This is an updated and abridged version of a Research Note delivered to Bluefield clients on 25 October 2019.
On 11 March 2020, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid into bear market territory, represented by a 20.3% decline from the prior month. The U.S. economy and water & sewer infrastructure investment had demonstrated resiliency by closing out the 2019 year positively, even as Bluefield’s data analysis in September 2019 signaled a shift in market trends.
The historical impact of prior economic downturns on utility expenditures for water & wastewater infrastructure is well documented and enables scenario analysis of the potential impacts going forward on players across the water industry value chain.
In this Research Note, our water experts answer these key questions and more:
- What can we learn from the past four recessions?
- How will an economic downturn influence CAPEX and OPEX forecasts?
- Which water & wastewater subsegments could be hit the hardest over time?
More on the impact of economic volatility.