The Group’s policy is to remain unhedged to the gold price. However, hedges are sometimes undertaken on a project specific basis as follows:
- to protect cash flows at times of significant expenditure,
- for specific debt servicing requirements, and
- to safeguard the viability of higher cost operations.
- Gold Fields may from time to time establish currency financial instruments to protect underlying cash flows.
Gold Fields has various currency and interest rate financial instruments - those remaining are described in the schedule. It has been decided not to account for these instruments under the hedge accounting rules of IFRS 39, except for the debt portion of the interest rate swap which has been hedge accounted, and accordingly the positions have been marked to market.