Hedge accounting can bring a number of advantages over traditional accounting methods. The core benefit is that by addressing the timings mismatch associated with standard derivative accounting, hedge accounting removes temporary volatility from the P&L. As a result, the financial statements will better reflect the company’s true economic performance.
Reducing the volatility in earnings results in a number of additional benefits:
- Enterprise value. Earnings volatility is negatively perceived by investors.
- Creditworthiness. Predictability in future earnings is a positive factor in creditworthiness.