Business Cash Flow Issues Continue

According to the latest data from the ABS more businesses are having troubles with their cash flow. We share an extract from MyBusiness below.

The latest ABS Business Conditions and Sentiments Survey showed that, in February 2021, for 41 percent of businesses, cash on hand would cover less than three months of business operations, compared to 29 percent in October and June 2020.

“Businesses provided comments on the COVID-19 restrictions impacting them. International and domestic border restrictions, capacity limits, and increased cleaning requirements were highlighted as concerns,” said ABS head of industry statistics John Shepherd.

Responding to the figures, CreditorWatch Chief Economist Harley Dale said it is “a little like the good, the bad and the ugly”.

The Good

“… as our economy continues to rebound, consumers are all cashed up and ready to spend, putting businesses in a good position to undo some of the negative effects associated with the pandemic,” Mr Dale said.

The Bad

“We’re seeing the continuation of some troubling statistics. Thirty percent of businesses reported cash flow as an inhibiting factor to their operations. While less than half the figure found in April 2020 (72 percent), this is still far too high and reminds us we have a long way to go in what is still a nascent ‘COVID recovery.”

The Ugly

“The data reveals 41 percent of businesses could cover less than three months of business operations using cash on hand. Given the enormous weight the SME industry brings to Australia’s economic and social table, this is a worryingly large figure.”

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(To read the full article: MyBusiness 2021)

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