Commodity Risk Management in The Airline Industry: A study from Europe
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The airline industry is a major user of jet fuel and this constitutes a large component of the operating costs and is a risk coefficient for airlines. Several studies have been conducted on how oil price volatility affect stock prices and cash flows as well as how, in general, firms that uses derivatives experience lower stock returns volatility and stock s .The impact of oil price volatility on airline stock s and the impact of hedging on airline stock s have not been adequately examined, this paper fills this gap. By gathering daily frequency of oil spot prices to access the quarterly oil price volatility and stock s from 16 European airlines, we correlate quarterly oil price volatility to quarterly airline stock s as well as stock s and hedging percentages between 2010-2015, we reject the hypothesis that oil price volatility has an impact on airline stock s and that hedging reduces stock s. These findings therefore suggest that oil price volatility do not have a large impact on systematic risks or that hedging offset systematic risks. The findings are of interest to investors who want to make well informed investment decisions based on non-diversifiable equity risk since it has become popular for management recently to implement hedging policies to signal competency in risk management in order to attract investments.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 35 p.
Airlines, Europe, Systematic risk, Hedging, Oil prices, Oil price volatility, Jet fuel hedging
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-30346ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-1-20160201OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-30346DiVA: diva2:934410
Subject / course
IHH, Business Administration