Risks and business uncertainties

Valmet’s operations are affected by various strategic, financial, operational and hazard risks. Valmet takes measures to exploit emerging opportunities and to limit the adverse effects of potential threats. The assessment of risks related to sustainable development holds an important role in risk management. If such threats materialized, they could have material adverse effects on Valmet’s business, financial situation and operating result, or on the value of shares and other securities.

Threats related to global economy and markets

Financial uncertainty in the global economy, coupled with fluctuations in exchange rates and tightening financial market regulations, may have an adverse effect on the availability of financing from banks and capital markets and could reduce the investment appetite of Valmet’s customers. Valmet estimates that the high proportion of business derived from stable business (Services and Automation) and the geographical diversification will reduce the possible negative effects that market uncertainties may have.

If global economic growth weakens, it might have adverse effects on new projects under negotiation or on projects in the order backlog. Some projects may be postponed, suspended, or canceled. In the case of long-term delivery projects, initial customer advance payments are typically 10–30 percent of the value of the project, and customers make progress payments as the project is implemented. This significantly decreases the risks and financing requirements related to Valmet’s projects. Valmet continually assesses its customers’ creditworthiness and their ability to meet their obligations. As a rule, Valmet does not finance customer projects. If economic growth slows down significantly, the markets for Valmet’s products may shrink, which may lead to, for example, tougher price competition.

Project business risks

An important part of Valmet’s business consists of project business. Pulp business projects in particular can be large, thus project-specific risk management is crucial. Key risks related to projects are project cost estimation, scheduling, project risk management, quality and performance risks, and materials management risks. Risk analysis shall, as a minimum, take place for all significant project quotations. The work concerning threat and opportunity assessment continues during the execution phase of the project. Risk management is based on careful planning and continuous, systematic monitoring and evaluation. Project risks are managed by improving and continuously developing project management processes and the related systems.

There may be changes in the competitive situation of Valmet’s individual businesses, such as the emergence of new, cost-effective competition in the markets. Valmet can safeguard its market position by developing its products and services, and through good customer service and local presence.

Most significant risks

In 2019 annual risk assessment Valmet’s risk management identified the most significant threats and opportunities being customer industry cycles, product cost competitiveness, quality risks, demand for products and continuity of customer relationship.

Valmet’s management estimates that the company’s overall risk level is currently manageable in proportion to the scope of its operations and the practical measures available for managing these risks.

Read more on risks and business uncertainties in the latest result publication.

Financial risk management

As a global company, Valmet is exposed to a variety of business and financial risks. Financial risks are managed centrally by the Corporate Treasury under annually reviewed written policies approved by Valmet´s Board of Directors.

Risk management

More information on risk management at Valmet and risk profile.

Sustainability risks and opportunities

More information on sustainability risks and opportunities on Sustainability section.