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We are pleased to share with you the 12th edition of our bi-annual KPMG Financial Performance Index (FPI) publication.

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.

Key highlights

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.

Sector movers

  • 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


3Q19 4Q19 1Q20 2Q20 3Q20 4Q20 1Q21 2Q21 3Q21 4Q21 1Q22 2Q22 3Q22


76.39 🡹79.70 🡻40.37 🡹54.99 🡹76.54 🡹80.47 🡹82.22 🡻80.83 🡹84.53 🡹84.97 🡻81.51 🡻71.75 🡹77.03

Movements of KPMG FPI score across the ASX



3Q19 76.39
4Q19 🡹79.70
1Q20 🡻40.37
2Q20 🡹54.99
3Q20 🡹76.34
4Q20 🡹80.47
1Q21 🡹82.22
2Q21 🡻80.83
3Q21 🡹84.53
4Q21 🡹84.97
1Q22 🡻81.51
2Q22 🡻71.75
3Q22 🡹77.03

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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