Articles tagged by Corporates
Continued market uncertainty following the UK’s
vote to leave the European Union vote has led to a flight to safe haven
currencies and raised questions about the future of financial regulation,
although corporates appear to be coping well with ...
Asian corporates and CFOs cited FX risk as the financial
risk that they are most concerned about, according to a new survey from Thomson
Reuters and Asset Benchmark Research.
In the report accompanying the research results, it notes
that as ...
The depreciation of
sterling since the Brexit vote could increase pressure on UK corporate ratings,
with UK retailers and airlines particularly exposed, says ratings agency,
Although Fitch says
that the falling value of the pound is unlikely to spur ...
One line in the
midweek column tweaked some interest among the readership, my mention of the
“juniorisation” of the sales role in the banking world.
I must confess I
hadn’t thought about it too much, it has very much ...
UK small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) remain exposed and unprepared for the economic impact of the Brexit vote on their FX costs, according to a survey by EarthportFX, a cross border payment network.
Despite the fact that 77% of survey respondents acknowledged the need to change their approach towards foreign exchange hedging in the face of highly volatile currency markets and the depreciation of the pound following the UK's decision in June to leave the EU, 80% admit they have made no changes to their hedging strategies.
Svante Hedin, global head of electronic markets at SEB Merchant Bank, explains to Galen Stops, deputy editor of Profit & Loss, how technology is changing the role of the regional banks.
Hedin says that the evolution of the regional or super-regional banks is being driven by a number of factors, one of which is technology.
“It’s an enabler for some of the banks that at some point were dominant players in their particular currencies and then as the years have gone past they have perhaps under-invested and not quite kept up with the overall progress of technology and effectively get swallowed up by some of the larger guys,” he says.
Profit & Loss talks to Tod Van Name, Bloomberg's global head of FX and commodities electronic trading, about how technology is changing the way that corporate treasurers operate.
Profit & Loss: With a lot of global macro uncertainty anticipated for the year ahead, are corporate treasurers under more pressure when it comes to managing their FX exposures?
Tod Van Name: There’s no question that corporations are always considerate of market pressures, and while there haven’t been wild currency swings in the US, where the dollar has been strong and stable recently, for treasurers not in the US it has become a particularly big issue.
New research from Greenwich Associates shows that long-term investors corporate end-users are turning to algorithms in FX trading. The report, Long-Term Investors Embrace FX Algos, shows how an increased focus on best execution and the growing use of transaction cost analysis (TCA) are fuelling the adoption of algorithms in FX markets. Greenwich says that FX algorithms are used by more than a third of the biggest institutional or “real money” fund managers active in global FX markets, and by almost a quarter of the biggest corporate FX traders.
Banks aren’t actively engaging corporates about blockchain solutions, even though these could be beneficial to their businesses, according to speakers at the Swell event hosted by Ripple in Toronto this week.
“[The banks] are all eager to work on blockchain, but what typically gets caught up is that they’re waiting for the use case and the ROI to be defined before they act, and what ends up happening is that they become fast followers, not leaders, and unfortunately in the problems that we’re trying to solve they can’t be followers, they have to lead,” explained Kapil Mokhat, global director payments programs and partnerships at Airbnb.
Similarly, Paul Snaith, manager of treasury operations for capital markets and banking and payments at the World Bank, noted that banks haven’t been knocking down his door to talk about how blockchain technology can be utilised for his business.
As UK businesses prepare for Brexit, small firms are managing their FX risk more and more as they look to increase trade internationally, and exporters forecast increased growth in FX turnover, according to a new report from East and Partners released this week.
Following interviews with 2,211 UK corporates, East and Partners has revealed that 25% of micro businesses and over 40% of SMEs used FX forwards in the second half of 2017, an increase of 16% and 15%, respectively, over the last six months. The report also shows that larger businesses are also using hedging options on a more regular basis, with nearly half indicating their use.
“Awareness and understanding around the benefits of FX risk management solutions has clearly hit home with UK small business, leading to record highs in its usage,” says Simon Kleine, business lead at East and Partners Europe.
In total, 70% of corporate chief financial officers (CFOs) said that their company suffered reduced earnings in the last two years due to avoidable, unhedged FX risk, according to a global survey of 200 CFOs and nearly 300 treasurers.
In the survey, conducted by HSBC and FT Remark, 58% of CFOs in larger businesses said that FX risk management is one of the two risks that currently occupy the largest proportion of their time, while 51% said that FX is the risk that their organisation is least well-placed to deal with.
Meanwhile, 72% of treasurers said that FX risk management is one of the most important aspects of their job and 53% said that they expect changes in FX regimes and regulation to materially impact their risk management strategy in the next three years.
The European Association of Corporate Treasurers (EACT) has today launched a register for corporates adhering to the FX Global Code (Code).
Since its drafting phases, the EACT has supported the Code, which was published in May 2017, and is a set of principles that aims to promote a robust, fair, liquid, open, and appropriately transparent market for all market participants.
The EACT’s register is intended for corporate treasury departments that are participating in FX markets as end-users. The EACT register is included in the Global Index of Public Registers.
Oanda will now offer forward rates to corporate clients around via its Exchange Rates API.
This new data set aims to provide corporate treasurers and finance directors with an accurate, trustworthy view of the forwards market, offering over 360 forward rate currency pairs – which Oanda claims is more than any other currency data feed on the market.
