BankingCash & Working Capital
April 8, 2021

Tapping the Power of In-house Banks to Turn Cash Puddles into Pools

Mega-cap treasurers and PwC discuss multiple benefits of IHBs and some complexities of structuring them. Treasurers not sold on the value of in-house banks (IHBs) often tell Damien McMahon, a partner at PwC, “We have cash pooling already, and therefore we have a kind of in-house bank,” he recently told a group of NeuGroup members from mega-cap companies. In reality, though, many of the treasurers may have what Mr. McMahon called “cash puddles,” not cash pools.PwC and treasurers from two member…
Cash & Working CapitalRisk ManagementTalking Shop
March 25, 2021

Talking Shop: How Do You Use Counterparty Exposure Information?

Member question: “Does your organization review counterparty exposure? If so, how do you use this information? “What exposure types do you include? Cash, bank products, derivative contracts, other?“I understand that there are some organizations that set limits to how much exposure can be outstanding per counterparty. Does anyone have this practice in place?” Peer answer 1: “I monitor this frequently and have limits tied to my overall assets. Here are some items we look at for our liquidity providers: JurisdictionRegulatory environment…
BankingCash & Working CapitalTalking Shop
March 18, 2021

Talking Shop: Do You Have One Banking Partner for AR and AP?

Member question: “In the US, do you have one banking partner for AR and AP, or do you split the business, with one bank for AR and a separate bank for AP? “For those that split the business, is this a share of wallet decision or an operational decision? Are there any operational pain points associated with having two banking partners?” Peer survey results: The majority of survey respondents use a single bank, with about one-third splitting the business. Peer…
Cash & Working CapitalTechnology
March 11, 2021

Future State: Data Lakes, Straight-Through Processing and APIs

Takeaways from NeuGroup’s TMS working group featuring discussion of automation, consolidation of ERPs and more.Straight-through processing (STP) that involves several systems, including payments and bank connectivity, sounds great. But members at a recent NeuGroup TMS Tuesday working group session agreed that efforts to accelerate STP first require a more detailed plan for the overall technology end state of treasury infrastructure. For example, one member said his company is still unsure if it would be best to further integrate all payment…
Capital AllocationCapital MarketsCash & Working Capital
March 11, 2021

Do Stock Buybacks Create Value or Just Return Capital to Investors?

Members at companies with excess cash discuss whether share repurchases generate economic value for shareholders.ConocoPhillips on Wednesday announced it is resuming its share repurchase program, citing its “long-standing priority to return greater than 30% of cash from operations to shareholders annually.” The company is not alone: A recent NeuGroup Peer Research Survey showed that 82% of respondents consider the return of excess capital the primary objective of their company’s share repurchase program. Only 9% said creating shareholder value was the…
Cash & Working CapitalInvestment Management
March 11, 2021

Counting Cash: Many Companies Will Maintain or Up Cash Levels in H1

An ICD survey also shows steady and growing use of money market funds and higher interest in ESG products.Cash on corporate balance sheets reached a record in 2020, topping $2 trillion, as companies responded to economic uncertainty created by the pandemic. New data from money market fund portal ICD suggests that a majority of corporates do not plan to cut cash levels in the first half of 2021. 61% of the 150 treasury clients surveyed by ICD plan to maintain or…
Cash & Working CapitalTalking Shop
March 2, 2021

Talking Shop: Holding Physical Cash ‘Under the Mattress’

Member question: For business continuity or emergency use purposes, are you holding any physical cash on hand at one of your sites?Peer Survey Results: “No” wins in a landslide.Peer answer: “Our US company does not currently keep any cash ‘under the mattress,’ however I do think there are some places around the globe that do have some . “I’m assuming you are asking this post-Fedwire disruption? Was anyone negatively impacted by that? I am wondering if anyone is preparing any…
Cash & Working CapitalTechnology
February 25, 2021

Bridging the Gap With A Hybrid Solution for Cash Flow Forecasting

One NeuGroup member’s solution for more accurate quarterly forecasting combines old school and new school.Accurate long-term cash flow forecasting may be treasury’s white whale, and while the hunt is certainly far from over, assistant treasurers at recent NeuGroup meeting heard about a solution for producing medium-term forecasts.Lack of balance. At the meeting, one AT told the group he is having issues balancing two standard methods for cash forecasting in the short- and long-term. The short-term system forecasts two weeks in…
Cash & Working CapitalTalking ShopTax
February 25, 2021

Talking Shop: Allowing Direct Debits for Payroll Tax

Member question: “For those of you who use ADP for payroll in the US, do you allow them to do direct debits on your bank accounts, specifically for payroll tax payments?” Peer answer 1: “We just converted to direct debit with ADP in the US. Happy to put you in touch with the team that evaluated and executed the project.” Peer answer 2: “We allow direct debits for both payroll and payroll tax. We fund to a separate, stand-alone payroll bank account that is…
Capital AllocationCash & Working CapitalCOVID-19
February 18, 2021

Cash Cushions and Covid: Retailers Not Yet Ready To Declare Victory

Retail treasurers returning to offense with share repurchases and dividends are proceeding with caution.A growing number of retailers in the NeuGroup Network are spending or preparing to spend some of the excess cash they raised at the beginning of the pandemic on share repurchases and dividends. But most treasurers at these retailers remain cautious and conservative as they return to playing offense—not surprising given that these companies were among the worst impacted by lockdowns and social distancing. Declare victory? “One…