Trade Finance AU Fund: Institutional Class

May 2021

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Kimura Capital LLP is a UK-based, FCA-registered investment advisor focused on commodity trade financing. The firm was founded in 2013 by Kristofer Tremaine and Neil West and along with the other senior members of the team bring extensive experience to the effort, many having built or run commodity trading and financing businesses previously. The Kimura Commodity Trade Finance Fund is a private credit strategy focused on financing the physical supply chain of commodities worldwide. European banks had long dominated this space, but changes to capital regulations have forced many institutions out of this business, leading to a significant “lending gap” for commodities. Through the Fund, Kimura provides much needed capital to producers and consumers of commodities through asset-backed loans, collateralized by physical commodities and often insured by third parties. Loans have terms of 30 to 180 days and are diversified across commodity types (ie, Ags, Softs, Metals and Energy), trade routes, and borrowers. The repeatable nature of these financings yields consistent returns that exhibit low correlation to credit spreads and interest rates.

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Performance Details

Net Return Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec YTD ITD
2021 0.01% -0.15% 0.21% 0.19% 0.15% 0.43% 3.65%
2021 0.17% 0.48% 0.46% 0.18% 0.94% 0.42% 0.41% 0.13% 3.18% 3.18%*


Returns were subdued in May, due to ongoing delays to shipping, repayments and associated insurance claims. We see stronger than ever borrowing demand from medium to large companies, resulting in timely completion of several negotiations with new and existing borrowers, at attractive risk premiums. The May commodity price rally has helped, putting upward pressure on facility limits at banks, who were not positioned to respond to the increase in demand. The expanding presence of Kimura in the trade finance space, has also encouraged a previously untapped pool of larger commodity players to approach us. We added a new facility to the portfolio, in collaboration with one of the world’s leading providers of agricultural commodities, logistics and financial services, to finance their Coffee supply operations in NW Europe. We continue to progress and execute pipeline transactions, which offer further diversification and opportunities for attractive spreads for the fund, across strategic commodity assets.

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Kimura Capital LLP is a Corporate Authorised Representative (CAR) of Boutique Capital Pty Ltd AFSL 508011, CAR Number 001284820 (BCPL).

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