Planet Tracker’s Matthew McLuckie speaks to Seafood Source on investors’ exposure to deforestation-linked farmed shrimp industry

In an interview with Seafood Source, Matthew McLuckie, Director of Research at financial think tank Planet Tracker, delved into the financial risks that investors in the US$45 billion farmed shrimp industry are facing.

Shrimp farming is the cause of 30% of mangrove deforestation and coastal land use change in Southeast Asia – which is in turn threatening the ecological sustainability of the  industry, and consequently, its financial profitability.

“Investors around the world could be at risk as rules come into force preventing the importation of products linked to past and future deforestation,” says McLuckie.

According to McLuckie, neither shrimp companies nor the top 20 institutional investors report mangrove deforestation or emissions from farmed shrimp. As a result of this lack of disclosure, profit margins cannot be accurately assessed, meaning that investors cannot be confident of their risk exposure.

“These top 20 institutional investors exposed to farmed shrimp equities must insist upon greater transparency and reporting on farmed shrimp revenue from these companies because they are going to face ongoing environmental shock risks,” McLuckie continues. “These are large-scale Japanese conglomerates that are involved. This really is a global issue.”

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S&P Global Ratings outlines potential credit risk for GCC posed by the energy transition, covered by specialist press

A lack of economic diversification, coupled with a sometimes-lower availability of external funding sources, means that a decreased oil and gas prices and shifting investor appetite could contribute to deteriorated creditworthiness for some GCC banks. That’s according to S&P Global Ratings, in its recent report mini-series exploring the credit risks that the transition towards cleaner energy sources could have on the GCC’s banks and overall economy.

While GCC economies have somewhat diversified away from oil since 2012, S&P Global Ratings’ hypothetical long-run stress test suggests that the average rating of a Gulf sovereign could fall by two notches from ‘BBB+’ to ‘BBB-’ if oil prices fall below US$40 by 2040, highlighting that the current pace of economic and fiscal diversification is insufficient to counter the decline in oil prices.

Following outreach by Moorgate-Finn, the research was covered by Trade Arabia, ZAWYA, AMEInfo, and The Peninsula Qatar.

Planet Tracker paper on key environmental risks for the US$45bn farmed shrimp industry covered by tier-one and specialist press

In its recent briefing paper, non-profit financial think tank Planet Tracker explored the financial impact that ongoing environmental risks could have on companies and investors in the US$45 billion shrimp industry.

Responsible for 30% of deforestation of South East Asia’s mangroves, shrimp farming is facing short-to-medium term sustainability-related supply chain risks as wholesale buyers such as Nestlé transition towards deforestation-free supply chains. The report also points to a key regulatory risk in regard to the sector’s biggest regional importer, the EU, which is seeking to ban all deforestation-linked soft commodities with its incoming Action Plan on Deforestation.

Yet despite the financial impact that such environmental risks could have on investors in the farmed shrimp industry, Planet Tracker has found no evidence of these institutions reporting against either historical mangrove deforestation or farmed shrimp emissions in their portfolios.

Following outreach by Moorgate, the paper was covered by The Economist (World Ocean Initiative)Financial TimesEnvironmental Finance, Responsible InvestorThe Asset, BusinessGreen, GreenBiz, Undercurrent News, The Fish Site, Mis Peces, Karma Impact, ImpactAlpha here and here, The ESG Channel, The Green Finance Platform, and FocusTechnica

 

Natixis joins blockchain platform for commodities trade finance, komga SA, covered by tier one, specialist press

Natixis has joined a new venture, komgo SA, a blockchain platform set to digitalise the trade and commodities finance sector. The venture, founded by Natixis and 14 of the world’s other largest institutions, aims to build an innovative, open and efficient network within commodity trading, optimising the flow of physical commodity operations.

The platform will be developed in partnership with ConsenSys, the largest formation of technologists and entrepreneurs building applications, infrastructure, and solutions on the Ethereum network.

The news was covered by the Financial Times, BloombergReuters, TXF, Fintech FuturesCoin Telegraph, Block Tribune, Ledger Insights, Coin Rivet, Finextra, Coindesk, Bitcoin Magazine, Crypto Vest, ETH News

News of BPL Global opening its doors in Geneva covered by the specialist press

BPL Global – the leading specialist credit and political risk insurance broker – recently announced the opening of a new branch in Geneva. Philippine de Villèle (left) re-joins from UBS to head the office.

