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    • Great opportunity for companies: More than a third of consumers in favor of “compensation for data”
    • Majority willing to sell at least one item of personal information to a trustworthy company
    • Willingness to disclose data even exceeds demand in some cases

    Kloten, October 8, 2020 – In today's digital environment, data like bank account number, date of birth, address, health details or purchasing preferences have become a key economic asset. This is why the handling of data and its value, and the reasons why companies are keen to make use of it, are increasingly a topic of public debate. This has also been validated by a recent representative survey entitled “What’s the value of data?” conducted in 17 countries by financial services provider and investor EOS. The survey revealed that more than 60 percent of consumers in Europe and the USA and as many as 70 percent in Russia believe that companies should compensate customers for the use of their data. More than a third of respondents, and in Russia as many as half, said they were willing to provide certain data in return for compensation.

    Trust and financial rewards the drivers for increased disclosure of data

    For people to be prepared to disclose personal data, it is crucial for them to trust a company or organization to handle their data responsibly and adhere to the relevant statutory regulations. The EOS survey showed that a clear majority of consumers would sell at least one item of personal data for money to a trustworthy company (Europe: 82 percent, USA: 75 percent, Russia: 90 percent). People are least concerned about disclosing purchasing decisions and preferences for products and brands, but consider account or credit card details, or insights into their bank account, to be especially worthy of protection. When asked about their specific compensation preferences, more than half of the respondents found material rewards and discounts particularly attractive, whereas in all regions there was less demand for services as compensation, with only around 20% in favor of this option.

    Data analysis as the basis for modern receivables management

    A look at receivables management shows that it is worthwhile for companies to provide incentives to consumers to disclose their data. Because the better the data available about the purchaser of a product or service, the quicker they can be reached in the event of a payment default. And, the more empirical data from similar receivables cases is already available, the better the proposed installment plan will match the customer’s financial situation and the more likely the customer will comply with it as a result. This is why its Center of Analytics plays a key role at receivables management service provider EOS. With the help of machine learning algorithms, its central platform analyses thousands of debt collection cases to determine the best processing steps to be taken next.

    Willingness to disclose data even exceeds demand in some cases

    The EOS survey revealed that one in five consumers had already been offered compensation to disclose certain details. In Europe this was most common in Spain and Romania, where as many as one in four consumers had received such an offer. In some cases, however, the willingness of consumers to disclose data actually exceeds the number of offers of compensation by companies. “I think there are still significant opportunities and unexploited potential here,” stresses Joachim Göller.

    “Already, installment plans are produced on the basis of intelligent data analysis in a lot of the countries where EOS operates,” explains Joachim Göller, Head of the Center of Analytics. “It is in the interest of all parties to conclude a collection case as soon as possible to save costs on both sides. And this is where data can help. The sooner the contact is established and the better the chances of the payment agreement being met, the more likely it is for the creditor to get their money and the consumer to become debt-free. So it can absolutely be in the interests of the defaulting payer to disclose data.”

    Joachim Göller, Head of the Center of Analytics at EOS, sees great potential in data analysis.
    Joachim Göller, Head of the Center of Analytics

    About the representative EOS survey “What's the value of data?” 2020

    The EOS survey, which was conducted in partnership with market research institute Kantar in the spring of 2020, is representative of the (online) population over the age of 18 in the 17 countries polled. A random sample of 1,000 respondents from each of the countries Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the USA, and 300 respondents from North Macedonia, was used for the analysis. The survey participants answered questions on their personal handling and disclosure of data, their trust in companies, and their willingness to sell data for compensation.

    You can find more information on the survey here.

    About EOS Group

    The EOS Group is one of the leading technology-driven financial investors and an expert in the processing of outstanding receivables. The company's core business is the purchase of unsecured and secured debt portfolios. With over 40 years of experience, EOS offers some 20,000 customers in 26 countries around the world smart services for all their receivables management needs. Its key target sectors are banking, utilities, real estate and e-commerce. EOS employs more than 7,500 people and is part of the Otto Group.

