Corpus Christi Gearing Up to Handle US Shale Export Boom
Port officials on Tuesday are expected to consider $300 million in financing that would prepare the country's largest oil-export port - Corpus Christi, Texas - to handle a surge in U.S. shale production over the next five years.International buyers would like more U.S. crude but are unable to get it because of infrastructure constraints along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Terminals originally designed for imports only recently have revamped operations to handle exports including accepting…
The American Club Celebrates Its Centenary
The American P&I Club was founded in New York nearly a century ago. To celebrate its first 100 years, a book entitled The American Club: A Centennial History has just been published. The book tells the story of the Club across ten decades of maritime and marine insurance history both within the United States and across the world. Its author is Richard Blodgett, a former Wall Street Journal reporter whose previous credits include histories of the New York Stock Exchange, Kohler and Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The American Club was founded in February, 1917.
JPMorgan sees Sharp Rise in Precarious O&G Loans
JPMorgan Chase & Co disclosed on Friday that its "criticized" loans to the oil and gas industry more than doubled in the first three months of the year. Criticized oil and gas loans, which are defined by regulators as doubtful, substandard or deserving of special mention, rose to $9.7 billion at the end of March from $4.5 billion at the end of December, according to a quarterly filing the company made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Of the criticized loans, $8 billion were still performing, according to the filing.
Chinese Shipyard Turns Into Car Parking
To cope up with so much financial strain, Hong Kong-based shipbuilders China Ocean Industry Group – formerly known as China Ocean Shipbuilding Industry Group – is literally being turned into a parking lot, reports Bloomberg. China Ocean Industry Group Ltd., which dropped “shipbuilding” from its name in March, acquired a car-park operator last year to meet an estimated shortage of 50 million parking spaces in the world’s most populous nation. The company plans to build and operate 100…
CMA CGM Seeking Funds for NOL Takeover
France’s CMA CGM has approached banks to finance its potential takeover bid for Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL), reports Bloomberg. The world’s No. 3 container shipping company is in talks with banks including BNP Paribas SA, HSBC Holdings Plc and JPMorgan Chase & Co. for loans to back an offer for NOL. CMA CGM is the third largest container company in the world and has 8.8 per cent of market share according to container analyst Alphaliner. NOL was started as Singapore’s national shipping line…
Mercuria Expanding with ex-OW Bunker Staff
Swiss trading house Mercuria has moved to become a significant player in the marine fuel market by hiring a team of close to 40 former employees from the once-largest supplier, traders and sources close to the matter said on Tuesday. The bankruptcy of Denmark's OW Bunker, which had controlled around 7 percent of the global shipping fuel market and employed more than 600 people, has given Mercuria an opportunity to beef up its business shortly after it acquired the physical commodities unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Hires Former Glencore Crude Trader
JPMorgan Chase & Co has hired Edwin Tay, formerly with Glencore, as a senior crude oil trader in Singapore, industry sources said on Wednesday. Tay starts with the U.S. bank in January, they said. JPMorgan declined comment. JPMorgan completed the sale of its multibillion-dollar physical commodities unit to Mercuria last year. The divestment was due to rising regulatory and political pressure in the United States while the bank wanted to focus on its core business of lending. Reporting by Florence Tan
In Gazprom Deal, JPMorgan Takes on Business
When JPMorgan Chase & Co agreed to lead a $700 million bond offering for Russian gas producer Gazprom OAO, it was doing business that some U.S. banks are afraid to do, several lawyers and a banker said. Gazprom faces U.S. sanctions after the U.S. government widened its restrictions against Russia in September. U.S. companies are prohibited from providing goods or technology to Gazprom and others, although they can provide financial services to the companies, meaning JPMorgan obeyed the law in underwriting bonds for the company. Gazprom announced pricing for the deal on Thursday.
Arsenal Considers Selling Logistics Business
Private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners is considering a sale of its business that helps U.S. oil and chemical companies reclaim import taxes, a partner at the firm said. Timothy Zappala told Reuters that other options for the company, Charter Brokerage, included buying businesses in the same sector that would make a good fit with Charter. He declined to put a price tag on Charter but a source familiar with the matter said it could be valued at up to $500 million. Charter, which has annual net revenue of about $65 million to $70 million, is the largest U.S.