Real-Time Credit Data: Minimizing Credit Risk Exposure in an Unpredictable Economy 

What you’ll learn


  • Why do you need to have the access to the latest credit data today
  • How the biggest credit trends will shape your business growth in 2021
  • How Huntsman Corporation improved periodic credit review timelines by 96% for over 63,000 global accounts

Global, Real-time Credit Risk Data is the Critical For The New Normal

In our interactions with 200+ credit leaders globally across Fortune 1000 companies, we observed that credit teams were in dire need to access the latest credit data in real-time to mitigate credit risk. The most common and immediate response in 2020 by credit teams has been reassessing customers’ creditworthiness.

Credit executives were required to stay on top of customers who were more likely to default. The short-term solution used by most companies was to pull more financial and credit reports, analyze them, and conduct frequent credit reviews. This might have been the right approach to survive at the time but in the long run, performing frequent credit reviews meant increased costs. This is because credit reports had to be extracted from credit agencies like Experian, D&B, and Equifax.

Here are some key observations from our study on the five major credit trends that motivated the need for having real-time credit data in credit teams:

Five Biggest Trends in Credit Management

Six-fold Increase in Frequency of Credit Limit and Risk Class Changes

  • Credit management firms doubled down on reassessing their customers and categorized them more accurately as their financial circumstances change rapidly.
  • Teams began tightening control on extending credit limits. On average, the number of credit limit changes made in a given month increased by 6x.
  • Additionally, significant changes in the risk class categories were observed with a 4x increase with the majority of customers falling under high-risk categories.
  • 1/3 of credit organizations updated their credit risk metrics on a monthly basis or more frequently.

Fivefold Increase in Number of Order Lockouts/Blocked Orders

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  • On average, in a given month, the number of orders being blocked increased by 5x.
  • To ensure sales didn’t come to a halt, credit teams grew hyper-vigilant, scrutinizing every single order and fulfilling the least risky orders

Twofold Increase in the Frequency of Credit Reviews

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  • Credit teams also responded by increasing the number of credit reviews that were previously conducted monthly.
  • On average, there was a 2x increase in the number of credit reviews performed.

Twofold Increase in Due Diligence in Conducting Credit Reviews

  • The amount of time spent specifically on credit reviews for new customer accounts increased by 4x in 2020. The time to review a blocked order increased by 35% during the same period.
  • Credit teams have been spending more time than usual examining customers’ latest financial health and updating their credit ratings. Thus, it has become challenging to conduct credit reviews in the most effective manner.

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Twofold Increase in the Need for Latest Credit Data

  • In a risk-prone world with changing customer financials, teams were forced to rely on credit and financial reports more than ever to ensure the right credit limits were always assigned to the right customers.
  • This led to an 89% increase in the number of credit reports pulled by organizations to review customers’ creditworthiness. The average number of financial reports pulled by credit teams also increased by 4x.

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Credit Teams Need a Tool That Enables Real-Time Credit Risk Monitoring

In the turbulent economic climate, credit teams cannot afford to spend their valuable time and effort on low-impact tasks. These include studying each credit report, identifying the correct data to consider, and then updating each customer’s credit information.

All of this becomes difficult to accomplish without the support of technology. Credit teams should only spend time making credit decisions based on the data gathered with such technology.

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Credit departments need a tool that can monitor credit risk in real-time. Such an AI-powered automated credit management solution can help teams avoid all the low-impact tasks that are liable to oversight and human error. This scalable solution gives you:

  • Access to unlimited credit reports from 40+ credit agencies and bureaus.
  • Monitors all your customers in real-time to track changes to their credit profile, payments profile, filings, and other key parameters.
  • Captures and analyzes different risk indicators such as credit agency data, news alerts, payment behaviors, bankruptcy, and court filings.
  • Eliminates the need for periodic reviews by giving alerts and suggestions on revised credit terms, all in real-time.

Credit Teams Need a Tool That Enables Real-Time Credit Risk Monitoring

The Huntsman Corporation Formula to 96% Improvement in Periodic Credit Review Timelines for Over 63,000 Global Accounts

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Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and specialty chemicals, reporting $6.8 Billion in revenue for 2019.

Credit management was one of the biggest challenges for their A/R department. With paper-based credit applications being faxed to the credit department, onboarding new customers or releasing blocked orders became a lengthy and tedious process at the Huntsman office. Credit reviews were performed with no scoring system in place.

To address these challenges, Huntsman adopted an automated cloud solution that delivers the following:

  • Real-time centralized credit management.
  • Efficient workflows for automatic credit, group, and opportunity reviews.
  • Seamless integration with external agencies with 1-click access along with a fully integrated scoring system.

This resulted in lowering the time taken to conduct each credit review by 96%.

Conclusion

This crisis made credit leaders realize the importance of having an efficient, practical, and up-to-date credit risk management process more than ever. Increasing the number of credit reviews being performed or credit reports being pulled is just a short-term solution and cannot become your organization’s credit strategy. This outlook needs to change quickly and drastically if working capital optimization is a priority. Your credit management process needs a reliable and long-term solution to ensure unpredictable incidents and factors do not deter your business.

The utmost responsibility of directors and managers of credit is to guide their organizations on the right path to ensure intelligent real-time credit risk monitoring, preventing bad debt and enabling profitable growth.

This requires transitioning from traditional methods of operation to more futuristic and scalable digital solutions. Additionally, having global visibility across all A/R operations with the help of a platform that consolidates all the data from internal teams helps break silos and contribute to faster revenue growth.

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