Determinants of Corporate Exchange Rate Exposure and Implications for Investors: Evidence from Chilean Firms

24 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2010 Last revised: 20 Dec 2010

Erwin Hansen

University of Chile - Department of Business Administration

Stuart Hyde

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of exchange rate fluctuations on the value of non-financial firms in Chile. Using a detailed dataset on firms' foreign activities, the potential determinants of the identified exposure are examined. Foreign exchange exposure depends on the levels of foreign currency debt and foreign currency assets. Levels of tradeables (exports and imports) do not explain exposure. Chilean firms attempt real hedges through matching foreign assets and income with foreign debt. Also firms use debt and liquidity to reduce exposure in addition to any possible derivative usage. Other firm characteristics which proxy for corporate hedging are not significant. Further, using a portfolio approach, it is demonstrated that for an investor holding exposed firms, exchange rate variations yield economically significant returns during periods of currency depreciation and appreciation.

Keywords: Foreign Exchange, Exposure, Stock Returns, International Finance, Hedging

JEL Classification: F31, G15

Suggested Citation

Hansen, Erwin and Hyde, Stuart, Determinants of Corporate Exchange Rate Exposure and Implications for Investors: Evidence from Chilean Firms (September 1, 2010). Manchester Business School Research Paper No. 606. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1685888 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1685888

Erwin Hansen

University of Chile - Department of Business Administration ( email )

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Chile

Stuart Hyde (Contact Author)

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School ( email )

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