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• Mar 22, 2018

Corporate financial professionals have increased their bullishness about the economy and for their individual companies over the past year, according to a survey released today by Strategic Treasurer and TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®. Bank professionals, who were also polled in the survey, are even more optimistic but indicate less appetite for acquisitions than corporations.

In the United States, survey respondents stated that the East Coast offers the largest opportunities, trailed by the Central and Western regions. Among reported growth expectations:

  • 67 percent of corporations expect the gross domestic product (GDP) of their headquarters (HQ) country to expand during the next year and 73 percent anticipate an increase in their company’s sales/revenue during the same time period.
  • 77 percent of financial institutions believe the GDP of their HQ country will grow, while 92 percent project that their institution’s revenue will increase over the next 12 months.

Tax reform, which went from being a possibility to a reality in late 2017, contributes to this positive outlook. Forty-two percent of businesses believe tax reform presents a significant economic benefit, and 28 percent of corporations with cash abroad plan to repatriate income back into the U.S. An even larger number of banks (58 percent) reported that corporate tax reform will positively impact business, with 37 percent stating it will directly benefit company financial performance. Along with cash repatriation, companies report plans to use their newly-freed capital to make investments in the U.S.

When considering overall spending plans, corporations anticipate allocating excess cash (from all sources) for:

  • Capital expenditures (43 percent), including IT upgrades and plant and equipment
  • Debt repayment (33 percent)
  • Holding for future investments (28 percent)

"The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act implementation could cause businesses to have extra capital to deploy, but it is even more encouraging that organizations expect to have cash on hand through normal course of business in the coming year," said Tom Gregory, Manager of Treasury Management Sales, TD Bank. "Together, these factors mean that companies could invest more funds, hire employees and generally spend on both their businesses and communities."

“To be clear, the highly optimistic economic sentiment represents both an opportunity and risk for companies," said Craig Jeffrey, CEO of Strategic Treasurer. "The opportunity these strong tail winds provide to build for growth must be calibrated carefully with the risk of inadequate positioning for the inevitable down-cycles.”

Even with this rosy view, businesses and banks did report several operational concerns. The no. 1 concern for both companies and financial institutions is increasing cyber fraud, followed by the cost of compliance, gridlock in Congress and healthcare reform.

The 2017-2018 Treasury Perspectives Survey was underwritten by TD Bank and conducted by Strategic Treasurer. A copy of the survey data, an infographic and registration for a webinar about the full results is available at https://strategictreasurer.com/surveys/2017-treasury-perspectives. There were 336 respondents including corporate treasurers, treasury professionals and corporate bankers from around the globe (primarily from North America and Europe).

About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD". To learn more, visit www.td.com.

About Strategic Treasurer

Strategic Treasurer provides consulting services for treasury management, security, technology, and compliance. Since 2004, corporate clients, banks, and fintech providers throughout the world have relied on their advisory services which are backed by a deep awareness of current practices, plans, and perceptions through their annual surveys and decades of treasury experience. The mission of Strategic Treasurer is to elevate and enhance the practice of treasury by advising individual clients and informing the industry at large. Headquartered in Atlanta with consultants based out of Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Washington DC, Strategic Treasurer guides treasury and finance professionals through real-world, mission-critical issues that organizations face today. To learn more, visit strategictreasurer.com.

Media Contacts

TD Bank
Martha A. Gaston, APR
Corporate Communications Manager
856-505-1168
martha.gaston@td.com

Strategic Treasurer
Brian L. Cochrum
Director of Marketing & Communications
678-466-2227
brian.cochrum@strategictreasurer.com

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