Cameco Annual Report 2011


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5. Determination of Fair Values

A number of the Company's accounting policies and disclosures require the determination of fair value, for both financial and non-financial assets and liabilities. Fair values have been determined for measurement and/or disclosure purposes based on the following methods. When applicable, further information about the assumptions made in determining fair values is disclosed in the notes to the specific asset or liability.

  1. (a) Investments in Equity and Debt Securities
    The fair value of available-for-sale financial assets is determined by reference to their quoted closing bid price at the reporting date. The fair value of unlisted securities is based on cash flows discounted using a rate based on the market interest rate and the risk premium specific to the unlisted securities.

  2. (b) Derivatives
    The fair value of forward exchange contracts is based on the current quoted foreign exchange rates. The fair value of interest rate swaps is determined by discounting estimated future cash flows based on the terms and maturity of each contract and using market interest rates for a similar instrument at the measurement date. The fair value of interest rate caps is based on broker quotes.

    Fair values reflect the credit risk of the instrument and include adjustments to take into account the credit risk of the Company and counter party when appropriate.

  3. (c) Share-Based Compensation
    The fair values of the stock option, phantom stock option, deferred share unit and restricted share unit plans are measured using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. The fair value of the performance share unit plan is measured using Monte Carlo simulation. Measurement inputs include share price on measurement date, exercise price of the instrument, expected volatility (based on weighted average historic volatility), weighted average expected life of the instruments (based on historical experience and general option holder behavior), expected dividends and the risk-free interest rate (based on government bonds). Service and non-market performance conditions attached to the transactions are taken into account in determining fair value for valuations performed using Monte Carlo simulation.