce extérieur (the « Compagnie »), in compliance with the Solvency II requirements

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04/24/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Africa: diminishing reserves increase risks of another crash

Adversely affected by the slump in raw material prices, most African currencies lost over 20% of their value between 2013 and 2016

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04/24/2018
Corporate news

Coface results for the first quarter 2018:

Net income of €35.5m and RoATE(1) at 8.8%; Fit to Win execution drives profitability in a supportive economic environment

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04/12/2018
Corporate news

Coface’s purpose & new tagline: for trade

Discover our new tagline, FOR TRADE, which conveys Coface’s culture and purpose, as well as our deep commitment to trade.

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04/10/2018
Corporate news

Country and sector risks worldwide - 1st quarter 2018

Now that peak growth has been reached in the United States and Europe, businesses are preparing for supply side constraints and the risk of protectionism

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04/09/2018
Country risk and economic studies

New Mediterranean trade routes will be through the South and East of the region

In the Mediterranean, the recent rise in protectionism is starting to transform the vast network of free trade agreements and reshape intra-Mediterranean trade routes. Two new trends are emerging.

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04/05/2018
Corporate news

Coface announces the publication of its 2017 Registration Document

The Registration Document of COFACE SA for 2017 (Document de référence 2017 in French) was filed with the French financial markets authority (Autorité des marchés financiers - AMF) on April 5th 2018 under the number D.18-0267.

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03/29/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Central and Eastern Europe: Political risks on the rise but no impact yet on local businesses

With the wave of ongoing elections in countries such as Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia, Central and Eastern Europe is undergoing a major period of change against the background of economic growth that is still strong (...)

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03/13/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Regional economic ambitions of China and Japan show striking parallels

According to Coface, China and Japan are becoming competitors for trade and investment in the Asia Pacific region (...)

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03/08/2018
Corporate news

Women to Win, when Coface conjugates with the feminine

The International Women's Day is an opportunity to review the numerous projects carried out within the framework of the Women to Win dedicated to women's leadership, networking and knowledge and experience- sharing (...)

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03/07/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Insolvent or ‘zombies’, distressed companies represent nearly 6% of the total in France

The beginning of the year marked a clear improvement in key business insolvency indicators (...)

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02/27/2018
Country risk and economic studies

NAFTA renegotiations - could Mexico’s “high-risk” automotive industry deteriorate into a crisis?

Mexico’s automotive industry plays an important role in its economy (...)

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02/12/2018
Corporate news

COFACE SA announces a share buyback operation targeting a total amount of 30 million euros

In the second pillar of its Fit to Win plan, Coface aims at improving the capital efficiency of its business model. The Group published today an estimated Solvency ratio of ~166%, above its target range.

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02/12/2018
Corporate news

Full-year results 2017: Coface doubles net income to €83.2m, and activates the capital optimisation lever provided for in its Fit to Win plan

Turnover: €1 354.9m, up 0.3% at constant scope and exchange rates. Net loss ratio 51.4%, improved by 14.1 pts; annual net combined ratio at 86.6%.

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01/23/2018
Country risk and economic studies

Country Risk Conference. 2018: the upturn continues, but corporates risk overheating

During its annual conference on country and sector risks, Coface shares with companies its vision of the major global economic trends for 2018

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12/20/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Turkey records dynamic growth but is increasingly vulnerable to external factors

Turkey’s economy recorded substantial growth during the first three quarters of 2017, up by 7.4% compared to a year earlier. This was achieved despite the series of shocks which occurred in the country in 2016 (...)

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12/12/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Although dynamic, France’s organic food sector could be forced to abandon its original principles in order to increase scale

The increasing preference of households for organic food is reflected in the sector’s very strong growth which is expected to exceed €8 billion in 2017

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11/27/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Germany’s corporate payment survey 2017

The second annual corporate payment survey for Germany carried out by Coface confirms many of the foregone trends. However, some improvements can be seen (...)

