The Telefónica Group seeks to match the schedule for its debt maturity payments to its capacity to generate cash flows to meet these maturities, while allowing for some flexibility. In practice, this has been translated into two key principles:
The Telefónica Group's average maturity of net financial debt is intended to stay above 6 years, or be restored above that threshold in a reasonable period of time if it eventually falls below it. This principle is considered as a guideline when managing debt and access to credit markets, but not a rigid requirement. When calculating the average maturity for the net financial debt and part of the undrawn credit lines can be considered as offsetting the shorter debt maturities, and extension options on some financing facilities may be considered as exercised, for calculation purposes.
The Telefónica Group must be able to pay all commitments over the next 12 months without accessing new borrowing or tapping the capital markets (drawing upon firm credit lines arranged with banks), assuming budget projections are met.
At December 31, 2017, the average maturity of net financial debt (44,230 million euros) was 8.08 years (liquidity included).
At December 31, 2017, gross financial debt scheduled to mature in 2018 amounted to 9,414 million euros. These maturities are lower than the amount of funds available, calculated as the sum of: a) cash and cash equivalents and current financial assets; b) annual cash generation projected for 2018, and c) undrawn credit facilities arranged with banks whose original maturity is over one year (an aggregate of more than 12,541 million euros at December 31, 2017), providing flexibility to the Telefónica Group with regard to accessing capital or credit markets in the next two years. For a further description of the Telefónica Group's liquidity and capital resources in 2017, see Note 13.2 "Financial Liabilities" and Appendix V.
NOTE: For further information, please access the (13) Financial assets and liabilities section of the Consolidated Information document within 2017 Annual Report [9.6 MB], 2. Financial liabilities subsection (page 66) and the Appendix V (page 162).