JPM Sells Its Physical Commodities Business To Mercuria For $3.5 Billion

Adam Taggart
By Adam Taggart on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 - 10:47am

From Zero Hedge:

Goodbye Blythe Masters: JPM Sells Its Physical Commodities Business To Mercuria For $3.5 Billion

While it has been public for a long time that i) JPM is eager to sell its physical commodities business and ii) the most likely buyer was little known Swiss-based Mercuria, there was nothing definitive released by JPM. Until moments ago, when Jamie Dimon formally announced that JPM is officially parting ways with the physical commodities business. But while contrary to previous expectations, following the sale JPM will still provide commercial gold vaulting operations around the world, it almost certainly means farewell to Blythe Masters.

From the release:

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its physical commodities business to Mercuria Energy Group Limited, a global energy and commodities trading company, for $3.5 billion. The all cash transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approvals.

J.P. Morgan will work closely with Mercuria to ensure a smooth transition of commodities assets, transactions, physical trading operations and employees to Mercuria at the close of the transaction.

“Our goal from the outset was to find a buyer that was interested in preserving the value of J.P. Morgan’s physical business,” said Blythe Masters, head of J.P. Morgan’s global commodities business. “Mercuria is a global leader in the commodities markets and an excellent long-term home for these businesses.”

Following the sale, J.P. Morgan will continue to provide traditional banking activities in the commodities markets, including financial products and the vaulting and trading of precious metals – businesses that the firm has been a leader in for years. The firm will also continue to make markets, provide liquidity and risk management, and offer advice to global companies and institutions around the world.

Read the full article here (which includes background on Mercuria)

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