Financial risk management

The Group’s management of financial risks is centralized within Kinnevik’s finance function and is conducted on the basis of a finance policy established by the Board of Directors. The policy is reviewed continuously by the finance function and updated when appropriate in discussion with the Audit Committee, after approval by the Kinnevik Board.

The Group has a model for risk management with the aim to identify, control and reduce risks. The output of the model is reported to Kinnevik’s GRC Committee and Board on a regular basis.

Kinnevik is exposed to financial risks mainly in respect of:

  • Share prices, changes in the value of the portfolio
  • Liquidity and financing, that the cost of financing will increase or that opportunities will be limited when loans are needed, and that payment obligations thereby cannot be met
  • Exchange rates, comprising transaction and translation exposure
  • Interest rates, having an impact on the financing cost

Share price risk

Kinnevik is invested in both listed and unlisted investee companies where the share price and total market value can fluctuate based on a number of different factors.

On 31 December 2017, 87% (83%) of Kinnevik’s total assets (excluding cash) pertained to listed investee companies and 13% (17%) to unlisted investee companies.

As Kinnevik intends to act as a long-term shareholder, it has no strategy for managing short-term fluctuations in the share prices of its listed investee companies. The share price risk associated with Kinnevik’s portfolio may be illustrated by stating that a 10% change in the prices of all listed shareholdings at 31 December 2017 would have affected the Group’s earnings and shareholders’ equity by SEK 8.0bn (SEK 6.2bn).

The value of Kinnevik’s unlisted investee companies may increase or decrease due to a number of different factors, of which changes of trends in the stock markets is one. In the process of valuing its unlisted holdings, Kinnevik considers a number of factors such as relative valuations of comparable publicly traded companies, the operational and financial performance of the respective investee company, and the valuations resulting from transactions in the respective investee company’s shares. Any changes in these factors have an impact on the total value. For companies that are valued based on multiples (i.e. Global Fashion Group, Home24 and Westwing), a decrease in the multiples by 10% would at 31 December 2017 have decreased the value by SEK 401m (SEK 517m).

Liquidity and financing risk

Kinnevik’s liquidity and financing risk is limited because listed shares account for a large part of the Company’s assets. Kinnevik relies in part on dividends received from a number of its investee companies in order to finance its operations and investment activities. Without dividend from its investee companies Kinnevik would be compelled to rely on asset management and/or debt financing to secure the funding of its operations and maintain its targeted financial position.

On 31 December 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents amounting to SEK 1,798m (SEK 323m) and committed but not utilized, or reserved in any other way, credit facilities amounting to SEK 6,130m (SEK 5,730m).

Financing risk is the risk that Kinnevik may not be able to obtain financing or that financing can only be obtained at a considerable cost. Kinnevik’s financing risk is limited since its operations are financed from different sources, its debt financing is sourced from a number of different credit institutions with diversified maturities as well as by striving for refinancing of all facilities at least six months prior to maturity. On 31 December 2017, the total amount of committed financing was SEK 8,980m (7,330) with an average remaining facility duration of 3.9 (2.7) years. For further details, please refer to the Annual Report 2017 (link) Note 10 for the Group.

Foreign exchange rate risk

Transaction exposure arises from cash flows denominated in foreign currencies. Kinnevik’s debt funding and cash position consist mainly of SEK. Excluding dividends received and investments and disposals made, Kinnevik does not have any material cash flows in foreign currencies.

Translation exposure arises from the translation of balance sheet items denominated in foreign currencies. Kinnevik’s balance sheet is mainly exposed to foreign exchange risk by owning shares denominated in either EUR or USD. Kinnevik is also exposed to indirect translation exposure as a majority of its investee companies conduct operations internationally. On 31 December 2017, 45% of Kinnevik’s total assets (excluding cash), equal to a value of SEK 41.2bn, pertained to shareholdings denominated in EUR.

Kinnevik is also exposed to indirect translation exposure as a majority of the investments are active internationally. By being active internationally, foreign currencies have an indirect effect on the share prices of these investments.

Interest rate risk

Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of interest bearing receivables and liabilities will vary due to changes in market interest rates. On 31 December 2017, none of Kinnevik’s interest bearing liabilities, SEK 2.9bn, were exposed to interest rate changes. SEK 2.4bn out of Kinnevik’s SEK 2.9bn in outstanding bonds were originally exposed to interest rate risk with floating rates (3 months Stibor). This risk was hedged by entering into interest rate swaps expiring on the same dates as the repayment of the bonds. On 31 December 2017, these swaps had a negative market value of SEK 0.3m.
In connection with refinancing, or if Kinnevik would increase its receivables or liabilities, the interest rate risk may change materially.