Use Cases

Shorter payback period

OTP projects refinance themselves unlike most others. Compliance is an added bonus.

Net present value

The acquisition and implementation of any Operational Transfer Pricing (OTP) software solution or alternatively, designing and building the entire solution in-house, requires a reasonable budget as well as internal resources.

Recent EXA OTP projects reveal that customers considered a net present value (NPV) analysis useful to weigh up both project costs and benefits as a part of decision-making. Common parameters in the decision to invest in OTP automation have been the existing IC flows and volumes offset by the group entities involved, as well as their tax rate and general customs exposure. Analyses of detected variances to targeted arm’s length results in profit allocations as well as customs implications and income tax consequences have formed reference points for the amount that a group has to pay in the status quo on OTP year after year.

The alternative

To introduce third-party TP automation software or software developed in-house requires purchasing a subscription or one-time license, or involves design/programming costs, customizing, any necessary custom development, deployment, and ultimately ongoing operation.

Once an OTP solution is live, variances in the distribution of profits are reduced, resources are freed up due to efficiency gains and tax advisory, and legal or other consulting expenses can be decreased because of fewer disputes. The release of existing tax provisions for TP risks has been another criterion considered by EXA customers when evaluating the OTP project refinancing.

Assessing ROI

By comparing both scenarios above, it is now finally possible to reliably assess the level to which an investment makes sense, not only from a compliance point of view, but also from a purely economic standpoint.

Even investments in TP technology have a return on investment (ROI):


Empower teams with IT

Manage TP faster, more accurately, and with greater visibility


Centralize and standardize

Apply TP policies at the lowest level


Enable real-time analytics and simulations

Support decisions and action triggering


Process hundreds of millions of finance records

Calculate new TPs in seconds


Quickly adapt to new legal requirements

Reconfiguring TP data model and reports


Support analysis and day-to-day decision-making

Manage data centrally


Huge Time Savings

Prepare data for TP documentation faster


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