A reliable trading partner will always perform – even in the toughest times. Trafigura’s diversified funding model allows it to operate effectively in all market conditions. Its scale and structure protects the business from market shocks. It provides flexibility and the ability to capitalise on opportunities as they arise.
2020 Interim Report: Interview with Christophe Salmon, Trafigura Group CFO
2020 Interim Report: Interview with Christophe Salmon, Trafigura Group CFO11 June 2020
Trafigura’s prudent approach to risk management unlocks access in volatile markets. We systematically hedge flat price risk and have little exposure to underlying commodity prices. Trafigura’s globally diversified portfolio has reduced risk characteristics. Trafigura’s advanced global risk management methodology focuses on aggregate risk, paying particular attention to term structure and intra-commodity spreads. Risk concentrations are continuously reviewed in the context of changing market dynamics.
The Group’s strong balance sheet generates economies of scale, supports infrastructure investment and allows us to finance production. We use collateralised short-term financing for trading with loans secured by the underlying physical commodities. Longer-term debt finances fixed assets and investments.
Diverse financing strategies maximise scalability, flexibility and business resilience. Trafigura diversifies both the sources and the structure of its financing to minimise risk and maximise operational effectiveness. It raises funds in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific, and has lending arrangements in place at over 120 banks.
As a private company Trafigura has no obligation to report to its shareholders. Notwithstanding this, we report on our activities biannually. We produce an interim report for the six-month period ending 31st March and an annual report which covers the full financial year from 1st October to 30th September. As part of our policy of increasing transparency, commencing with the 2013 annual report, interim and annual reports are available online.
The consolidated financial report for the year ending September 30, 2015 is the first to be prepared with Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd. (“TGPL”), a company registered in Singapore, as the consolidating entity. Prior to this date, Trafigura Beheer B.V. (“TBBV”), a Dutch registered company was the main consolidating entity for the Group. This change is the last stage in a process that commenced in 2012 when another Singaporean entity, Trafigura Pte Ltd., became the main corporate entity for the Group’s global trading activities. This final stage completes the process and fully establishes Singapore as the default legal jurisdiction for all of the Trafigura Group businesses. It is also an important step in creating greater consistency across the Group’s structure and in aligning reporting structures and business activities in Singapore, the regional hub for our business activities in the Asia-Pacific region.