Cash & Working CapitalTalking Shop
May 19, 2022

Talking Shop: Payments to Support Relocation for Russian Nationals

Editor’s note: NeuGroup’s online communities provide members a forum to pose questions and give answers. Talking Shop shares valuable insights from these exchanges, anonymously. Send us your responses: [email protected] Member Question: “As a result of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, we have Russian national employees based in Russia who are looking to relocate and effectively become employees of our Dutch entity. Because of the restrictions on getting cash out of the country from employees’ personal bank accounts, we’re looking to support…
Capital AllocationCash & Working Capital
May 12, 2022

A Treasury Mind Shift: Focusing On Operational Cash

Many treasuries have grown complacent about cash levels, but concerns about a recession are triggering a renewed focus on optimizing the management of working capital.The debate about whether the US economy is headed into a recession because of higher interest rates and the Fed reducing its balance sheet is heating up. While some economists are bullish, many corporate treasuries are not: In a poll last week, 71% of members of NeuGroup for Global Cash and Banking said a recession is…
BankingCash & Working CapitalRegional
April 28, 2022

Slim Down: A Bank Tells Corporates to Cut Account Balances in Russia

Settling intercompany invoices emerges as the best option for some members to quickly reduce deposit balances in Russia. A major US bank used by scores of NeuGroup member corporations in Russia has recently been making strong recommendations to some of them—in conversations, not in writing—that they find alternatives to the bank as the war with Ukraine enters its third month and the bank further reduces its exposure to Russia. This development sparked discussion among members about contingency plans and how…
Capital MarketsCash & Working Capital
April 14, 2022

The Beauty of CP Attracts Many—but Not All—Corporates

CP’s flexibility and low cost beckon, but liquidity risk is a key reason one member says his company is avoiding it—for now.What’s not to like about commercial paper (CP)? This popular form of unsecured short-term debt used in the capital structures of many companies for working capital and other purposes gives issuers a relatively inexpensive, cost-efficient source of funding. Members at a recent meeting of NeuGroup for Capital Markets sponsored by Wells Fargo agreed that CP also gives them flexibility, relative…
Cash & Working CapitalRegional
April 7, 2022

High Hopes for a High-Tech Platform to Revolutionize Nordic Payments

Treasury teams frustrated by complexity in cross-border payments see reason for optimism as the ‘P27’ clearinghouse moves ahead.Nordic countries are on the cutting edge of digitizing their economies by embracing new technologies and creating near-cashless societies. But until recently, they had ignored the myriad legacy technologies supporting cross-border payments systems that NeuGroup members say are needlessly complex. Sending money from one nation to another requires jumping through too many hoops, with each country using its own currency and payment infrastructure. Now,…
BankingCash & Working CapitalRegional
March 17, 2022

Liquidity and Payments in Focus as Sanctions Deadlines Loom 

Top concerns remain paying salaries to staff and ensuring local businesses have enough liquidity to meet their obligations.   Editor’s Note: NeuGroup is running weekly special sessions on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Senior executive advisor Paul Dalle Molle, a former banker with extensive European experience, leads the discussions. By Paul Dalle Molle Thousands of international companies have been weighing their options since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. These range from full and immediate pullouts to doing business as usual—and many nuanced positions in between. Even corporates…
Cash & Working CapitalInvestment Management
March 10, 2022

Tailoring Investment Policies to Suit the Size of the Cash Stockpile

For treasurers at acquisitive mid-cap companies with limited cash, short maturities and liquidity are critical. The size of a company and how much cash it has on hand play key roles in shaping corporate investment policies, with the breadth of investment options in a policy closely correlated with the amount of cash—i.e., the more cash, the more options. That takeaway emerged at a late fall meeting of NeuGroup for Mid-cap Treasurers during a session on investment policies featuring a presentation by…
Cash & Working CapitalTechnology
February 17, 2022

Accuracy and AI: A New Cash Forecasting Tool Proves Its Worth

HighRadius helps one company with thousands of projects and a complex revenue stream better forecast cash. A new tool to improve cash forecasting can be a tough sell to management, given the intangible returns. It becomes easier, however, if the solution improves accuracy by more than 50%, and even easier if the vendor contractually agrees to achieve a certain level of improvement or discontinue the relationship—no strings attached. “It’s very hard to put a dollar amount on the positive impact of…
Capital MarketsCash & Working CapitalCompliance
January 12, 2022

Talk About SEC’s Proposed 30-Day Buyback Cooling-Off Period Heats Up

Members say the proposal for 10b5-1 plans would limit a corporate’s flexibility to execute buybacks efficiently.The SEC’s proposal that corporates wait 30 days after the adoption of a Rule 10b5-1 share repurchase plan before buying back stock would significantly restrict the flexibility of companies to execute the plans effectively. That key takeaway emerged at a session NeuGroup convened this week at the request of treasurers examining the potential implications of several SEC proposals issued Dec. 15 regarding 10b5-1 plans, including…
Cash & Working CapitalESGTechnology
January 4, 2022

NeuGroup’s Top Five 2021 Insights

Reassessing finance organizations under new leadership tops the list of 2021 insights.By Joseph NeuBefore we plunge full throttle into the new year, I wanted to distill what struck me as the key takeaways from 2021, our second year of accelerated change and pandemic-fueled challenges. 1. Questioning the way things have been done. The pandemic encouraged transformational thinking as many legacy business processes and delivery models did not perform well during lockdowns nor in a work-from-home environment. Covid-19 also sparked a new…