Note 35 Financial risks and Finance policy

Finance and treasury

The Group is exposed to various types of financial risks through its operations. The term financial risk refers to fluctuations in the company’s profit and cash flow resulting from changes in exchange rates, interest rates, refinancing and credit risks. Group finance and treasury is governed by the Finance Policy established by Peab’s Board of Directors. The policy is a framework of guidelines and regulations in the form of a risk mandate and limitations in finance and treasury. The Board has appointed a Finance Committee which is chaired by the Chairman of the Board. It is authorized to make decisions that follow the Finance Policy in between meetings of the Board. The Finance Committee must report any such decisions at the next meeting of the Board. The Group function Finance and Treasury and the Group’s internal bank Peab Finans AB manage coordination of Group finance and treasury. The overall responsibility of the finance function is to provide cost-effective funding and to minimize the negative effects on Group profit/loss from financial risks.

The liquidity risk refers to the risk of Peab having difficulties in meeting its payment obligations as a result of a lack of liquidity or problems in converting or receiving new external loans. To ensure access to liquid funds binding credit facilities are contracted. The Group has a rolling one-month liquidity plan for all the units in the Group. Plans are updated each week. Group forecasts also comprise liquidity planning in the medium term. Liquidity planning is used to handle the liquidity risk and the cost of Group financing.

The objective is for the Group to be able to meet its financial obligations in favorable and unfavorable market conditions without running into significant unforeseen costs. Liquidity risks are managed centrally for the entire Group by the central Finance and Treasury function and the liquidity available at year-end is presented below.

Available liquid funds

Group, MSEK 2018-12-31 2017-12-31
Koncernen, Mkr 2018-12-31 2017-12-31
Liquid funds and bank holdings Kassa och bankplaceringar 1,376  595
Unutilized overdraft facilities Outnyttjade checkräkningskrediter 1,000  750
Other unused credit lines Övriga outnyttjade kreditlimiter 4,200  4,000
Liquidity commitment for outstanding commercial papers Likviditetsåtagande för utestående företagscertifikat -730 -200
Total Summa 5,846  5,145

The Finance Policy dictates that Group net debt should mainly be covered by loan commitments that mature between 1 and 5 years. At the end of 2018, the average loan period for utilized credits was 66 months (98), for unutilized credits 18 months (27), and for all granted credits 45 months (58). Peab’s basic financing is a credit facility totaling SEK 3,600 million which matures in September 2020, after extension options have been utilized. This loan facility is supplemented by capital market financing, other kinds of short-term operations financing, project-related credits, financial leasing and installment financing. The loan agreements contain financial covenants in the form of interest coverage ratios and equity/assets ratios that the Group must meet, which is standard for this kind of loan. Peab exceeded the key ratios by a broad margin at the end of 2018.

Peab set up a lending program for commercial papers in 2004. Under the program, Peab can issue commercial papers for a maximum of SEK 3.5 billion. The borrower is Peab Finans AB and the guarantor is Peab AB. At the end of the year, Peab had outstanding commercial papers worth SEK 730 million (200).

Peab set up a MTN program in 2012 with a loan limit of SEK 3 billion. In 2018 new bond loans were issued with a nominal value of SEK 1,700 million (–) under the MTN program while bonds nominally worth SEK 100 million (350) matured during the year. At the end of the year 2018 Peab had outstanding bonds with a nominal value of SEK 2,250 million (650).

Total credit commitments, excluding the unutilized part of the certificate program and the unutilized part of the MTN program, amounted to SEK 12,212 million (8,492) per 31 December 2018. Of the total credit commitments SEK 7,012 million (3,742) was utilized.

