Southern Hydro’s operations are highly dependent upon rainfall levels. Under the terms of the transaction, Southern Hydro will be compensated if the annual amount of rainfall falls below a pre-defined level. As payment for the protection, XLTP will receive a premium plus additional revenue if annual rainfall levels are favorable to Southern Hydro’s operations. At the end of the five-year program, Southern Hydro will be eligible for a partial refund of unused premium and any payments made to XLTP during years with high precipitation.
To date, the weather risk management market has largely developed around temperature-based products. This transaction marks an important milestone in the development of the Australian weather risk management market and provides further evidence of the industry’s global expansion as well as the trend toward longer term, more structured solutions based on a wider variety of weather indices.
“We are constantly looking at ways to protect business value and stabilise our earnings,” said Darryl Flukes, General Manager, Trading at Southern Hydro. “We place a very high emphasis on managing all the risks and uncertainty that exist throughout our operation. This transaction provides a foundation for managing our production risk and we feel confident that, for the next five years, we have protection against the kind of precipitation levels that might previously have caused us concern.”
Companies, not only in energy but in other weather-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, construction, entertainment and retail, can look to XLTP, and this weather transaction as an example of what can be done to manage operational risks.
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