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3.2 Financial risk management

The Orell Füssli Group is active worldwide and therefore exposed to various financial risks, such as currency, interest rate and credit risks.

In addition to risk management in general, financial risk management at the Orell Füssli Group focuses on the unpredictability of financial market trends and seeks to minimise potential adverse effects on the group’s financial performance. This can also include the occasional use of derivative financial instruments for economic hedging of financial risks.

Currency risk

The Orell Füssli Group engages in business transactions in currencies that demonstrate a certain degree of volatility. In the case of large orders with a lead time of more than three months, the risk of currency fluctuations is assessed by the Finance Department and, if necessary, hedged by means of financial instruments.

Interest rate risk

As the Orell Füssli Group has no significant interest-bearing assets, both income and operating cash flow are largely unaffected by changes in market interest rates.

Correspondingly, there is no interest-rate hedging.

Credit risk

Credit risks can arise from cash and cash equivalents, credit balances with financial institutions and receivables from customers. Risks are minimised by utilising various financial service providers rather than a single banking institution.

In light of the different customer structure of the divisions, no general credit limits are applied throughout the group. Instead, customers’ credit-worthiness is systematically assessed by each division, taking into account the financial situation, past experience and/or other factors. Significant international business activities are usually secured by bank guarantees or letters of credit.

Management does not expect any material losses on its portfolio of receivables.