Debt sources of financing
Swedish Match applies a centralized approach to the Group’s financing, whereby as much external borrowing as possible is conducted centrally.
Subsidiary borrowing can, however, take place in countries where regulations and taxes make central financing impossible or uneconomical. Swedish Match tries to limit its refinancing risk by having a good distribution and length on its gross borrowing, and not being dependent on individual sources of financing.
Swedish Match has a syndicated bank credit facility of committed 1,500 MSEK, which matures in December 2021. This was unutilized at year-end and contained no financial covenants. It is defined as a reserve facility. At year-end 2019, available cash funds and committed credit facilities amounted to 3,870 MSEK. Of this amount, confirmed credit lines amounted to 1,500 MSEK and cash and cash equivalents making up the remaining 2,370 MSEK. All cash and cash equivalents are available for use, none of this is pledged or similar.
The average interest maturity period for Group loans was 3.7 years (4.1 years), taking into account cross currency interest rate swaps. The interest maturity structure at December 31, 2019 was as follows:
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Most of Swedish Match’s financing consists of a global medium-term note program (MTN) with a limit amount of 2,000 MEUR. The program is an uncommitted borrowing program and the availability could be limited by the Group’s creditworthiness and prevailing market conditions. In case of market stress, if this program cannot be efficiently used, the syndicated bank credit facility of 1,500 MSEK will be utilized if necessary. At December 31, 2019, a total of 13,453 MSEK of the global medium-term note program was outstanding. The average maturity of the Group’s bond borrowing at December 31, 2019 was 3.7 years.
Under the global MTN program, Swedish Match has issued bonds in SEK, EUR, USD and CHF. Borrowing in EUR, USD and CHF is hedged into SEK by cross currency interest rate swaps.
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