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Rusza XXI edycja “Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe”

Ranking Deloitte szansą dla innowacyjnych firm technologicznych na ugruntowanie pozycji rynkowej

Od 21 lat firma doradcza Deloitte promuje innowacyjność, oferując firmom technologicznym z Europy Środkowej platformę do zaprezentowania swojej marki oraz ugruntowania pozycji w branży. Właśnie ruszyła rejestracja do kolejnej, XXI edycji „Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe”, rankingu najszybciej rozwijających się firm technologicznych w Europie Środkowej. Program jest skierowany zarówno do przedsiębiorstw o mocnej pozycji, jak i tych, które niedawno rozpoczęły działalność. Termin zgłoszeń upływa 14 sierpnia. Zwycięzców poznamy w listopadzie.

„Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe” to program, który plasuje 50 najszybciej rozwijających się firm technologicznych w Polsce i Europie Środkowej, publicznych lub prywatnych, w oparciu o procentowy wzrost przychodów w ciągu ostatnich czterech lat. W tegorocznym rankingu analizowane będą przychody w latach 2016-2019.

Tegoroczna edycja w pewnym sensie będzie wyjątkowa. Trwająca pandemia to dla wielu innowacyjnych firm duże wyzwanie, ale też okazja, by pokazać firmę i jej możliwości. Było to już widać po pierwszej reakcji rynków, czyli wzrostach sprzedaży technologii umożliwiających pracę zdalną. Wiele innowacyjnych firm zmienia też czy rozszerza swoją działalność po to, by pomagać w walce z COVID-19, mówi Agnieszka Zielińska, Partner w Dziale Doradztwa Finansowego, Lider Programu Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe

Od kilku lat firmy z Polski dominują w rankingu Deloitte. Na przestrzeni dwóch dekad wysokie miejsca zajmowały, m.in. CD Projekt, home.pl. eCard, Pracuj.pl czy LiveChat. W ubiegłorocznej edycji w głównej kategorii „Fast 50” uplasowało się 11 firm z Polski, z czego 3 trafiły do pierwszej dwudziestki: Semantive (14 miejsce), Polski Standard Płatności (17 miejsce) oraz TestArmy Group (18 miejsce).

Edycja 2020 obejmie dwie kategorie „Fast 50” i „Wschodzące gwiazdy”. Dodatkowo firmy mogą aplikować do nagrody specjalnej „Impact Stars”.

Każda spółka starająca się o udział w programie w kategorii głównej „Fast 50” musi spełniać następujące kryteria:

  • działać na rynku od co najmniej czterech lat, czyli co najmniej od 31 grudnia 2015 r.;
  • osiągać przychody operacyjne nie mniejsze niż 50 tys. euro w roku 2016, 2017, 2018 oraz przychód w roku 2019 nie mniejszy niż 100 tys. euro;
  • posiadać siedzibę w jednym z krajów Europy Środkowej (Albania, Bośnia i Hercegowina, Bułgaria, Chorwacja, Czechy, Estonia, Węgry, Kosowo, Łotwa, Litwa, Macedonia, Mołdawia, Czarnogóra, Polska, Rumunia, Serbia, Słowacja, Słowenia); 
  • być firmą technologiczną, a jej działalność musi zawierać się w jednej z kategorii: komunikacja, ochrona środowiska, fintech, sprzęt komputerowy, ochrona zdrowia i nauki medyczne, media i rozrywka, produkcja oprogramowania;
  • być właścicielem praw własności intelektualnej lub zastrzeżonej technologii sprzedawanych klientom w produktach, generujących większość przychodów operacyjnych spółki; 
  • posiadać strukturę własności, która wyklucza udziały większościowe zagranicznych inwestorów strategicznych.

W kategorii „Wschodzące Gwiazdy” mogą walczyć firmy młodsze, jednak muszą działać na rynku nie krócej niż trzy lata, a także osiągać przychody powyżej 30 tys. euro w każdym rozpatrywanym roku (2017 – 2019).

Firm ubiegających się o nagrodę specjalną „Impact Stars” nie dotyczą kryteria przychodowe oraz długość prowadzonej działalności. Kategoria została wprowadzona z myślą o firmach, które z powodzeniem łączą rozwój innowacyjnych produktów czy usług technologicznych z pozytywnym oddziaływaniem na co najmniej jeden z obszarów: społeczeństwo, biznes, innowacje, środowisko i różnorodność.

