Coupa Announces the Coupa Business Spend Index, a Leading Indicator of Economic Growth

Despite market uncertainty, business spend sentiment is increasing in
aggregate across industries and within retail and financial services

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Coupa?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#Coupalt;/agt;–Coupa
Software
(NASDAQ:COUP), a leader in business spend management (BSM),
today announced the launch of the Coupa Business Spend Index (BSI),
a leading indicator of economic growth based on current business
spending decisions of hundreds of businesses. The inaugural report
reveals that despite uncertainty in the markets, businesses
appear to be growing increasingly optimistic about the growth of the
economy
over the next three-to-six months.

The Coupa BSI is a 100% behavior-based index based on three key spend
factors at a business: (1) average spend per person, (2) average time
to approve spend decisions, and (3) average rate of spend
approval/rejection.
It analyzes spend data in the Coupa BSM
Platform, which has cumulatively processed more than $1 trillion of
business spending, to measure confidence around economic growth at an
aggregate level, as well as an industry level within financial services,
health and life sciences, high tech, manufacturing, and retail. The
Coupa BSI is a unique window into line managers’ thinking, at scale,
regarding economic growth prospects and the downstream implications on
the economy.

“One of the most exciting values we are now able to deliver from our
aggregate dataset of over $1 trillion of cumulative spend data is
empowering business leaders with visibility into future economic
conditions so that they can better position themselves for growth and
profitability,” said Rob Bernshteyn, chairman and chief
executive officer at Coupa
. “The Coupa BSI is grounded in the power
of Community Intelligence and Coupa’s focus on delivering meaningful
insights that can help executives drive strategic business decisions.”

Based on spend behavior in Q1 2019, the Coupa BSI revealed an overall
index value of 105.3, an increase of 16.2% from Q4 2018 (90.6),
indicating that businesses are collectively growing more optimistic
about the growth of the economy over the next three-to-six months.

Additional industry-specific insights include:

  • Retail (Significantly Above Trend): Business spend sentiment
    among retailers continues to be strong with the Coupa BSI for Retail
    increasing from Q4 2018 to Q1 2019, driven mainly by a nearly 44%
    increase in average spend per person. The Coupa BSI for Retail
    increased more significantly from Q3 2018 (+18.4%), reflecting a
    positive growth outlook over the next three-to-six months.
  • Financial Services (Above Trend): Companies show more
    confidence about potential growth in the next three-to-six months vs.
    the prior quarter based on data in the Coupa BSI for Financial
    Services. This was mainly driven by a nearly 63% acceleration in time
    to approve spend decisions.
  • Health and Life Sciences (Above Trend): In the Coupa BSI for
    Health and Life Sciences, business spend sentiment increased 4.1% from
    Q4 2018 to Q1 2019 (and 10% from Q3 2018). This was driven mainly by
    an 8% acceleration in time to approve spend decisions.
  • Manufacturing (Significantly Below Trend, but Improving):
    Business spend sentiment among manufacturing companies continues to be
    significantly weaker in Q1 2019, as it had been in the second half of
    2018, perhaps exacerbated by tariffs imposed on aluminum and steel
    imports. The Coupa BSI for Manufacturing indicates that business spend
    sentiment may have bottomed out in Q4 2018 (84.7) with a slight
    improvement of 5.1% in Q1 2019 (89.0).

Hundreds of companies around the world use the Coupa BSM Platform to
gain the visibility and control they need to spend smarter, simpler, and
safer. The Coupa BSM Platform offers a comprehensive and open approach
that enables businesses to manage all their spend, including
procurement, invoicing, expenses, payments, and more, in one place.

At the heart of the Coupa BSM Platform is Coupa Community Intelligence,
an AI-powered engine that objectively analyzes the transactional spend
data flowing through the Coupa BSM Platform and prescribes instant
insights that help companies mitigate risk, remain compliant, identify
smarter spending opportunities, and improve process efficiencies across
all their business spend.

To view the Q1 2019 Coupa BSI in its entirety, visit https://www.coupa.com/BSI

The Coupa BSI Methodology

The Coupa BSI is a leading indicator of potential economic growth based
on current business spending decisions of hundreds of businesses. It
analyzes spend data from the Coupa BSM Platform, which has cumulatively
processed more than $1 trillion of business spending, to measure
confidence around economic growth at an aggregate level, as well as an
industry level within financial services, health and life sciences, high
tech, manufacturing, and retail. The index is based on three key spend
factors at a business: (1) average spend per person, (2) average time to
approve spend decisions, and (3) average rate of spend
approval/rejection. The Coupa BSI is normalized to a baseline value of
100, which represents the composite value of the three components in the
reference period (July 2016).

About Coupa Community Intelligence

Coupa Community Intelligence is an AI-powered engine that objectively
analyzes transactional spend data flowing through the Coupa BSM Platform
and prescribes instant insights that help companies spend smarter,
simpler, and safer. Built in the cloud, Coupa uniquely has access to
transactional business data, which enables its Community Intelligence
engine to leverage the latest in machine learning and AI to provide more
accurate benchmarks and high-value insights.

To learn more, go to https://www.coupa.com/community/community-intelligence/

About Coupa Software

Coupa Software is a leading provider of BSM solutions. We offer a
comprehensive, cloud-based BSM platform that has connected hundreds of
organizations with more than four million suppliers globally. Our
platform provides greater visibility into and control over how companies
spend money. Using our platform, businesses are able to achieve real,
measurable value and savings that drive their profitability. Learn more
at www.coupa.com.
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Contacts

Stefanie Gordish
Stefanie.Gordish@coupa.com

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