The barometer August 2022: 166 bankruptcies in the Netherlands

Michiel Scheepens
Sept. 14, 2022 - Reading Time 2 minutes

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 on the financial health of your buyers and suppliers. The barometer shows the current bankruptcies every month in comparison with previous periods and other sectors.

In augustus 2022 (peildatum 8-9-2022) zijn in totaal 166* faillissementen uitgesproken. This is 33 more than the number of bankruptcies last month, July 2022 (133), 40 more than the same period in 2021 (126), 21 less than the same period in 2020 (187) and 108 less than the same period in 2019 (274).

With 206 bankruptcies, November 2021 is the month with the most bankruptcies in the past 12 months. 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.

*The figures in this report are provisional and may be subject to change.

Bankruptcies by sector in August 2022

In July, most companies in the Trade sector went bankrupt, 44. The Construction sector also stands out in a negative sense with its high number of bankruptcies (33

If we plot the number of bankruptcies against the total number of companies in an industry, we see that the hits are mainly in the Industry sector followed by Construction and Trade.

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