Asia Pacific CFOs Optimistic on 2013 Earnings Potential
The majority of Asia Pacific-based chief financial officers expect growth in revenues and profits at their corporations in 2013, according to a survey conducted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Merrill).
The bank’s ‘2013 CFO Outlook Asia report’, which surveyed 600 CFOs and senior finance executives in the region, found that 71% are forecasting year-on-year revenue growth in 2013, while 62% anticipate that their 2013 net profits will exceed that of 2012.
Among other key findings of the BofA Merrill survey:
CFOs polled intend to increasingly focus on improving operational efficiencies at their corporations and commit resources to enhancing working capital management to drive profits. On the flipside, respondents identified higher commodity prices as the greatest risk to earnings in 2013.
“Despite economic uncertainty and global market headwinds, there remains a sense of unbridled optimism towards business prospects in Asia Pacific, according to the region’s leading CFOs,” said Steven Victorin, head of Asia Pacific corporate banking and global corporate banking subsidiaries at BofA Merrill. “This year’s report again sheds relevant light on the perceptions and strategies of the evolving CFO function across the region. The results clearly reinforce this view.”
The interviews were conducted with financial executives in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Over 50% of respondents came from corporations with annual revenues of US$500m or above, representing a broad range of multinational, regional and local companies.