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11/24/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Poland Insolvency Report: Insolvencies and restructuring proceedings still on the rise, despite a robust economy

Insolvencies and restructuration proceedings increased by 14% in the first three quarters of 2017 compared to the same period last year. Most sectors experienced an increase in the number of proceedings.

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11/20/2017
Country risk and economic studies

The effects of a "hard" Brexit will be decisive for the innovation capacity and competitiveness of the British automotive industry

After an exceptional peak in production of vehicles recorded in mid-2016 (1.02 million unit sales, up 8.5% for the January-August period compared to the same period in 2015), 2017 saw a drop in production of nearly 2% (...)

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11/08/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Embargo on Qatar: Manageable for the time being, but not perennially

On June 5 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain (known as the quartet) announced they were breaking diplomatic ties with Qatar (...)

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11/07/2017
Country risk and economic studies

China's ambitions in sub-Saharan Africa: efforts to rebalance bi-lateral relations still needed

Almost twenty years after the launch of the first Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, China-Africa relations remain unbalanced. Bilateral trade has leaped over the past ten years (a total of $123 billion in 2016), driven, up to 2014, by exports, which have fallen by 51% since the peak.

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10/25/2017
Corporate news

Coface 9M-2017 Results: Net income at €55.0m driven by loss ratio improvement, in line with new guidance

We now see the full impact of the measures taken in the previous quarters within the Fit to Win strategic plan to drive down the loss ratio, in what is a still favourable economic environment. The net profit for the quarter, at €35m, shows significant progress compared to previous quarters.

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10/18/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Argentine legislative elections: is the continuity of the pro-business direction at stake?

The trajectory of Argentina´s economic rebound will be subject to the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections on October 22.

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09/29/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Morocco : Extended payment periods across practically all sectors

Morocco Corporate Payment Survey, first half of 2017: Extended payment periods across practically all sectors: 99 days on average in 2017, up from 82 days in 2016

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09/29/2017
Corporate news

Coface appoints two new regional CEOs to lead Central & Eastern Europe and Northern Europe, effective November 1st 2017

Xavier Durand, Coface CEO, commented: “As we focus on executing our strategic plan, Fit to Win, these appointments bring a wealth of experience that helps drive our ongoing revitalisation and transformation into the most agile global trade credit partner in the industry.”

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09/28/2017
Corporate news

Coface improves its full-year guidance: loss ratio net of reinsurance now seen below 54%, a 4ppts improvement

The measures taken by Coface to strengthen its risk infrastructure continue to bear fruit. They benefit from an improving economic environment, as growth in all large regions around the globe is on a positive momentum.

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09/27/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Financing businesses: the bond market is turning into a "spare tyre"...

Corporate bond financing: an advantage in times of crisis?

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09/26/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Country and sector risks: Europe remains the big winner in the world economic upturn

World economic growth might not yet be at its highest (2.9% in 2017 and 2018), but there can be no denying that there are healthy signs.

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09/08/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Infrastructure: the Achilles’ heel of development in Latin America

Weak development of infrastructure in the region. Poor record in improving investment rates

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09/08/2017
Corporate news

Fitch affirms Coface AA- rating, with an outlook ‘stable’

Fitch Ratings affirmed, on September 8th 2017, Coface AA- Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating. The outlook is stable.

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09/07/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Central & Eastern European insolvencies overview

Company insolvencies dropped by 14% in 2015 and 6% in 2016

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09/06/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Coface announces CEE Top 500 companies: Automotive & transport sector is the regional leader. Oil & gas continues downturn, losing number one posit...

2016 – a mixed year for CEE. The labour market boomed, while turnover and net profit of the largest companies decreased by -0.6% and -3.1% / CEE Top 500 companies increased their workforces in 2016. Lower regional unemployment rates / Poland (+3.3% in turnover) remains the biggest player, followed by Hungary (-11.5%) and the Czech Republic (-2.2%) / Sectors: automotive industry up (+8.6% in turnover), oil & gas sector down (-5.6%)

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07/31/2017
Country risk and economic studies

How could “Trumponomics” affect Latin America’s economies?