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    • Only 31 percent of people in Switzerland trust companies to handle their digital data properly
    • Banks and utility companies enjoy the greatest degree of trust, while telecommunications companies, online retailers, social networks and messaging services rank lower on the trust scale

    Kloten, October 7, 2020 – The responsible handling of the valuable commodity “digital data” has become more important than ever. Because data like this helps companies to better understand their customers and their preferences and to respond to market trends. However, the willingness of consumers to disclose their data is crucially dependent on trust. In this respect, companies have not fared particularly well until now, with only 33 percent of Europeans trusting companies to handle their digital data, and 31 percent of the Swiss. US citizens are even more distrustful (23 percent), while Russians are somewhat less skeptical (41 percent). These are some of the findings from a recent representative survey entitled “What’s the value of data?” conducted by financial services provider and investor EOS in 17 countries. The reasons for this skepticism result in part from bad experiences with disclosing data. Every fourth or fifth consumer has at some point had a negative experience online in this regard.

    Significant differences in level of trust depending on sector and type of data

    There are clear differences between sectors: Banks and financial services providers enjoy the greatest level of trust for their handling of customer data (Europe: 54 percent, USA: 56 percent, Russia: 54 percent), although not unconditionally across all countries. Energy utilities and insurance companies also come off relatively well (average value across all countries 39 percent). However, there is a lack of trust when it comes to telecommunications companies (28 percent on average), online retailers (21 percent on average) and social networks and messaging services (14 percent on average). That people still provide their data to the latter (contact information, movement data, purchasing and surfing behavior) can be explained by the fact that users regard this data as less sensitive. Universally, financial details are regarded as being the most worthy of protection.

    Data minimization and service quality create trust

    Financial service providers in particular can therefore benefit from the higher level of trust they enjoy when it comes to the use of data. However, they need to create a balance between optimizing processes through as much data as possible and avoiding unnecessary requests for data. This is a challenge that EOS is facing as well. The debt collection service provider, which commissioned the survey, employs around 60 people worldwide in the data privacy and information security fields. “To build trust among our customers and consumers, we emphasize data minimization at EOS even when initially setting up projects. Instead of ‘collecting data for data's sake’, we pursue a data minimization approach and collect data only for specific purposes,” explains Stephan Bovermann, Senior Group Privacy Officer at EOS Group. He works with his colleagues to ensure data privacy in all 26 countries where EOS operates worldwide. From his perspective, however, handling data responsibly is just one way of establishing trust. “Naturally, high quality products and an excellent level of service are just as important for creating trust in a company as its careful handling of the data entrusted to it,” says Bovermann.

    Stephan Bovermann, Senior Group Privacy Officer at EOS Group
    Esther van Oirsouw, Head of Portals & Integration at EOS Technology Solutions

    Data minimization through self-service digital portals

    One example of the data minimization approach are the EOS service portals which defaulting payers can use to settle their outstanding debts. These portals only collect the data that is necessary for the payment process. This creates trust, says Esther van Oirsouw, Head of Portals & Integration at EOS Technology Solutions: “Our online portals allow defaulting payers simple and self-determined access to their outstanding debt. After entering the individual case number, they can complete payment with just a few clicks. And for the majority of payment methods offered, no personal data has to be provided. This makes the obstacles to payment extremely low, because we know from experience that the more self-determination and flexibility we create, the better the payment rate and the higher the trust in us.”

    Action needed across all national borders

    As the survey shows, gaining and building trust is still a major work in progress for many companies. In all countries, mistrust and skepticism on the part of consumers is on a similar scale. But one thing that is clear is that the digital environment is a leveler. If you want to be part of the digital universe you will meet the same global players and be subject to their rules in all countries. Many respondents felt that they often didn’t have a choice when it came to disclosing their data. Around two-thirds of Europeans (66 percent) and Americans (58 percent) and four out of five Russian consumers complain that they are not even able to use all the features of a lot of online services without disclosing their data. In addition, around 60 percent do not have enough information about how to prevent or limit the disclosure of their data.

