The most significant financing risks in the Group's international business operations are default risks and currency risks related to counterparties. The Group is also exposed to liquidity, refinancing, interest rate and price risks.
The default risk relating to customers' solvency is managed through payment terms and by covering the unpaid sum with bank guarantees, letters of credit or other suitable securities. The Group's liquid assets are mainly held in banks in the Nordic countries.
The Group's main currency is the euro. The most significant currency risks result from the following currencies: Chinese yuan (CNY), Russian ruble (RUB), Canadian dollar (CAD) and US dollar (USD). The main hedging instruments used are foreign currency forward contracts. Currency clauses are included in quotations to hedge against currency risks during the quotation period. Depending on the case, currency risks related to preliminary sales contracts are hedged with currency option contracts.
The Group has made preparations for fluctuating working capital requirements and possible disturbances in the availability of money through long-term credit facility agreements with three Nordic banks.
The financing risks, as well as the risk management objectives and procedures, are described in more detail in note 2 to the financial statements.