CFO Sentiment | Edition 5


CFO Sentiment | Edition 5

Solid on outlook, positive on risk

CFO Sentiment continued to improve in the first half of 2018 - 77% of CFOs are optimistic about their prospects and only 4% are pessimistic. This is reflected in strong local job growth and investment activity as businesses feel confident enough to increase their capacity.

Key findings from this edition include:

  • Strong global economic conditions are flowing through to Australian economy, and this is elevating CFO optimism
  • Just over 75% of CFOs are optimistic about the financial prospects of their company
  • Risk appetite remains strong, with a record 64% of CFOs comfortable with taking on more balance sheet risk (up two points on the previous results of 62% in the last half year)
  • 42% of CFOs are interested in taking on risk in the form of additional investment if tax cuts are legislated, while only 11% are looking to pay down debt
  • CFOs remain wary of potential risks that threaten the business outlook including trade tariffs and interest rate hikes as well as continued business disruption
  • Digital transformation is front of mind, both disruptive and transformative, with more than 20% of CFOs focusing on updating core systems and existing capabilities.

CFO Sentiment | Edition 5

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