China on the Brink
Who is exposed in Europe and the US
We don’t know if there will be Lehman moment in China, but we are fairly confident that there is a major discontinuity coming soon: either a collapse of consumer and financial confidence or a series of stimulus measures, which will kick the can further down the road – a bit like the Eurozone crisis of 2011-12. We can’t forecast the outcome, but we can work out which companies and sectors in the US and Europe have the greatest revenue exposure. In general, more European companies have a modest 5% exposure to China, but if we take the threshold of concern as 10% of sales, the US has more exposure than Europe. The big exposure is US Technology where 65% of market capitalisation has more than 10% of sales in China, Hong Kong or Taiwan.