Capital allocation principles
- Investment in the business
- Progressive dividend policy
- Strong, investment-grade credit rating
- Immediately earnings accretive, value-enhancing opportunities
Our aim is to continue to strike a balance between the interests of the business, financial creditors and the company’s shareholders. After providing for investment in the business, supporting the progressive dividend policy and maintaining our strong, investment-grade credit ratings, we will keep under review any potential investment in value-enhancing and immediately earnings-accretive opportunities.
- The Board reviews the Company’s ongoing liquidity risks annually as part of the planning process and on an ad-hoc basis.
- The Board considers short-term requirements against available sources of funding, taking into account forecast cash flows.
- The Company manages liquidity risk by maintaining access to a number of sources of funding which are sufficient to meet anticipated funding requirements.
- Specifically, the Company uses US commercial paper, committed bank facilities and cash resources to manage short-term liquidity.
- The Company has $3bn of revolving committed credit facilities provided by 8 relationship banks. These facilities were undrawn as at 31 March 2017 and will mature in April 2022.
- The Company maintains access to the capital markets for long-term funding through an established Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN) programme and a SEC registered shelf programme.
- These different funding programmes ensure that the Company has sufficient flexibility when choosing the maturity, currency, interest rate (fixed/floating), and geographical mix of investors.
A summary of utilisation from the Company’s debt programmes as at 31 March 2017 is shown in the table below.
|Programme||Last updated||Valid to||Limit||Rating (Moody's/ S&P)||Utilisation as at 31/3/17|
US Commercial Paper
A-2 / P-2
Euro Medium Term Note Programme
A3 / A-
SEC Registered Shelf Programme
A3 / A-
Debt maturity profile
AstraZeneca chooses to hold a significant cash balance to meet operational funding needs. Gross cash and investments position as at 31 March 2017 was $3.9bn
1FX converted at 31 March 2017 spot rates (USD/EUR 0.9349; USD/GBP 0.7975)
Below is a summary of the bonds issued or guaranteed by AstraZeneca PLC as at 31 March 2017, sorted by maturity date.
|Currency||Notional||Issue date||Maturity date||Coupon||Frequency||ISIN|
|USD||400||16-Nov-15||16-Nov-18||3m Libor + 0.53%||Quarterly||US046353AJ70|
AstraZeneca PLC aims to maintain a strong, investment grade credit rating. The Company has solicited credit ratings from Moody’s and S&P, which are assigned as:
Key contacts at the respective agencies are:
Analyst: Knut Slatten
Analyst: Marketa Horkova
Phone: (44) 20-7176-3743
Treasury risk management policies
The Company operates with a centralised Treasury structure so that key Treasury risks are managed at a Group level.
- Security and liquidity
- Financial counterparty limits
Foreign Exchange Policy
- Foreign Exchange exposures managed centrally
- Transactional currency exposures substantially hedged
Interest Rate Policy
- Level of floating rate debt matched to cash
- Significant portion of financial liabilities at fixed interest rates
- Cash managed centrally
- Derivatives positions fully collateralised
- Prudent level of available cash and unutilised credit facilities
- Group funding centrally managed
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