8.9.1.2
Bank overdrafts, cash and cash equivalents

Accell Group's centralized cash management, including foreign exchange management, is executed with cash pools, cash and bank overdrafts. Term loans and revolving credit facilities are held for financing purposes. The centralized cash management aims to optimize the cash allocation within Accell Group, where excess cash in one entity is made to use in another entity.

Cash pools are an important element of cash management. The cash pools are made available by banks that participate in the syndicate that provides the group financing. The cash pools consist of a large number of bank accounts with fluctuating balances per account. On a monthly basis, different bank accounts form the credit balance (gross) and debit balance (gross) per cash pool. The net balance of a single cash pool, if overdrawn, reduces the available amount from the revolving credit facility, has the same conditions as the revolving credit facility and is repayable on demand. As a result, cash pools are of a hybrid nature; on the one hand they are a cash management tool and on the other hand they have a bridging nature at specific times.

In addition to the cash pools Accell Group has other regular bank accounts and bank overdrafts at its disposal. However, these accounts only represent a limited part of the net cash balance. One part of the bank accounts and bank overdrafts are with banks from the syndicate that provide the group financing; the other part is with local banks for specific purposes.