Capital AllocationCapital MarketsCash & Working Capital
November 17, 2020

Game Plan: Opportunistic Buybacks on the Open Market vs ASRs

Meeting sponsor SocGen sees corporates growing comfortable with flexible, open market buybacks amid recovery.During the global pandemic, many corporates have slammed the breaks on share repurchase programs to save cash and avoid criticism from politicians as Americans lost jobs and some companies sought government bailouts. At a recent NeuGroup meeting of treasurers at life sciences companies, Societe Generale’s David Getzler, head of equity capital markets for the Americas, forecast an increase in share buybacks in 2021 as the economy recovers and…
Cash & Working CapitalTechnologyTreasury Management
November 10, 2020

Taking a Hard Look at Structure, Resources and Where to Rationalize

A cash manager with staff across the globe considers how technology may reshape and resize his team.  Strategically important goals are the new organizational focus for one NeuGroup member who leads a cash management team of nearly 50 people at a sprawling global company that has a new CEO. At a recent meeting, the member described the structure and responsibilities of his staff today and how rationalization and an increased focus on technology may change his use of resources in the future.…
Cash & Working CapitalCOVID-19Risk Management
November 5, 2020

Policies Resembling Guardrails That Withstand Trigger Events

Key takeaways from the Assistant Treasurers’ Leadership Group 2020 H2 meeting, sponsored by Chatham Financial.By Joseph NeuPolicy and procedures off the back burner.  The pandemic put a wide range of policy and procedure review projects on the back burner and more members are starting to refocus on them now as immediate liquidity concerns recede. A session on risk policy reviews, for instance, highlighted how valuable a review can be after an event trigger from a change in business, such as…
Capital MarketsCash & Working CapitalESG
October 27, 2020

Why Parking Cash on the Balance Sheet May Trump Bigger Revolvers

Key takeaways from the NeuGroup for Capital Markets 2020 H2 meeting, sponsored by Deutsche Bank. By Joseph Neu Bond issues are the new RCF.  Discussion on the topic of how to divvy up extra liquidity in terms of cash on the balance sheet vs. a bigger revolving credit facility (RCF) yielded the recommendation that most firms with the ratings capacity are better off issuing bonds and parking cash on their balance sheet. The bond market is supportive, and bank credit…
Cash & Working CapitalComplianceTax
October 22, 2020

Cash Pooling: What Treasury Teams at Multinationals Need to Know Now

An update of a story—one of NeuGroup’s most-read articles—about physical and notional cash pooling. By Susan A. Hillman, Partner, Treasury Alliance Group LLC Eight months into the global pandemic, liquidity and cash remain top-of-mind for many multinational corporations coping with uncertainty over the shape and timing of economic recovery. That makes this an opportune time to reexamine a critical liquidity management tool that has been around for decades but has always required careful evaluation before implementation: cash pooling. Further due…
BankingCash & Working CapitalRisk Management
October 20, 2020

How Corporates Are Measuring Counterparty Risk as Cash Builds

Companies reviewing limits amid Covid have varied approaches to calculating risk thresholds.The abundance of cash corporates have collected on their balance sheets to deal with pandemic-related volatility has prompted some to review their counterparty risk limits.Participants at a recent NeuGroup meeting of large-cap companies described a variety of approaches to the issue, which should remain especially relevant for treasury teams reducing the size of bank groups, a trend discussed in recent meetings.  A member explained that higher deposit rates at…
BankingCash & Working CapitalTechnology
October 20, 2020

Helping Treasury See Beneath the Payment Iceberg

TIS makes the case for treasury as gatekeeper of payment processes.Nearly half the members at a recent meeting of NeuGroup’s Global Cash and Banking Group (GCBG) said treasury at their companies is responsible for treasury payments only—not for, say, accounts payable (AP) or payroll. Just 15% of those surveyed said treasury completely owns payment processes and tools. Treasury Intelligence Solutions (TIS), sponsor of the meeting, made a case for making treasury the overall “gatekeeper” of all payment processes—with the help…
Capital AllocationCash & Working Capital
October 13, 2020

The Cup Runneth Over: Corporates Awash in Cash Mull Options

Treasurers discuss concerns about companies rushing to deploy cash too quickly.When uncertainty abounded at the start of the pandemic, companies drew down revolvers, issued debt, cut capital expenditures (capex), halted share repurchases—whatever it took to conserve cash for the troubling times ahead.  A few months later, after massive government stimulus and a recovering economy, many are awash in cash and trying to figure out what to do with it—or not do with it.At a recent NeuGroup meeting for large-cap companies,…
Cash & Working CapitalCOVID-19Risk Management
October 8, 2020

Retailers Assess Capital Structure Amid Signs of Rebound

As the economy revives, companies pay down revolvers, resume buybacks and assess counterparty risk. At a recent NeuGroup meeting of treasurers at retailers, sponsored by U.S. Bank, members discussed stock repurchase programs, paying down revolvers and monitoring the impact of capital structure changes on leverage ratios and credit ratings. Members discussed moving from preparing for worst case scenarios in April and May (by increasing liquidity, initiating new revolvers) to more recent moves made in anticipation of returning to more normal operations.…
Cash & Working CapitalTechnology
October 6, 2020

Transforming Treasury: The Power of a Data Warehouse and BI Tool

How one tech company is making use of better centralized data to improve forecasting. Better data makes for better forecasts, reporting and data analysis. At a recent NeuGroup meeting, one member of a large technology company’s treasury team described the results of a two-year project to create a global treasury data warehouse to raise its data game. The company’s vision: a centralized data repository with BI reporting that integrates and organizes bank statement, market, ERP and forecasting data.The benefits of warehouses: data…