Age analysis of financial liabilities, undiscounted cash flow including interest

Group 2018‚ MSEK Currency Average interest rate on balance sheet day, % Nominal value, original currency Amount SEK Matures 2019 Matures 2020 Matures 2021 Matures 2022 Matures 2023 Matures 2024-
Koncernen 2018. Mkr Valuta Medelränta på balansdagen, % Nominellt belopp ursprunglig valuta Belopp SEK Förfall
2019
Förfall
2020
Förfall
2021
Förfall
2022
Förfall
2023
Förfall
2024-
Bank loans Banklån SEK 1.6 1,010 1,010 179 500 179 91 54 7
Bank loans Banklån NOK 3.2 735 753 522 220 2 2 5 2
Bank loans Banklån EUR 1.3 174 1,788 65 657 8 8 8 1,042
Commercial papers Företagscertifikat SEK 0.1 730 730 730
Bonds Obligationslån SEK 0.8 2,288 2,288 217 764 1,005 302
Financial leasing liabilities Finansiella leasingskulder SEK 1.3 516 516 125 161 197 9 9 15
Financial leasing liabilities Finansiella leasingskulder NOK 3.2 102 104 37 32 19 11 5
Financial leasing liabilities Finansiella leasingskulder EUR 7.8 2 19 11 5 3
Total interest-bearing financial liabilities Summa räntebärande finansiella skulder 7,208 1,886 2,339 1,413 423 81 1,066
Accounts payable Leverantörsskulder SEK 4,206 4,206 4,206
Accounts payable Leverantörsskulder NOK 698 715 715
Accounts payable Leverantörsskulder EUR 25 256 256
Other liabilities Övriga skulder SEK 146 146 73 73
Other liabilities Övriga skulder NOK 64 66 55 7 4
Other liabilities Övriga skulder EUR 3 33 33
Derivatives Derivat SEK 23 12 6 5 0
Total non-interest bearing financial liabilities Summa icke räntebärande finansiella skulder 5,445 5,350 86 5 4
Total financial liabilities Summa finansiella skulder 12,653 7,236 2,425 1,418 427 81 1,066

 

Group 2017‚ MSEK Currency Average interest rate on balance sheet day, % Nominal value, original currency Amount SEK Matures 2018 Matures 2019 Matures 2020 Matures 2021 Matures 2022 Matures 2023-
Koncernen 2017. Mkr Valuta Medelränta på balansdagen, % Nominellt belopp ursprunglig valuta Belopp SEK Förfall
2018
Förfall
2019
Förfall
2020
Förfall
2021
Förfall
2022
Förfall
2023-
Bank loans Banklån SEK 2.1 812 812 199 165 139 170 83 56
Bank loans Banklån NOK 2.4 237 237 185 28 8 4 4 8
Bank loans Banklån EUR 1.4 139 1,366 365 24 100 8 7 862
Commercial paper Företagscertifikat SEK 0.1 200 200 200
Bonds Obligationslån SEK 1.1 663 663 107 204 352
Financial leasing liabilities Finansiella leasingskulder SEK 1.3 466 466 113 156 170 10 8 9
Financial leasing liabilities Finansiella leasingskulder NOK 3.1 120 120 41 31 26 14 6 2
Financial leasing liabilities Finansiella leasingskulder EUR 6.8 3 27 15 9 3
Total interest-bearing financial liabilities Summa räntebärande finansiella skulder 3,891 1,225 617 798 206 108 937
Accounts payable Leverantörsskulder SEK 4,093 4,093 4,093
Accounts payable Leverantörsskulder NOK 543 544 544
Accounts payable Leverantörsskulder EUR 25 245 245
Other liabilities Övriga skulder SEK 213 213 83 34 74 22
Other liabilities Övriga skulder NOK 88 88 59 7 19 3
Other liabilities Övriga skulder EUR 2 24 24
Interest rate swaps Ränteswappar SEK 44 29 6 5 4 0
Total non-interest bearing financial liabilities Summa icke räntebärande finansiella skulder 5,251 5,077 40 86 45 3
Total financial liabilities Summa finansiella skulder 9,142 6,302 657 884 251 111 937