    About the representative EOS survey “What's the value of data?” 2020

    The EOS survey, which was conducted in partnership with market research institute Kantar in the spring of 2020, is representative of the (online) population over the age of 18 in the 17 countries polled. A random sample of 1,000 respondents from each of the countries Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the USA, and 300 respondents from North Macedonia, was used for the analysis. The survey participants answered questions on their personal handling and disclosure of data, their trust in companies and their willingness to sell data for compensation.

    You can find more information on the survey here.

    About EOS Group

    The EOS Group is one of the leading technology-driven financial investors and an expert in the processing of outstanding receivables. The company's core business is the purchase of unsecured and secured debt portfolios. With over 40 years of experience, EOS offers some 20,000 customers in 26 countries around the world smart services for all their receivables management needs. Its key target sectors are banking, utilities, real estate and e-commerce. EOS employs more than 7,500 people and is part of the Otto Group.

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    • Increase in revenue due to strong business performance in Eastern Europe
    • Again, a high level of investment in secured and unsecured receivables
    • Strong push towards digitalization

    Hamburg/Kloten, July 24, 2020 – By consistently following its strategic direction as a technology-driven debt collection provider and financial investor, the EOS Group headquartered in Hamburg has again increased its revenue in the 2019/20 financial year. With a 4.8% increase in revenue to EUR 853.1 million, the previous year recorded very positive results. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) grew to EUR 343.4 million.

    Regional strengths, push for digitalization and high level of investment key success factors

    The international provider of tailored financial services, which is part of the Otto Group, can largely attribute its increase in earnings to a substantial 31.3% increase in revenue in Eastern Europe. Other important success factors include the strong push towards digitalization and the cultural development of the EOS Group combined with the consistently high level of investment of EUR 651.3 million in secured and unsecured receivables and real estate.

    “I feel very proud as I look back at the last financial year. It is the most successful year in the history of the EOS Group,” says Klaus Engberding, CEO of the EOS Group. “Above all, I would like to single out the tremendous progress we have made in digitalization, with EUR 25 million invested in expanding our core IT systems, and the focus on our cultural transformation process. The use of artificial intelligence and advanced data analyses will help boost innovation in our industry. And in uncertain times like in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, in particular, reliable processes, highly professional receivables management and sustainable financing are more important than ever for companies. We can offer all of this to our customers and we expect successful growth for our business in the coming year too.”

    Distribution of consolidated revenue of EOS Group in fiscal 2019/20 among global partner companies
    Revenue of EOS Consolidated in the various regions for fiscal 2019/20.

    Stable business performance in Western Europe (including Switzerland)

    In Western Europe, the very pleasing operational business performance in Belgium, France and Austria resulted in a 5% overall increase in revenue, exceeding the previous year’s result. Therefore, the regional EOS companies again held their ground as the leading provider for debt purchasing. Despite persistently tough market conditions, France stood out and made significantly larger investments in both portfolios secured by real estate and unsecured portfolios. Belgium and Spain also increased their investment activities. The nominal value of a package of 47,000 receivables that EOS Aremas in Belgium purchased from bpost bank, for example, is EUR 36 million.

    “The EOS Group is very well positioned in Western Europe. Thanks to our expertise and many years of experience, especially in banking and telecommunications, we are a preferred strategic partner for our customers,” comments Dr. Andreas Witzig, Member of the EOS Group’s Board of Directors and responsible for the Western European and North American regions. “We are making huge investments in big data and analytics and are helping to resolve problems relating to NPLs. Despite the coronavirus crisis, which has hit France and Spain particularly hard, we remain a reliable partner in the field of fiduciary services and debt purchasing,” confirms Witzig.

    For further key performance indicators and figures of all EOS regions, please see our online annual report.

    About EOS Group

    The EOS Group is one of the leading technology-driven financial investors and an expert in the processing of outstanding receivables. The company's core business is the purchase of unsecured and secured debt portfolios. With over 40 years of experience, EOS offers some 20,000 customers in 26 countries around the world smart services for all their receivables management needs. Its key target sectors are banking, utilities, real estate and e-commerce. EOS employs more than 7,500 people and is part of the Otto Group.

