AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®
April 2021 Results:
U.S. businesses continued to accumulate cash and short-term investment holdings during the first quarter of 2021, but at a significantly lower pace than previous quarters. The quarter-over-quarter index decreased thirty-three points to +6, the lowest this index has been since October 2019. While the year-over-year indicator decreased by seven points to +21, the forward-looking indicator increased 17 points from last quarter’s reading of -16 to 1. Thirty percent of companies plan to increase their current cash holdings in the second quarter of 2021, and the primary reason driving this increase is improved business performance.
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|AFP Corporate Cash Indicators||April 21||January 21||October 20||July 20|
|Change in Cash Holdings (Over the Past Quarter)||+6||+39||+19||+20|
|Change in Cash Holdings (Over the Past Year)||+22||+29||+24||+29|
|Expected Change in Cash Holdings (During Current Quarter)||+1||-16||-4||-8|
How to read the results:
The indicators measure recent and anticipated changes in corporate cash balances by calculating the percentage of survey respondents reporting an increase (or expected increase) in cash holdings minus the percentage reporting a decline (or expected decline). Declining indicators are indicative of increasingly confident businesses. Conversely, rising indicators suggest growing pessimism.
Why you should care about corporate cash holdings and the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators?
The reason is simple: all other things held constant, optimistic companies are more likely to deploy their cash holdings. Confident companies use their cash to make growth-orientated expenditures (e.g., increased capital expenditures, merger & acquisitions and hiring) and to increase dividend payouts and share repurchases. Conversely, pessimistic executives are likely to retain their cash holdings.
The AFP Corporate Cash Indicators (AFP CCI), provide treasury and finance professionals, policymakers and market analysts with timely data on a determinant of economic activity: corporate cash levels.
About the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators
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