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Contracting Opportunities Offered by Your Coop Through CoMark Equity Alliance

  • Purchase Contract – Regular forward contract that states the commodity, price, location, and timeframe for delivery
  • Hedge To Arrive Contract (HTA) – Allows for lock in of favorable futures price with the ability to wait for more favorable basis values at a future date.  Can lock in favorable futures prices for future years that don’t have basis established yet. 
  • Basis Contract – Allows for lock in of favorable basis levels with the ability to wait for more favorable futures values in the future.
  • Minimum Price Contract – Allows for the lock in of a worst case scenario with ability to “re-price” bushels at a later date if futures increase.  Think of it as price insurance.  The cost of the minimum price structure is based on the cost of the premium plus fee.
  • Defer Pay Contract – Gives you a premium for your grain to wait for payment.  Good for pricing bushels at profitable levels and deferring payment to a different time period.
  • Delay Price Contract – A contract that gives CEA ownership of grain so CEA can move it when the market wants it most or when CEA doesn’t have grain ownership and need to move the grain for space reasons.

Advantages of CoMark Equity Alliance

  • Grain Position Management – Volume sales, move quality end user demands easier, Arbitrage
  • Asset Utilization – Ship grain that needs to move most or makes the most sense, decrease terminal storage, carry grain when markets allow
  • Risk Aversion – Stabilized bottom line, spread out over more geographical area, different commodity mixes
  • Truck Efficiency – Centralized Truck Management
  • Overall Management – Full time grain merchandising/logistics team with goal to sell and deliver the right bushels to the right end user given contract specifications, quality requirements, timeframe needed, freight costs, and our need to sell/ship
  • Other – Better interest rates, hedging costs, real time quotes, and other decreased costs to the local coop owners