Interest rate risk

The interest rate risk is the risk that Peab’s cash flow or the value of financial instruments may vary with changes in market interest rates. The interest rate risk can result in changes in fair values and cash flows. A crucial factor affecting interest rate risk is the fixed interest period. On 31 December 2018, interest-bearing net debt amounted to SEK 3,551 million (1,216). Interest-bearing liabilities amounted to SEK 7,012 million (3,742), of which SEK 1,818 million (1,169) were short-term. The Finance Policy dictates that the average fixed interest period on total borrowing may not exceed 24 months. Peab has chosen short fixed interest periods for outstanding credits. Per 31 December 2018 there was one interest rate swap of SEK 250 million (1,400) with maturity in 3 years at an effective interest rate of 2.4 percent (2.9) according to the table below. Peab pays a fixed annual interest rate and receives floating rates (Stibor 3 months) for the interest rate swap. Since Stibor 3 months was negative at the end of the year Peab will pay the floating rate as well. The swap agreement is recognized at fair value on the balance sheet day. Per 2018-12-31 this fair value was SEK -18 million (-44).

Interest rate derivates

MSEK Currency Effective rate % Amount SEK Matures 2018 Matures 2022
 Mkr Valuta Effektivränta % Belopp SEK Förfall
2018
Förfall
2022
Interest rate swaps 2018-12-31 Ränteswappar 2018-12-31 SEK 2.4 250 250
Interest rate swaps 2017-12-31 Ränteswappar 2017-12-31 SEK 2.9 1,400 1,150 250

As the table below shows, the fixed interest period for SEK 6,337 million (3,278) of the Group’s total interest-bearing liabilities, including derivatives, is less than 1 year. Interest-bearing asset items totaling SEK 1,677 million (1,048) have short fixed interest periods, with the result that the fixed interest period for SEK 4,660 million (2,230) of Group net debt, including derivatives, is less than 1 year, making these liabilities directly susceptible to changes in market interest rates. Since the majority of the financial liabilities have a short maturity most of the interest rate risk is considered a cash flow risk. For further information regarding Peab’s risk sensitivity see the Sensitivity Analysis in the Board of Directors’ report.

Fixed interest rate period on utilized credits, excluding derivates per 31 December 2018

Fixed interest period Amount, MSEK Average effective interest rate, percent Share, percent
Räntebindningstid Belopp, Mkr Genomsnittlig effektiv ränta procent Andel, procent
2019 2019 6,587 1.3 94
2020- 2020- 425 1.4 6
Total Summa 7,012 1.3 100

Fixed interest rate period on utilized credits, including derivates per 31 December 2018

Fixed interest period Amount, MSEK Average effective interest rate, percent Share, percent
Räntebindningstid Belopp, Mkr Genomsnittlig effektiv ränta procent Andel, procent
2019 2019 6,337 1.3 90
2020- 2020- 675 1.8 10
Total Summa 7,012 1.4 100

Currency risks

The currency risk is the risk that fair values and cash flows of financial instruments may fluctuate with changes in the value of foreign currencies.

Financial exposure

Group borrowing is done in local currencies to reduce currency risks in operations. Assets and liabilities in foreign currency are translated at the rate on the balance sheet date. Borrowing in the interest-bearing liabilities per 31 December 2018, including leasing but excluding currency and interest rate derivatives, was allocated as follows:

    2018-12-31   2017-12-31  
    Local currency in millions MSEK Local currency in millions MSEK
    2018-12-31   2017-12-31  
Lokal valuta i miljoner Mkr Lokal valuta i miljoner Mkr
SEK SEK 4,439 4,439 2,061 2,061
EUR EUR 170 1,746 136 1,340
NOK NOK 807 827 341 341
Total Summa 7,012 3,742

Internal loans from Peab Finans AB are used to handle temporary liquidity needs in Peab’s foreign operations. Currency swaps are used to eliminate exchange risks. Currency swaps usually run less than three months. Currency swaps are recognized at fair value when closing the books and value changes are recognized as unrealized exchange rate differences in the income statement and as current receivables and liabilities on the balance sheet. At the end of the year, there were EUR 0 million (22) in outstanding currency swaps relating to financial exposure. Exchange rate differences in net financials items from financial exposure were SEK -35 million (-22) in 2018. Exchange rate differences in operating profit were SEK -4 million (-2).

