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HSBC Spotlight on U.S. Trade


Published: November 07, 2013

Michigan Ave Bridge in Chicago | HSBC spotlight on US Trade - Midwest

Highly international companies in the Midwest boasted profit margins nearly six percentage
points greater than those of their domestically
focused peers

Picture the American Midwest, and automobiles and sweeping cornfields probably come to mind. But like many other regions of the US, the country's breadbasket is branching out into other industries, specifically high-growth sectors, including technology and defense. The Midwest is also going global with highly profitable services sought the world over, such as specialized healthcare. Which begs the question, is there a link between international expansion and corporate prosperity?

To answer that question, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) studied levels of internationalization in a sample of companies across the Midwest between 2007 and 2012, as part of a national HSBC-sponsored study. For actionable insights, the EIU also spoke to trade experts and globalizing companies.

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Published: August 12, 2013

Highly International Southeastern Companies Have More Consistent, Higher Profit Margins Than Domestically Focused Peers

The fourth report published by HSBC, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit analyzes the impact of international trade on publicly traded companies from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The average profit margin at highly international Southeastern companies enjoyed a general upward trend from the difficult years of the recession to finish at five percent in 2012. In contrast, companies with low levels of internationalization showed huge swings in profitability -- plunging into the red in 2008 and 2009 before rebounding in 2010 and climbing to two percent in 2012.

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Published: July 23, 2013

Highly international Northeast companies outperformed more domestic counterparts

In its third edition, HSBC Spotlight on US Trade report analyzes the impact of internationalism and performance on companies in the Northeast region. States included in the Northeast report are Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

In conjunction with The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research shows a correlation between highly international companies and higher profit margins. Particularly, internationalism in the Northeast region this results in:

  • Higher profit margins
  • Avoided volatile swings
  • Widest spread in profit margin

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Published: July 11, 2013

Highly internationalized companies in Texas had average profit margins 5x those of their domestically oriented peers

Companies that go global do so for new markets, production methods and to capitalize on costs that are lower than those at home. Against a backdrop of fierce domestic competition, arriving before one's peers in a new market can help solidify a company's leadership position.

Texas is a trailblazer in this area, drawing on a deep well of experience as a leading oil and gas exporter to sell a variety of goods and services abroad. Throw in the state's proximity to Mexico and large Latino population, and it's no surprise that for 11 years running, Texas has ranked as America's single-biggest exporting state, with $265bn in goods moving outside its borders, according to the state government.

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Western New York

Published: January 28, 2013

Spotlight on U.S. Trade, sponsored by HSBC and the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, is a series of reports and analysis of publicly traded companies in key regions throughout the U.S. The inaugural report is focused on the top 30 publicly-held, non-banking businesses headquartered in Upstate New York, in the region that includes the greater metropolitan areas of Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, and the Capital District (Albany-Schenectady-Troy).

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