We asked 1,050 CFOs from 14 countries and six sectors to reveal their views on international expansion

Global Ambitions Survey
62% of CFOs rely on international business to drive their growth

Now in its third year, BDO’s ‘Global Ambitions’ survey assesses where established international businesses see the greatest opportunities for further overseas expansion, what the opportunities and challenges are for investment in these markets, and which countries represent the riskiest investments.

This year the survey covered more than 1,000 CFOs from mid-sized companies across multiple sectors. We looked at where they are focusing their international expansion, what their mood is and asked for their practical advice on the primary success factors when expanding overseas. Key findings include:

  • CFOs are facing a tough dilemma - companies need to grow, but overseas investments are riskier. The risk reward dynamic is changing and companies now face higher risk to make the same reward 
  • CFOs from mid-sized companies planning foreign expansion have become more cautious, with 66% planning to increase investment in ‘safe haven’ markets, including the BRICs, US, UK and Germany, rather than taking a gamble on riskier destinations
  • Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) are seeing a boom in investment with nearly half (45%) of CFOs investing in or planning to enter these markets, compared to less than a third (29%) in 2011

BDO works with a number of companies who have existing overseas operations or aspire to expand internationally. We provide advice on a range of issues including corporate and personal tax planning, risk management and international acquisitions and our India and China advisory teams provide expert support for organisations wishing to enter those markets.
Whether you are planning to take your first steps towards international expansion or are a seasoned investor, I hope you find the results of the BDO Ambition Survey 2012 interesting and useful. Please click here to download the summary report.

If you would like to speak to a BDO partner for advice about expanding internationally, kindly contact us at info@bdo.com.sg

 

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