Exposure of net assets in foreign currency

The translation exposure arising from investments in foreign net assets is primarily hedged through loans in foreign currency or forward exchange contracts. At the end of 2018 hedges in forward exchange contracts in EUR for foreign net assets in Finland were EUR 10 million (10).

Foreign net assets

Local currency in millions 2018 Of which hedged 2017 Of which hedged
Lokal valuta i miljoner 2018 Varav säkrat 2017 Varav säkrat
NOK NOK 1,433 1,360
EUR EUR 72 10 30 10
PLN PLN 2 2

A change in the euro rate as of December 31, 2018 by ten percent would involve a translation effect on equity of SEK 64 million (20). A corresponding change of the Norwegian krone would generate a translation effect on equity of SEK 147 million (136). The translation effects are calculated on that part of foreign net assets which are not hedged. The effects of corresponding exchange rate changes on profit/loss for the year are limited.

Annual translation differences in equity (net assets in foreign subsidiaries) amounted to SEK 86 million (-53).

Commercial exposure

Although international purchases and sales of goods and services in foreign currency are currently limited, they are expected to increase as the competition grows regarding purchasing goods and services. Contracted or forecasted currency flows can be hedged for 12 months from the date of the contract. At the end of 2018, there were exchange rate hedges related to forecasted currency flows of EUR 12 million (10). Peab did not apply hedge accounting for these hedges.

Effect of hedge accounting

The effect of hedge accounting on Group profit/loss and financial position is shown below.

Group, MSEK 2018-12-31 January – December 2018
Nominal amount/volume Recognized value Item in report on financial position that contains hedge instruments Change in value of hedge instruments recognized in other comprehensive income Amount reclassified from  hedge reserve to profit/loss Items in profit/loss affected by reclassification
Assets Liabilities
Koncernen, Mkr 2018-12-31 Januari – december 2018
Nominellt belopp/volym Redovisat värde Post i rapport över finansiell ställning som innehåller säkringsinstrument Värdeförändring av säkringsinstrument som redovisas i övrigt totalresultat Belopp omklassificerade från säkringsreserv till resultatet Poster i resultatet som påverkas av omklassificeringen
Tillgångar Skulder
Raw materials risk Råvarurisk
Commodity hedging with futures, thousand tons Råvarusäkring med termin, tusentals ton 8 4 Övriga långfristiga skulder Other long-term liabilities -2 -3 Kostnader för produktion Production costs
Interest rate risk Ränterisk
Interest rate swaps Ränteswappar 250 18 Övriga långfristiga skulder Other long-term liabilities -4 29 Finansiella kostnader Financial costs

Credit risk

Credit risk refers to the risk of losing money if a counterparty fails to meet its obligations.

Credit risks in financial instruments

Credit risks in financial instruments are very limited since Peab only deals with counterparties with high credit ratings. Counterparty risks are primarily associated with receivables to banks and other counterparties involved in the purchase of derivatives. The Finance Policy contains special counterparty regulations which specify the maximum credit exposure for various counterparties. The framework agreement of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) is used with all counterparties in derivative transactions. According to the agreement when a counterparty cannot settle its obligations in all transactions the agreement is discontinued and all outstanding dealings are then settled for a net amount. ISDA agreements do not meet the criteria for offsetting on the balance sheet. The information in the table below shows the financial instruments covered by ISDA agreements.

