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How a leading Chemicals company avoided FX gains & losses

How a leading Chemicals company avoided FX gains & losses

A leading distributor of aroma chemicals and essential oils was looking for an automated solution to avoid FX Gains and Losses while protecting their margins. Learn how they got FX risk in control with Kantox Currency Management Automation solution.

The company is a leading distributor of aroma chemicals and essential oils for the fragrance and flavours industries worldwide. It purchases the majority of its raw materials—which are priced in USD in highly volatile, commodity-like markets—in Southeast Asia. Products are distributed globally, with a strong presence in Europe, the Middle East, and South America and subsidiaries in Brazil, China, Mexico, Singapore, and the United States.

FX CHALLENGES

Before using Kantox solutions, the company was exposed to EUR-USD movements on their imports because of a 60-day time gap between purchase and settlement dates. Their manually-executed hedging was inefficient and time-consuming. 

On the sales side, although its exposure to currency risk was much smaller, the company faced a long time gap between the moment invoices were issued and transactions were settled.

THE SOLUTION

The company implemented the Kantox Dynamic Hedging® and Dynamic Pricing solutions to boost process efficiency in three main aspects:

  • Keeping FX risk under control: the Kantox Dynamic Hedging® tool provides the company with complete visibility over the firm’s accumulated exposure and allows it to execute hedges automatically in order to guarantee profit margins.
  • Minimisation of FX gains and losses: by automating its foreign currency management, the company is now able to fully protect its exposure and avoid any unwelcome surprises.

Thanks to Kantox’s automated solutions that protect the company from FX risk, the company can now make purchase decisions in the most convenient currency, sell in the currency of its customers and minimise the impact of exchange rate volatility on its financial statements while also adding the positive forward points to its margins.

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