The collapse of Pasminco: Misjudgment, misfortune and miscalculation

Christine Brown, James Ma

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    In September 2001 when Pasminco Ltd was placed in voluntary administration, it was the worlda??s biggest zinc producer with over 10 of global output. This paper examines the hedging strategies that Pasminco had in place in the years leading up to the firm being declared insolvent and documents the financial factors that contributed to the corporate collapse. We build a valuation model that illustrates in stark terms that the companya??s hedging strategies materially reduced neither the exposure to market risk nor the probability of financial distress, and were a major contributing factor to the companya??s downfall. The analysis in this case study contains valuable lessons for companies facing quantity and exchange rate risk.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)287 - 312
    Number of pages26
    JournalAustralian Journal of Management
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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