Hedging strategies analysis for jetblue 


JetBlue arrangements to venture into the developing Asian and additionally the Gulf markets and to do as such, they expect to purchase a wide body jet having a passenger capacity of over 300 seats. In this manner, they have requested A350-900 jet from Airbus for a total price of €245,000,000 on March 5, 2017 which is to be conveyed following one year. The larger carrier passenger jet will utilized for its proposed JetBlue Boston-Dubai non-stop service. Since the new passenger jet will be gotten inside a time of one year, the organization’s CFO is worried about the forthcoming payments’ exposure to fluctuations in rates of exchange because of the unpredictability in the foreign market. Hence, it is to the greatest advantage of the organization to land at the best strategy for supporting against the remote trade exposures subsequently diminishing dangers and misfortunes. The paper is about the examination of the prizes and dangers of choices for supporting against exchange risk.


Analysis of the Hedging strategies

  1. Choosing not to hedge the exposures

How the spot rates affects the cost of the jet



$   268,569,000.00


$   245,000,000.00


$   257,250,000.00


$   269,500,000.00


$   281,750,000.00


$   294,000,000.00


By remaining unhedged, JetBlue confronts both risks and savings because of the change in the rate of exchange. For example, it confronts the danger of inflation in the cost of the jet on the off chance that there is an increment in the rate of exchange; in any case, it confronts potential investment funds in the event that the rate diminishes underneath the present spot rate. The Jet will cost $ 269,500,000 toward the end of one year, in this way, the choice will be best if the rate of exchange swings to be 1.00, 1.05, and 1.10 in light of the fact that there will be a few reserve funds. Nonetheless, if the rate of exchange moves to 1.15 and 1.20, JetBlue will be liable to misfortunes as far as extra installments. Remaining unhedged ends up plainly unsafe when $/€ rate of exchange increases; and subsequently JetBlue will pay higher cash flow; be that as it may, if there should arise an occurrence of  deterioration in the rate of exchange, JetBlue will pay less for the agreement therefore generating savings in the cost of the jet.

  1. Forward Hedge

The spot rate and additionally one year forward focuses as indicated by State Street Bank in Boston incorporates 1.0960-62 $/€ and 93.5-98.0 individually. Consequently, JetBlue will purchase Euro at 1.0962 in addition to 98.0 forward focuses to support the cash hazard exposures in 12 months since it is a market taker. The State Street Bank in Boston will receive 1.106*245,000,000 =$ 270,970,000 for the €245,000,000 from JetBlue after the one-year period.

At last the amount of money from JetBlue will be $ 270,970,000 independent of the adjustment in the rate of exchange since it secured a rate of exchange in one year from today. In this manner, JetBlue will determine the sum of money it will pay after the period has slipped by to get €245,000,000. The currency forward technique is less dangerous contrasted with the system of outstanding unhedged in light of the fact that the organization will be completely mindful of the correct installment sum and rate of exchange due in one year. Be that as it may, a drop in the rate of trade under 1.106 would mean more income installments for JetBlue with the foreordained rate.


  1. Money Market Hedge


  Interest rate  
€91.22 Euro LIBOR 12-months  0.185% €91.39
1.0962$/€   1.1057$/€
$100 USD LIBOR 12-months  1.050% $101.05


Money market hedging methodology is not savvy in preventing exposures to currency exchange fluctuations for JetBlue since it is an expansive organization. There are many practical choices, for example, currency forwards, options and futures available to them. As per the Bloomberg, the one-year forward rate of exchange is calculated as shown above. Toward the end of the one year period, the money outflow for the organization would be €245,000,000×1.1057= $270,896,500. When compared to the State Street forward hedge technique,  the money market hedge option is lower henceforth the organization will pay less amount of money utilizing the methodology at the currency exchange rate.


  1. Currency Futures Hedge

The currency future hedge permits individuals and organizations to set a foreordained rate at which the currency will be purchased or sold in future in this manner permitting the organization to protect itself against  exposures from the currency exchange risk. The information from Bloomberg gives the accompanying currency futures prices which bring about the accompanying money streams.


JUN 2017 1.0975 $268,887,500
 SEP 2017 1.1005 $269,622,500
DEC 2017 1.1025 $270,112,500
MAR 2018 1.1062 $271,019,000


After one year that is by June 2018 JetBlue will pay $271,019,000 for the Jet after having used currency future contract in hedging against the risks.



  1. BNYM Option Hedge

The present market information indicates that the Spot rate is 1.0960, Euro interest rate is 0.185%, strike price is 1.0962, and US rate of interest is 1.050% thus resulting in a call price of 4.82% of dollar amount. Utilizing the recorded rates of trade from Bloomberg, the accompanying spreadsheet is built. The one-year recorded volatility of the rate of exchange between dollar/euro is found as 10.05689% using the standard deviation while the three-month volatility is observed to be 8.065%. As indicated by the Bloomberg, the current real cited one-year $/€ volatility is 10.285%, while the three month one is 10.75%. Given the genuine unpredictability, the BNYM choices are moderately decently valued in light of the fact that there are insignificant contrasts between the two volatilities. The unpredictability from the Black-Scholes evaluating model is 10.00% on the off chance that the call price is 4.82% of the dollar sum while that from the Bloomberg is 10.285%. The BNYM choices are overrated in light of the fact that the inferred unpredictability is higher than the historical volatility. As the rate of exchange between the two currencies goes up, BNYM call alternative becomes the best strategy for JetBlue. JetBlue will not exercise the alternative with a strike cost of 1.0962 $/€, in the event that the exchange rate is either 1.00 or 1.05 yet it will exercise it in the event that it ranges from 1.10, to 1.20 $/€. On the off chance that the currency exchange rate is more noteworthy than 1.09 $/€, it should pay settled expenses to exercise the option. In any case, it will confront enormous money related misfortune in the event that the currency exchange rate is under 1.09 $/€ which makes it not to exercise the option.






  1. Synthetic Option Hedge

This hedging option involves JetBlue obtaining what might as well be called the above alternative then changing the position in accordance with the future price movements. In order to execute this strategy, JetBlue has to change €245,000,000 utilizing the today’s delta. Based on the premise of the Black-Scholes worksheet; the current delta of the call option is 0.5525. This implies that the company will buy its unique position at €245,000,000 x 0.005525= €1,353,625. The low market unpredictability may make this alternative technique ideal. Notwithstanding, if there should be an occurrence of immense variation in the currency exchange market, JetBlue would just remunerate the premium for the option.


From the analysis of the following hedging strategies, the dollar values for each strategy can be summarized are below:

Alternatives Value
Forward Contract $ 270,970,000
Money Market $270,896,500
Future Contract $271,019,000
BNYM Option In case exercised $276,786,980


Subsequent to assessing every one of the hedging alternatives that were available for JetBlue, we chose that purchasing the forward contract  would be the best and the least expensive for JetBlue to use. The hedging technique would produce the greatest investment funds for JetBlue and furthermore offers the most adaptability. In the event that JetBlue purchases the forward contract, they are secured at the current forward rate regardless of what bearing the spot rate moves to in the following year. Along these lines, if the euro strengthens against the dollar, JetBlue will really incur cost savings.

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