Sharp Rise in Late Manufacturing Invoices

Inflation and global supply issues are being felt by Australia’s manufacturing industry with new data showing a sharp increase in the number of days outstanding for invoices issued.

“Over the last 6 months the number of days it’s taking debtors to pay their invoices has jumped nearly 40%, stretching from an average of 42 days to 58 days,” says OptiPay CEO Angus Sedgwick.

“The typical terms of manufacturing businesses is 30 days meaning on average our clients are being paid 28 days after the due date of their invoices, so nearly double what it should be,” he says.

“The ramifications of inflation and global supply issues is constrained cash flow and this is having a knock on effect for all businesses,” says Mr Sedgwick.

“We’re seeing the problem exacerbated by rising interest rates, the ATO ramping collection activity for unpaid tax from the COVID period and access to capital from traditional sources drying up.”

“The next 12 to 18 months are going to be a challenging time for Australian SME’s and it is critical that businesses have strong business foundations and a cash flow management plan in order to survive,” says Mr Sedgwick.

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OptiPay, one of Australia’s leading business finance providers, has been dedicated to helping small business owners solve cash flow challenges  for over a decade and has provided $1.5 billion in business funding to more than 500 Australian businesses. OptiPay specialises in modern financing solutions such as invoice factoringinvoice financedebtor finance, and lines of credit. OptiPay’s mission is to support business growth providing liquidity in as little as 24 hours, ensuring they have access to tomorrow’s cash flow today. This rapid access to funds helps businesses maintain smooth operations and seize growth opportunities without the stress of cash flow constraints. At OptiPay, we believe that healthy cash flow is the lifeblood of any successful business. Our commitment to helping businesses overcome financial hurdles and achieve their growth ambitions has solidified our reputation as a trusted partner in the business finance sector. Whether you are looking to stabilise your cash flow, expand your operations, or navigate financial challenges, OptiPay is here to support your journey with innovative and efficient financing solutions.

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