Data is delivered via Oanda’s API and can be integrated into any treasury management system, enterprise resource planning system or billing software solution.
“Having been a trusted source of FX data for more than 20 years, Oanda is uniquely positioned to create a market consensus despite the decentralised treasury market, enabling us to deliver reliable forward rates to our clients.
There were a number of revealing statistics in the results of a risk management survey released this summer by HSBC in which 200 CFOs – or equivalent members of the finance department – and 296 senior treasury professionals took part.
The most immediately eye-catching amongst them was the fact that 70% of CFOs said that their companies have experienced lower earnings due to significant unhedged FX risk in the past two years, and moreover, that these were risks which their treasuries could have avoided.
For many corporate treasurers, deciding what products to use in order to hedge their FX exposures is the easy part of the job. The hard part is working out exactly what their FX exposures are. Galen Stops reports.
When it comes to effectively hedging FX exposures, it seems that the biggest challenge facing corporate treasurers is simply getting an accurate view of what these exposures are.
“Getting a centralised view of our FX exposures is very difficult. It’s always an issue, it’s something that we work on constantly and we’ll probably never get to the point where we have a perfect view on this,” says a source at one European corporate with revenues over $22 billion.
Marcus Samuelsson, portfolio manager at Ericsson, talks about what “best execution” means from a corporate’s perspective.
Profit & Loss: It’s often assumed that corporates are less sensitive to FX pricing because they view it as part of a broader cost of their banking relationship. Do you think that assumption is fair or is it a bit outdated now?
Marcus Samuelsson: While Ithink that you’re correctthat many corporates do think oftheir FX as being part of a broader banking relationship, for us this is not the case.
Thai energy company, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP), has implemented Refinitiv’s FXall trading platform and “Settlement Center” post-trade solution for managing its FX transactions.
Because PTTEP already uses Eikon, this maks it the first Thai corporate to adopt the end-to-end suite of services covering pre-trade, trade and post-trade phases, according to a statement. PTTEP executed its first production trades in early October.
Yongyos Krongphanich, executive vice president, finance and accounting group at PTTEP, comments: “This collaboration between PTTEP and Refinitiv is considered an important step for PTTEP in managing its foreign exchange risk management and streamline back-end processes. This will further improve company’s competitiveness and support sustainable growth in this challenging digital era.”
Shell's Foreign Exchange Central Treasury business has implemented a Bloomberg service that connects its subsidiaries globally.
The solution is now available for use by any corporate treasury operation in the world, Bloomberg announced today.
The new technology was built by Bloomberg in collaboration with Shell and connects the company's central treasury office directly to its 718 operating units in 22 countries, so they can quickly and electronically exchange information. The functionality aims to help Shell manage its group risk with more than 200 distinct bank counterparties via the Bloomberg Terminal.
FiREapps, a firm that provides technology to corporates that enables them to automate the analysis and management of currency data and exposures, has expanded its software offering from currency risk management to enterprise currency management (ECM).
ECM solutions enable treasury and finance professionals to assess, mitigate and report currency impacts on corporate financial statements and results.
But FiREapps says that what is more important than this is that the latest ECM solutions give financial planning and analysis (FP&A), supply chain and other finance professionals access to a common currency data platform that can be used to help avoid currency impacts, set and manage expectations of how currencies impact the business and make it easier to quickly and confidently answer currency-related questions from stakeholders.
The band is back together again in this week’s podcast as Galen Stops returns from a short holiday to join Colin Lambert to discuss all things currency – this week (much to the relief of P&L’s audio engineers) with no interruptions from wildlife or pool attendants!
Listen is as they highlight growing concerns in the industry that it may be harder to spread the word about the FX Global Code than previously thought, thanks to the realities of life on buy side and vendor side. On the subject of transparency and ethics, Lambert is keen to talk about the new phenomena of “full amount” trading in FX markets and Stops expresses his feelings about the proposed Code of Conduct for cryptocurrency markets.
As always there is room for the random, so why does Lambert want a merger between the new digital assets association and the recently renamed Wholesale Markets Brokers Association? Listen in to find out.
Kyriba, a provider of cloud treasury and finance solutions, has reached an agreement to acquire FiREapps, a firm that provides enterprise currency management solutions to corporate treasuries.“FX volatility is a major strategic challenge for treasury organisations,” says Kevin Permenter, senior research analyst for enterprise applications at IDC, a technology analyst firm. “Financial leaders doing business in multiple countries should be looking to adopt a more holistic approach to their global risk management strategies.”In a release issued today, Kyriba says: “The acquisition will create a highly advanced solution for managing global FX risk, including data gathering and consolidation, reporting, analytics, decision support, payments, hedge accounting and more. The combined result is a faster, more efficient way to manage FX exposures than using old school processes involving spreadsheets and manual data gathering across multiple systems.”
“The biggest driver for the industry last year was regulation. It created a sea of change in the way that markets actually behave,” says Tod Van Name, global head of FX electronic trading at Bloomberg. MiFID II was obviously the major piece of regulation driving this change in 2018, but although this regulation only applied to firms operating in Europe, Van Name says it caused a much broader push globally to raise market transparency, track trade details, and justify all of the decisions made around trade execution. While it represented a big lift for many multi-dealer platforms, this was especially acute for a firm like Bloomberg, which offers such a wide array of securities and instruments that trade across many asset classes and to a diverse range of client types.