    For more information on EOS Group, please go to www.eos-solutions.com

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  • Hamburg, Germany, July 2, 2020 – Euler Hermes Rating, one of Europe’s leading rating agencies, has once again given the credit standing of EOS Holding an A rating. For the 16th time in a row, EOS impressed the auditors with their very high, stable level of earnings and excellent capital structure. The rating assessment emphasized their many years of experience in the valuation, acquisition and recovery of non-performing receivables, their market leadership in Germany and strong position in the European market, in particular.

    This builds confidence: Despite the coronavirus crisis, Euler Hermes rates the financial risk of EOS as low. Although there may be a decline in revenue and earnings in the short to medium term, the auditors again expect a good to very good level of earnings in the long term.

    Sustainable investments on a substantial scale

    In recent years, EOS has systematically stepped up its activities as a  financial investor and has established itself as a market leader in the purchase of debt packages in some countries. In the 2019/20 financial year, the company invested EUR 651.3 million in unsecured and secured receivables and real estate.

    “We want to make substantial, sustainable investments in receivables packages in the coming years too,” points out Justus Hecking-Veltman, Chief Financial Officer of the EOS Group. “In this context, spreading our risk over several countries is very important. Nevertheless, we do not win every portfolio with our pricing models. In certain markets, we go through phases in which we do not succeed for a long period of time. Nevertheless, we are sticking firmly to the script, because this is what makes us a stable, soundly operating and reliable company, today and in the future.”

    About EOS Group

    The EOS Group is one of the leading technology-driven financial investors and an expert in the processing of outstanding receivables. The company's core business is the purchase of unsecured and secured debt portfolios. With over 40 years of experience, EOS offers some 20,000 customers in 26 countries around the world smart services for all their receivables management needs. Its key target sectors are banking, utilities, real estate and e-commerce. EOS employs more than 7,500 people and is part of the Otto Group.

    For more information on EOS Group, please go to www.eos-solutions.com

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  • The spread of the coronavirus is not only dominating media reports and conversations in and out of the office; it’s dominating our entire everyday lives. With this unique situation in mind, we have taken landmark precautionary measures to protect the health of our employees, customers, and partners. Our measures take both federal and cantonal guidelines into consideration and call for stricter safety measures in certain areas.

    The measure plan developed by EOS Switzerland is designed to

    1. Keep operational activities up and running,
    2. Allow the majority of employees to work from home, and
    3. Allow scheduled appointments to be postponed or otherwise carried out (for example teleconference or video conference).

    We are doing everything we can to continue ensuring the best possible service for you. Nevertheless, longer waiting and response times for addressing your matters and inquiries may result in some cases. Of course, all key functions will remain working to ensure the same level of security and reliability you are familiar with.

    We firmly believe that in such exceptional situations, health takes priority over economic motives. We as a society are all called upon to unite and do our part in adhering to the necessary safety measures.

    “Do you have any questions?”
    Please get in touch with one of the contacts listed here.

     

    Thank you for your understanding and the trust you place in us

    Alex Schneider
    Managing Director    

    Basil Schneuwly
    Director Marketing & Communication

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    • Über die Hälfte der Schweizer Unternehmen hält Cyber Security für ein Topthema im Forderungsmanagement der nächsten Jahre – nicht mal jedes vierte praktiziert bereits aktive Massnahmen
    • Klassische Zahlungsmethoden dominieren nach wie vor, die digitalen Optionen holen nur wenig auf
    • Jede fünzigste Rechnung wird nie bezahlt – Milliardenschäden für die Wirtschaft

    Kloten, 14. November 2019 – Angesichts immer neuer Nachrichten über gehackte Konten und erbeutete Passwörter erstaunt dieses Ergebnis: Ausgerechnet im sensiblen Finanzbereich steht das Thema Cyber Security auch in Schweizer Unternehmen nicht ganz oben auf der Prioritätenliste. Das ist das Ergebnis der repräsentativen Studie „Europäische Zahlungsgewohnheiten“ 2019 des Finanzdienstleisters EOS in 17 europäischen Ländern. Danach rechnen zwar 54 Prozent der Schweizer Finanzentscheider damit, dass Cyber Security in den kommenden beiden Jahren ein Trendthema im Forderungsmanagement sein wird und sind damit sensibilisierter als ihre Kollegen in Deutschland (nur 35%; europaweit 49%). Bedenklich:

