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EU factoring turnover figures in the first half of 2020

Data gathered on the European factoring market for H1 2020 has shown, for the first time in 11 years, a decrease in factoring turnover of 6.0% year on year. The total factoring turnover reached €853 billion compared with €911Bn in H1 2019. Information received from country members’ organisations indicates that this drop is principally the result of national lockdowns, and in some countries of the impact of government measures to sustain enterprises and especially their treasuries.

What is interesting is that the decrease in factoring turnover was almost in line with the reduction in EU GDP of 6.3%. This is why this year’s GDP penetration ratio was similar to last year’s (11.1% compared with 11.2% in 1H 2019); normally we see factoring growing faster than GDP.

The trend differs between countries, but 3 of the top 5 European factoring markets were the hardest hit.

The biggest falls were observed in:

  • UK, with 14% decrease year on year, significantly greater than its GDP reduction of 7.7%,
  • Italy, with a 13% decline, whilst GDP shrunk nearly 11%,
  • France, with a 10.2 % fall, compared with a 9.3% reduction in GDP,
  • Portugal, (not the one of the largest markets) fell 9%, and GDP reduced 7.1%,
  • Belgium with a 5% turnover reduction and an 8% decrease in GDP.

The principal causes of these reported falls were:

  • decreased client turnover,
  • insufficient, poorly targeted or belated government interventions.

Despite this difficult environment, there were also countries where a yearly increase was reported:

  • Netherlands, where turnover grew 4.6%, when GDP decreased by 2.6%,
  • Norway, which saw 2.6% of growth, when it experienced an almost 13% decrease in GDP,
  • Poland, which grew by 2.4% whilst its GDP fell by 2% (although if we exclude the increase in turnover of one main member, the overall market decreased by 2%, in proportion to the GDP decrease),
  • Denmark, 1.7% growth against 2.6% GDP reduction,
  • Germany 1.6% growth compared with a 4.2% fall in GDP.

Information from the German and Polish markets indicates that in both these countries the support measures taken by their governments has helped to soften the economic impact of lockdown and to minimize its effect on the supply chain.

The leader of the European market is France with almost 18% of the market. Next are Germany with 15.8%, UK 15.3%, Italy 12.5% and Spain 10.2% respectively. These top 5 countries represent 71.7% of the EU factoring market.

Françoise Palle-Guillabert, Chairman of the EUF, noted: Beyond the headline figures, this is an unprecedently challenging time for all of us. The international Covid-19 pandemic is shaking the whole world and the impact on our economy is even tougher than the 2008 financial crisis.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, the EUF has been in close contact both with the European Union economic authorities, and with its European sister federations, in order to review and soften some regulations - such as the New Definition of Default, the Non-Performing Loan, EBA Guidelines on Loan Origination and Monitoring - and thereby seeking necessary and appropriate support for business. More than ever, and especially in the context of all the state supporting plans that have been put in place, the factoring industry has a key role to play in sustaining economic recovery, employment and wealth creation in Europe”.

ENDS 21.09.2020

Notes to Editors

The EUF is the Representative Body for the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry in the EU. It comprises national and international industry associations that are active in the region. Its members and partners represent 97% of the Industry turnover.

The EUF seeks to engage with Government and legislators to enhance the availability of finance to business, with a particular emphasis on the SME community. The EUF acts as a platform between the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry and key legislative decision makers across Europe, bringing together national experts to speak with one voice.

Data has been adjusted to ensure that currency exchange rate fluctuations do not distort the results.

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As one of its top priorities, this issue deals with many aspects of EU policies and goes beyond finance-only regulation.

