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EXAMPLE. A company exports into Great Britain, gets income in GBP, but as the business is in Lithuania, it needs EUR: for paying salaries, rent for premises, etc.
As the GBP rate drops, the company’s income decreases along with its profit.
EXAMPLE. A company imports from the USA and/or Asian countries, pays for goods in USD, but generates income in EUR (sells goods and/or services in Lithuania).
As the USD rate rises, the company is to pay more for acquired raw materials/goods, their cost increases, whereas the profit decreases.
Company with a loan in a currency different from its income currency
EXAMPLE. A company generates income in EUR and RUB (sells goods in Lithuania and exports to Russia), has a loan in USD.
As the USD rate rises, the loan servicing becomes more expensive, the company’s expenses increase, whereas the profit drops.
FX forward rate is not determined by expectations for the future FX rates but by the factors like currency rate, transaction period and interest rates of particular currencies for transaction period. Let it be illustrated with FX forward rate formula:
F = S x (1+(P1 x T/B1))/ (1+(P2 x T/B2))
F – FX Forward rate
S – spot foreign exchange rate in the market
P1 – foreign currency interest rate for a certain period
P2 - base currency interest rate for a certain period
B1 - foreign currency day basis (360 or 365)
B2 - base currency day basis (360 or 365)
T – forward period (time to settlement date)
Before being able to do FX forward transactions:
Companies that need a certain currency for a short period
EXAMPLE. A company is short of USD in order to pay for goods, but it expects income in USD (the company exports to the CIS countries, imports from Asian countries). The company can make a currency swap for the period until the expected income in USD will arrive in order to effect a payment now. By doing the currency swap company avoids opening himself to the currency risk. Namely as an alternative he could just buy USD to his account via standard currency conversion and initiate the needed payment and later on as the sales income arrives, he could sell USD via currency conversion, but this would mean that in the meantime he has been open to the risk of currency rate fluctuations and might suffer loss due to the currency rate moves.
Companies that have a forward – in order to advance or postpone the transaction
EXAMPLE. A company calculated that it will need to purchase SEK at the beginning of March (3 March) and made a forward SEK purchase transaction. However, it turned out in February that the payment is due on 15 February – for this purpose it needs a currency swap, the first settlement date of which would be 15 February and the second date would be 3 March. In case of postponing a transaction, the first settlement date would be 3 March and the second date would be later.
Before being able to do FX swap transactions:
The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) is Regulation (EC) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories, which stipulates settlement of derivative instruments via central counterparties and the obligation to inform the trade repositories thereof and the new procedures for the management of derivative instrument contracts.
The regulative changes resulting from EMIR have an impact on all counterparties within and outside the financial sector (except private persons) who operate on the market of derivative instruments. This is part of the global effort to increase the transparency of the market and to decrease operational and counterparty credit risks on the markets of derivative instruments.
EMIR contains three main additional requirements compared to the previous provisions:
All derivative trades must be reported to trade repositories from 12 February 2014. A trade repository is and entity that centrally collects details about derivative trades in a register to which financial regulators have access for supervision purposes.
The reporting obligation covers both over-the-counter (OTC) and exchange-traded derivative instruments. It is important to note that forward currency contracts are also covered by the reporting obligation set forth in EMIR.
The reporting obligation applies to all parties that are registered in an EU/EEA country (except private persons, central banks and some public bodies). Danske Bank also reports transactions on behalf of its clients if so agreed between the bank and the client. Danske Bank reports the transactions of its clients to DTCC GTR (the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation – Global Trade Repository).
If the client has requested the reporting service and consents to the terms and conditions of the service, the client authorises Danske Bank to report transactions with derivative instruments made with the bank to the trade repository on its behalf. In order to do this the client must request an LEI (Legal Entity Identifier) and inform Danske Bank about this.
LEI (Legal Entity Identifier) is used globally to identify legal entities. It is a combination of 20 numbers and letters.
Requesting a LEI is subject to a fee (approx. USD 120 or €100) and it can take up to a couple of weeks.
See a list of all LEI providers here.
There are no authorised issuers in Lithuania at present. As such, you will need to apply via the website of an issuer stated above by setting up a user profile and submitting the required data.
LEI is short for Legal Entity Identifier and is a number that allows unique identification of investors across the EU. Everyone with a legal entity, such as a business with a CVR no., a sole proprietorship, an association or a foundation, must have an LEI from 2018 to be able to trade in securities or derivatives.
When it is possible to identify everyone trading in securities or derivatives in the EU, it is easier to monitor the market and prevent manipulation etc., and this makes the investment market more secure. If your business, association or foundation does not obtain an LEI by 3 January 2018 at the latest, it will no longer be possible for you to invest yourself or have Danske Bank invest on behalf of your business, association or foundation.
If you do not buy an LEI by 3 January 2018 at the latest, you may no longer trade in securities or derivatives.
It is easy to buy an LEI from any authorised provider, such as NordLEI at nordlei.org. An LEI costs about USD 120; EUR 100. Once you have bought the LEI, you must remember to renew it every year.
Please provide Danske Bank with your new LEI by sending it by email email@example.com.
No, you do not need to do anything. Just remember to renew your LEI every year.