September 6, 2018 - 1:20 PM EDT
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Pinnacle Asset Management Expands Physical Commodities Platform Through Acquisition of North American Natural Gas Wholesale Trading Business


Experienced Team Led by ex-Noble Americas Corp. Industry Veteran Ben Sutton Will Operate and Manage Portfolio

Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P. and affiliated investment entities, (“Pinnacle”), a leading commodities and natural resources investment organization, today announced the acquisition of the North American natural gas wholesale trading business from Sierentz Global Merchants LLC. Ben Sutton, who most recently served as Head of North American Gas and Power at Noble Americas Corp., will serve as CEO of the new business, which will be known as Six One Commodities. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Jason M. Kellman, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Pinnacle, said, “The natural gas and power markets are entering a period of significant market dislocation and volatility. The addition of a fully-operational natural gas and power wholesale trading business enables Pinnacle to hit the ground running as we continue to build out our diversified, global, physical commodity merchant platform. Moreover, we are excited to partner with Ben Sutton and his talented team, who have a demonstrated history of building businesses and have deep experience investing across North American natural gas and power markets.”

Sutton brings more than 15 years of natural gas, power trading and marketing experience, as well as proven leadership capabilities to Six One Commodities. Prior to working at Noble, he held senior roles at RBS Sempra Commodities and Shell. While at Noble, he built their physical natural gas and power merchant division, which was acquired by Mercuria Investments U.S., Inc. in 2017. At Six One Commodities, Sutton will be joined by a team of senior leaders from across the industry, including Brian O’Hara as Head of Trading, Dan Ryng, Chris Gradel as Traders and Kelly Bezas as Head of Operations.

Sutton added, “On behalf of the Six One Commodities team, we are thrilled with the acquisition and partnership with Pinnacle at this exciting time in the firm’s growth as we seek to identify and capture the numerous market opportunities in front of us. Pinnacle has built an institutional commodities investment platform and we look forward to identifying attractive opportunities in a dynamic sector.”

In addition to its core commodities trading expertise, Pinnacle continues to demonstrate its leadership and commitment to its physical commodities merchant businesses. In 2015, Pinnacle backed London based Concord Resources Limited, one of the world’s largest non-ferrous metals merchants, run by Mark Hansen, the former global head of Noble Group’s metals division. In 2018, Pinnacle acquired Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, the world’s largest cattle feeding operation, from JBS USA.

About Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P.

Founded in 2003, Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P. is a private, New York-based alternative asset management firm focused on the global commodities markets with approximately $2.3 billion under management. Pinnacle provides its institutional investor clientele with exposure to the global commodities markets via physical and financial absolute return funds, strategies and products. Pinnacle is registered as an investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is registered as a commodity trading adviser and a commodity pool operator with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and is a member of the National Futures Association.

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Source: Business Wire (September 6, 2018 - 1:20 PM EDT)

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