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Tullett Prebon acquires MOAB Oil

First Published 28th July 2015

Tullett Prebon acquires energy markets broker MOAB Oil.

John Phizackerley, Tullett Prebon

John Phizackerley, Tullett Prebon

"The acquisition of MOAB is consistent with our strategic aim to build our global energy and commodities franchise. MOAB is an excellent fit with our existing crude oil and energy broking activities."

Tullett Prebon has acquired MOAB Oil an independent broker of physical and financial instruments in the energy markets.

MOAB's expertise includes physical gasoline, gasoline blending components, oil product swaps, ethanol, ethanol derivatives, natural gas financial derivatives, crude oil, distillates, weather and power products.

MOAB was incorporated in 2003. The business has 23 brokers and is based in Norwalk, Connecticut. MOAB generated revenue of $23.7m (£14.4m) in 2014. The three senior principals, who intend to remain with the Company following the acquisition, will further build out the energy business, using the scale and depth of the Tullett Prebon platform to reach clients with a broader range of products and services. MOAB intends to add complementary desks and broking products and to expand the footprint of the business internationally.

The acquisition is being funded from the Company's existing cash resources and comprises an initial cash consideration of US$12.3m (£7.8m), plus an amount equal to the working capital in the business, including cash. Further deferred contingent consideration is payable from the first anniversary of completion through to the fifth anniversary. The amount of deferred contingent consideration is dependent upon the performance of the business over the five year period and has an initial fair value estimated to be US$14.3m (£9.1m).

John Phizackerley, CEO of Tullett Prebon, said, "The acquisition of MOAB is consistent with our strategic aim to build our global energy and commodities franchise. MOAB is an excellent fit with our existing crude oil and energy broking activities. It complements our recent acquisition of PVM and further establishes our leading position in the energy sector. The team at MOAB shares our commitment to serving customers with professionalism and integrity and we are delighted that the senior principals will be working alongside us to build our energy business."

Kenneth Utting, president of MOAB, said, "In Tullett Prebon, we have found an ideal partner for MOAB. Together we will be able to expand and enhance our valuable franchise, extend our reach geographically, reach more customers and provide an even better quality of input on market depth and colour and service in execution of oil trades."