    Erst 23 Prozent der Finanz-Entscheider in der Schweiz beschäftigen sich heute überhaupt mit diesem Thema. Der Anteil bisher noch passiver Unternehmen im Umgang mit Cyber Security im Forderungsmanagement ist hierzulande sogar am grössten in ganz Europa! 31% der befragten Finanzentscheider stimmen zwar zu, dass Cyber Security ein wichtiges Thema ist, praktizieren im eigenen Unternehmen aber noch keine spezifischen Massnahmen. Etwas besser sieht es beim Datenschutz aus. Da geben 66 Prozent der Befragten an, dass ihr Unternehmen entsprechende Massnahmen ergriffen habe.

    Cyber Security ist mehr als nur Datenschutz

    Europaweit führend ist Dänemark, in Sachen Datenschutzmassnahmen (81% der Unternehmen) wie auch hinsichtlich Cyber Security, das fast drei Viertel der Unternehmen aktiv angehen. Der Schutz personenbezogener Daten ist ein wichtiger Teil der Sicherheit auch von Zahlungsdaten. „Cyber Security ist allerdings ein weit grösseres Feld als Datenschutz“, weiss Gunnar Woitack, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) der EOS Gruppe. „Hier geht es auch darum, Mitarbeiter für Gefahren, die zum Beispiel von Schadsoftware ausgehen, zu sensibilisieren und klare Sicherheitsprozesse im Unternehmen zu etablieren. Das ausser Acht zu lassen, ist fahrlässig und kann zu hohen wirtschaftlichen Schäden führen. Nach meiner Einschätzung besteht hier in vielen Unternehmen noch massiver Investitionsbedarf.“ Um die grösstmögliche Datensicherheit zu gewährleisten, sollten Unternehmen beispielsweise regelmässig spezialisierte Hacker mit sogenannten Penetrations-Tests beauftragen: Sie suchen dabei die Systeme nach Schlupflöchern ab, damit diese geschlossen werden können. „Wir tun das regelmässig für die mehr als 60 EOS Unternehmen in 26 Ländern“, sagt Woitack.

    Dominanz der klassischen Zahlungswege unangetastet

    Die Schweiz – wie auch Europa – zahlt immer noch gerne konventionell. Der Kauf auf Rechnung sowie die Überweisung gehören mit über achtzig Prozent zu den am häufigsten angebotenen Zahlungsarten.

    Moderne digitale Payment-Methoden haben im Vergleich zum Vorjahr nur wenig aufholen können. Die Möglichkeit, mit Online-Überweisung via Drittanbieter zu bezahlen, ist bei den befragten Unternehmen sogar leicht zurückgegangen auf 26%. Etwas Boden gut gemacht haben die Zahlungsmethoden Mobile Payment (7%) oder eWallets (5%). Europaweit liegt beim Mobile Payment ebenfalls Dänemark vorne, 28% der Unternehmen bieten diese Option an. Deutschland ist in der Sparte E-Wallets führend, fast jedes siebte befragte Unternehmen lässt solche digitalen Zahlungen zu.

    Grundsätzliche Zahlungsbereitschaft unverändert

    Die grundsätzliche Zahlungsbereitschaft der Schweizer Kunden ist mit 82% pünktlich bezahlter Rechnungen im Vergleich zum Vorjahr unverändert geblieben, ebenso der Anteil an verspätet, aber doch noch bezahlten Rechnungen. Komplette Zahlungsaufälle müssen die Unternehmen bei immerhin 2% aller Forderungen hinnehmen – insgesamt rund 11 Milliarden Schweizer Franken gehen so der Schweizer Wirtschaft jährlich verloren.

