2019 Annual Integrated Report

The other cash flows from financing activities (€ (19) million in 2019, € 123 million in 2018) mainly relate to margin calls on hedging instruments as part of Energy Services’ activities.

For trading in futures of different commodities (CO2, power, gas, coal), Energy Services uses brokers. These deals are subject to margin calls. To cover the credit risk of the counterparty, brokers pay a margin call to Solvay in case the instrument is in the money for Solvay. Vice-versa if the instrument is out of the money for Solvay, Solvay pays a margin call to the brokers. The margin calls are presented as part of financial debt (see note F36 Net indebtedness). Cash flows from margin calls are recognized as financing cash flows that fluctuate with the fair value of the instrument. The actual settlement of these commodity derivatives is net of margin calls and the gross amount (including margin calls that are reclassified from financing cash flows) is recognized in operating cash flows.