Political developments in the US have caused uncertainties over the trade policies that could be implemented and the region’s vulnerability to tighter financial conditions.

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07/28/2017
Corporate news

Isabelle Laforgue and Nathalie Lomon join COFACE SA’s Board of Directors

Isabelle Laforgue and Nathalie Lomon join COFACE SA’s Board of Directors

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07/28/2017
Corporate news

Coface H1-2017 Results

Operating income up 17.5% and net income at €20.2m
Improving guidance for 2017: net loss ratio 3pts better, at below 58%

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07/19/2017
Country risk and economic studies

GCC banks urged to fine-tune liquidity management in order to address new economic cycle - Coface Economic Report

The stagnation of low oil prices is weighing on liquidity conditions across Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. This is slowing down government fiscal revenues, (...)

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07/11/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Asia Corporate Payment Survey 2016: Tail risks are on the rise

Coface’s latest annual payment survey covered 2,795 corporates in the Asia Pacific region, focusing on 8 markets: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The survey also traced the evolution of corporate payments in 11 sectors.

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07/05/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Country and sector risks worldwide

The second quarter of 2017 marked a new start for Europe, Russia and, on the sector side, for the automobile and agrofood industries in several countries (...)

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07/04/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Sector risk assessments 2nd quarter 2017

12 Major sectors assessed worldwide

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06/07/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Brexit: Despite several shocks, the United Kingdom will remain attractive for businesses

Businesses have proven their resilience since the referendum, but a downturn in investments is starting to be seen.
The fall in growth (1.4% in 2017 and 1.2% in 2018) will lead to a rise in the number of business failures, of 8.7%1 and 8%1 respectively

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05/31/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Infographics - Brexit: despite a series of shocks, british companies remain sound

Mixed resilience, first signs of Brexit during the exit negociations phase but still some positive points…

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05/24/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Russia is emerging from recession, but the structural constraints risk impeding its mid-term growth

The diversification of the Russian economy, made necessary by a slump in oil prices that is set to last, is coming up against structural constraints that may well have a deleterious effect on its mid-term growth.

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05/23/2017
Corporate news, Product news

Coface places digital transformation at the heart of its strategy with launch of new customer portal

Coface’s new customer portal and fully revamped CofaNet online credit insurance contract management tool are being launched today. With the new solutions, customers will benefit from innovative features, unique access, customised content, advanced ergonomics, real time results displays and easier contacts.

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05/16/2017
Country risk and economic studies

New Coface survey shows optimism among UAE non-oil private companies

Coface, the worldwide leader in trade credit management solutions and risk information services, has published its first-ever Credit Opinion Survey for the UAE region (...)

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05/02/2017
Corporate news

Coface digitalizes the customer experience

One of the priorities of Coface’s three-year strategic plan Fit-to-Win is to enhance Client Service.

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05/01/2017
Country risk and economic studies

Labour shortages in the Central and Eastern Europe region: an opportunity for households but a threat for local companies

Developments in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) labour markets have been beneficial for households. Rising wages and low inflation, combined with improving consumer confidence, have led to lower unemployment rates and an increase in private consumption.

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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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02/03/2017
Corporate news

Coface Group: Executive Committee appointments

As part of the implementation of the three-year strategic Fit-to-Win plan, aimed at positioning Coface as the most agile global credit insurer on the market, changes are to be made to the Group's Executive Committee, effective from 3 April 2017.

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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
Country risk and economic studies

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
Corporate news

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 “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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11/07/2016
Corporate news

Isabelle Rodney and Anne Sallé Mongauze join COFACE SA’s Board of Directors

At its meeting on 3 November, the Board of Directors of COFACE SA co-opted Isabelle Rodney, Member of the Executive Board of Caisse d’Epargne Côte d’Azur, and Anne Sallé Mongauze, Chief Executive Officer of the Compagnie Européenne de Garanties et Cautions, as directors of the Board of Directors of COFACE SA.

