Financial strategy - balancing good returns and financial stability.
The purpose of Volvo’s long-term financial strategy is to ensure the best use of Group resources in providing shareholders with a favorable return and offering creditors financial stability.
A long-term competitive market position requires availability of capital to implement investments.
Volvo's goal is a strong and stable financial position
The financial strategy ensures that the Group’s capital is used in the best possible manner by:
• balancing shareholders’ expectations on favorable returns with creditors’ demands for financial stability
• strong and stable credit ratings
• diversified access to financing from the capital markets
• margin in the balance sheet to cope with a strong decline in the economy
• financing at competitive conditions to customers.
The capital structure target is set to a net financial debt, excluding provisions for post-employment benefits, for the Industrial Operations of a maximum of 35% of shareholders’ equity under normal conditions.
Volvo carefully monitors the trend of financial key ratios to confirm that the financial position is in line with the Group’s policy. The financial key ratios include order intake as well as operational and financial development.
Volvo strives for strong, stable credit ratings
The Volvo Group has continual meetings with the credit rating agencies Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) to update them on the company’s development. These meetings contribute to the credit rating agencies’ ability to assess the Group’s future ability to repay loans. A high long-term credit rating provides access to additional sources of financing and lower borrowing costs.
Volvo works actively for a good balance between short and long-term loans, as well as borrowing preparedness in the form of credit facilities, to satisfy the Volvo Group’s long-term financing needs.