Brazil Triumphs in Payment World Cup

England knocked out in last sixteen based on late payment of invoices

Data released today in Creditsafe’s Late Payments World Cup has revealed that Brazil would be crowned champions if it was decided by how quickly countries are able to pay suppliers.

Based on the same draw and format, Brazil would win the tournament by beating debutants Iceland in the final. Seen by many as favourites on the pitch, Brazil pays it suppliers on average only 4.3 Days Beyond Terms (DBT), with Iceland coming up second best at 6.4 DBT. The DBT describes how long it takes businesses on average across each country to pay their bills, past the due date.

England, meanwhile, would qualify from their group in second place with a DBT of 16.0 days, before being knocked out by Columbia in the last sixteen with a superior DBT of just 8.9. The only European nation with a worse DBT than England at this year’s World Cup is Portugal (16.2 DBT), with the average DBT between all nations in the competition standing at 19.4 days. 

Scandinavian countries performed particularly strongly at the Late Payments World Cup, with Denmark (8.7 DBT) outclassing Argentina (10.8 DBT) before being eliminated by Brazil in the semi-finals, while Sweden (6.7 DBT) were also beaten in the semi-finals by Iceland.

The winners of the last World Cup, Germany, failed to reach beyond the round of sixteen after coming up against eventual champions Brazil, despite having the fourth best DBT (7.2 days) of any team in this year’s competition.

Cato Syversen, CEO of Creditsafe said: “It’s interesting to see that not only are Brazil on top of their sporting game, they are also on top when it comes to paying their suppliers.

“With England, I’m sure some would argue that reaching the last sixteen in the Late Payments tournament is a fair reflection of how the team is expected to perform on the pitch. However, it also indicates that there is much more that English businesses should be doing to ensure they are paying their suppliers on time.

“The Late Payments World Cup highlights that a late payments culture exists around the world and England’s mid-ranking performance suggests there is more that can be learnt from countries far and wide.”

Notes to Editors.

The Late Payments World Cup has been calculated using data sourced from Creditsafe, the global business intelligence experts and its online company search facility.

The figures referenced in the press release are extracted from Creditsafe’s members using its trade payment data programme and are correct as of 11th June 2018.

Countries have been ranked based on the number of days beyond agreed terms (DBT) that businesses on average pay their suppliers. 

Team Won Draw Lost DBT Ranking by DBT
BRAZIL 3 0 0 4.3 1
ICELAND 3 0 0 6.4 2
SWEDEN 3 0 0 6.7 3
GERMANY 2 0 1 7.2 4
DENMARK 3 0 0 8.7 5
COLOMBIA 3 0 0 8.9 6
SERBIA 2 0 1 9.9 7
POLAND 2 0 1 10 8
ARGENTINA 2 0 1 10.8 9
SPAIN 3 0 0 11.2 10
FRANCE 2 0 1 12.1 11
URUGUAY 3 0 0 13.4 12
SWITZERLAND 1 0 2 14.7 13
RUSSIAN FEDERATION 2 0 1 14.7 14
BELGIUM 3 0 0 15.5 15
CROATIA 1 0 2 15.6 16
ENGLAND 2 0 1 16 17
PORTUGAL 2 0 1 16.2 18
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF 1 0 2 17.3 19
AUSTRALIA 1 0 2 17.4 20
JAPAN 1 0 2 18.4 21
MEXICO 0 0 3 19.4 22
TUNISIA 1 0 2 20.9 23
PERU 0 0 3 21.4 24
PERU 0 0 3 21.4 24
COSTA RICA 0 0 3 26.8 25
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF 1 0 2 28.5 26
MOROCCO 0 0 3 31.2 27
SENEGAL 0 0 3 34.5 28
NIGERIA 0 0 3 43.1 29
PANAMA 0 0 3 43.6 30
EGYPT 1 0 2 46.7 31
SAUDI ARABIA 0 0 3 48 32