Ability to finance a high level of current assets and obtain guarantees
To carry out contracts, Ansaldo STS group requires:
- adequate funding of current assets;
- bank and/or insurance guarantees issued to the customer in the various project stages (bid bond, advance payment bond, performance bond, retention money bond and warranty bond) and/or guarantees issued by the parent (parent company guarantees).
Current assets are usually funded by customer advances and progress payments.
Ansaldo STS group’s ability to obtain guarantees at good rates depends on the evaluation of its financial position and results of operations, which is usually based on various indices including an analysis of its financial position, analysis of the contract risk and experience and competitive positioning in the reference sector.
At 31 December 2016, it had guarantees of €3,957,292 thousand.
Difficulty in negotiating suitable financial terms for new contracts, payment delays and/or suspension and deterioration of existing terms of payments, or the inability or greater difficulty in obtaining guarantees at good rates, would negatively impact the group’s and the parent’s operations and financial position and results of operations.
To mitigate these risks, Ansaldo STS group has commercial and contract management policies focussed on financial aspects, centralised treasury management which optimises the cash flows of the various group companies; its financial position is solid and the contract parameters are assessed right from the time of the bid stage.
In the present economic and market context, due to new contracts which have less favourable financial terms, working capital is monitored closely and specific initiatives are in place to mitigate its impact.