Why? Some countries cannot be included in the ‘payment on behalf of’ (POBO) settlement that usually results from a netting process. Further, some can receive via a netting system but not pay, others the reverse. Some can only settle certain currencies through the netting. Credit notes add additional complexity. Before, you would have to exclude these types of entities from the netting completely. Now, using the new Excluded Transactions module, you can include them and set rules concerning how these transaction will be treated (included or excluded from the netting) and thus have the potential to settle some but not all of their IC flows. Treasury can either manage the settlement or leave the business units in these countries to settle bilaterally.
The benefits for the corporate include:
- More transactions and more entities will be able to settled through the netting process
- Increased visibility of ALL Intercompany at both entity and corporate level
- The potential to better manage liquidity and payments
- Simplified process and better intercompany structure and discipline
How it works
Bilateral settlement is achieved by a new module called Excluded Transactions. As can be seen in the picture below, this allows you to set up rules, by participant, for what payable and receivable flows to include in the netting and what should be excluded for external settlement.
In addition to the standard netting statement, bilateral netting reports show each entity what payments and receipts should settle outside the netting.
This new feature will help, not only with China, but countries such as India, Brazil, Indonesia and more. Countries with big trading flows that have been difficult to include in a netting system before.