Weak R&D can slow SABIC’s growth as competitors out-innovate SABIC… … This statements will have a short-term negative impact on this entity, which subtracts from its value. This qualitative factor will lead to an increase in costs. This statement will lead to a decrease in profits. "Weak R&D (SABIC)" is an easy qualitative factor to overcome, so the investment will not have to spend much time trying to overcome this issue.