Case Solution for Carrefour S.A.

Complete Case details are given below :

Case Name :      Carrefour S.A.
Authors :           Michael J. Schill
Source :             Darden School of Business
Case ID :           UV0283
Discipline :        Finance
Case Length :    10 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
In August 2002, the French retail giant Carrefour S.A. was considering alternative currencies for raising (euro) EUR750 million in the Eurobond market. Carrefour’s investment bankers believed that the bonds can be issued at 5.25% in euros, 5.375% in British pounds, 3.625% in Swiss francs, and 5.5% in U.S. dollars. Despite the high nominal coupon rate and the lack of any material business activity in the United Kingdom, the British-pound issue appears to provide the lowest cost of funds. This case was designed to introduce topics in international finance such as interest-rate parity, currency risk management, and the Eurobond market. Students are tasked with exploring why forward-currency exchange rates vary from spot rates and proposing a Eurobond financing strategy for Carrefour.
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