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Insolvencies and activity of companies

Summary

Statistics Iceland publishes data on insolvencies for registered companies on a monthly basis. Each publication is approximately 30 days after the end of each month, at which point most of the insolvency petitions have been registered by the Directorate of Internal Revenue. Some registered companies that go insolvent have had little prior activity. To better capture the effects of insolvency on the labour market and the economy, information about the average number of employees and turnover according to VAT reports in the last full financial year before the insolvency is presented.

Description

Insolvencies enter the business register of the Directorate of Internal Revenue following the publication of an insolvency petition. Since some insolvencies are for companies that have not been active for some years, or even not at all, the number of insolvencies of registered companies may not necessarily capture the effects on the labour market and the economy in a meaningful way. Therefore, the number of insolvencies of registered companies according to The Directorate of Internal Revenue is compiled with the timeliest operational information on the average number of employees and turnover according to VAT reports for the last full year before insolvency.

Objectives

It is our hope that information on the recent activity of insolvent companies will provide a more reliable initial indication of the effects of insolvencies on the labour market and the economy than can be obtained from the number of insolvencies of registered companies.

Insolvencies of active companies in May 2020 down by 42%

Updated: 24 June 2020

There were 37 corporate insolvencies registered in May 2020. Thereof, 22 were for companies that were active in the previous year, i.e. they either had registered employees according to the official PAYE tax registry or turnover according to VAT reports. This was a 42% decrease from May 2019.

Of the 22 insolvencies registered in May 2020 for companies that were active in 2019, 2 were in Construction, 8 were in Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, 5 were in tourism industries and 7 in other industries.

Companies that were registered for insolvencies in May 2020 had 79 employees on average in 2019, and a turnover of 728 million ISK. This is considerably lower than for insolvencies in May 2019, when insolvent companies had had 328 employees and turnover of 3.1 billion ISK in the previous year.


Insolvencies


Statistics

Insolvencies and activity of companies by month 2009-2020 (xlsx)


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Insolvencies and activity of companies - ex