    Über die repräsentative EOS Studie „Europäische Zahlungsgewohnheiten“ 2019

    Gemeinsam mit dem unabhängigen Marktforschungsinstitut Kantar befragte EOS 3.400 Unternehmen in 17 europäischen Ländern via Telefoninterviews zu den dortigen Zahlungsgewohnheiten. Jeweils 200 Unternehmen (mit je mehr als fünf Millionen Euro Jahresumsatz) aus Belgien, Bulgarien, Dänemark, Deutschland, Frankreich, Griechenland, Grossbritannien, Kroatien, Polen, Rumänien, Russland, Schweiz, Slowakei, Slowenien, Spanien, Tschechien und Ungarn beantworteten im Frühjahr 2019 Fragen zu eigenen Zahlungserfahrungen sowie zu aktuellen Themen im Risiko- und Forderungsmanagement. Die jährlich stattfindende Studie wurde von EOS bereits zum zwölften Mal durchgeführt.

    Die EOS Gruppe

    Die EOS Gruppe ist einer der führenden internationalen Anbieter von individuellen Finanzdienstleistungen. Als Experte bei der Bewertung und Bearbeitung von Forderungen setzt EOS auf neue Technologien, um seinen rund 20.000 Kundinnen und Kunden in 26 Ländern finanzielle Sicherheit durch smarte Services zu bieten. Den Schwerpunkt bildet das Forderungsmanagement. Im Kern stehen dabei drei Geschäftsfelder: Treuhandinkasso, Forderungskauf und Business Process Outsourcing.

    In einem internationalen Netzwerk von Partnerunternehmen verfügt die EOS Gruppe mit knapp 7.500 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern sowie mehr als 60 Tochterunternehmen über Ressourcen in über 180 Ländern. Hauptzielbranchen sind Banken, Versorgungsunternehmen, der Telekommunikationsmarkt, der Immobiliensektor, Distanzhandel und E-Commerce sowie Institutionen der öffentlichen Hand.

    Weitere Informationen: www.eos-solutions.com

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    • New highs in revenue and EBITDA
    • Strong investment in debt purchases: another step towards becoming a global financial investor

    Kloten; July 19, 2019 – EOS Group, with headquarters in Hamburg, increased its revenue in financial 2018/19 by 2.3 percent to EUR 813.7 million. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) grew to EUR 283.6 million. Thus, the international provider of customized financial services, which belongs to Otto Group, chalked up a new record in both key performance indicators. One of the main reasons for the positive development was the high investment in the purchase of unsecured and secured debt portfolios: EOS invested EUR 668 million in receivables and real estate in the last financial year and is evolving more and more into a global financial investor.

    Find an overview of the EOS Group‘s key performance indicators in our
    online annual report.

    High investment in debt purchases continues unabated

    “I am happy about the extremely satisfactory financial year,” says Klaus Engberding, Chairman of the EOS Group’s Board of Directors. “Both for revenue and for profit, we once again achieved an outstanding level. Despite the financial year harmonization in the previous year*, we were able to increase the revenue of EOS Group. This is a clear sign of our sustainable business growth,” states Engberding. “We will greatly expand our real estate-secured business, besides unsecured debt purchasing. With our data-driven technologies, we can optimally assess and process receivables – the perfect basis for continuing to invest strongly in worldwide debt purchases.”

    *In the 2017–2018 reporting period around 30 EOS companies were included with 14 instead of 12 months in the consolidated year-end financial statements.

    EOS Group comprises more than 60 companies in 26 countries and employs more than 7,500 people. Via a partner network, EOS offers smart services to its around 20,000 customers in 180 countries around the world.

    Growth in Western Europe and Switzerland

    Adjusted for a one-time effect, the revenue of EOS for West Europe showed an increase. “One of the reasons for our positive development in this region was stronger investments in debt purchases,” comments Andreas Witzig, Member of the EOS Group’s Board of Directors and responsible for the regions of Western Europe and North America. “Thus, for example, we were able to acquire a portfolio from mortgage lender Crédit Immobilier de France with a nominal value of EUR 125 million. Also in Austria and Switzerland, we were clearly above and in Belgium slightly above the planned volume with our investments in debt portfolios.” EOS Switzerland has greatly expanded its services in the area of debt purchase and in the year under review won larger receivables packages against well-known competitors.

    More about the EOS financial year.

