Capital Markets & Investments
Preparing for the Transition from LIBOR
Organizations that rely on LIBOR as a benchmark rate for debt and derivatives must prepare for its potential dissolution after 2021. Treasurers need to plan for multiple scenarios, including alternatives such as SOFR, a rehabilitated LIBOR, or a combination of the two. This session provides an update on developments from the Fed and the ARRC committee, along with the steps forward-thinking treasurers are taking to prepare for a smooth transition. Attendees receive an action plan for assessing and mitigating their organization’s exposure to LIBOR unavailability.
Amol Dhargalkar, Managing Director, Chatham Financial
Rob Mangrelli, Director, Global Real Estate Hedging and Capital Markets, Chatham Financial Corp
Jennifer Earyes, CTP, Head of CFO Strategic Initiatives, Navient Corporation
Jeff Vitali, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Beyond Trading: Exploring Portal Capabilities
The overarching goal in the strategic design, integration and implementation of technology in cash management is operational efficiency ... do it faster, but safer. Utilizing case studies, this session gives insight into how treasury teams drive productive workflow through the alignment of liquidity portals, banks, electronic trading platforms, treasury management systems, consolidated reporting and analytics. In addition, the panelists discuss the attributes of various short-term investment products in addressing their investment objectives of capital preservation, liquidity and yield.
Thomas Knight, CCM, Executive Vice President & Treasurer, ICD-Institutional Cash Distributors
Matthew Post, CTP, Senior Treasury Director, Qualcomm Incorporated
Mark Sahler, Managing Director/Global Head, Jefferies LLC
Cash Investment Management: Forget the Fads & Focus on the Fundamentals
With diverse forces driving dynamic change across the short-term markets, shifting global regulations, and new and innovative product structures in cash investing, 2019 has become more complex. Whether you oversee a mature treasury operation, are a start-up gathering funding, or a firm experiencing episodic change, opportunities abound in going back to the foundations of cash investment management. This session shares unique perspectives for supporting a return to the fundamentals of cash investment in order to achieve business goals and explore new opportunities.
Ellen Bockius, Managing Director, BlackRock
Susan Colross, Director, Treasury Operations, T-Mobile USA Inc.
Mike Dambach, Treasurer, Biogen Inc.
Chris Nasson, Senior Manager Investor Relations & Treasury, Twilio
Drowning in Liquidity But Still Thirsty: How Much is Too Much?
One of the carryovers from the Great Recession is the generous accumulation of balance-sheet cash. The AFP Liquidity Survey has shown a slow decrease in cash as a percentage of short-term investment assets, but cash remains elevated relative to the early 2000s. This panel addresses these questions and compares their concepts of liquidity, how they think about it, its importance in their investment programs, while balancing the need for liquidity with the other pillars of corporate investing.
Laura Fox Barnes, Treasury Manager, Allegis Group, Inc.
James Gilligan, CTP, FP&A, Assistant Treasurer, Evergy, Inc.
Bethany Glassbrenner, CTP, Senior Manager - Treasury, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
Garret Sloan, Director, Fixed Income Market & Portfolio Strategy, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Don’t Get Left Behind: Understanding the Incremental Borrowing Rate
Corporations are required to use the incremental borrowing rate to discount outstanding lease payments. The fair value of leases must now be recorded on the balance sheet, and noncompliance is not an option under the new ASC 842 and IFRS 16 requirements. Attend this session to discover how treasurers are dealing with this new requirement, and how to implement a consistent approach to determine the fair value of operating leases using the five building blocks. Attendees also gain strategic insight into credit rating and pricing assessments.
Mack Makode, Ph. D., MBA, VP, Treasurer, Under Armour
Laurens Tijdhof, Partner, Zanders BVBA
Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) Factors and Credit Ratings: Making the Connection
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are increasingly important for investment decisions. That’s why Fitch has introduced ESG relevance scores to show relevance and materiality of ESG to ratings. Fitch’s ESG Relevance Scores are integrated into its entity research, transparently displaying the impact of ESG elements on credit opinions across all sectors. This session examines ESG and its increasing importance to the investment community, and how the analysis of ESG factors fits into the bigger picture of credit ratings.
