KPMG provides insights into the changing state of financial performance measures across the ASX, for the six months to September 2022. We observed a decrease in the average KPMG FPI (i.e. a decrease in financial corporate health) between March 2022 and September 2022 from 81.51 to 77.03 (i.e. 5.5 percent).
Out of the 21 sectors analysed, only five sectors experienced an increase in their KPMG FPI. Certain sectors like Life Sciences that had previously seen a decrease in their KPMG FPI are now seeing a bounce back. Conversely, Aerospace & Defence have experienced a decline from their prior increase.
The KPMG FPI has decreased in the six months from March 2022 to September 2022 caused by:
- uncertainty around outlook for the global economy
- record inflation
- interest rate hikes
- cost of living concerns
- companies weaning off government COVID-19 stimulus
With some signs that supply chain disruptions are starting to ease, we have observed a slight recovery in the KPMG FPI in recent months.
- Only five sectors experienced an increase in their KPMG FPI score from March 2022 to September 2022.
- The bottom two movers have been Aerospace and Defence & Healthcare. These two sectors have been affected by the impact of the current economic climate on government spend.
- The Technology and Telecommunication sector has been in the bottom five KPMG FPI sectors for two consecutive semi-annual periods.
- The number of Zombie companies have nearly doubled in the latest quarter, indicating early signs of distress in the market.
What we expect to see in the coming months
Pressure on companies as inflation remains high, interest rates continue to increase and spending in the economy slows
Employment capacity restraints as the unemployment rate and underemployment rates continue to remain low
Cautious investment sentiment given valuation uncertainty.
Movements of KPMG FPI score across the ASX
About KPMG Financial Performance Index
The KPMG FPI is a metric used to measure a company’s financial health. It draws from the Logit Probability to Financial Default model (developed by John Campbell, Jens Hilscher and Jan Szilagyi), which is based on eight explanatory variables encompassing financial and market variables. The score extracts raw data from S&P Capital IQ database and ranges from 0 - 100. The lower the score, the lower the financial wellness. In contrast, a higher score reflects a stronger financial health wellness. As the KPMG FPI is a logit model, a drop below the average can very quickly lead to an index score of 0.
In this analysis, released every six months, we analyse the KPMG FPI score movements of ASX-listed companies to draw insights into corporate financial wellness across the Australian Economy. The twelfth edition of our bi-annual KPMG FPI publication focuses on the changing state across all sectors for the six months to September 2022.
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An indicator of corporate health for companies across all Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) sectors.
An indicator of corporate health for companies across all ASX sectors.