    About EOS Group

    The EOS Group is one of the leading international providers of customized financial services. As a specialist in the evaluation and processing of receivables EOS deploys new technologies to offer its some 20,000 customers in 26 countries financial security through smart services. The company's core business is the purchase of unsecured and secured debt portfolios. Working within an international network of partner companies, the EOS Group has a workforce of around 7,500 and more than 60 subsidiaries, so it can access resources in more than 180 countries. Its key target sectors are banking, utilities, real estate and e-commerce. EOS is part of Otto Group.

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  • Jedes sechste Unternehmen ist durch Zahlungsverzug und Zahlungsausfall in der Existenz bedroht – Preisaufschläge, Personalabbau und Investitionsverzicht sind Gegenmassnahmen 

    Kloten, 7. November 2018 – Die grundsätzliche Zahlungsbereitschaft der Schweizer Kunden hat sich zwar im Vergleich zum Vorjahr um einen Prozentpunkt verbessert (2018: 2 Prozent Zahlungsausfälle, 2017: 3 Prozent). Hingegen lassen sich die Kunden mehr Zeit für die Zahlung, bereits jede sechste Rechnung wird verspätetet bezahlt (2018: Verzug bei 16 Prozent der Forderungen, 2017: 15 Prozent). 

    Welche Bedeutung der rechtzeitigen Zahlung von Forderungen beikommt, zeigen die Folgen von Verzug und Ausfällen für die Liquidität und die Kapitalkraft der betroffenen Unternehmen. Fast jedes vierte Unternehmen versucht mit Personalabbau und Einstellungsstopp (24%) sowie Preisaufschlägen (23%) den finanziellen Schaden aufzufangen. Eine weitere häufige Massnahme ist der Verzicht auf Investitionen (13% der Unternehmen). Verspätete Zahlungen oder gar das Nichtbegleichen einer Schuld löst also einen klassischen Boomerang-Effekt aus, der die gesamte Gesellschaft trifft. 

    42 Prozent der Schweizer Unternehmen arbeiten regelmässig mit Inkassounternehmen zusammen. Vergangenes Jahr führten die Inkasso-Profis sieben Prozent der Unternehmensumsätze zurück, eine Verbesserung ebenfalls um einen Prozentpunkt gegenüber dem Vorjahr. Dies sind Ergebnisse aus der repräsentativen EOS Studie „Europäische Zahlungsgewohnheiten“ 2018.

    Modern bezahlen: Bei 31 Prozent der Unternehmen möglich

    Die Schweiz – wie auch Europa – zahlt immer noch gerne konventionell. Unternehmen kommen somit dem Wunsch ihrer Kundinnen und Kunden nach, wenn sie weiterhin herkömmliche Zahlungsmethoden anbieten. Der Kauf auf Rechnung sowie die Überweisung gehören mit über achtzig Prozent zu den am häufigsten angebotenen Zahlungsarten. Mit deutlichem Abstand folgen weitere Zahlungsklassiker wie die Vorauszahlung (45%), das Lastschriftverfahren (44%), die Barzahlung (39%) und Zahlungen per Kredit- oder Debit/EC-Karte (36% und 33%). Auch die Ratenzahlung ist nach wie vor bei mehr als einem Drittel der Unternehmen möglich (36%).

    Dominanz der klassischen Zahlungswege unangetastet 
    Moderne digitale Payment-Methoden sind noch nicht sehr verbreitet. Nur die Online-Überweisung via Drittanbieter (wie z.B. Twint, Paypal u.a.) holt allmählich auf; 28% der Unternehmen bieten diese Zahlungsmethode an. Es dürfte sich dabei hauptsächlich um Anbieter von Online- und Offline-Shops mit hohen Volumen an Klein-Käufen handeln. Mit 3 bis 5 % Verbreitung noch völlig unbedeutend sind die Zahlung per Mobile Payment oder eWallets. Kryptowährungen sind in aller Munde, aber gerade mal ein Prozent bieten entsprechende Zahlungsoptionen. Übrigens schneidet die Schweiz diesbezüglich nicht besser ab als die europäischen Länder.

