BankingCapital MarketsCOVID-19
January 14, 2021

Calmer Seas: Revolvers Recover, Return to Pre-Covid Pricing, Tenor

Upfront fees are higher, but treasurers renewing facilities see reason for optimism; U.S. Bank is also positive.Multiyear tenors for revolving credit facilities are now available to investment-grade (IG) corporate borrowers, according to several NeuGroup members who have been talking to their bankers recently. This week, one treasurer said, “Things have normalized a fair amount for solid credits,” citing a large bank. This member, who was in the process of renewing his company’s revolver last year when Covid hit, is now…
BankingTalking Shop
January 7, 2021

Talking Shop: Allowing Vendors to Directly Debit Bank Accounts

Member question: “What are your policies with respect to allowing vendors to direct debit your bank accounts for invoices due? “Our policy does not support vendor direct debit of our bank accounts. We do have an exception process for situations where vendor stoppage may have material impact (i.e. utilities for a manufacturing plant) or the vendor requires DD and there are no other alternatives (i.e. postal service).“I think part of our position is a historical perception that it is ‘bad’…
BankingCapital Markets
January 5, 2021

Banks Craving Yield Hear Case for Lightly Structured Corporate Notes

An option for members of the Bank Treasurers’ Peer Group coping with excess liquidity amid rock-bottom rates.Many members of the Bank Treasurers’ Peer Group (BTPG) find themselves looking to their investment portfolios as they search for yield in a manner that complies with policy risk parameters—a theme heard at other NeuGroup meetings in the second half as interest rates fell. Banks face the added challenge of tepid loan growth amid a surge in deposits driven by a flight to safe…
December 22, 2020

M&A Deals Reveal Growing Power of ESG Ratings, Research

In a recent NeuGroup Virtual Interactive Session, Deutsche Bank weighed in on the changing face of the players doling out ESG ratings which are increasingly important to investors and issuers. As the graphic below makes clear, credit rating agencies and other companies are racing to get in on the action through acquisitions. Trisha Taneja, Deutsche Bank’s head of ESG advisory, identified MSCI and Morningstar as two popular ratings providers, adding that Moody’s and S&P are growing. “The two current main…
BankingCapital Markets
December 17, 2020

Wild Rides: Three Treasurers Rise to the 2020 Financing Challenge

Lessons from three companies whose equity, debt and bank credit transactions required flexibility, speed and more.The scramble for liquidity during the pandemic underscored the need for treasury to be prepared—at any point—to snap into action and access capital or credit. And while each company’s circumstances are different, there are some lessons that emerged from this year’s financings that should interest almost any treasury team. At a second-half meeting of NeuGroup’s Life Sciences Treasurers’ Peer Group, three members described funding transactions…
BankingCapital MarketsTechnology
December 15, 2020

Is the Corporate Bond Market Ready for Digital Transformation?

Former NeuGroup members look to convince today’s treasurers that the current system needs to change. By Joseph Neu In the wake of a record year for corporate debt issuance—around $2 trillion in the US alone, generating estimated fees for banks topping $8 billion—this is a good time to assess if the corporate bond market needs transformation. As part of a new series of virtual interactive sessions on fintech solutions to perennial treasury and finance function challenges, NeuGroup hosted a session…
BankingFXTalking Shop
December 15, 2020

Talking Shop: How Do You Restrict Trading for Currency and Bank Pairings?

Member question: “Question on restricting trading for certain currency/bank combinations: We have a few currencies that some banks have trouble settling with us (such as RUB). I want to avoid trading with these banks for those currencies. “Ideally, I could set up a rule in FXall to restrict specific bank/currency combinations. Does anyone have suggestions for doing this? Thanks!” Peer answer 1: “I believe that in FXall’s QuickTrade set-up, you can select/designate standard counterparty banks to populate for specific currencies…
BankingCapital MarketsESG
December 10, 2020

Corporates Seek Best Practices in Backing Black-Owned Banks, Brokers

Selecting which minority-owned institutions to include on deals requires asking the right questions. Netflix, Apple, PayPal, Microsoft and other companies launched prominent initiatives to support Black-owned banks and brokerage firms this year in the wake of the social justice movement sparked by the death of George Floyd in May.   Scores of other corporates are making or doubling down on commitments to support financial institutions serving minority communities. They’re doing it through bank deposits, investments in community development financial institutions (CDFIs)…
December 1, 2020

Corporates to Banks: Untangle Processes, Offer Simple Solutions

NeuGroup members want simple but powerful improvements to banking services.In a recent meeting of treasurers for high-growth companies, sponsored by Bank of the West BNP Paribas, representatives from the bank opened a session with a question: how can banks improve treasurers’ experience? While not directing their response to Bank of the West specifically but rather to banks generally, the answer, overwhelmingly, was clear: simplify the day-to-day experience. NeuGroup members outlined how banks can streamline basic authorization and documentation processes that…
BankingFXTalking Shop
December 1, 2020

Talking Shop: Whom Do You Pay Using Your Offshore Renminbi Account?

Member question: “Has anyone opened a CNH (offshore renminbi) account? And if so, what do you use it for? Do you: a) pay onshore China vendors, b) offshore vendors?”Peer answer: “Yes, we have a CNH account in Singapore. We bill to our local distribution entities in local currency and we use the account for intercompany receivables before converting to USD. We make FX settlement payments from the account.” For more insights on trends in Asia from NeuGroup Members, read founder…