(From Interim Report Q4 2019)
Substantial risks and uncertainties associated with Elisa’s operations
Risk management is part of Elisa’s internal control system. It aims to ensure that risks affecting the company’s business are identified, influenced and monitored. The company classifies risks into strategic, operational, hazard and financial risks.
Strategic and operational risks:
The telecommunications industry is under intense competition in Elisa’s main market areas, which may have an impact on Elisa’s business. The telecommunications industry is subject to heavy regulation. Elisa and its businesses are monitored and regulated by several public authorities. This regulation also affects the price level of some products and services offered by Elisa, and may also require investments that have long payback times.
Elisa processes different kinds of data including personal and traffic data. Therefore, the applicable data protection legislation, especially the General Data Protection Regulation, has a significant impact on Elisa and its businesses.
The rapid developments in telecommunications technology may have a significant impact on Elisa’s business.
Changes in governmental relationships may increase the risk that there will be restrictions on the network providers’ equipment, which is also used in Elisa’s network. This might have financial or operational impacts on Elisa’s business.
Elisa’s main market is Finland, where the number of mobile phones per inhabitant is among the highest in the world, and growth in subscriptions is thus limited. Furthermore, the volume of phone traffic on the fixed network has decreased during the last years. These factors may limit opportunities for growth in the telecom business.
The company’s core operations are covered by insurance against damage and interruptions caused by accidents and disasters. Accident risks also include litigation and claims.
In order to manage the interest rate risk, the Group’s loans and investments are diversified into fixed- and variable-rate instruments. Interest rate swaps can be used to manage the interest rate risk.
As most of Elisa's operations and cash flow are denominated in euros, the exchange rate risk is minor.
The objective of liquidity risk management is to ensure the Group’s financing in all circumstances. Elisa has cash reserves, committed credit facilities and a sustainable cash flow to cover its foreseeable financing needs.
Liquid assets are invested within confirmed limits in financially solid banks, domestic companies and institutions. Credit risk concentrations in accounts receivable are minor, as the customer base is broad.
A detailed description of financial risk management can be found in Note 7.1 to the Annual Report 2018.