2018 2017
Group, MSEK Financial assets Financial liabilities Financial assets Financial liabilities
2018 2017
Koncernen, Mkr Finansiella tillgångar Finansiella skulder Finansiella tillgångar Finansiella skulder
Recognized gross amount Redovisade bruttobelopp 1 23 6 46
Amount covered by netting agreement Belopp som omfattas av avtal om nettning 0 0 -5 -5
Net sum after netting agreement Nettobelopp efter avtal om nettning 1 23 1 41

Peab did not suffer any financial instrument credit losses in 2018. Total counterparty exposure related to derivative trading calculated as a net receivable per counterparty amounted to SEK 1 million (1) at the end of 2018. The estimated gross exposure to counterparty risks related to liquid funds and current investments amounted to SEK 1,376 million (595). Most of the Group’s liquid funds are placed in banks with the credit rating AA- from Standard & Poors.

Loss reserves for interest-bearing receivables

Group 2018‚ MSEK Loss reserves for anticipated credit losses according to IFRS 9
Koncernen 2018. Mkr Reserv för förväntade kreditförluster enligt IFRS 9
Opening balance per 1 January according to IAS 39 Ingående balans per 1 januari enligt IAS 39
Adjustments retroactively application of IFRS 9 Justering retroaktiv tillämpningen av IFRS 9 5
Adjusted opening balance per 1 January according to IFRS 9 Justerad ingående balans per 1 januari enligt IFRS 9 5
Revaluating the loss reserve, net Omvärdering av förlustreserver, netto 0
Closing balance per 31 December Utgående balans per 31 december 5

Credit risk in accounts receivable

The risk that Group customers cannot meet their obligations, i.e. payment is not received from customers, is a customer credit risk. Credit losses are relatively rare in the construction and civil engineering business since there are a great number of projects and customers that are invoiced at regular intervals during production. The Group’s customers undergo a credit rating control providing information on customers’ financial positions from various credit rating companies before a project is undertaken. The Group has established a credit policy for handling customer credit. For instance, it specifies where decisions regarding credit limits of various sizes are taken and how uncertain receivables should be handled. Bank guarantees or other collateral are required for customers with low credit ratings or insufficient credit history. The maximum exposure to credit risk is the recognized value on the Group balance sheet. Total bad debts in 2018 amounted to SEK 22 million (11). The credit quality in accounts receivable that are not yet due is considered good. Accounts receivable that are more than 90 days overdue, exclusive loss provisions, amounted to SEK 2,538 million (1,779). Overdue accounts receivable are for the most part unclarities regarding contract terms relating to the customer about the final contract amount. Risks in accounts receivable have been taken into account in project forecasts or been handled as provisions.

The table below shows accounts receivable per customer category.

Group 2018‚ MSEK Accounts receivable
Koncernen 2018. Mkr Kundfordringar
Private customers Privata kunder 5,143
Public customers Offentliga kunder 3,376
Swedish tenant-owned associations Svenska bostadsrättsföreningar 1,182
Joint ventures Joint venture 501
Accounts receivable, gross Kundfordringar, brutto 10,202
Loss reserves Förlustreserv -36
Accounts receivable, net Kundfordringar, netto 10,166

Age analysis, overdue not written down accounts receivable (information according to previous principles in IAS 39)

Group, MSEK 2017
Koncernen, Mkr 2017
Accounts receivable, not mature Ej förfallna kundfordringar 6,217
Accounts receivable, overdue 0 – 30 days Förfallna kundfordringar 0 – 30 dgr 610
Accounts receivable, overdue 31 – 90 days Förfallna kundfordringar 31 – 90 dgr 149
Accounts receivable, overdue 91 – 180 days Förfallna kundfordringar 91 – 180 dgr 492
Accounts receivable, overdue 181 – 360 days Förfallna kundfordringar 181 – 360 dgr 212
Accounts receivable, overdue > 360 days Förfallna kundfordringar > 360 dgr 1,075
Total Summa 8,755

