Annual Report 2022

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Financial position

Strong investment-grade inaugural ratings received from S&P and Moody’s

Positive net financial position for the second consecutive year

Focus of investing activity remains on optimization of store network and digitalization the business model

Principles and goals of financial management

Group-wide financial management is controlled centrally by the Group Treasury department. The goals pursued include securing financial stability and flexibility, ensuring liquidity at all times, and the management of financial risks. Company-wide financial management comprises Group financing, cash and liquidity management, the management of market price risks, and the management of counterparty risks. Treasury principles which are applied Group-wide govern all matters relevant to treasury, such as the approval of banking relationships, the handling of financing agreements, liquidity and asset management, as well as the management of currency and interest rate risks.

Within Group financing, factors such as market capacity, cost of financing, covenants, and terms to maturity are taken into account when selecting financial instruments. External loans for Group financing are taken out centrally and primarily in the Group’s reporting currency (euro) within the framework of an “inhouse bank” concept. To cover the financing needs of the Group companies, funds are made available in the form of intercompany loans in the respective local currency. This allows the Company to increase economies of scale and to minimize the cost of capital. Occasionally, credit lines are also agreed with local banks in order to take account of legal, tax, or other framework conditions. The Group’s financial liabilities are generally unsecured and may be subject to customary market obligations, which are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

The most important source of liquidity for HUGO BOSS is the cash inflow from operating activities. The Group Treasury department optimizes and centralizes payment flows through its cash and liquidity management. Generally, Group companies transfer excess liquidity to the “inhouse bank,” e.g., as part of a cash-pooling procedure. In doing so, the excess liquidity of individual Group companies can be used to cover the financial needs of others. This intercompany financial offsetting system reduces the external financial requirement and thus brings down interest expenses.

Management of market price risks is intended to limit the impact of interest rate and currency fluctuations on cash flow. The use of hedging instruments such as foreign exchange forwards, swap transactions, and interest rate swaps, is intended to secure HUGO BOSS against unfavorable interest rate and currency developments. Risk Report, Financial Risks

The counterparty risk with regard to banks as trading partners mainly results from the investment of liquid funds as part of cash and liquidity management and from the use of derivative financial instruments as part of interest rate and currency risk management. With regard to trading transactions, HUGO BOSS aims for the broadest possible diversification of volumes and ensures that financial instruments are only executed with counterparties of very good credit ratings.