Experian® launches analysis ranking top metropolitan areas by key indicators of business health

Experian® launches analysis ranking top metropolitan areas by key indicators of business health
The new Metro Business Pulse showed New York area businesses had lowest average bankruptcy rates, while Sacramento, Calif. area businesses had highest

Costa Mesa, Calif., Sept. 18, 2013 — Experian®, the leading global information services company, today announced the launch of the Metro Business Pulse, an analysis that ranks the top metropolitan statistical areas in four key business credit categories, including bankruptcy rates, the number of days businesses pay their bills beyond contracted terms, delinquency rates and commercial risk scores. Findings from the Q2 2013 analysis showed the New York metro area had the lowest business bankruptcy rate at 0.28 percent, while Sacramento, Calif. area businesses had the highest at 2.41 percent.

Bankruptcy rates

Top 5 metro areas

Bottom 5 metro areas

1.    New York


1.   Sacramento, Calif.


2.    Nassau, N.Y.


2.   Bakersfield, Calif.


3.    Baton Rouge, La.


3.   Riverside, Calif.


4.    Honolulu


4.   Colorado Springs, Colo.


5.    Miami


5.   Denver


“When evaluating new customers and prospects, it’s important to understand how businesses are performing in order to uncover unique pockets of opportunity that can help your own enterprise grow,” said Joel Pruis, Experian’s senior business consultant. “As such, we’ve taken our research a step further to provide insight on how businesses and different industry groups are performing at a metropolitan-area level. The additional layer of information can help businesses make more informed decisions that can ultimately affect their bottom line.”

Regarding how fast businesses pay their bills, the analysis showed that San Francisco area businesses topped the list, paying their bills an average 3.2 days beyond contracted terms. Businesses in the Omaha, Neb. (3.54 days); New York (3.57 days); Seattle (3.58 days); and Milwaukee (3.61 days) areas rounded out the top five with the least number of days beyond term. On the slower side, businesses in the Fort Myers, Fla. area, took the longest to pay their bills, averaging 18.04 days beyond contracted terms, followed by the Orlando, Fla. (14.02 days); Las Vegas (12.18 days); Miami (10.58 days); and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (9.78 days) areas.

Days beyond contracted terms

Top 5 metro areas

Bottom 5 metro areas

1.   San Francisco


1.   Fort Myers, Fla.


2.   Omaha, Neb.


2.   Orlando, Fla.


3.   New York


3.   Las Vegas


4.   Seattle


4.   Miami


5.   Milwaukee


5.   Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


Findings from the Q2 2013 analysis also showed that businesses in the Salt Lake City area had the lowest delinquency rates at 0.92 percent, followed by the Boise City, Idaho; Houston; San Diego; and Tucson, Ariz. areas. Conversely, major metropolitan areas in Florida made up four of the bottom five for business delinquency rate, with the Miami area having the highest delinquency rate at 44.72 percent. The other areas in the bottom five included Fort Myers, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Cincinnati; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Delinquency rates

Top 5 metro areas

Bottom 5 metro areas

1.   Salt Lake City


1.   Miami


2.   Boise City, Idaho


2.   Fort Myers, Fla.


3.   Houston


3.   Orlando, Fla.


4.   San Diego


4.   Cincinnati


5.   Tucson, Ariz.


5.   Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


When looking at commercial risk score*, Portland, Ore. area businesses came in with the highest average score in Q2 2013, with an average of 65.68. The other metropolitan areas in the top five included, Pittsburgh (65.58); Grand Rapids, Mich. (62.99); Seattle (62.09); and Albany, N.Y. (61.86). However, Miami area businesses had the lowest average commercial risk score (47.96) during the same time period, followed by the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Atlanta; Memphis, Tenn.; and Orlando, Fla. areas.

Commercial risk score

Top 5 metro areas

Bottom 5 metro areas

1.   Portland, Ore.


1.  Miami


2.   Pittsburgh


2.  Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


3.   Grand Rapids, Mich.


3.  Atlanta


4.   Seattle


4.  Memphis, Tenn.


5.   Albany, N.Y.


5.  Orlando, Fla.


Complete findings from the Q2 2013 Metro Business Pulse, including detailed industry group analysis, will be presented in Experian’s Quarterly Business Credit Review Webinar on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. Pacific time/1 p.m. Central time/2 p.m. Eastern time. If you would like to attend the event, click here.

Roslyn Whitehurst
Experian Public Relations
1 714 830 5578
Twitter: @RozWhitehurst

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