SGX partners with ICIS to offer new Asian polyolefins contracts

SINGAPORE, 21  November  2014--Singapore Exchange (SGX), Asia’s most international exchange, is partnering with ICIS, the world’s largest petrochemical intelligence provider, to offer four new Asian polyolefins swaps and futures contracts:

  1. SGX ICIS LLDPE CFR China Swaps and Futures
  2. SGX ICIS LLDPE CFR SE Asia Swaps and Futures
  3. SGX ICIS PP Flat Yarn (Raffia) CFR China Swaps and Futures
  4. SGX ICIS PP Flat Yarn (Raffia) CFR SE Asia Swaps and Futures

The collaboration was prompted by increased demand for price risk management tools in the Asian polyoefins market. An exchange-cleared swaps contract provides market players with protection against default risks by eliminating the counter-party credit risk that is inherent in bilateral trades.

Reliable risk management instruments to inform hedging strategies in the Asian polyolefins markets are becoming essential. The polyolefins swaps and futures contracts provide a more direct hedge over existing hedging instruments that are solely based on feedstocks.

The SGX-ICIS Asian polyolefins swaps and futures contracts will be settled based on the ICIS Monthly Settlement Prices (MSPs). The ICIS MSPs are the monthly averages of the weekly spot price assessments published by ICIS. ICIS’s polyolefins spot price assessments are widely used by resin producers, plastics processors and resins traders in Asia as a benchmark for contract pricing.

The partnership of the two well-established companies in their own fields for the Asian Polyolefins Swaps and Futures Contracts will serve to assure investors and traders of the product integrity.

“SGX is pleased to collaborate with ICIS to bring derivatives clearing to the petrochemical industry in Asia. The proposed contract is designed to address the industry’s need for an efficient risk management solution to manage the counterparty and price risks in this volatile market environment.  We will continue to provide our customers with a trusted and flexible platform to manage the complexity of Asia’s evolving market structure, ” said Lily Chia, Head of Product Management for Commodities at SGX.

“The launch of these contracts by the SGX heralds a new beginning for polyolefins trade in Asia by enhancing efficiencies in financial risk management. ICIS has been providing industry-recognised polyolefins benchmarks in Asia for close to 25 years and we are indeed honoured to have been selected by the SGX as a partner. We are also pleased to add that ICIS’s Asia polyolefins benchmarks have  passed an independent audit, the first to do so, based on IOSCO’s Price Reporting Agency (PRA) Principles, which is a further sign of our commitment to our stakeholders,” Steve Tan, Asia Editorial Director at ICIS, further commented.  

About ICIS

ICIS is the world's largest petrochemical market information provider and has fast-growing energy and fertilizer divisions. Our aim is to give companies in global commodities markets a competitive advantage by delivering trusted pricing data, high-value news, analysis and independent consulting, enabling our customers to make better-informed trading and planning decisions. We have more than 30 years' experience in providing pricing information, news, analysis and consulting to buyers, sellers and analysts.

With a global staff of more than 800, ICIS has employees based in HoustonWashingtonNew YorkLondon, Montpellier,Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, MilanMumbaiSingaporeGuangzhouBeijingShanghai, Yantai, Tokyo and Perth. ICIS is a division of Reed Business Information, part of Reed Elsevier Plc.

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