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11/03/2016
Corporate news

Coface results at 30 September 2016: Operating trends in line with Fit to Win

Xavier Durand, CEO of Coface, commented: These results are in line with the trends that we highlighted last September at our Investor Day.

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11/02/2016
Corporate news

Franck Marzilli appointed Group Compliance Director of Coface

Effective in December 2016, with the objective of strengthening Coface’s controllership functions in a context of increasing complex and stringent regulations.

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11/02/2016
Corporate news

Pierre Bevierre joins Coface as Group Human Resources Director

Pierre Bevierre, who holds a post-graduate degree (DESS) in Human Resources from Paris Dauphine University, is appointed Group Human Resources Director with effect from January 2017.

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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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10/17/2016
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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10/14/2016
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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10/05/2016
Corporate news

Xavier Durand wins « First 100 Days » award from KPMG and EIM, thanks to readers of Challenges magazine

The award, created in 2015, recognizes business leaders who were appointed within the last 24 months and who have succeeded in their first 100 days in the role

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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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09/26/2016
Corporate news

Xavier DURAND finalist in "first 100 days" award by french magazine, Challenges: Cast your vote!

The First 100 Days award recognizes the success of business leaders in their key ‘first 100 days’.
Xavier Durand, Chief Executive Officer of Coface, is one of the finalists in the ‘First 100 Days’ award organized by French business magazine, Challenges, in partnership with EIM and KPMG.

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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
Corporate news

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
Corporate news

Coface appoints Fredrik Murer to lead its North America region

Coface continues to strengthen its senior management team, with the appointment of Fredrik Murer as CEO of the North America region.

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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

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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09/14/2016
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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09/09/2016
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

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
Corporate news

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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07/19/2016
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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07/12/2016
Corporate news

Thomas Jacquet appointed Coface Group Investor Relations & Rating Agencies Director

Thomas Jacquet will be joining Coface credit insurer on 12 September as Group Investor Relations & Rating Agencies Director. He succeeds Nicolas Andriopoulos, appointed Managing Director of Coface Re, who continues to manage the Group’s internal and external reinsurance.

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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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07/05/2016
Corporate news

Coface appoints Valérie Brami as Group Chief Operating Officer

Valerie Brami, 49, is appointed to the newly created position of Group Chief Operating Officer, in charge of information systems, organization and process enhancement. As such, she joins the Group’s Executive Committee and Management Board.

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07/04/2016
Corporate news

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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07/01/2016
Corporate news

Coface strengthens its risk function with the appointment of Thierry Croiset as Group Risk Director

Thierry Croiset, 56, will join credit insurer Coface as Group Risk Director as of 11 July 2016, reporting directly to Carine Pichon, Chief Finance & Risk Officer.

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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

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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06/28/2016
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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06/17/2016
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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06/13/2016
Corporate news

Thibault Surer appointed Group Strategy and Business Development Director

Thibault Surer, 54, joins credit insurer Coface as Strategy and Business Development Director of the Group. The department he will head up covers Strategy, Business Development, Marketing & Innovation. Thibault becomes also a member of the Group Management and Executive Committees.

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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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06/02/2016
Corporate news

Coface strengthens organisation in Asia, with the appointment of Bhupesh Gupta as Asia Pacific CEO

In line with its Asian growth strategy, Coface is appointing a seasoned financial services professional, Bhupesh Gupta, to run its Asia Pacific operations.

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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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04/14/2016
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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04/13/2016
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

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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04/13/2016
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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03/24/2016
Country risk and economic studies

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

Consult coface new infographics

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03/24/2016
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

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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03/17/2016
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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03/16/2016
Country risk and economic studies

Few companies in China spared from overdue payments in 2015: 80% of corporates affected

A new Coface survey on corporate credit risk

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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
Corporate news

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

Infographics : Country risk assessment map - January 2016

160 countries under the magnifying glas

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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 advances countries and growing debt of companies in emerging countries

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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

Infografics : Sector risks - 4th quarter 2015

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

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12/09/2015
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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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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12/09/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Europe’s qualitative wine production model resists competition

French and Italian producers are not suffering from the new world competition on low and mid-level products while Spain is more vulnerable.

