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Case Code : FINA020 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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Banking and Financial Management/ Concepts/ Markets/ EVA/ Microfinance
Case Length : 13 Pages
Period : 2003
Pub. Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Not Available
Industry : Food
Countries : US


Hershey Foods is the world's third largest player in the candy business.

The company faces many financial risks. These include foreign exchange risk, commodity price risk and interest rate risk.

This case outlines the risks and the mechanisms Hershey Foods follows to manage them.

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  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 1
Overview of Risk Management 3
Market Risk 3


Hershey Foods, Financial risk management (FRM), Candy business, Risk management, Market risk, Foreign exchange risk, Commodity price risk, Interest rate risk, GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles), Hedging, Cashflow hedges, Foreign currency hedge, Fair value hedge, FAS-133 and FAS-138

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