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AC IMMUNE SA filed this Form 20-F on 03/21/2019
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The following table shows the carrying amounts of financial assets and financial liabilities:



As of

December 31, 

in CHF thousands 2018   2017
Financial assets      
Long-term financial assets 304   126
Other current receivables 236   918
Short-term financial assets 30,000  
Cash and cash equivalents 156,462   124,377
Total financial assets 187,002   125,421



As of

December 31, 

in CHF thousands 2018   2017
Financial liabilities      
Short-term debt obligation 332  
Long-term debt obligation 186   494
Trade and other payables 1,979   1,092
Accrued expenses 10,420   8,307
Total financial liabilities 12,917   9,893


Foreign exchange risk


The Company is exposed to foreign exchange risk arising from currency exposures, primarily with respect to the EUR, USD and to a lesser extent to GBP, DKK and SEK. The currency exposure is not hedged. However, the Company has a policy of matching its cash holdings to the currency structure of its expenses, which means that the Company holds predominately CHF, EUR and USD (see also Note 5). In the Company’s income statements for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017 and 2016 a loss of CHF 1.2 million, a loss of CHF 4.2 million and a gain of CHF 3.4 million respectively, is recognized in the financial statement line item “Finance result, net.”


As of December 31, 2018, if the CHF had strengthened/weakened by 10% against the EUR and the USD with all other variables held constant, the net loss for the period would have been lower/higher by CHF 3.0 million (2017: CHF 2.1 million), mainly as a result of foreign exchange gains/losses on predominantly EUR/USD denominated cash and cash equivalents and short-term financial assets.


Interest rates


The Company’s CHF cash holdings (inclusive of those held in short-term financial assets) are subject to negative interest rates at certain counterparty thresholds. As of December 31, 2018, if the interest rates charged by the counterparties had increased/decreased by 10%, the net loss for the period would have been higher/lower by less than CHF 0.1 million. Interest income and interest expense are recorded within Finance results, net in our statements of loss.


Credit risk


The Company maintains a formal treasury risk and investment management policy to limit counterparty credit risk. As of December 31, 2018, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents and short-term financial assets are held with three financial institutions each with a high credit-rating assigned by international credit-rating agencies. The maximum amount of credit risk is the carrying amount of the financial assets. Trade and other receivables are fully performing, not past due and not impaired (see Notes 5 and 7).


Liquidity risk


Inherent in the Company’s business are various risks and uncertainties, including its limited operating history and the high uncertainty that new therapeutic concepts will succeed. AC Immune’s success may depend in part upon its ability to (i) establish and maintain a strong patent position and protection, (ii) enter into collaborations with partners in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, (iii) acquire and keep key personnel employed, and (iv) acquire additional capital to support its operations.



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