The April 2021 Barometer: Most bankruptcies in construction

Michiel Scheepens
29 april 2021 - Leestijd 8 minuten

When it comes to the financial health of companies and bankruptcies, we have a better understanding of the current state of affairs than anyone else. In these special times it is very important to keep a finger on the pulse of the financial health of your buyers and suppliers. The barometer shows the current bankruptcies every month in comparison with previous periods and other sectors. Notable this month are the high number of bankruptcies in the industries Construction (contractors construction) and Business Services.

With 192 bankruptcies, March 2021 is the month with the most bankruptcies in 2021. This is a 44% increase compared to February.

A total of 115 bankruptcies were declared in April 2021 (YTD 28-4-2021). This is a whopping 68% less than the number of bankruptcies during the same period last year. This number is expected to increase somewhat. Since the beginning of the corona crisis, the number of bankruptcies has been low, even lower than before the corona crisis. This is a result of government support to ensure that normally healthy organizations stay afloat during the crisis. A side effect of these support packages is that financially unhealthy organizations also do not go bankrupt. It is expected that these bankruptcies (Dutch) are expected to occur when government support is removed.

Top 10 sectors with most bankruptcies in April 2021

The following industries have seen the most bankruptcies in April: Holding Companies and Investment Companies (16), Construction (17), and Business Services (12).

Top 10 sectors with most bankruptcies in 2021

If we look at the top 10 industries with the most bankruptcies during 2021, we can conclude that over 13% of bankruptcies are accounted for by holding companies and investment companies, 15% to construction companies and 10% to the business services sector.

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