WHO WE ARE …..
Privately owned we consult with the utmost discretion to public and private companies, banks, financial institutions, UHNW family offices. Operating from the UK we pride ourselves on our global reach including associate offices in Australia (Evolution Capital Partners) and Colombia (Sloane Energy Group) providing the daily inter-action required coordinating our activities across Europe, Asia and America (N&S).
THIS IS US …..
COMMODITIES | COAL | MINERALS | BULKS | ENERGY We have been mining, originating, trading, facilitating, supplying commodities including thermal and metallurgical coal, coke, and anthracite for 30+ years, marketing across the Americas, Europe, MENA, UAE, India, China, Asia. Working and affiliated with a network of senior and junior mining companies, ship owners, funding institutions and banks. Executing spot transactions and structured agreements (off-take, multi-year supply). Securing and operating anchor tenancies in land and sea terminals and stockyards.
ALTERNATIVE FUELS | WASTE TO ENERGY The earth’s resources are said to be consumed at 3 times the rate at which they evolve. Fuels recovered from alternative sources including waste are a rich source of new-energy that will preserve earth’s natural resources. Our expertise and understanding of the physical and chemical characteristics of the different waste resources, their applications, and compliance to European Codes and the Basel Convention provides a valuable comparator tool to the production, consumption and transportation of fossil fuel technical capabilities. Using our knowledge base and experience we identify the opportunity and execute the routes to market for innovative VIU (Value-In-Use) Tertiary Alternative Energy Fuels derived from residual waste and other raw materials. This requires a clear understanding of in-country legislation, compliance and permitting. We support product development to meet demanding specifications, critical to enable the production of sustainable homogenous quality Alternative Fuels and energy alternatives with better value-in-use comparators (low carbon, high bio content) than conventional fossil fuels that can then be traded as a standardized commodity fuel for power generation, CHP plants, industrial processes, kilns, cement production (main burner and pre-calciner), incinerators and conventional coal-fired power plants (co-firing). In respect of Secondary Alternative Fuels such as SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel) and RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel), primarily used in incineration or cement pre-calciners, using our data base and experience of fuel and energy markets we provide a full range of services for the front-end (Upstream) origination and collection of suitable selected waste resources for Waste-to-Energy Feedstocks and conversion to back-end (Downstream) Low Carbon Biomass Energy Products and Biofuels. We deliver and handle the logistic solutions to service both energy providers and consumers.
ENGINEERED FUEL PELLETS | LOW CARBON BIO FUELS We originate stable and sustainable sources of selected sustainable residual SRF streams and through both a physical and balanced neutral chemical process (with or without the addition of a Conditioner Additive) we have designed and produce an Engineered Fuel Pellet with low carbon content and a biomass content of approximately 50%. The pellet has a comparable calorific value to coal, has significant lower carbon content, and can be used as a replacement fuel for coal, lignite and petroleum coke.
SERVICES | OPERATIONS | LOGISTICS | RISK Physical Trading | Trading Partnerships | Consultancy: An established global network of partnerships with producing assets and the consuming markets in products including Energy, Coal, Coke, Pet Coke, Alternative Fuels, Waste-to-Energy, Biofuel, Minerals, Petrochemicals. We arrange and finance transactions by structuring, long-term purchase and sale contracts, tolling, offtake and other supply arrangements with our trading partners. Shipping | Transportation | Logistics: Using our specialist knowledge and experience of mine-to-market production and logistics we arrange the direct charter and management of all types of vessels and barges, rail and road transportation for bulk, loose and containerised product creating and managing added value and arbitrage opportunities in the global trade of bulks and containerised products. We trade using the full range of Incoterms meeting international trading and compliance standards in the markets we serve. Risk Management: In mitigating risk for our trading activities we insist all shipments be insured 110% of the price delivery basis for loss, damage, theft, contamination, etc. When required, we use risk management tools to hedge our cargoes in order to avoid any exposure to price fluctuation. The availability of index based price discovery often leaves thin margins to be realized from the spreads. Value is often left on the table. Our expertise in physical flows, logistics and quality arbitrage enables maximum value to be realized from index based or algorithmic positions, evaluating the option to either remain floating or to move into a fixed price transaction.