Każda edycja Technology Fast 50 Central Europe to wielkie wydarzenie i równie wielkie emocje. Choć to ranking firm z Europy Środkowej jego zasięg jest znacznie większy. Wszystkie firmy biorące udział w programie, mają szansę na wyróżnienie się w naszym rankingu globalnym oraz rankingu Fast 500 dla Europy, Bliskiego Wschodu i Afryki. To w oczywisty sposób zwiększa dotarcie marki do potencjalnych klientów i pomaga ugruntować jej pozycję – mówi Agnieszka Zielińska.

Do rankingu zgłaszać się można do 14 sierpnia 2020 r. poprzez stronę http://www.deloitte.com/fast50ce, gdzie dostępne są również informacje nt. kategorii i kryteriów rankingu oraz najważniejsze dane dotyczące jego poprzednich edycji. Wyniki Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe zostaną ogłoszone w listopadzie 2020 r.

Agnieszka Zielińska, Partner w Dziale Doradztwa Finansowego; Małgorzata Reif, Menedżer ds. komunikacji

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Allianz: Shipping losses at record low, but Covid-19 impact and political tensions cloud the horizon

  • Safety & Shipping Review 2020: 41 large ships lost worldwide in 2019, down by more than 20% year-on-year and almost 70% over a decade.
  • Number of shipping incidents (2,815) is up, as are claims from machinery issues. Ro-ro vessel safety is a growing concern.
  • Consequences of coronavirus and a sustained economic downturn could threaten long-term safety improvement and trigger an uptick in losses from cost-cutting measures, fatigued crew, idle vessels and weakened emergency response.
  • Rising geopolitical tensions, emissions rules and de-carbonization targets, mis-declared cargo and fire incidents continue to pose risk challenges.

Large shipping losses are at a record low having fallen by over 20% year-on-year, according to marine insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2020. However, the coronavirus crisis could endanger the long-term safety improvements in the shipping industry for 2020 and beyond, as difficult operating conditions and a sharp economic downturn present a unique set of challenges.

“Coronavirus has struck at a difficult time for the maritime industry as it seeks to reduce its emissions, navigates issues such as climate change, political risks and piracy, and deals with ongoing problems such as fires on vessels,” says Baptiste Ossena, Global Product Leader Hull Insurance, AGCS. “Now the sector also faces the task of operating in a very different world, with the uncertain public health and economic implications of the pandemic.”

The annual AGCS study analyzes reported shipping losses over 100 gross tons (GT) and also identifies 10 challenges of the coronavirus crisis for the shipping industry which could impact safety and risk management. In 2019, 41 total losses of vessels were reported around the world, down from 53 12 months earlier. This represents an approximate 70% decline over 10 years and is a result of sustained efforts in the areas of regulation, training and technological advancement, among others. More than 950 shipping losses have been reported since the start of 2010.

Coronavirus challenges

The shipping industry has continued to operate through the pandemic, despite disruption at ports and to crew changes. While any reduction in sailings due to coronavirus restrictions could see loss activity fall in the interim, the report highlights 10 challenges that could heighten risks. Among these are: 

  • The inability to change crews is impacting the welfare of sailors, which could lead to an increase in human error on board vessels.
  • Disruption of essential maintenance and servicing heightens the risk of machinery damage, which is already one of the major causes of insurance claims.
  • Reduced or delayed statutory surveys and port inspections could lead to unsafe practices or defective equipment being undetected.
  • Cargo damage and delay are likely as supply chains come under strain.
  • The ability to respond quickly to an emergency could also be compromised with consequences for major incidents which are dependent on external support.
  • The growing number of cruise ships and oil tankers in lay-up around the world pose significant financial exposures, due to the potential threat from extreme weather, piracy or political risks. 

“Ship-owners also face additional cost pressures from a downturn in the economy and trade,” says Captain Rahul Khanna, Global Head of Marine Risk Consulting at AGCS. “We know from past downturns that crew and maintenance budgets are among the first areas that can be cut and this can impact the safe operations of vessels and machinery, potentially causing damage or breakdown, which in turn can lead to groundings or collisions. It is crucial that safety and maintenance standards are not impacted by any downturn.”

