Bridging the Gap

Key findings at a glance


EUR 950bn

could be released from the balance sheets of global listed companies by addressing poor working capital performance.


2015 Annual Global Working Capital Survey

Working capital tells us a lot about how well a company is managed.

It is an indicator of good management, can provide a real competitive advantage, and is the life blood of every company.

Our 2015 Annual Global Working Capital Survey reveals that for the first time since 2010 working capital has shown a significant improvement, which has contributed to a jump of 11.3% in the cash-on-hand of companies.

The largest improvement came from the asset side of the balance sheet, particularly from enhancements in receivables management.

However, with the revenue trends suggesting that EUR 237 billion additional working capital is needed to finance next year's growth alone, there is still a significant gap to bridge.

Explore the data

We analysed the working capital performance of 10,215 listed companies worldwide from 2010 to 2014, and investigated how it varies by industry and geography.

In Asia, the Net Working Capital/Sales for all industries increased from 11.6% in 2010 to 13.5%. In Europe, it decreased from 12.2% to 10.8% and in the USA and Canada, it decreased from 9.6% to 9.3%.


Interested in more? Use our data explorer to explore the data that we collected.

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