Jeff Kotkin, Vice President, Investor Relations, Eversource Energy
Shalini Mahajan, Managing Director, Fitch Ratings
Andrew Steel, Global Group Head, Sustainable Finance, Fitch Ratings Ltd
Monetary Policy and Its Impact on the Yield Curve
Join this discussion of the Fed’s mandate for conducting monetary policy and how it has impacted the current decision-making process. Hear about the factors behind the Fed’s decision to start cutting rates; the market developments that could avert further rate cuts; economic and financial variables you should keep track of in order better anticipate the emergence of a recession, as well as the lag effect monetary policy has on the economy.
Dimitri Delis, Ph.D., Econometric Strategist/Economist, Piper Jaffray
How to Measure Success, Performance, and Risk in a Cash Portfolio
For seasoned corporate treasurers and new investors managing cash portfolios, the principles of safety, liquidity and return remain a constant. This expert panel shares how they measure success, assess performance and risk in their own organizations' cash portfolios, discuss different metrics and applications. Their real-world examples provide attendees with a vision for establishing a foundation of innovative thinking and strategy to leverage resources and technology to meet their organizations’ short- and long-term needs.
Kimberly Kelly-Lippert, CTP, Manager, Treasury Operations, American Honda Motor Company
Raymond Facinelli, Executive Vice President, Capital Advisors Group
Leonard Brooks, CTP, Vice President, Treasurer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Nicholas Ro, National Manager, Toyota Financial Services
Designing a Cash Equivalent Investment Strategy
A universal directive to all Treasury executives is to optimize investment income with a low risk, high liquidity, investment portfolio that requires a minimum amount of time to manage, account for and audit. This session provides insight into Children’s Mercy Hospital’s successful development of an Investment Policy and structure that achieves this directive. Practitioners learn how to develop, implement and maintain ways to increase investment income in a rising rate environment utilizing a blend of select financial products and with limited time commitment from Treasury Staff.
Gregory Radke, CTP, Director of Treasury, The Children's Mercy Hospital
Mark Hammett, First Vice President, Commerce Bank
Acquisition Financing: Managing Banks, Rating Agencies and Investors to Minimize Cost of Capital
Many companies pursue strategic acquisitions to grow the business, frequently using public and/or private debt to fund the transaction. To manage the process and craft the credit story in an acquisition treasury and finance professionals need to understand the entire process—from obtaining committed financing to executing the permanent financing. Such knowledge can make a meaningful difference in the company's cost of capital. The treasurer of a public company presents an insightful review of a major acquisition and outlines the critical objectives in managing the process to execute financing, while minimizing cost of capital.
David Evans, CFA, Managing Director, Head of Coverage, Americas, Redbridge Debt & Treasury Advisory
Tony Krabill, Assistant Treasurer, Greif, Inc.
Managing Liquidity in a Changing Rate Environment
After years in a relatively flat interest rate environment, corporate treasury professionals are challenged to make critically important liquidity decisions amidst rising rates, limited cash flow and changes in tax laws. Panelists examine the key issues corporates face around the investment debt-decision process, maximizing returns on excess funds, the importance of time value of investments concept, evaluating floating rate entities, and managing and forecasting debt over a 12-18-month horizon.
Margaret Green, CTP, Assistant Treasurer, The Madison Square Garden Company
Sankat Patel, CTP, SVP National Sales Director - Treasury Management, Fifth Third Bank
Bradley Schiel, CTP, Director, Treasury, AMC Networks Inc.
Deriving Value from Values: An ESG Investment Thesis
Companies are increasingly focused on incorporating and disclosing ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) mandates across their businesses, including investments—even cash. Join a recognized expert to discuss the growing body of research that suggests an increasing proportion of market value can be linked to intangible assets like ESG factors. Incorporating moral and ethical motivations into a value-based exercise that considers risk mitigation and long-term growth potential can be the recipe for making a difference in the world—and your bottom line.
Brian Deese, Managing Director, BlackRock