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11/24/2015
Country risk and economic studies

French companies are starting to benefit from a tenuous recovery, although certain sectors remain at risk

Coface economists estimate a growth of 1.1% for 2015 and 1.4% for 2016. Company insolvencies are down, although the level remains high (...)

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11/24/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Construction: the Achilles' heel of the French economy

Following a long period of stagnation, construction in Europe is showing signs of recovery. In France it is the only sector, out of the fourteen studied by Coface, to be rated as very high risk (...)

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11/16/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Egypt: slow recovery and structural challenges

Coface forecasts growth of 4.4% for 2015/2016

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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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11/02/2015
Corporate news

Results at 30 September: Coface stabilizes results and posts profit of EUR 98 million

Coface once again posts an increase in turnover this quarter. In spite of a difficult economic climate in certain emerging markets, we have managed our loss ratio well by applying our expertise in risk management. In doing so, we are pursuing our path of profitable growth while protecting and supporting that of our clients.

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10/19/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Half year 2015 Insolvency Report: Poland continues on improvement track

Poland’s increased economic activity has already reached the levels required to stabilise the number of company insolvencies.

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10/19/2015
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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10/15/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Infographics : The temperature of 14 sectors activity in the world

Discover our sector risk infographics on the temperature of 14 sectors activity in the world

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10/15/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Infographics : focus on the future of solar energy in Europe: photovoltaics

Discover our new Infographics focus on the future of the solar energy in Europe

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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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09/18/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Country risk assessment map - 3rd quarter 2015

This map gives you a global overview of country risk assessments. Coface's methodology in assessing country risk uses macroeconomic expertise, comprehension of the business environment and microeconomic data collected over 70 years of payment experience.

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09/18/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Is a Chinese shadow cast over Asia?

China is trying to find a way to achieve healthier, more sustainable growth, but this is not completely painless for its economy – or for those of its neighbours. According to Coface estimates, growth is unlikely to exceed 6.7% in 2015 and 6.2% in 2016, compared with 13.4% over the period 2006-2007. This is mainly a result of the technological and capital catch-up process running out of steam: several industries are suffering from overcapacity and corporate indebtedness is high, thus impacting investment.

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09/18/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Quarterly update of the Coface country risk assessments

Large and small emerging countries are experiencing strong turbulence

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09/17/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Infografics: Chinese slowdown: what risk of contagion for Asian countries?

We are witnessing a shift in the Chinese economic model. Which Asian countries will be the first victims if there is a hard landing? And which will enjoy the greatest immunity?

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09/16/2015
Country risk and economic studies

How Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC) are dealing with falling oil prices

As oil continues to be a major contributor to economic performance in the GCC, economic diversification is vital for the Gulf countries to ensure continued healthy growth. This has been showcased in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which are driving sustained GDP growth through significant government investment in non-oil sectors. In the UAE, the food and beverage sector is forecasted to grow by 36% between 2014 and 2019, while KSA’s automotive industry is slated to rise by 5.2% in 2015.

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09/09/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Latin America: what life after the commodity burst?

Growth in Latin America has been slowing down since 2011. This lacklustre situation, caused by weak domestic fundamentals, has been exacerbated by cyclical factors experienced since the second half of 2014. In 2015 we have ob-served a further deterioration of this (...)

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09/08/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Company insolvencies in Western Europe: a drop of 7% expected in 2015 but situation is contrasted

Company insolvencies in Western Europe have experienced two successive storms. The subprime crisis, which made insolvencies jump by an average of +11% in the twelve countries studied was, unsurprisingly, followed by (...)

