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Corporate Finance Manual

Foreign exchange: matching: example of the cover method

Example of the cover method

Comtrek plc holds shares of 1 million Hong Kong dollars in its subsidiary, Comtrek HK Ltd. It also has a HK$1 million borrowing to hedge its investment. In a particular accounting period, there is an exchange gain of £115,000 on retranslation of the shares, and an exchange loss of £115,000 on retranslation of the borrowing. In accordance with SSAP20, the gain and loss are netted off in reserves. Nothing goes through profit and loss account.