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    As a senior financial analyst for Fresh Juices, Inc., the largest fresh fruit drink company in the United States, you are a key player in corporate finance for the business. You are consulted on major capital projects, prepare analysis for executive officers, present material at senior management meetings, and play the overall role of advisor to executive and senior officers.

    Fresh Juices, Inc. has witnessed its sales grow from US$1 million in the first year of operations in 1970 to US$1.5 billion last year. The company started as a regional supplier of fresh fruit drinks in California and initially expanded in the West. However, over the last 15 years, the company has moved further east, north, and south. Today, the company's lines of products can be found on the shelves of any major grocery store in the U.S., and its market share of fresh fruit drinks is 80% in the United States.

    The Drive to Expand Internationally

    On a recent trip to Canada and Latin America, Hector Vasquez, the company's chief executive officer (CEO), noted the lack of fresh fruit drinks in the supermarkets. When he returned, he brought in all of his senior officers and said, "I want to be international in a year. We have a great product, and I think we can compete effectively in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. My recent travels confirmed my suspicion that fresh fruit drinks like ours do not exist outside the U.S.," he said. "Furthermore, with the U.S. market growing at 2% annually, we need to find other markets that have the potential to grow at a faster pace."

    Mr. Vasquez asked your boss, Bonita Galloway, to head up the team to do the analysis on international opportunities and report back to him in the coming weeks. With that, he dismissed the meeting, and the senior officers left.

    The Meeting

    The U.S. business was so mature and was not growing rapidly, so Ms. Galloway thought international expansion might be just what the company needed. She was concerned that the company's profit margins would start to be squeezed in the company years if the firm did not find other sources of revenue growth. This would force the company to make drastic cost cuts and could potentially impact Fresh Juices' ability to compete.

    Given your role in the organization, Ms. Galloway immediately thought of you as the finance lead on this project. She called you to her office to discuss what happened at the meeting with Mr. Vasquez.

    After briefing you, she said, "I want you to be the primary contact on this. I will need you to work closely with the various departments that will be involved with this effort. Specifically, I need to lean on your analytical capabilities because we need to make objective decisions. I need you to give me the facts-not what you think I want to hear. This is important to the future of the company. I know I can count on you."

    Task Name: Phase 3 Discussion Board
    Deliverable Length: 4-6
    Details: One senior officer believes the best way to manage exchange rate exposure is to do nothing. She believes that currencies are unpredictable. She believes trying to manage currency risk is useless and a waste of money because of this unpredictability. She writes you an e-mail stating her position and asked you for your thoughts.

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    The response address the queries posted in 644 words with references.
    // I have illustrated the 'International Financial Management' concept through the foreign currency management and the exchange rate exposure in the international scenario. First, I have provided a brief introduction of the selected company; i.e. Fresh Juices, Inc. //

    Fresh Juices, Inc. Is a global player and is operating on an international scale. It deals in foreign currency and it expects to receive or make payments in the foreign currency. The exchange rate between the domestic currency and the foreign currency may rise or fall by the time the firm receives or pays the cash flows in the foreign currency.

    //Next, I have discussed about the several techniques of management of the exchange rate exposure. There are many methods to hedge the Foreign exchange risk. I have incorporated the ones that are relevant to the situation and can be employed for the Company. //

    The techniques to hedge the foreign exchange risk include the internal and the external techniques. The internal ...

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