Swix Sport AS is an internationally recognised Norwegian company that specialises in ski equipment and technical sportswear, selling to stores and distributers globally. Given the seasonal nature of their business, Swix face some related challenges such as fluctuating cash flows as well as having to account for foreign exchange rate fluctuations.
Swix products are distributed from their headquarters in Oslo and Lillehammer through subsidiaries in Sweden, Germany, the United States and Japan with sales to other markets handled through a network of suppliers.
“Where there’s snow, you’ll find Swix,” says Kjell Magne Sunde at Swix Sport. As Chief Financial Officer for a highly innovative company within the niche industry, one of the challenges Kjell Magne Sunde has to manage are deep seasonal fluxes and highly volatile FX markets. To stay on top of a fluctuating cash-flow while coping with unpredictable foreign exchange rates, the CFO needs a bank that truly understands his business – a bank he can trust, and rely on through ups-and-downs, and call whenever he wants.
Technologies are reshaping the treasury – here we outline some of the most important new terms for treasurers.
Nordea is an active participant at this year's Sibos, with our Cash Management and Trade Finance experts taking part in a range of Sibos talks, roundtables and discussions. Catch up with the latest trends from Sibos below.
In our 2017 Q3 Economic Outlook, Nordea says it expects the global economy to grow by 3.6 per cent this year, 3.7 per cent in 2018 and 3.6 per cent in 2019.
The rise of cybercrime has resulted in a robust industry of cyber security professionals, endlessly engaged in a cat-and-mouse struggle for dominance with would-be hackers. We interview two cybersecurity experts on the current trends, their expectations for the future and their advice for how companies can best protect themselves.
Andreas Bogk, a hacker and member of the Chaos Computer Club for more than 20 years, is a Principal Security Architect at HERE Technologies. Tonje Vik Jevard is a Cybersecurity Advisor at NorSIS, The Norwegian Center for Information Security, which works to promote a secure digital environment in Norway.
In June 2017, the Maersk Group was hit by the NotPetya ransomware attack, shutting down their systems for days. Some of their teams resorted to logging shipments by pen and paper, while other facilities were closed altogether. Ultimately, the disruption to their operations cost Maersk over $200 million in lost revenues.
However, despite the damage wreaked by the ransomware, the attack was not nearly as damaging as it could have been. Though NotPetya gained access to Maersk’s main operation systems, it never accessed any secure data and no sensitive information was made public.
Maersk was by no means the only victim of the NotPetya attacks. The ransomware, which originated in the Ukraine, tore through Europe, crippling many organisations. The NotPetya ransomware came on the heels of WannaCry, another ransomware attack that had a debilitating impact on the UK’s National Health Service, among others.
Cyber threats impact so many areas of both personal and professional life, it can be difficult to stay prepared. Here are 12 specific ways to improve your treasury's cybersecurity.
1. Don’t be complacent. As a treasury professional, finance employee or CFO, you are an attractive target to hackers. Everyone is a potential victim of cybercrime so be aware, take the risk seriously and stay on top of the latest trends both globally and locally. Work with your internal cybersecurity experts and ensure cybercrime is part of your department’s risk policy.
2. Plan for the worst. It has been widely stated by security experts that there are two types of companies today: those who have been hacked, and those who will be again. Ensure you have a plan in place if your systems are breached: Do you have a backup of data? Do you have a recovery procedure on a department or Group level? Do you know who to contact if you notice any breech or suspicious activity?
Bitcoin has been a financial curiosity since its rise to prominence in 2009. However, it’s become clear that the real technological advance is not the cryptocurrency itself, but the blockchain technology that underpins it. Innovators, entrepreneurs, and academics explored the potential usefulness of blockchain technology, leading to predictions that it would revolutionise entire industries with its increases in efficiency and security. However, almost eight years later, blockchain is still primarily relegated to innovation labs and conceptual models.
What happened to the technology that was hailed as an archival panacea? How has the financial industry started working with it, and what are the plans for the future?
Open Banking is more than PSD2 compliance, says Jarkko Turunen, Head of Open Banking Development at Nordea
Dynamic discounting may not exactly be the new kid on the working capital block but recently there has been a significant uptick in the adoption of this simple but effective payment method.
And considering that dynamic discounting can improve a buyer’s relationship with their suppliers, increase overall supply chain strength, and deliver benefits to a cash-rich buyer’s bottom line in a low interest rate environment, it is not hard to see why.
Get that working capital to work
Nordea recently conducted a research report on Working Capital Management in the Nordics, released in December 2016, and based on data from 184 public companies across the region. The report showed that the median Nordic business has a third more net working capital (NWC) locked up than their European equivalent. By improving to best in class, the businesses we assessed could release value equivalent to 11% of their market cap — a total of €65 billion.
Managing working capital should be a clear priority for all organisations. Many businesses have a strong cash position – and effective cash management can help support these businesses to achieving better profitability and working capital position. Regardless of their objectives, with dynamic discounting, businesses can take advantage of their excess cash and gain a better return on invested capital. Dynamic discounting also supports the cash flow of the suppliers.
With dynamic discounting, buyers benefit from increased flexibility to choose how and when to pay their medium- and small-sized suppliers, with earlier-than-due-date payments resulting in a discount on the original invoice. So, in effect, the earlier the buyer pays the supplier, the greater the discount as the discount is determined "dynamically" in relation to the amount of days remaining until the initial due date. Suppliers, for their part, get paid earlier, which can improve their short-term liquidity position and even allow them in turn to pay their suppliers early or invest more in their business.