Liquidity and refinancing risk management

Liquidity or refinancing risk arises when a company is not able to arrange funding at terms and conditions corresponding to its creditworthiness. Cautious maturity distribution of debt portfolio and sufficient cash, short-term investments and committed and uncommitted credit facilities are maintained to protect short-term liquidity and to manage refinancing risk.

Diversification of funding among different markets and an adequate number of financial institutions are used to safeguard the availability of liquidity at all times. The Treasury monitors bank account structures, cash balances and forecasts of the subsidiaries and manages the utilization of the consolidated cash resources.

At the end of 2017 ‘Cash and cash equivalents’ amounted to EUR 296 million (EUR 240 million) and available-for-sale interest-bearing financial assets to EUR 6 million (EUR 1 million). Due to the global nature of operations, some of the Valmet subsidiaries are located in countries in which currency is subject to limited exchangeability or capital controls. Given Valmet’s total liquidity position, related balances are considered to be immaterial. In addition, Valmet had a committed revolving credit facility of EUR 200 million which matures in 2023, committed overdraft limits of EUR 14 million and an uncommitted domestic commercial paper program of EUR 200 million which were all unused at the end of the reporting period.

Net working capital management is an integral part of the liquidity risk management. The Treasury monitors and forecasts net working capital fluctuations in close co-operation with the subsidiaries. Net working capital decreased to EUR -366 million (EUR -294 million) as at December 31, 2017 due to e.g. the impact of large capital projects’ milestone payment schedules on net working capital.

Valmet’s refinancing risk is managed by balancing the proportion of ‘Current and non-current debt’ and average maturity of ‘Non-current debt’ including committed undrawn credit facility. The average maturity of ‘Non-current debt’ including ‘Current portion of non-current debt’ and committed undrawn credit facility as at December 31, 2017, was 4.0 years (3.9 years). The amount of ‘Current debt’ including ‘Current portion of non-current debt’ was 8 percent (15%) of total debt portfolio. The tables below present undiscounted cash flows on the repayments and interests on Valmet’s debt by the remaining maturities from the balance sheet date to the contractual maturity date. The maturities of the derivatives are presented in Financial Statements 2017 Note 8. 

As at December 31, 2017 there were no material liabilities under finance lease obligations and other debt. 


Updated; Mar 12, 2019