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FX Hedging Strategies for Corporates

FX Hedging Strategies for Corporates

FX Hedging Strategies for Corporates

Foreign Exchange Hedging Strategies for Corporates

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Corporate FX Hedging Strategies

Business Foreign Exchange Hedging Strategies

Foreign exchange hedging and risk management strategies help businesses and corporate groups protect the value of business costs and multi-currency income.

FX market volatility can cause unfavourable impacts on business costs, international currency income streams and additionally, the value of assets and liabilities on balance sheets.

Hedging and risk management strategies help business manage the impact of FX market volatility to provide certainty of the value of costs, revenue, assets and liabilities.

 

What are Corporate FX Hedging Strategies?

Corporate Foreign Exchange Hedging Strategies

FX Hedging products and instruments include FX Forward Contracts and FX Options. These products are utilised with the objective to protect downside risk. Business FX risks include higher business operating costs, lower currency value business income, lower translational value business balance sheet assets or greater translational value business liabilities.

Businesses may hedge forecast cashflows over a period of time. Importers or exports may hedge their forecasts currency requirements over a 12-month period to provide cost or income certainty. This is particularly important when FX volatility can have a material impact on commercial margins, allowing companies to protect operating margins from unfavourable exchange rate movements.

Business may hedge Balance Sheet translational exposures. If Balance Sheet assets and liabilities are held in global currencies and a company or group prepares financial reports in a specific functional currency, they may opt to protect the value of assets and liabilities using FX risk management products.

Why are Corporate FX Strategies Important?

Why are Corporate Foreign Exchange Strategies Important?

An FX hedging strategies helps business exposed to materialise risks of unfavourable foreign exchange movements and volatility. The two key forms of Corporate FX risks are transactional risks and translational risks.

Transactional risks relate specifically to business operating flows, for example when a company imports or exports with income or outgoing costs in global currencies.

Translational risks relate directly to balance sheet assets and liabilities. If a company or corporate group operates globally, they will often hold assets or have liabilities in non-functional currencies. When these balance sheet items are accounted in financial reports, their values will be translated into the companies functional or accounting currency.

The key objective of a foreign exchange hedging strategy is to help a company manage downside risks. Companies will use FX hedging products to protect  commercial business margins and the value of balance sheet items held in non-functional currencies.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Corporate FX Hedging

Advantages and Disadvantages of Corporate Foreign Exchange Hedging

Corporate FX Risk Management helps cushion the impact of unfavourable exchange rate trends and FX market volatility. It helps provide certainty of costs and income for the time-period of the hedging contracts. This provides financial stability for business expenditure and income.

FX Hedging Strategies helps provide value and comfort to a range of business stakeholders including investors, shareholders and lenders. Whilst FX risk cannot be removed completely, an FX hedging strategy provides a managed approach, reducing and limiting the impact of FX volatility.

A foreign exchange risk management strategy also provide a company or corporate group time. If there is a dramatic move in FX levels, the company has a cushion to protect against short-term volatility. Equally, if the FX market trend continues unfavourable, then the company has time to plan for operational changes where appropriate.

The key disadvantage of committing to FX hedging contracts is the inability to take advantage of favourable exchange rate movement over the contract period. This is particularly relevant to FX Forward Contracts which commit the buyer to a single price. A company will need to decide whether protecting downside risks outweigh the benefit of participating in favourable FX market trends. In practice, it depends how material an impact FX volatility can have on business commercial margins, costs and balance sheet values.

An FX Risk Management Strategy also involves investment in processes, controls, accounting and reporting. This can be time consuming and as a result, will have some associated costs. FX exposures and requirements will also need to be quantified and forecasted on an ongoing basis.

Some companies may opt to develop FX Hedging policies, this will require careful implementation, monitoring, maintenance, and rebalancing, so it’s important for businesses to weigh up the overall costs and benefits of managing foreign exchange risks.

Developing an FX Hedging Strategy

Developing a Foreign Exchange Hedging Strategy

When developing an FX Risk Management Strategy, it’s first important to identify all the FX risks faced by the company or group of companies.

It is then relevant to quantity the risks, this will help determine how material an impact they could have transactionally and/or translationally. A useful exercise would model each risk based on FX market rate highs and lows, this allows companies to specifically quantity values.

The company can then categorise each risk and decide which needs to be managed. An overall decision could then be made to secure the full notional of the risk or part hedge the risk.

Finally, the company can decide which FX hedging products to utilise, determine internal budget rates for each currency exposure and set out goals to benchmark risk management performance.

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