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To hedge, or not to hedge
By Nia Tam
July 04, 2016

Rob Dornton-Duff, who leads Chatham Financial’s global infrastructure and project finance advisory business, explains that infrastructure projects are not normally structured to provide sufficient headroom to absorb market risks – including currency risk – based on available cashflows to service debt. He suggests that a typical debt service coverage ratio of 1.2 could see a payment default if the debt and revenue are mismatched, say due to a foreign exchange rate movement in a 20 percent range. “And 20 percent isn’t severe by the volatility standard for any currency. We cannot assume the headroom is available to absorb such market risks,” he points out.
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