OTC Europe, LLP, a subsidiary of leading independent commodities interdealer broker OTC Global Holdings (OTCGH), today announced the acquisition of Oil Brokerage Limited, a London-based global physical and financial oil products firm.
The acquisition further strengthens OTC Europe’s and OTCGH’s position as a major global player across all commodity markets by deepening its liquidity pools, product offerings, expertise and information resources in the global physical and financial oil products. Coming on the heels of the formation of OTC Asia in Singapore at the beginning of this year, it also continues OTCGH’s geographic expansion and marks another significant milestone for the company as it celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017.
“Putting these two firms together brings unparalleled value to our clients and employees. Both companies have had incredible success and growth, especially in the last five years when many of our peers in commodities have folded, sold or floundered,” said Joe Kelly, OTCGH President and Co-CEO. “While we typically build our own firms, we also have made strategic acquisitions and Oil Brokerage was strong in areas of the market we weren’t in yet but saw an opportunity.”
Established in late 1988, Oil Brokerage specializes in the brokering of Physical Gasoline, Gasoline Components, Gasoline Swaps, Physical Naphtha, Naphtha Swaps, Fuel Oil, LPG and Freight Futures (FFA) for clients such as major oil companies, oil trading divisions of investment banks and commodity houses as well as other established independent trading concerns and funds. It has more than 70 employees working at offices in London and Singapore.
Oil Brokerage will become one of OTC Europe’s brokering groups, joining the London office’s Aalpha Energy, Ion Energy UK, Choice! UK and P&P Oil desks, and will have the ability to leverage OTCGH’s global network of 20 independent portfolio companies in Chicago, Des Moines, Geneva, Houston, London, Louisville, New Jersey, New York and Singaporeas well as technology resources such as the company’s EOXLive platform to serve its clients.
“A decade ago we structured our agile and innovative business model with deals like this in mind. This acquisition again exemplifies why that model works as we can bring in a company like Oil Brokerage, allowing them to maintain their independence and ability to offer specialized products while at the same time enjoying the financial, managerial and technological resources needed to compete effectively in today’s rapidly changing marketplace,” added Kelly.
“This deal is a sound strategic move for our company,” said James McNicol, Oil Brokerage’s Managing Director. “We’ve had major success in Europe over the years and recently expanded our business in Asia. OB has been pursued by a number of suitors during our nearly 30 years in business, however, the opportunity to accelerate our growth within OTC Global’s structure is something we are genuinely excited about and look forward to greatly. .”