TXF Americas 2020
The fun in the sun returns! Bringing all key players together for two days of networking, we explore case studies of the latest deals and examine the next hot opportunities across the region.
Commodity finance comprises two key products. The first is commodity-linked loans in the agriculture, oil and gas and mining industries where the lender has the future production or reserves of the commodity as security. These types of deal can be reserves-based loans, pre-export facilities, prepayment facilities, or even streaming, royalty-based loans and factoring. The second are very large unsecured term loan and revolving credit facilities provided annually by commercial banks to the major commodity trading houses and producers – Glencore, Gunvor, Trafigura, Vitol, ADM, Bunge and Castleton for example. These loans, effectively working capital facilities, also enable the major traders to provide loans to commodity producers that lack liquidity, thus ensuring security of commodity supplies and additional profits from that lending due to the arbitrage between the cost of debt for the major traders and what they can on-lend at.
Mercuria’s annual $1.2 billion Asian RCF closed last month. While the downsized deal and significant margin savings suggest the trader has a strong financial position, a continued drop in its oil trading business could spell a different fundraising story for 2020.
The renaissance in North Sea oil field M&As is being driven by new flows of capital and RBL lenders backing mid-cap oil companies acquiring assets from majors’ divesting in the sector. But how much value can these often PE-backed independents and special operators squeeze from older oil assets before they look to offload — or even float them?
With banks having to implement the finalised version of Basel III (commonly called Basel IV) by 1 January 2022, regulatory requirements are becoming ever complex. TXF spoke to Fasil Nasim, co-founder of alternative fund Audentia Global, to discuss the implications of changing regulations on the commodity trade finance sector.
TXF has opened voting for its Perfect 10 Deal of the Year Awards 2019. Please cast your vote on tagmydeals.com to have your say on this year’s most landmark export and commodity finance deals.