As a result of increasing regulation in the financial market, the operations of
credit and bond markets may become more difficult, which may impact the
company’s ability to acquire long-term debt financing at a competitive price. The
financial risks are managed in accordance with the treasury policy approved by
Metsä Board’s Board of Directors. The purpose is to hedge against considerable
financial risks, balance cash flow and give the business enough time to adjust to
Metsä Board sells its products in several countries and is therefore susceptible to fluctuations in exchange rates. The US dollar strengthening by 10% against the euro would have a positive impact of approximately EUR 63 million on Metsä Board’s annual operating result. Correspondingly, the Swedish krona strengthening by 10% would have a negative impact of approximately EUR 39 million. The British pound strengthening by 10% would have a positive impact of approximately EUR 8 million. The impact of weakened exchange rates would be the opposite. The sensitivities do not include the impact of hedging.
Responsibility of Metsä Board’s executive management and Metsä Group’s centralised credit control. Metsä Board’s management determines the limits on
credit extended to customers and the applicable terms of payment in cooperation with the centralised credit control. Nearly all credit risks are transferred
by means of credit insurance contracts. Metsä Board’s customer credit risk was
at a normal level in 2019. The main principles of credit control are defined in
the credit guidelines of the risk management policy approved by the company’s Board of Directors.
Metsä Board’s financial risks and their management are described in more
detail in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, found on pages
80–90 of the 2019 Annual Report.
Hedging policy: 100% of balance sheet position and 50% of annual net FX flows.
The tables below will be updated half-yearly. The data in the below tables is from Metsä Board's 2019 Financial Statements Bulletin published on 12 February 2020.