Accounts receivable written down

Group, MSEK 2018 2017
Koncernen, Mkr 2018 2017
Opening balance per 1 January according to IAS 39 Ingående balans per 1 januari enligt IAS 39 46 51
Adjustments retroactively application of IFRS 9 Justeringar retroaktiv tillämpning av IFRS 9 5
Adjusted opening balance per 1 January according to IFRS 9 Justerad ingående balans per 1 januari enligt IFRS 9 51 51
Reversed write-downs Återföring av tidigare gjorda nedskrivningar -21 -15
Write-downs Nedskrivningar 5 12
Reclassifications Omklassificering 1 -2
Exchange rate differences Valutakursdifferens 0 0
Balance carried forward Utgående balans 36 46

There are no mature receivables of significant amounts for other receivables.

Capital management

Peab strives to have a good capital structure and financial stability in order to provide a stable basis for continuing business activities, thereby enabling the company to keep existing owners and attract new ones. A good capital structure also promotes the development of good relations with the Group’s creditors in a manner which benefits all parties.

Capital is defined as Equity and refers to equity attributable to shareholders in the parent company.

Equity

Group, MSEK 2018 2017
Koncernen, Mkr 2018 2017
Share capital Aktiekapital 1,584 1,584
Other contributed capital Övrigt tillskjutet kapital 2,576 2,576
Reserves Reserver -68 -167
Retained earnings including profit for the year Balanserade vinstmedel inklusive årets resultat 7,255 6,338
Equity attributable to shareholders in parent company Eget kapital hänförligt till moderbolagets aktieägare 11,347 10,331

One of Peab’s financial targets is an equity/assets ratio (equity divided by the balance sheet total) in excess of 25 percent. The Board of Directors believes that this level is well suited to Peab’s construction and civil engineering activities in Sweden, Norway and Finland. The target is a part of the Group’s strategic planning. If the equity/assets ratio is expected to exceed this level on a permanent basis, the capital should be transferred to the shareholders in an appropriate form. The equity/assets ratio at the end of 2018 was 30.4 percent (32.2).

It is the ambition of the Board of Directors to preserve a balance between a high return on equity, which can be done through increased lending, and the security and benefits associated with a higher equity ratio. Therefore, one of Peab’s financial targets is a return on equity (profit for the period attributable to shareholders in the parent company divided by the average equity attributable to shareholders in the parent company) in excess of 20 percent. The return on equity was 19.6 percent (21.3) for 2018. The Board believes the target figure is a relevant level long-term for Peab. In comparison, the Group’s average interest expenses on interest-bearing borrowing, including derivatives, were 1.4 percent (2.6) on 31 December 2018.

Peab´s target for dividends is an annual distribution of at least 50 percent of profit for the year to shareholders. Dividends should be reasonably proportionate to Peab´s profit and consolidation requirements. An ordinary dividend of SEK 4.20 per share (4.00) is proposed for 2018. Excluding the 1,086,984 B shares owned by Peab AB on 31 December 2018, which do not entitle to dividends, the proposed dividend is equivalent to a total dividend distribution of SEK 1,239 million (1,180). Calculated as a share of the Group’s recognized profit for the year, the proposed dividend amounts to 59 percent (57). Besides the ordinary dividend, extra cash dividends may be proposed if the Board of Directors finds there are sufficient funds which are not considered necessary to Group development. Extra dividends may also be made in other forms besides cash.

At the start of 2018, Peab’s holding of own shares amounted to 1,086,984 B shares, corresponding to 0.4 percent of the total number of shares. On 7 May 2018, Peab’s AGM authorized the Board of Directors to acquire shares in Peab AB up to an amount so that after acquisition Peab would hold a maximum of 10 percent of the registered shares in the company. The purpose of the purchase of own shares is to improve the capital structure of the company or to be used in the financing of acquisitions. During 2018 no repurchases or divestitures have taken place.