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The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey

See previous editions of our CFO Surveys.

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey is the longest running survey in Finland that reflects CFO attitudes to the operating environment, valuation, risks, funding, and expectations.

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Fall 2016

Due to the Brexit decision a few months ago and the lasting sanctions on Russia, the external uncertainty is remaining high and expectations on growth are low in Finland. Brexit is sending ripple waves all over Europe and Finland is no exception. 47% of CFOs responding to our survey this fall assess that their business will be negatively affected by the decisions of the Brits. Only Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland and, naturally, the UK have posted higher proportions. Companies in Finland emphasize that they are particularly affected by increased regulatory complexity, reconsiderations in the value chain and restrictions in the workforce mobility.

Read the press release (in Finnish).

Fall 2016

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Spring 2016

The biannual Deloitte SEB CFO survey draws a picture of Finnish companies’ short-term intentions that is more courageous and optimistic than the spirited debate around the competitiveness of Finnish economy might suggest. The survey data from Finnish chief financial officers aggregates a sentiment that companies based in Finland are increasingly willing to hire more employees (25% hiring more) and continue to make strategic investments at an equal level both in Finland (20%) and abroad (21%). The survey suggests that the willingness to make investments will be translated into action, as 33% of the Finnish CFOs are pushing for more capital expenditure, leading to an increase from the 20% figure in half a year.

Read the press release (in Finnish).

Spring 2016

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Fall 2015

In the fall 2015 we are witnessing a somewhat expected turn for the worse in the business prospects of Finnish companies. Optimism has fallen to the lowest levels in two and a half years. The decline in sentiment is in accordance with central European trends where CFOs in the UK, France, and Germany are even more pessimistic than their Finnish counterparts. Finnish CFOs have the lowest confidence in the Euro in the Eurozone and they are becoming steadily more worried about foreign competition and the cost of labor.

Read the press release (in Finnish).

Read more about the European results.

Fall 2015

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Spring 2015

According to the first quarter Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey, Finnish-based companies are in a position where they have mostly completed the post-financial crisis restructuring. The risks on balance sheets are sinking and fewer companies are decreasing their workforce on a global scale. 

Read the press release (in Finnish).

Read more about the European results.

Spring 2015

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Fall 2014

After a promising spring, the CFOs' optimism is fading. This can be seen in corporate spending cut offs and layoffs. The biggest concerns for Finnish CFOs are demand, the outlook of the Finnish economy and competitiveness. Despite of falling optimism, cash flows are expected to increase over the next year. 

Read the press release (in Finnish).

Fall 2014

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Spring 2014

The Finnish CFOs' attitudes toward the economic outlook are at their highest in three years. 65% of respondents see their company’s economic situation positive in general. Yet the geopolitical uncertainty and the Ukraine crisis causes gray hair for Finnish CFOs. Russian related risks have become one of the top concerns and growth is increasingly sought outside of Russia and Europe.

Read the press release (in Finnish).

Spring 2014

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Fall 2013

The gloomy outlook of the Finnish economy and the inflamed public debate over the competitiveness has stigmatized the CFOs impacting their willingness to invest and seek new growth. Focus on defensive business strategies has risen to record highs.

Fall 2013

The Deloitte/SEB CFO Survey Spring 2013

Uncertainty about the economic environment has persistently overshadowed the European economies, but the CFOs are not overly concerned. However, Finnish companies are walking on thin ice, as GDP is expected to remain unchanged. Still, there are signs of more vigorous actions for growth and profitability. While almost one-fourth of surveyed CFOs would spend their cash surpluses on reducing debt in the next six months, 41% would focus on strategic investments in Finland and abroad. This is a signal to be reckoned with.

Spring 2013
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