4.4 Financial risk
The group’s interests in ships that are owned through participation in general partnerships with shared liability, are primarily USD-based. Most of the revenues and the majority of expenses are in USD. Furthermore, the market value of the ships, and thus the greatest share of the assets, is priced in USD. The same applies to the financing of the ships. This entails that the real foreign currency exposure is limited in financial terms.
The group’s entire fleet is financed by long-term financing at favourable terms compared with what can be achieved in the market today. The group has not entered into any contracts concerning financial derivatives or other financial instruments where there is any particular counterparty risk.
Most of the group’s liabilities consist of a share of the mortgage debt for ships that are owned through general partnerships. This is denominated in USD and priced at a floating LIBOR interest rate. In addition, mortgage debt in certain general partnerships is hedged through fixed interest rate contracts. The group has a satisfactory debt-equity ratio, and this, together with active management of the interest rate exposure, ensures that the risk associated with any change in interest rate levels is acceptable.
The group’s securities portfolio had a book value of NOK 74.2 million at the end of the year, compared with a cost price of NOK 94.6 million. The company is responsible for management of the portfolio. The investment activities are based on a relatively conservative strategy. General positive development in the securities markets in 2012, led to a positive value adjustment for the portfolio in 2012.