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An examination of US dollar risk management by Canadian non‐financial firms

Alex Faseruk (Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)
Dev R. Mishra (Edward School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada)

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Article publication date: 20 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of US dollar exchange rate risk on the value of Canadian non‐financial firms.

Design/methodology/approach

The sample, from the Compustat database, includes all non‐financial Canadian firms with sales over $100 million. The study segregates firms into hedging and non‐hedging groups and applies statistical techniques to test if hedging enhances value.

Findings

The results demonstrate that Canadian firms that have higher levels of US$ sales tend to use derivatives more frequently through higher levels of US$ exposure. Firms that have both US sales and assets appear less likely to use hedging. Firms with an American subsidiary and use financial instruments to hedge have higher values. When operational hedging is used with financial hedging, it is a value enhancing activity increasing their market‐to‐book by 14 per cent and market value‐to‐sales by 40 per cent. Incremental impact of these two hedging strategies is to enhance value by 7 per cent.

Research limitations/implications

The sample from Compustat captures large capitalization Canadian firms but ignores about 75 per cent of Canadian firms. There is a bias towards larger firms. Some hedging items are not disclosed on financial statements. A survey would enhance and complement these results.

Practical implications

The paper finds that it is important for Canadian firms that have exports denominated in US dollars to hedge their exposure. The full value of hedging is reaped by using both operational and financial hedges.

Originality/value

This study is the first that examines US dollar risk management by Canadian firms.

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Citation

Faseruk, A. and Mishra, D.R. (2008), "An examination of US dollar risk management by Canadian non‐financial firms", Management Research News, Vol. 31 No. 8, pp. 570-582. https://doi.org/10.1108/01409170810892136

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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