With a focus on developing new relationships with Swiss-based banks, traders, NGOs and other potential clients, the branch will also act as a local point of contact for the broker’s existing clients. It takes the number of BPL Global offices to six, joining London, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

Following outreach from Moorgate, news of the Geneva branch was published by TXF, Intelligent Insurer, IJ Global, Trade Finance, GTR, Sigorta Gündem, Credit Insurance News and Schweizer Versicherung.

BPL Global names Sam Evans as Director

BPL Global, the leading credit and political risk insurance (CPRI) broker, has recently announced the appointment of Sam Evans as its newest Director. Having joined BPL Global in 2004, Evans has extensive experience of helping European-based corporates, banks and commodity traders effectively use the CPRI product, with a strong focus and extensive experience of the African Market.

In his new role, Sam will continue to manage a London-based team of 6 people, which has traditionally focused on French-speaking banking sector and includes one of the world’s largest commodity traders based in Geneva. The team also counts as a client one of South Africa’s largest financial institutions and he was instrumental in placing their first 15 year interest rate swap in the market.

Commenting on the appointment, BPL Global’s Managing Director, Sian Aspinall, said: “Sam’s extensive market knowledge and calibre as a broker means that he is highly regarded at both BPL Global and by clients alike. We are delighted to welcome Sam to the board in recognition of this, and it evidences our long-standing commitment to promoting talent from within and retaining our independence.”

Following outreach from Moorgate, news of the appointment was published by GTR, TXF and Trade Finance.

Credit risk, stranded assets and the environment: S&P Global Ratings’ Mike Wilkins contributes a chapter to a major new Routledge study

With ongoing advances in sustainability, the risk of being unable to monetise ca​r​bon assets grows by the day. A new book from Routledge, Stranded Assets and the Environment: Risk, Resilience and Opportunity, explores the ramifications of asset stranding across various sectors of the global economy.

Mike Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings, supplies chapter 8, drawing on research and real-world corporate case studies to focus on the credit implications of stranded assets.

Natixis announces new appointments to Executive Committee

In line with its strategic plan, Natixis has announced that Anne-Christine Champion, Natixis Global Head of Distribution & Portfolio Management, Olivier Delay, Natixis Global Head of Real Assets, Dominique Fraisse, Natixis Global Head of Energy & Natural Resources and Cyril Marie, Chief Financial Officer of Natixis Investment Managers will join the bank’s Executive Committee.

These appointments aim to ensure that Natixis successfully meets the ambitions set out in its strategic plan ‘New Dimension’, whilst further strengthening the bank’s position as a leading player in active asset management and in becoming the “go-to bank” in the 4 selected sectors for Corporate & Investment Banking – which includes Energy & Natural Resources, Aviation, Infrastructure, Real Estate & Hospitality.

What’s more, the four appointments and their subsequent expertise will strengthen the Originate-to-Distribute strategy, essential in Natixis’ sustainable value creation model.

The news was covered in IJ Global and IFR (please note the login/paywall).

Commerzbank’s Ruediger Senft cited on sustainable trade finance in Global Trade Review

Global Trade Review has cited the head of corporate responsibility at Commerzbank, Ruediger Senft, on the impact of climate risk on global commerce.

Senft explains that while trading companies and commodity producers face “real and urgent challenges”, they can “look to their banks for expertise on how to build resilient, future-proof supply chains”. He argues that “instead of retrenching from trade, we need to work out how to make the trade that we do finance more sustainable.”

Commerzbank’s Ruediger Geis remains optimistic for world trade in Euromoney

Euromoney‘s latest edition has cited Ruediger Geis, Head Product Management Trade at Commerzbank, in an article accompanying the magazine’s 2018 Trade Finance Survey.

The feature focuses on addressing the “gaps” in global trade finance – the considerable amount of trade that remains unfinanced around the world. “We should all be looking for ways to fill these gaps because trade creates jobs,” says Geis. “But as much as two thirds of the unmet demand is accounted for by SMEs in remote regions of emerging markets without the creditworthiness or collateral to make them bankable.” Yet Geis remains upbeat for the future. “Trade is like water: it will always find a way around obstacles.”