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Automotive
2020 Will be Remembered as the Most Challenging Year Ever

By Keith Spacapan

For anyone in the auto industry right now, the year 2020 will be remembered as the most challenging of their career. The pandemic spared no one. Manufacturers, freight companies, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and customers all had their own cross to bear. In the end, 2020 net sales for the Hilco Parts Index (HPI) declined 1.1% compared to prior year results. That is considerably better than the 8.8% decrease suffered by the broader U.S. auto aftermarket and evidence the Big Four (Advance, AutoZone, Genuine Parts, and O’Reilly)continue to gain market share from smaller independent wholesale distributors. The Big Four are generally considered to represent a third of the marketplace.

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Food & Beverage
Large Price Fluctuations Impact Food Markets

By Patrick Jensen

In this article we take a look at the impact COVID-19 has had on the food market over the first full year of COVID-19, how those across the industry have reacted in response, and steps that lenders can take to minimize downside risk among their food portfolio companies in the current environment.

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Audiovisual
Expertise, Innovation and Strong Relationships Key to Unlocking Asset Value in Mexico

By Samuel Suchowiecky

The nuances and intricacies of conducting business in Mexico are significant. This is true not only for multinational companies doing business within the country but often times for Mexico-based companies, themselves, with customers positioned both within and beyond its borders. Perhaps nowhere are these complexities more evident than in situations pertaining to distressed businesses, bankruptcy proceedings and the associated liquidation of assets and repayment of debt to creditors.

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