More: AGCS Marine Risk Consulting

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Oil and gas after COVID-19: The day of reckoning or a new age of opportunity?

he oil and gas industry is experiencing its third price collapse in 12 years. After the first two shocks, the industry rebounded, and business as usual continued. This time is different. The current context combines a supply shock with an unprecedented demand drop and a global humanitarian crisis. Additionally, the sector’s financial and structural health is worse than in previous crises. The advent of shale, excessive supply, and generous financial markets that overlooked the limited capital discipline have all contributed to poor returns. Today, with prices touching 30-year lows, and accelerating societal pressure, executives sense that change is inevitable. The COVID-19 crisis accelerates what was already shaping up to be one of the industry’s most transformative moments.

While the depth and duration of this crisis are uncertain, our research suggests that without fundamental change, it will be difficult to return to the attractive industry performance that has historically prevailed. On its current course and speed, the industry could now be entering an era defined by intense competition, technology-led rapid supply response, flat to declining demand, investor scepticism, and increasing public and government pressure regarding impact on climate and the environment. However, under most scenarios, oil and gas will remain a multi-trillion-dollar market for decades. Given its role in supplying affordable energy, it is too important to fail. The question of how to create value in the next normal is therefore fundamental.

To change the current paradigm, the industry will need to dig deep and tap its proud history of bold structural moves, innovation, and safe and profitable operations in the toughest conditions. The winners will be those that use this crisis to boldly reposition their portfolios and transform their operating models. Companies that don’t will restructure or inevitably atrophy.

A troubled industry enters the crisis

The industry operates through long megacycles of shifting supply and demand, accompanied by shocks along the way. These megacycles have seen wide swings in value creation.

After the restructurings of the early 1980s, the industry created exceptional shareholder value. From 1990 to 2005, total returns to shareholders (TRS) in all segments of the industry, except refining and marketing companies, exceeded the TRS of the S&P 500 index. Oil and gas demand grew, and OPEC helped to maintain stable prices. Companies kept costs low, as memories from the 1980s of oil at $10 per barrel (bbl) were still acute. A new class of supermajor emerged from megamergers; these companies created value for decades. Similarly, the “big three” oil-field service equipment (OFSE) companies emerged. Political openings and new technologies created opportunity for all.

From 2005 to January 2020, even as macro tailwinds such as strong demand growth and effective supply access continued, the global industry failed to keep pace with the broader market. In this period, the average of the oil and gas industry generated annual TRS growth about seven percentage points lower than the S&P 500 (Exhibit 1). Every subsegment similarly underperformed the market, and independent upstream and OFSE companies delivered zero or negative TRS. The analysis excludes companies that were not listed through this period (including some structurally advantaged national oil companies, and private companies).

Exhibit 1

In the early years of this period, the industry’s profit structure was favorable. Demand expanded at more than 1 percent annually for oil and 3 to 5 percent for liquefied natural gas (LNG). The industry’s “cost curves”—its production assets, ranked from lowest to highest cost—were steep. With considerable high-cost production necessary to meet demand, the market-clearing price rose. The same was true for both gas and LNG, whose prices were often tightly linked to oil. Even in downstream, a steep cost curve of the world’s refining capacity supported high margins.

Encouraged by this highly favorable industry structure and supported by an easy supply of capital seeking returns as interest rates fell, companies invested heavily. The race to bring more barrels onstream from more complex resources, more quickly, drove dramatic cost inflation, particularly in engineering and construction. These investments brought on massive proved-up reserves, moving world supplies from slightly short to long.

Significant investment went into shale oil and gas, with several profound implications. To begin with, shale reshaped the upstream industry’s structure. As shale oil and gas came onstream, it flattened the production-cost curve (that is, moderate-cost shale oil displaced much higher-cost production such as oil sands and coal gas), effectively lowering both the marginal cost of supply and the market-clearing price (Exhibit 2).

More: https://www.mckinsey.com

About the authors: Filipe Barbosa is a senior partner, Scott Nyquist is a senior adviser, and Kassia Yanosek is a partner, all in McKinsey’s Houston office. Giorgio Bresciani is a senior partner in the London office, where Pat Graham is a partner.

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ANTI-COVID-19 – Cluster anti-crisis shield

The Baltic Sea and Space Cluster has launched the BSSC ANTI-COVID-19 anti-crisis shield. This is a special website on the Cluster’s website www.bssc.pl, where members of the Cluster inform about their activity during the pandemic and offer for other maritime business participants. The portal is also available to other companies and institutions related to maritime economy, education and research of the sea.

