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Credit Risk

Credit Risk

The Compnay has no significant concentrations of credit risk with any single counter party. Credit risk arises from cash and cash equivalents, derivative financial instruments and deposits with banks and financial institutions, as well as credit exposures to wholesale customers.  Concerning trade accounts receivables, the Company is not exposed to significant credit risks as they mainly consist of a large, widespread customer base. However, the atypical conditions that dominate the Greek market and several other markets in Europe are forcing the Group to constantly monitor its business claims and also to adopt policies and practices to ensure that such claims are collected. By way of example, such policies and practices include insuring credits where possible; pre-collection of the value of product sold to a considerable degree; safeguarding claims by collateral loans on customer reserves; and receiving letters of guarantee.

To minimize credit risk on cash reserves and cash equivalents; in financial derivate contracts; as well as other short term financial products, the Company specifies certain limits to its exposure on each individual financial institution and only engages in transactions with creditworthy financial institutions of high credit rating.

The maturity profile of the Company’s financial assets as at 31.12.2016 and 31.12.2015 is presented in page 121 of ANNUAL REPORT 2016.