FUEL TECHNOLOGY Environment – Clean Coal – Energy Fuels From Waste – Emission Reductions – Value-In-Use: There are significant and continually evolving changes in the way power plants, CHP, and steel mills operate and invest capital to meet emission targets. There are far reaching operating cost benefits to be gained from being able to identify and arbitrage different fossil fuels, using lower cost off-spec, non-indexed coals and blending, replacing or co-firing Alternative Fuels when pricing in the cost of sulphur removal, tightening emissions limits for oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and other polluting contaminants. Using our vast database of both steam (thermal) coals, coking (metallurgical) coals and Alternative Fuels we are able to offer clients and partners services relating to quality, analysis and geology of coals for all major and developing coal basins, and for Alternative Fuels, dealing with complex issues including: Combustion – Blending – Coking – Emissions – Petrographics – Rheology.
CAPITAL ADVISORY | PROJECT DEVELOPMENT | INFRASTRUCTURE Capital Advisory: Seeking shareholder liquidity or growth capital, an IPO or RTO? Focused on Natural Resources, Mining, Alternative Fuels, Engineered Biofuels, Energy, Waste-to-Energy, Logistics & Infrastructure, Coal, Minerals and Metals. We advise and provide sources of funding and capital structures and manage the actions required to create, maximise and increase the value of the business for the shareholders. We transact efficiently during an exclusive period of time agreed. Our team of professional corporate advisers are respected amongst institutional and private investment managers. Project Development: Supporting business opportunities with our trading partners our group and associates bring qualified companies to private organisation, government and investors interested in alternative energy and commodity development projects. We target projects requiring investments between $30m and $500m facilitating trade flows, trade finance and capital, providing innovative solutions. Mining Infrastructure: Many mining companies are restricting capex to brown-field extensions of existing reserves; we identify and manage capital (equity and debt) to finance, fund and build out infrastructure and facilitate the movement of product to market, enabling the miner to focus on (i) best practise to reduce unit costs of saleable product (ii) marketing and maximizing revenue and income. The miner’s production flows enable us to fund and build out the infrastructure. The miner gains from an off-balance sheet transaction. Waste-to-Energy Infrastructure: The same principles and hurdles apply to building out waste-to-energy infrastructure as to mining, gas and oil infrastructures. The value-in-use and quality of the W2E back-end consumer product (energy) is as significant as the front-end waste feedstocks (fuel). We are different in that we understand both the front-end waste and back-end energy markets and are able to provide scalable and sustainable solutions aligned to the commercial considerations of the client, evaluating and establishing economic value chains and arbitrage opportunities enabling effective decisions to be made for both transactional and structured contracts.
OPERATING PARTNER & TRANSITIONAL MANAGEMENT For under-performing investments and businesses we provide contracted services to build out structured trading and logistic operations related to Commodities, Mining, Energy, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, Waste -to-Energy and Shipping using 3 Guiding Principles: Assess the Value Inhibitor | Identify the Best Change Option | Deliver Changes to an Agreed Plan and Outcome. Private Equity, hedge funds and investors acquiring companies or businesses do so to create stronger, more competitive and more profitable enterprises thus creating better exit options, irrespective of capital market conditions. PE investments that have been materially transformed under active ownership and hands-on style management are better placed to exit successfully than the traditional formula driven PE spreadsheet portfolio. We and our associates provide executive management skills working within the PE investment. We represent and protect the Investors in both the target acquisition decision process and in improving businesses that are under performing relative to their potential. We assess a situation, develop a plan, and effect change working with management to improve sustainable long-term profitability. Operating improvement is as valuable as multiple expansion or excessive going-in leverage and translates into increased enterprise value producing lower risk adjusted investment returns. We first evaluate our contribution in the value proposition from the stakeholders and financial institutions that are facing up to the realities of poor analysis, inadequate resource data, incorrect investment advice and adverse market conditions. We then implement and deliver strategies, offering and executing autonomous solutions or a merger-consolidation-aggregation of interests. Aligned to our contribution and commitment to create value we are incentivised with fee based, equity participation and royalty payment structures.
WHAT WE DO ….. Think Disruptive ….. Think Differently