Pierre Andurand launches a new fund. Pierre Andurand is a contrarian oil investor, his investing career has had ebbs and flows. One of Pierre Andurand’s success story was the closure of his BlueGold fund in 2012 with a handsome 99% return on capital.

But the prominent oil hedge-fund manager lost big during last year’s price slump. Pierre Andurand’s $1bn Andurand Commodities Fund hemorrhaged 20.9% in last November’s oil rout in crude prices alone leaving the fund in the red by 12% for 2018.

“Pierre Andurand’s $1bn Andurand Commodities Fund hemorrhaged 20.9% in last November’s oil rout in crude prices”

 

Now Pierre Andurand launches a new fund with the aim of making amends

Pierre Andurand’s new fund will take on more risk with the aim of profiting from some of the crude’s price recovery.

The commodities hedge fund manager, Pierre Andurand will also be closing his firm’s New York office after a tough trading year in 2018. Pierre Andurand fund will focus its operations in London and Malta offices, according to people familiar with the matter.

Pierre Andurand launches a new fund at a time when the oil trader has seen a number of recent staff departures at his Andurand Capital LP fund

The New York office, which opened in late 2017 only has a few staff members.

Pierre Andurand the oil bull trader has had a few tough years shedding profits and staff.

“Pierre Andurand’s new fund will take on more risk with the aim of profiting from some of the crude’s price recovery”

 

In 2018 Pierre Andurand lost 20% of the fund’s capital. Moreover, Andurand Capital LP has seen a sharp drop in its assets under management of “approximately $800 million” last month (March), according to a March presentation seen by Bloomberg, down from more than $1 billion in the third quarter of last year. Andurand Capital global headcount is now just 24 people, with six operating its investment team in offices in London and Malta, according to the presentation.

“once-in-a-generation trading opportunity”
Pierre Andurand (take on new ship-fuel rules, IMO 2020)

Pierre Andurand launches a new fund and investors get an insight in the commodity trader’s recent preparation

Pierre Andurand called new ship-fuel rules, known as IMO 2020, a “once-in-a-generation trading opportunity”.

Pierre Andurand also highlighted the chance to go “long crude” as refiners will increase utilization “significantly” to try to meet a spike in diesel demand. Pierre Andurand also recommended buying diesel crack spreads, the difference between diesel and crude, and selling fuel oil crack spreads, saying that refiners will fail to produce enough diesel, while the new rules will “destroy” demand for fuel oil.

But is this 2020 regulatory change priced in the market?

“No” said Pierre Andurand, in the presentation, arguing that forward prices for diesel cracks were too low “given the upcoming diesel demand spike in 2020.”

Pierre Andurand launches a new fund and despite his recent losses going long the commodity traders remains an ardent oil bull

Fortunes could change for Pierre Andurand, bearing in mind that even a broken clock gets the chance to be right at least twice a day.

TRADING SOFTWARE

Dan Loeb targets Sony. Dan Loeb is an activist investor and founder of Third Point, which oversees about $14.5 billion in assets.

Last year the activist investor viewed Campbell soup as a bargain when Third point reported that the soup maker could fetch a takeover value of $52 to $58 per share.

A year later and the activist investor Dan Loeb targets Sony

Dan Loeb's activist hedge fund Third Point is raising an investment vehicle to generate between $500 million and $1 billion so it can continue to buy Sony shares, according to a recent report in Reuters.