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Authors: Bin Xu; Ying Liu
Published by: China Europe International Business School
Published in: 2011
Length: 12 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), parent company of Airbus, has caught up with Boeing in commercial aircraft deliveries and sales revenues, but fall largely behind Boeing in net profits. One major reason for EADS’ poor profit performance is a mismatch in its cost currency and revenue currency. About eighty percent of EADS’ costs occur in the euro area, while sixty percent of its revenues are in US dollars. The profits of EADS suffer greatly during the first decade of the 21st century when the euro appreciated sharply against the US dollar. This case discusses EADS’ operational currency exposure and the strategies EADS uses to manage the exposure. In particular, the case elaborates on the natural hedge methods of production diversification and global sourcing. The case can be used in courses of international finance and risk management.

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Abstract

The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), parent company of Airbus, has caught up with Boeing in commercial aircraft deliveries and sales revenues, but fall largely behind Boeing in net profits. One major reason for EADS’ poor profit performance is a mismatch in its cost currency and revenue currency. About eighty percent of EADS’ costs occur in the euro area, while sixty percent of its revenues are in US dollars. The profits of EADS suffer greatly during the first decade of the 21st century when the euro appreciated sharply against the US dollar. This case discusses EADS’ operational currency exposure and the strategies EADS uses to manage the exposure. In particular, the case elaborates on the natural hedge methods of production diversification and global sourcing. The case can be used in courses of international finance and risk management.

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