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09/06/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Infografics: Insolvencies in Western Europe: A downward cycle has started

Infografics : Insolvencies in Western Europe: A downward cycle has started - The economic recovery in the euro zone supports this trend - September 2015

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07/29/2015
Corporate news

The French government prepares to transfer management of state export guarantees to Bpifrance

The French State announces today its intention to go ahead with the project, an agreement in principle having been reached with Coface. This agreement will see Coface receive an amount of 77.2 million euros when the transfer becomes effective, which is targeted for the first half of 2016. Moreover, it has been agreed that, during the transition period, Coface will continue to assure its mission on behalf of the French state and will work closely with Bpifrance to ensure continuity in services offered to companies.

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07/29/2015
Corporate news

H1-2015 results: Coface posts a profit of EUR 66 million in spite of an increase in claims in emerging countries

Since the end of last year, at the occasion of our periodic results publications, we have noted weaknesses affecting the macro-economic environment. The first half of this year confirms this trend, and it was marked by an increase in the frequency of claims, in particular in emerging markets. Given this context, we are publishing good quality half-year results. The Group thus confirms the robustness of its business model: product innovation and multi-channel distribution, while controlling risks and costs.

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07/22/2015
Corporate news

The CEE automotive sector is highly dependent on foreign investments - but there are positive dynamics in domestic demand

The CEE region has become an attractive destination for investments by global car manufacturers. In 2014, 3.6 million vehicles were produced in Eastern Europe, equating to 21% of total EU production (...)

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07/17/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Country risk map - 2nd quarter 2015

This map gives you a global overview of country risk assessments. Coface's methodology in assessing country risk uses macroeconomic expertise, comprehension of the business environment and microeconomic data collected over 70 years of payment experience.

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06/22/2015
Corporate news

Linda Jackson and Martine Odillard join COFACE SA’s Board of Directors

Linda Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Citroën brand, member of the Executive Committee of PSA Peugeot Citroën, and Martine Odillard, Chief Executive Officer of the Chargeurs group, recently joined the Board of Directors of COFACE SA.

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06/20/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Sub-Saharan Africa: three East African economies are sheltered from the economic storm

Although growth was accelerated by the high prices of commodities on which sub-Saharan Africa is highly dependent, the region must now deal with the effects of falling oil prices. The 45 countries screened by Coface are affected to different degrees.

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06/19/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Infographics : Country risk assessments June 2015

Discover in this new infographic which country risk assessments are upgraded or downgraded by Coface.
In addition: Focus on Sub-Saharan economies - Is the risk of bad economic weather high?

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06/19/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Quarterly updated country risk assessments

Downgrade for China. Economies affected by the fall in oil prices placed on negative watch.

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06/17/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Is India’s economic revival thanks to the Modi government?

In May 2015, the IMF highlighted India as “one of the bright spots in the global economy”, mainly due to more effective policies and the end of political uncertainty. Coface expects the country’s GDP growth to reach 7.5%. But to what extent have Modi’s reforms contributed to the recent pickup in growth? Are the improvements in the economy without risks?

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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.

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06/01/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Coface Insolvency Monitor for Central and Eastern Europe: Economic perspectives improved but corporate challenges remain

CEE’s improved economic activity in 2014 resulted in the stabilisation of company insolvencies, with a minor drop of -0.5% in the regional average.

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05/26/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Business insolvencies in France at the end of April 2015: The numbers continue to slowly improve, at -2.7% on a year

The favourable swing first seen in 2014 continues. The immediate rise in business insolvencies in the first four months was partly due to a catching up after the artificially low year-end data, because of the industrial action within the court system, which has however resurfaced in May.

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05/26/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Infographics: End of Milk Quotas: a new era for the french dairy sector

The dairy market

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05/25/2015
Corporate news

The end of milk quotas: New rules

April 1st 2015 marked the end of milk quotas in Europe, a regulatory tool imposed in 1984 in response to overproduction, leading to the so-called “butter mountain” and the “milk lake”. For the first time in 30 years, the market alone will determine the quantities of milk produced. Are French dairy farmers ready for this? Is the abolition of milk quotas going to make it possible for milk producers to supply the rapidly growing markets in Asia? Or to develop to meet the high level of demand for organic products?

