Read the Latest Credit Risk Insight and Articles Published by ProfitGuard.

 

  • Metal's Edge: August 2019

    Metal's Edge: August 2019

    ProfitGuard

    The month of August saw some acquisitions in the scrap metal segment and JSW Steel USA put its backward integration and new EAF plant on hold due to current market conditions. Meanwhile, the oil and gas industry continues to reel from volatile energy prices plaguing the segment.

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  • Metal's Edge: July 2019

    Metal's Edge: July 2019

    ProfitGuard

    Working capital management is an area that most companies can improve on to help generate cash and boost liquidity. It measures a company’s ability to pay off shortterm expenses or debts, as well as the company’s potential for growth.

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  • Metal's Edge: June 2019

    Metal's Edge: June 2019

    ProfitGuard

    There are many different types of bankruptcy a distressed company may utilize; however, two of the most common forms are Chapter 11 and Chapter 7.

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  • Metal's Edge: May 2019

    Metal's Edge: May 2019

    ProfitGuard

    Steel prices and aluminum premiums have faced headwinds this past year despite the support of U.S. tariffs. With the U.S. removing tariffs on Canada and Mexico, prices are set to face additional pressure, which will impact companies’ earnings and credit metrics.

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  • Credit Risk: The Current Environment

    Credit Risk: The Current Environment

    ProfitGuard

    The one constant in the scrap industry is that it is always changing. In this webinar we discussed the concepts of credit risk, the steps you should take to mitigate these risks and why it's dangerous to be complacent. View PG’s Webinar hosted by ISRI on May 15, 2019.

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  • Metal's Edge: April 2019

    Metal's Edge: April 2019

    ProfitGuard

    As a credit manager, you want to keep a tight leash on accounts receivable during the last inning of the current credit cycle. What steps can you take to be proactive?

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  • Metal's Edge: March 2019

    Metal's Edge: March 2019

    ProfitGuard

    Make no mistake, the corporate credit climate is changing. We are observing an uptick in defaults, missed interest payments, and bank compliance issues. This evolving risk picture could be the first signs of more to come.

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  • Metal's Edge: February 2019

    Metal's Edge: February 2019

    ProfitGuard

    On February 4, 2019, S&P Global Ratings affirmed JW Aluminum’s credit rating while it was noted that any setbacks in the company’s expansion could put pressure on its credit metrics and liquidity. Vallourec also reported better than expected results, which caused its bonds to trade higher. Lastly, Moody’s Refinancing Indicator hit a five-year low and small business

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  • Credit Risk Outlook: Metals Sector

    Credit Risk Outlook: Metals Sector

    ProfitGuard  —December 2018

    Credit conditions in the metals sector remain stable in general. Economic conditions are mostly positive in North America with continued GDP growth and favorable, albeit slowing, end markets for most metal suppliers. However, there are a mix of factors that are more likely to pressure economic conditions

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  • Credit Risk Outlook: Metals Sector

    Credit Risk Outlook: Metals Sector

    ProfitGuard —September 2018

    Overall business conditions in the metals sector remain positive. Pricing has remained elevated in general for most metals and demand has been strong. Despite these solid conditions, credit risk remains in pockets. 

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  • Credit Risk Outlook: Metals Sector

    Credit Risk Outlook: Metals Sector

    ProfitGuard—September 2017 

    In our view, the metal segment is experiencing strong market conditions for the most part. However,  credit risk remains at a moderate level in our view due to a few drivers.

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  • ProfitGuard’s New Cloud Based Infrastructure Transforms Credit Risk Management and Risk Monitoring in The Metals Industry

    ProfitGuard’s New Cloud Based Infrastructure Transforms Credit Risk Management and Risk Monitoring in The Metals Industry

    ProfitGuard—May 2017

    ProfitGuard (PG), the leading provider of business credit information to the metals industry is excited to unveil its redesigned platform that will revolutionize the way credit professionals in the metals industry make credit decisions and consume information.

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  • Credit Risk Outlook: Metals Sector

    Credit Risk Outlook: Metals Sector

    ProfitGuard—March 2017 

    The current environment, bankruptcy trends, and impacts on corporate credit.

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  • Credit Risk Outlook: Metals Sector

    Credit Risk Outlook: Metals Sector

    ProfitGuard—October 2016 

    The current environment, bankruptcy trends, trade payment behavior and impacts on corporate credit.

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  • Tough Credit Decisions

    Tough Credit Decisions

    ProfitGuard—October 2016

    When a Business Decision Trumps a Credit Decision.

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  • Two New Credit Risks to Watch

    Two New Credit Risks to Watch

    Scrap Magazine—May/June 2015—By Jason Dworin & Vic Sandy

    Two emerging trends drive home the difficulty of managing credit risk in a rapidly changing business environment.

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