Short-term risks and uncertainties

The description of short term risks of our business operations are published in accordance with Metso's financial reports.

Short-term business risks and market uncertainties

Updated with Financial Statement Review 2017 published February 2, 2018

Uncertainties in economic growth and political developments globally might affect our customer industries, reduce the investment appetite and cut spending among our customers, and thereby weaken the demand for Metso’s products and services as well as affect business operations. There are also other market- or customer-related risks that may cause on-going projects to be postponed, delayed or discontinued.

Continued growth and inflation in our markets might pose challenges to our supply chain and price management and could have an impact on our margins.

Exchange rate fluctuations and changes in commodity prices might affect our order intake, sales and financial performance, although the wide scope of our operations limits the exposure to single currencies or commodities. Metso hedges currency exposure linked to firm delivery and purchase agreements.

Uncertain market conditions might adversely affect our customers’ payment behavior and increase the risk of lawsuits, claims and disputes taken against Metso in various countries related to, among other things, Metso’s products, projects and other operations.

An emerging risk area continues to be information security and cyber threats, which can potentially disturb or disrupt Metso’s businesses and operations.