Positive credit scores lead to better cash flow!
As a credit information man, I’m always trying to persuade businesses that good credit scores can directly impact their cash flow positions, so i was particularly pleased to hear yet more clear evidence yesterday from a bunch of credit managers as to how this can happen, in order to back up my perennial arguments on the subject.
Many credit departments nowadays are buying in software packages that help drive cash collection actions. Yesterday i heard from credit managers who allocate colour codes (green, amber , and red) to all existing credit accounts on their sales ledgers depending on the credit scores of their clients. If payments become overdue from a “green” client (one who has a good credit rating), some leeway is given before chasing up strenuously , whilst if payments are beyond due date from a “red” client, they’re chased immediately for the money. thus proving that companies with good credit scores can obtain extended credit far more easily than poor rated ones. if the “green” client has 15 or so more days in which to pay because the supplier has less concern about a bad debt arising, you can see how less pressure is brought to bear on his cash flow position, particularly if this was repeated many times over by different suppliers.
Companies should understand much more about how their credit ratings are produced by agencies like Graydon and D&B, and what they can do to try and improve their own credit ratings. As an industry, the credit reference fraternity is realising that its got to be more transparent about how it goes about its business, so expect some useful material on the subject coming into the market soon- that’s a promise!