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05/11/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Morocco: The emerging market challenge

The Moroccan economy demonstrated its resilience during the recent global economic crisis and the “Arab Spring”. In what is an increasingly unstable international environment, Morocco has proven to be highly stable.

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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.

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04/29/2015
Country risk and economic studies

70% of companies in the Asia-Pacific Region experienced overdue payments in 2014

Coface’s annual survey on Asia-Pacific region questioned 2,695 companies in 8 economies. 70% of the companies surveyed experienced overdue in 2014 - the highest level in 3 years. In addition, 37% of the respondents reported that overdue amounts increased in 2014, up by 2% compared with the previous year. Companies in China, India, Hong Kong and Thailand are particularly affected.

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04/17/2015
Corporate news

COFACE SA: Combined Shareholder’s Meeting May 18th 2015 at 10.30am

Coface SA's shareholders are hereby informed that the Combined Shareholder’s Meeting will be held on Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 10:30 am at the Group’s headquarters.

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04/15/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Has the US automotive sector shifted safely into top gear?

The bail-out for the US automotive industry, at a cost of 80 billion dollars and large-scale layoffs, traumatised the United States. Its automobile manufacturers are now rebuilding their competitiveness and benefiting from the upturn in US economic growth (forecast at 2.9% in 2015). The industry has picked up and demand is being driven partly by easier access to credit, but at what price? In 2015 , Coface’s model predicts an increase in sales of 3.8% a sustained level of growth, but well below the level recorded in recent years.
The automotive sector needs to continue to look towards the future and the changes required to meet the new challenges ahead.

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04/15/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Two sectorial assessments updated due to impact of lower oil prices

The recent drop in the price of oil has had knock-on effects for company credit risk around the world. Among the 14 sectors analysed, Coface has identified one big winner and one big loser, with the corresponding assessments revised upwards or downwards.

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04/15/2015
Country risk and economic studies

New infographics, The US automobile sector : a risky recovery?

Discover the new Coface infographics (April 2015)

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04/13/2015
Corporate news

Coface announces the publication of its 2014 Registration Document

The Registration Document of COFACE SA for 2014 (Document de référence 2014) was filed with the French financial markets authority (Autorité des marchés financiers - AMF) on April 13th, 2015.

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03/26/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Five advanced economies will avoid the risk of "secular stagnation" within the next decade

More than three years after the official recovery, advanced economies are struggling to return to a path of sustained growth. Some are even forecasting stagnant growth, a situation sometimes seen as irreversible. But not all advanced economies are in the same position when it comes to this risk of long-term stagnation and some exceptions stand out in what is a fragile global landscape. Which of the OECD’s advanced economies have what it takes to accelerate their growth over the next decade?

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03/26/2015
Country risk and economic studies

New infographics : worldwide risk map

Discover the new Coface infographics

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03/26/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Quarterly updated country risk and business environment assessments

Coface upgrades country risk assessments of two European economies and places Brazil under negative watch
Business environment in Russia downgraded to C

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03/19/2015
Country risk and economic studies

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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03/12/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Corporate overdue payments in China at high levels: 80% of corporates affected in 2014

Slower growth and increase in non-performing loans expected in 2015

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03/04/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Impact of lower international oil prices on Latin America

Latin America is a major producer of commodities and the recent drop in oil prices is impacting the region’s countries in different ways. Which countries could benefit from lower international quotations - and why are others negatively impacted?

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02/26/2015
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. 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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02/23/2015
Corporate news

Release by Coface relating to the management of State export credit guarantees

The French State has just announced today that it is about to launch a study that might result in the reconsideration of the management by Compagnie française d’assurance pour le commerce extérieur, a fully owned subsidiary of COFACE SA, of State export credit guarantees.

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02/02/2015
Corporate news

Julien Marcilly appointed Coface Chief Economist

Julien Marcilly is appointed Chief Economist of Coface, with effect from 2 March 2015, reporting to Jean-Marc Pillu, CEO.

