Trafigura seeks funding as commodity surge triggers margin calls - Bloomberg News

Trafigura logo is pictured in the company entrance in Geneva
Trafigura logo is pictured in the company entrance in Geneva, Switzerland, March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

March 15 (Reuters) - Global commodities trader Trafigura Group has been holding talks with private equity groups to secure additional financing as soaring prices trigger margin calls across the commodities industry, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday.

Trafigura faced margin calls in the billions of dollars last week, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

The increased margin calls – essentially requests to deposit extra funds with brokers – come amid supercharged volatility in raw materials prices after the invasion of Ukraine by commodities-export giant Russia sparked sanctions from the United States and it allies. read more

Trafigura had held talks with Blackstone Inc (BX.N) for an investment of around $2 billion to $3 billion in preference shares or a similar hybrid instrument, the report said, adding that the talks, however, failed and no deal was made.

Blackstone declined a Reuters request for comment.

The report also said Trafigura approached Apollo Global Management Inc (APO.N), BlackRock Inc (BLK.N) and KKR & Co (KKR.N) to seek new funding.

"As part of a longer-term strategy to diversify our sources of finance, we have been building relationships with alternative providers of capital," Trafigura said in an emailed statement to Reuters. "We regularly engage with alternative capital providers on debt and equity opportunities across the business."

Apollo, KKR and BlackRock also declined to comment.

Earlier this month, Trafigura said it raised a $1.2 billion revolving credit facility from a consortium of banks to increase its financing pool in order to handle soaring energy and commodity prices. read more

Reporting by Shubhendu Deshmukh, Akanksha Khushi and Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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