    Alle Schweizer Ergebnisse der Studie als Infografiken auf der Website von EOS Schweiz: https://ch.eos-solutions.com/press/infographics.html

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  • Am 27. Dezember 2017 ist in der Süddeutschen Zeitung ein Artikel erschienen, gemäss dem ein Datendiebstahl auf der Kundenplattform Debidirect stattgefunden haben soll. Dies können wir nicht bestätigen und wir haben auch keine Information über die angeblich gestohlenen Daten.

    Unseren Auskunftspflichten aus dem Datenschutzgesetz kommen wir selbstverständlich nach. Wenn Sie wissen möchten, ob Daten von Ihnen auf der Plattform Debidirect gespeichert wurden und somit von dem mutmasslichen Datendiebstahl  betroffen sein könnten, stellen Sie bitte ein Auskunftsbegehren an folgende Adresse:

    EOS Schweiz AG 
    Datenschutzbeauftragter 
    Flughafenstrasse 90 
    CH-8302 Kloten.

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  • Hamburg. Nine out of ten Germans feel bad if they cannot repay their debts. What is more, they feel much more obliged to pay back debts to relatives and friends than to an online retailer, for example. Just three percent of those polled would settle their bills with online sellers first. The 'EOS Debt Survey' 2017 shows that there are great discrepancies in the way Russians and US Americans feel about debt. In a representative online survey, financial services provider EOS and social research institute forsa compared the attitudes to debt of people in Germany, Russia and the USA.

    Little sense of obligation to repay online shopping debts
    29 per cent of Germans feel the strongest obligation to pay back debt to relatives, 28 per cent to friends or colleagues, and 26 per cent to a bank. Only six per cent feel the same kind of obligation towards a bricks-and-mortar store or service provider, and as little as 3 per cent towards online shops. 39 per cent of Germans would pay debts from internet shopping last. 'Especially in the context of Christmas trading, this is an important insight for retailers that sell their products online. It is therefore recommended that they establish a personal relationship as close as possible with the buyer, to keep the number of payment defaults to a minimum,' says Klaus Engberding, CEO of the EOS Group.

    'Personal debts' are an emotional burden
    At the same time, 91 per cent of Germans feel bad if they cannot settle debts. 'For Germans, finances are a very personal matter, so they generally find debts to be a burden. From our own experience, however, we also know that they generally try very hard to find a solution, if on occasion they don't have enough money to pay back debts,' says Klaus Engberding about the results of the EOS Debt Survey 2017.

    Different countries, different attitudes to debt
    Unlike Germans, only around three-quarters of people in Russia and the USA feel bad if they cannot pay back their debts. In those countries, the sense of obligation towards creditors known personally to the debtor is also lower: For example, 60 per cent of Russians and 48 per cent of US Americans would pay back debts to a bank first. In Russia only 13 per cent of people and in the USA 18 per cent have the strongest sense of obligation to pay back debts to relatives, on the other hand.


    About the ‘EOS Debt Survey’ 2017
    On behalf of the EOS Group, independent market and social research institute forsa conducted a survey of adults in three countries from 17 August till 4 September 2017. In online interviews, 2,017 people in Germany and 1,005 each in the USA and Russia were asked about their personal attitude to debt, their handling of debt and their own financial status. The results are representative of internet users aged between 18 and 69 in the respective country. In the survey, people are referred to as having debts if they are currently paying back one or several instalment loans, leasing agreements or a mortgage. Further results of the survey are available online at www.eos-solutions.com/debt-survey-2017.
     

    The EOS Group
    The EOS Group is one of the leading international providers of customised financial services. Its main focus is on receivables management covering three key business segments: fiduciary collection, debt purchase and business process outsourcing. With around 7,000 employees and more than 55 subsidiaries, EOS offers some 20,000 clients in 26 countries around the world financial security with tailored services in the B2C and B2B segments. Being connected to an international network of partner companies, the EOS Group has access to resources in more than 180 countries. Its key target sectors are banking, utilities and telecommunications, along with the public sector, real estate, mail order and e-commerce. For more information please visit: www.eos-solutions.com.

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