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01/26/2015
Country risk and economic studies

2015 Country Risk Conference: In 2015, the global recovery will be laborious and subject to multiple risks

The global economy is on the path of gradual recovery. Less vigorous than before the 2008 crisis, global growth continues to follow a moderately accelerating trend.

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01/21/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Poland’s construction sector - are turbulent times over?

Insolvency statistics for the Polish construction sector show that a milestone has been reached. It has transformed from a negative performer, feeding bankruptcy levels in 2010-2012, to the sector with one of the highest improvements in terms of insolvencies. Do these statistics indicate a long-term improvement for the entire sector? So far the housing industry, which is a small part of the construction sector, shows signs of improvement and new EU funds are helping to mitigate risks.

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01/20/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Turkey: Depreciation in exchange rates and sluggish domestic demand affect corporate payment performance

Disclosure of the exit strategy by FED Chairman Ben Bernanke in May 2013 triggered a new period marked by a change in the risk perception towards developing economies in financial markets. Turkey entered this period with a high current accounts deficit, a production sector substantially dependent on imports and three successive elections.

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01/19/2015
Country risk and economic studies

Middle East and North Africa region: What progress after the “Arab Spring”?

After a period of political and social turmoil, the economic activity is gaining strength in the Middle East and North Africa region. The growth is expected to stand at 2.6 percent in 2014 and to accelerate to 3.2 percent in 2015 on the back of global economic recovery and preliminary signs of political consensus in some countries of the region. However the growth performance will continue to stand below the 2000-2010 average of 5.4 percent.

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01/05/2015
Corporate news

Coface: A2 rating affirmed by Moody’s

Moody’s published on Wednesday December 24th 2014, an update of its credit opinion in which it affirmed Coface’s Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating at 'A2', Outlook Stable.

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12/15/2014
Corporate news

Coface AA- rating affirmed by Fitch

Fitch Ratings issued today, Monday December 15th, a press release in which it affirmed Coface’s Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating at 'AA-', Outlook Stable.

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12/15/2014
Corporate news, Product news

Coface obtains credit insurance license in Morocco and strengthens its leading position in Africa

Present in Morocco since 2007, Coface has now obtained its license for insurance and reinsurance activities from the regulatory authorities.

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12/12/2014
Country risk and economic studies

“Low-flation” in France, the sign of a change in pace of growth

In a context of slow inflation (“low-flation”) and flat growth, France is in danger of not being able to escape the vicious circle of falling prices. Is it possible that France, without going to the extremes of the deep depression of the 1930s in the United States and a number of European countries, could experience a lengthy period of price and growth stagnation, such as happened in Japan between 1990 and 2010? And if so, what would it mean for the French economy and its companies?

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12/12/2014
Country risk and economic studies

Company insolvencies: a limited decrease

The number of company insolvencies over the past 12 months stood at 63,002 companies at the end of October. Coface registered a 0.9% fall over the year.

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11/20/2014
Country risk and economic studies

Coface quarterly sector risks assessments : 14 sectors in three major regions of the world

North American chemicals, transport, textiles and clothing upgraded from "medium risk" to "low risk"
In North America, sector risk has improved due to the positive economic outlook and the drop in oil prices

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11/20/2014
Country risk and economic studies

After the economic crisis, what does the future hold for pharmaceutical companies in Europe?

The pharmaceutical sector’s dependence on the economic situation of European countries proved to be crippling for the industry during the 2008-09 crisis, and once again during the sovereign debt crisis of 2011-12. Particularly weakened by reduced health expenditure in Europe, pharmaceutical companies are now looking to revive, expand into new markets and invest in niche markets to break the deadlock.

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09/11/2014
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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09/08/2014
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Stay connected to Coface with Cofamove

With CofaMove, analyzing risk has never been so easy. Stay connected to Coface and make timely, informed credit decisions no matter where business may take you.

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