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Trouble Looms for S&P Down-Under

An Australian Federal Court Judge found S&P has misled and deceived investors when it awarded its highest credit rating to CPDOs whose value collapsed ahead of the financial crisis.  S&P now faces the prospect of further legal action in Australian courts over the rating of risky structured products after a litigation specialist said it would back a class action lawsuit.  ... Read More »

Many SMEs Unaware of Alternative Financing Options

New research reveals reliance on traditional funding – Nearly two thirds of SMEs cite short-term cash needs as main reason for finance applications Experian UK Poll:  Awareness of different types of business finance is very low among SMEs, with most continuing to rely on traditional bank overdrafts or personal sources of cash for additional funding, according to new research by ... Read More »

FICO Full Year Fiscal Revenues up 9%

FICO (NYSE: FICO), a provider of analytics and decision management technology, announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2012. Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results: Net income for the quarter totaled $21.2 million, or $0.60 per share, versus $24.6 million, or $0.64 per share, reported in the prior year period. The current quarter results include $3.3 million, ... Read More »

McGraw-Hill Companies: Consolidated Q3 2012 Revenues Up 2%

The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) reported third quarter revenue of $1,953 million, an increase of 2% compared to the same period last year.  McGraw-Hill Financial reported a 15% increase and McGraw-Hill Education reported an 11% decline.  Net income from continuing operations decreased 14% to $314 million and diluted earnings per share decreased 9% to $1.10. McGraw-Hill Financial:  The large decline ... Read More »

Country Risk Climate: Moody’s Upgrades Panama

Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the government of Panama’s bond rating to Baa2 from Baa3, citing better debt metrics and the country’s growth prospects. The outlook was also revised to stable from positive. The upgrade reflects “Panama’s ongoing economic dynamism and positive medium-term growth prospects” as well as continued debt metric improvement, according to Moody’s. “The positive outlook is based on ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Q3 Revenues Up 1% – Governance, Risk & Compliance Segment up 17%

Revenues from ongoing businesses were $3.2 billion, a 1% increase before currency.  Adjusted EBITDA decreased 5% and the corresponding margin was 27.3% versus 28.5% in the prior-year period. The margin declined as the benefit from no integration expenses in the quarter (versus $39 million in the prior-year period) was offset by lower organic revenue growth; a decrease in high-margin revenues ... Read More »

Country Risk Climate: Trends to Keep an Eye On

Brazil – tax incentives for mortgage-backed securities; Libya – a proposed new government; Netherlands –agreement on a governing coalition; Thailand – the CB caves to political pressure. Other countries covered by this report:  ARGENTINA, COLOMBIA, INDIA, ITALY, NIGERIA, RUSSIA, UNITED STATES, and YEMEN To read the full report click on the attachment:  Weekly Focus 11-01-12 This page is provided by S.J. ... Read More »

Managing Credit Effectively – A Contribution By Josef Busuttil, MBA (Henley), DipM MCIM, FICM

A compendium of studies argues that repeat selling is much less expensive than selling to new customers. Hence, gaining and sustaining long-term customer relationship is important to minimise the cost of running a business.  This may entail selling on credit to satisfy the needs and expectations of customers, which sequentially requires the necessary resources to manage this credit effectively in ... Read More »

Gartner Business Intelligence & Information Management Summit 2013

25 – 26 February 2013 – Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia gartner.com/ap/bi Analyze. Predict. Act. The Must-Attend Event For BI&IM Professionals Widespread adoption of business analytics has resulted in a fundamental shift of BI strategy towards being more future facing. Gone are the days of descriptive reporting of qualitative data with organizations now moving towards the use of ... Read More »

Credit Management Recommendation of the Month: Tell Your Suppliers to Share Data

If Your Company Needs a Better Credit Score?  Tell Your Suppliers to Share Data Companies of all sizes looking for a better business credit score and cheaper financing should ask their suppliers to report their accounts receivable data to credit reporting companies, according to the National Association of Credit Management (NACM). Tightened access to credit in the wake of the ... Read More »

Acxiom Q2 (Sept. 30th, 2012) Revenues down 3%

Acxiom® Corporation (Nasdaq: ACXM) announced financial results for its second quarter ended September 30, 2012.   Revenue from continuing operations was $277 million, down 3 percent compared to $286 million for the second quarter last year.  Income from continuing operations increased 12 percent to $30 million in the current quarter, compared to $27 million in the prior year. Marketing and data ... Read More »

B2B Marketing Myth-busting, Redux

By Ruth P. Stevens With a tip of the hat to Bob Bly, whose June article in Target Marketing magazine dispels 7 B2B marketing myths, I’d like to tackle some myth-busting of my own.  Myth No. 1:  Lead generation is the top job of B2B marketers.  There is overwhelming evidence that B2B marketers consider lead generation their most important contribution. ... Read More »

Baidu: Q3 2012 Revenues up 49% – Forecasts Q4 Revenues to Be Flat

Baidu (BIDU) released its financial results for Q3. It reported total revenues of $994.6 million, representing a 49.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Net income attributable to Baidu was $478.6 million, representing a 59.8% increase from the corresponding period in 2011. Baidu managed to increase the active online marketing customers to 390.000. It was a 28.3% increase from ... Read More »