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EUF Newsletter Spring Edition is out

The Spring edition of the newsletter is available for download. The newsletter comprises:

  • Welcome by EUF Chairperson, Françoise Palle-Guillabert
  • Report of the Legal Committee on 2019
  • Preliminary 2019 figures – A sustained upward trend
  • Report from the Prudential Risk Committee
  • The EU Commission SCF Study by Magdalena Wessel, Chairwoman of the Legal Committee
  • Factoring in the time of COVID-19 Diego Tavecchia, Chairman of the PRC Committee

Factoring and Commercial Finance continues to grow

Factoring and Commercial Finance continues to grow - A mechanism for real economy support in the EU

The data collated by the EU Federation for the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry (EUF) shows that in 2019 factoring and commercial finance volumes in the EU grew overall by 7.9% to reach €1.91 Trillion. As before, 80% of this represented domestic business and the balance international.

This rate of growth – which equaled that seen in 2018 - again clearly outpaces the increase in GDP in Europe and continues to demonstrate the increasingly vital role factoring and commercial finance is playing in developing the real economy, providing principally SME businesses with much needed working capital.

Funding of €275Bn is supporting around 280,000 European businesses, helping them deliver real growth, real employment and demonstrable business success.

With factoring and commercial finance now representing around 11.3% of EU GDP, this is an increasingly powerful and important contribution to EU economic development.

Mme Françoise Palle-Guillabert, Chairman of the EUF, noted: "Our members report yet another year of sustained and impressive growth in our Industry. It yet again confirms the very important role we play in supporting the real economy right across the European Community. For us as providers, it is very rewarding to see our efforts are translating into such a benefit for EU business. It again reinforces the message to our legislators and regulators that this Industry has a key role to play in enabling European wealth creation. This is particularly important in the current unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic. European Factors will give particular attention in the coming months to the needs of businesses, from micro to SME, from merchant to large corporate, all of which are exposed to the consequences of this exceptional health crisis.”

ENDS 07.04.2020

Notes to Editors

The EUF is the Representative Body for the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry in the EU. It comprises national and international industry associations that are active in the region. Its members represent 97% of the Industry turnover.

The EUF seeks to engage with Government and legislators to enhance the availability of finance to business, with a particular emphasis on the SME community. The EUF acts as a platform between the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry and key legislative decision makers across Europe, bringing together national experts to speak with one voice.

Data has been adjusted to ensure that currency exchange rate fluctuations do not distort the results.

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Françoise Palle-Guillabert is re-elected as chair of the EUF

Mme Françoise Palle-Guillabert, Director General of the French Association of Specialised Finance Companies (ASF), has been re-elected as Chair of the EU Federation for a second term following a vote by the EUF’s Executive Committee which met on March 30th 2020. Her reconfirmed mandate takes effect immediately for a further period of 2 years.  

Françoise Palle-Guillabert received a French Master’s degree in Law and a Master in Public Affairs from the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris. Since October 2008, Françoise Palle-Guillabert has been the Director General of the French Association of Specialised Finance Companies (ASF). She has been a board member of The EU Federation since 2009.

At the same meeting, the EUF Executive Committee also re-elected Fausto Galmarini of Assifact (Italy) as a Vice Chair, and elected Magdalena Wessel of DFV (Germany) as a Vice Chair, further cementing and strengthening a highly knowledgeable and experienced leadership team for the Organisation.

Mme Palle-Guillabert stated “I am delighted and honoured to have been re-elected to continue this important role of leading the EUF; the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry has a key part to play in supporting economic growth, employment and wealth creation in Europe.  In the current unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, European Factors will give particular attention in the coming months to the needs of businesses, from micro to SME, from merchant to large corporate, all of which are exposed to the consequences of this exceptional health crisis. We work to reinforce this message with our regulators and lawmakers and to ensure that as providers we can continue to deliver our services for the benefit of all.

ENDS 07.04.2020

Notes to Editors

The EUF is the Representative Body for the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry in the EU. It comprises national and international industry associations that are active in the region. The EUF seeks to engage with Government and legislators to enhance the availability of finance to business, with a particular emphasis on the SME community. The EUF acts as a platform between the Factoring and Commercial Finance Industry and key legislative decision makers across Europe, bringing together national experts to speak with one voice.

For more information, see our website: www.euf.eu.com

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