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Case Study

Creating an FX hedging program

Date:
July 2, 2021

Summary

A publicly traded US-based company had recently acquired its largest supplier and wanted to proactively structure the transfer pricing agreements to facilitate centralized balance-sheet and cash-flow hedging.

Case study: Creating an FX hedging program

A publicly traded U.S.-based company had recently acquired its largest supplier and wanted to proactively structure the transfer pricing agreements to facilitate centralized balance-sheet and cash-flow hedging.

Company goals

  • Identify and quantify the new sources, duration and magnitude of risk stemming from the newly acquired manufacturing subsidiary
  • Incorporate foreign-exchange considerations from the onset of any transfer pricing agreements between the manufacturing subsidiary and other entities
  • Develop flexible, leading-practice FX risk strategies, controls and accounting documentation associated with the use of financial derivatives

Key activities

  • Partnered with Treasury, Procurement, and FP&A teams to aggregate all forecasted non-USD cash-flows and remeasuring monetary assets and liabilities
  • Worked with Tax and Accounting teams to crystalize specific timing patterns and jurisdictional requirements for intercompany flows between entities
  • Simulated the parent entity’s risk to FX G/(L), EBITDA and CAPEX stemming from the newly acquired entity within the proposed intercompany transfer agreement

Results

  • Developed a tiered implementation approach that the company deployed to immediately address short-term balance sheet risk while monitoring growth-based triggers to identify when EBITDA / CAPEX offsets no longer existed
  • Provided outsourced strategy, accounting and capital market resources which enabled the company to stand-up a best-in-class risk management program with no impact on internal resources

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Disclaimers

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