Many institutions and enterprises operating in the maritime economy have not slowed their activity despite the pandemic. It changed the forms of operation, implemented security procedures, switched to remote work or activities in smaller teams. Ports and shipyards are still active on the international market. Additional requirements arise, as the clients of these enterprises are often people from outside Poland. The initiative works under the slogan: BSSC Anti-crisis Shield.

The main mission of the BSSC Cluster is to integrate maritime business, science, administration and the community. Cluster BSSC promotes cooperation, commercialization and positioning of our members on international markets. Therefore, the information is in both Polish and English. Members operate under the slogan: We help people and Maritime Business. Photo: Marek Grzybowski

More info: https://glosgdyni.eu/klaster-na-pandemie-anty-covid-19-klastrowa-tarcza-antykryzysowa/

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COVID-19: Win the Fight, Win the Future

The unfolding, global COVID-19 pandemic is a human crisis of historic scale and complexity. It is straining health care systems, government fiscal capacity, and the ability of many organizations to cope with the changes wrought by the virus and the response to it. The level of uncertainty for most leaders is unprecedented, and most of our frameworks for planning and problem solving are unable to manage the geographic variability, uncertainty, and the exponential change brought by the COVID-19 crisis.

In our work to confront this challenge with public and private sector clients worldwide, we have found that many leaders are asking the same set of questions: How should I forecast my revenues? How should I adjust my budget? When will this be over, and when will we return to “normal”? These are good questions, but the reality is, we shouldn’t be asking them at this point. In the wake of so much uncertainty, we should instead focus on framing potential scenarios and use them to develop a robust plan of action.

Three months into the COVID-19 crisis, we are starting to see patterns in its impact on countries and cities, as well as in these areas’ responses. We see three distinct phases. First, there is the “Flatten” phase, in which countries or cities lock down to flatten the virus’s exponential growth curve. Second comes the “Fight” phase, during which a geography “Restarts” its economy while maintaining a low rate of infection, while still running the risk of having to implement further lockdowns. Finally, we are anticipating a “Future” phase, which begins only after a vaccine or highly effective treatment has been developed and deployed.

We have applied this framework on a localized and sector basis and have created different scenarios for each phase to account for the shifting dynamics and complex elements that are part of the COVID-19 landscape.

Three critical insights have emerged from our scenario work:

  • Get ready to Restart. The transition from Flatten to Fight, or what we refer to as a “Restart,” is an intentional policy decision that is made when a set of necessary pre-conditions are met in a given geography. Business leaders cannot control that decision or timing, but they can make sure they are ready to Restart.
  • The Fight will be protracted. The Fight phase is going to be longer than most leaders we have talked to anticipate. We expect that it will be between 12 to 36 months before a vaccine or highly effective treatment can be developed and deployed.
  • The Fight will be expensive. The Fight phase will be more economically challenging than most leaders seem to expect. Because the situation is volatile, consumer and worker confidence has been shaken, and because of the risk of further outbreaks and localized lockdowns, or perhaps even national ones, we envision an ongoing impact to the global economy. Our US-focused scenarios show a potential range of a relatively severe 5% to 20% impact on microeconomic outcomes such as revenues or employment, before accounting for policy interventions and responses, which will strongly influence the end result. 

Part of the strategic challenge is that the effects of COVID-19 will vary significantly by geography and sector. Individual companies will see even greater variation amongst their outcomes during each of the Flatten, Fight, and Future phases. Such variation has been observed in every prior economic crisis, and the uncertainty and multi-phase nature of this crisis may lead to greater disparity than usual, creating even more winners and losers than is typical. Accordingly, we think it is imperative for business leaders to use scenarios with a range of outcomes to develop a plan for their companies to: a) Be ready to Restart; b) Win the Fight; and c) Win the Future. Particularly, we think that winning the Fight phase is crucial because it creates the opportunity to win the Future.

To help companies and societies respond to COVID-19, and recover from it, we offer an approach for framing and developing scenarios, and suggest what they can expect in trying to accomplish these goals.

The Complexity of COVID-19 Demands Systematic Scenario Planning

We cannot predict the future. But we can seek to understand what the future might hold, and what that means for nations, industry sectors, and individual companies. We need scenarios to bound the uncertainty, to help us understand the underlying drivers of outcomes, and for some understanding of how we can shape those outcomes.

The data clearly suggests that very different COVID-19 trajectories have played out around the world. (See Exhibit 1.)

AUTHORS: Marin Gjaja , Lars Fæste , Gerry Hansell , and Doug Hohner

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