SNAPCHAT INC filed this 10-Q on 08/11/17
SNAP INC - 10-Q - 20170811 - RISK_FACTORS

Item 3. Qualitative and Quantitative Factors about Market Risk

We are exposed to market risks in the ordinary course of our business. These risks primarily include interest rate risk and foreign currency risk as follows:

Interest Rate Risk

We had cash and cash equivalents totaling $501.7 million and $150.1 million at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively. We had marketable securities totaling $2.3 billion and $837.2 million at June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively. Our cash and cash equivalents consist of cash in bank accounts and marketable securities consist of U.S. government debt and agency securities. The primary objectives of our investment activities are to preserve principal and provide liquidity without significantly increasing risk. We do not enter into investments for trading or speculative purposes. Due to the relatively short-term nature of our investment portfolio, a hypothetical 100 basis point change in interest rates would not have a material effect on the fair value of our portfolio for the periods presented.

Foreign Currency Risk

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, the majority of our sales and operating expenses were denominated in U.S. dollars. We therefore have not had material foreign currency risk associated with sales and cost-based

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activities. The functional currency of our material operating entities is the U .S. dollar. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, our operations outside of the United States are not considered material and incur a majority of their operating expenses in foreign currencies. Therefore, our results of operations and cash flows are minimally subject to fluctuations from changes in foreign currency rates. We believe the exposure to foreign currency fluctuation from operating expenses is immaterial at this time as the related costs do not constitute a significant portion of our total expenses. As we grow operations, our exposure to foreign currency risk will likely become more significant. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, we did not enter into any foreign currency exchange contracts. We do, howev er, anticipate entering into foreign currency exchange contracts for purposes of hedging foreign exchange rate fluctuations on our business operations in future operating periods as our exposures are deemed to be material. For additional discussion on fore ign currency risk, see “Risk Factors” elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.