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For Immediate Release March 25, 2003

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Louise Marshall, ISDA New York (212) 901-6000; lmarshall@isda.org

 

 

ISDA ISSUES BEST PRACTICES STATEMENT

FOR CERTAIN ENERGY PRODUCTS

 

 

NEW YORK, Tuesday, March 25, 2003 – The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) today announced a statement of best practices for all parties to physical and derivative transactions involving European oil products.

 

Platt’s European Marketscan (“Platt’s”) will implement several product methodology changes, effective Tuesday, April 1, 2003.  In particular, Platt’s will reflect “market on close” assessments in the determination of prices for all European oil products.  The market on close assessment will reflect the market price at 17:30 London time. 

 

ISDA is issuing this statement in light of prevailing market conditions and in the interest of mitigating market risk and promoting orderly valuation and settlement of positions by participants in the energy market,” said ISDA General Counsel Kimberly Summe. “While parties are not obliged to follow these rules, and may choose alternate means of addressing an event, ISDA strongly encourages market participants to follow these guidelines.

 

Following discussions with a broad group of energy market participants regarding Platt’s change in the assessment of prices for European oil products, ISDA issues the following statement of best practices for all parties to any physical and derivative transaction involving the pricing of European oil products on or after, April 1, 2003. This statement pertains to all transactions, whether documented under ISDA Master Agreements or under other contractual arrangements. 

 

Statement

ISDA, in consultation with energy market participants, recommends the following methodology for all physical and derivative transactions affected by Platt’s change in product methodology effective April 1, 2003:

 

1.      For any physical and derivative transaction where the pricing of that transaction in whole or part is referenced to the quotation appearing in Platt’s “European Marketscan” as the “IPE Gasoil Average” (being the daily weighted average of the International Petroleum Exchange’s first nearby Gasoil futures contracts), such pricing of that transaction shall be referenced to the daily settlement price of the International Petroleum Exchange’s first nearby Gasoil futures contract, as published by the International Petroleum Exchange’s first nearby Gasoil futures contract, as published by the International Petroleum Exchange.[1]

 

2.      Except as provided in 1. above, for any physical and derivative transaction where the pricing of that transaction in whole or part is referenced to a quotation appearing in Platt’s “European Marketscan” for European oil product(s), such pricing of that transaction shall continue to be made by reference to that Platt’s quotation, notwithstanding Platt’s change in product methodology.[2]

 

 

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[1]               Such recommendation reflects the current practice of the International Petroleum Exchange to assess the settlement price at 17:27 London time.  Should that practice change, ISDA’s recommendation shall be subject to further review.

[2]               This position is reflective of the timescale imposed for the introduction of the Platt’s change in methodology and may be subject to further review and recommendation.