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Measuring and Managing Economic Exposure. Chapter 10. Steps to the Creation of an Economic Exposure Strategy. Step 1. Identifying the exposure Step 2. Define the risk Step 3. List the operating exposures Step 4. Measuring economic exposure Step 5. Guidelines to create strategy
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Measuring and Managing Economic Exposure Chapter 10
Steps to the Creation of an Economic Exposure Strategy Step 1. Identifying the exposure Step 2. Define the risk Step 3. List the operating exposures Step 4. Measuring economic exposure Step 5. Guidelines to create strategy Step 6. Methods to manage risk
IDENTIFYING FOREIGN EXCHANGE RISK AND ECONOMIC EXPOSURE I. FOREIGN EXCHANGE RISK: Step I. A. Economic exposure defined: focuses on the future impact of unexpected currency fluctuations on firm’s value. 1 . The most important aspect of foreign exchange risk management: Incorporate expectations about the risk into all basic decisions of the firm.
Step 2. Define the risk 2. Definition: Economic exposure = Transaction exposure + Operating exposure: arises because currency fluctuations alter a company’s future revenues and expenses.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE RISK AND ECONOMIC EXPOSURE B. Real Exchange Rates Changes and Risk Nominal v. real exchange rates: real rate has been adjusted for price changes. Assume: no two nations have the same annual rate of inflation.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE RISK AND ECONOMIC EXPOSURE C. Implications 1. If nominal rates change with an equal price change, no alteration to cash flows. *2. If real rates change, it causes relative price changes and changes in purchasing power.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE RISK AND ECONOMIC EXPOSURE Operating Exposure begins: the moment a firm starts to invest in a market subject to foreign competition or in sourcing goods or inputs abroad
Step 3 List the new risks Operating exposure begins with New product development A distribution network Brand name development Marketing to foreign markets Foreign supply contracts Overseas production facilities
Step 4. Measuring economic exposure To measure operating exposure requires a longer-term perspective. i.e. Cost and price competitiveness could be affected by unexpected exchange rate changes
FOREIGN EXCHANGE RISK AND ECONOMIC EXPOSURE A decline in the real value of a currency: makes exports and import-competing goods more competitive An appreciating currency makes: imports and export-competing goods more competitive
FOREIGN EXCHANGE RISK AND ECONOMIC EXPOSURE During an appreciation of home currencies: Exporters face two choices: keep prices constant (but lose sales) or adjust prices to foreign currency to maintain market share (lose profits)
FOREIGN EXCHANGE RISK AND ECONOMIC EXPOSURE 3. SUMMARY a. the economic impact of a currency change depends on the offset by the difference in inflation rates or the change in real exchange rates. b. It is the relative price changes that ultimately determine a firm’s long-run exposure.
Step 5. Guidelines to create a strategy I. ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES The impact on Operating Exposure of a real rate change depends upon: Pricing flexibility and 1. Price elasticity of demand 2. Degree of product differentiation 3. The Ability to shift production and the substitution of inputs
If HC Appreciates Pricing Flexibility is key
If HC Appreciates Can the firm maintain its profit margins both at home and abroad? If price elasticity of demand is low, the more price flexibility a firm has. i.e. Availability of good substitutes The Ford Corp in Indonesia, 1997
If HC Appreciates Product Differentiation price elasticity depends on degree of differentiation The greater the differentiation, the more the firm can control its prices. e.g. Daimler Chrysler Corp.
If HC Appreciates The Ability to Shift Production and to source inputs from other countries e.g. Japanese car makers (Toyota) in the late 1980’s
Step 6. Strategies to manage economic exposure I. INTRODUCTION Operating exposure management requires long-term operating adjustments and the involvement of ALL departments.
MANAGING OPERATING EXPOSURE II. Marketing Strategy A. Market Selection: use competitive advantage to carve out market share when currency values change
MANAGING OPERATING EXPOSURE B. Pricing strategy: Expectations critical 1. If HC depreciates, exporter gains competitive advantage by increasing unit profitability or market share. 2. The higher price elasticity of demand, the more currency risk the firm faces by other product substitution.
MANAGING OPERATING EXPOSURE C. Product Strategy exchange rate changes may alter 1. The timing of new product introductions, 2. Product deletion 3. Product innovations
MANAGING OPERATING EXPOSURE III. Product Management Adjustments A. Input mix “shop the world” B. Shift production among plants C. Plant relocation (new) D. Raising productivity
MANAGING OPERATING EXPOSURE IV. Planning For Exchange-Rate Changes A. Develop contingency plans with plausible scenarios before the impact of a currency change makes itself felt. e.g. flexible mfg systems