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ABFF 10Q Quarterly Report

Part I. Financial Information
Item 1. Financial Statements.
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
Item 4. Controls and Procedures.
Part II. Other Information
Item 1. Legal Proceedings.
Item 1A. Risk Factors.
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.
Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities. - None.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures. - Not Applicable.
Item 5. Other Information.
Item 6. Exhibits.
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Ceres Abingdon Earnings 2020-03-31

Balance SheetIncome StatementCash Flow

10-Q 1 d802765d10q.htm 10-Q 10-Q

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(X) QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES

EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2020

OR ( ) TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                to                 

Commission File Number 0-53210

CERES ABINGDON L.P.

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

New York   20-3845005

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

c/o Ceres Managed Futures LLC

522 Fifth Avenue

New York, New York 10036

 

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(855) 672-4468

 

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class    Trading Symbol(s)    Name of each exchange on which registered
N/A    N/A    N/A

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes X No   

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).

Yes X No   

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act:

Large accelerated filer                     Accelerated filer                         Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company            Emerging growth company    

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.    

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

Yes    No X

As of April 30, 2020, there were 79,271.3757 Limited Partnership Class A Redeemable Units outstanding 4,532.8096 Limited Partnership Class D Redeemable Units outstanding and 187.2652 Limited Partnership Class Z Redeemable Units outstanding.


PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements.

Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Statements of Financial Condition

 

     March 31,
2020
    (Unaudited)    
    December 31,  
2019

Assets:

    

Investment in the Master(1), at fair value

     $ 99,434,279       $ 128,504,409  

Redemptions receivable from the Master

     10,512,733       1,274,473  

Cash at MS&Co.

     327,629       340,290  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Total assets

     $ 110,274,641       $ 130,119,172  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Partners’ Capital:

    

Liabilities:

    

Accrued expenses:

    

Ongoing selling agent fees

     $ 175,926       $ 207,853  

Management fees

     137,325       162,062  

General Partner fees

     91,550       108,041  

Professional fees

     238,588       261,695  

Redemptions payable to Limited Partners

     10,083,308       761,466  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Total liabilities

     10,726,697       1,501,117  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital:

    

General Partner, Class Z, 1,072.8890 Redeemable Units outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019

     1,271,477       1,455,237  

Limited Partners, Class A, 81,489.7247 and 92,267.0207 Redeemable Units outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

     92,928,850       121,031,295  

Limited Partners, Class D, 4,532.8096 Redeemable Units outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019

     5,125,690       5,877,521  

Limited Partners, Class Z, 187.2652 Redeemable Units outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019

     221,927       254,002  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Total partners’ capital (net asset value)

     99,547,944       128,618,055  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Total liabilities and partners’ capital

     $     110,274,641        $     130,119,172   
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit:

    

Class A

     $ 1,140.38       $ 1,311.75  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class D

     $ 1,130.80       $ 1,296.66  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Z

     $ 1,185.10       $ 1,356.37  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Defined in Note 1.

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Statements of Income and Expenses

(Unaudited)

 

     Three Months
Ended March 31,
     2020    2019

Investment Income:

     

Interest income allocated from the Master

     $ 332,981        $ 968,047  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Expenses:

     

Expenses allocated from the Master

     88,430        57,373  

Ongoing selling agent fees

     571,623        805,200  

Management fees

     446,038        668,839  

General Partner fees

     297,359        445,893  

Professional fees

     83,914        123,572  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total expenses

     1,487,364        2,100,877  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net investment loss

     (1,154,383      (1,132,830
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Trading Results:

     

Net gains (losses) on investment in the Master:

     

Net realized gains (losses) on closed contracts allocated from the Master

     (18,550,738      (7,142,077

Net change in unrealized gains (losses) on open contracts allocated from the Master

     3,160,971        9,046,250  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total trading results

     (15,389,767      1,904,173  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     $ (16,544,150      $ 771,343  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per Redeemable Unit:*

     

Class A

     $ (171.37      $ 5.90  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Class D

     $ (165.86      $ 9.80  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Class Z

     $ (171.27      $ 12.69  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Weighted average Redeemable Units outstanding:

     

Class A

         91,303.3837             117,014.6150   
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Class D

     4,532.8096        17,913.2276  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Class Z

     1,260.1542        2,672.3182  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

*         Represents the change in net asset value per Redeemable Unit during the period.

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 and 2019

(Unaudited)

 

    Class A   Class D   Class Z   Total
    Amount   Redeemable Units   Amount   Redeemable Units   Amount   Redeemable Units   Amount   Redeemable Units 

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2018

      $ 156,601,179       119,266.5507       $ 22,960,575       17,913.2276       $ 3,556,205       2,672.3182       $ 183,117,959       139,852.0965

Subscriptions - Limited Partners

      200,000       156.1940       -           -           -           -           200,000       156.1940

Redemptions - Limited Partners

      (9,962,378 )       (7,665.7400 )       -           -           -           -           (9,962,378 )       (7,665.7400 )

Net income (loss)

      561,827       -           175,586       -           33,930       -           771,343       -    
   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, March 31, 2019

      $     147,400,628       111,757.0047       $ 23,136,161       17,913.2276       $     3,590,135       2,672.3182       $     174,126,924       132,342.5505
   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, December 31, 2019

      $ 121,031,295       92,267.0207     $ 5,877,521       4,532.8096       $ 1,709,239       1,260.1542       $ 128,618,055       98,059.9845

Redemptions - Limited Partners

      (12,525,961 )       (10,777.2960 )       -           -           -           -           (12,525,961 )       (10,777.2960 )

Net income (loss)

      (15,576,484 )       -           (751,831 )       -           (215,835 )       -           (16,544,150 )       -    
   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, March 31, 2020

      $ 92,928,850       81,489.7247     $     5,125,690       4,532.8096       $ 1,493,404       1,260.1542       $ 99,547,944           87,282.6885
   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

  1.

Organization:

Ceres Abingdon L.P. (the “Partnership”) is a limited partnership organized on November 8, 2005, under the partnership laws of the State of New York, to engage, directly or indirectly, in the speculative trading of a diversified portfolio of commodity interests including futures, option, swap and forward contracts. The sectors traded include currencies, energy, grains, indices, U.S. and non-U.S. interest rates, livestock, metals and softs. The Partnership commenced trading on February 1, 2007. The commodity interests that are indirectly traded by the Partnership through its investment in CMF Winton Master L.P. (the “Master”) are volatile and involve a high degree of market risk. The General Partner (as defined below) may also determine to invest up to all of the Partnership’s assets (directly or indirectly through its investment in the Master) in United States (“U.S.”) Treasury bills and/or money market mutual funds, including money market mutual funds managed by Morgan Stanley or its affiliates. The Partnership privately and continuously offers redeemable units of limited partnership interest in the Partnership (“Redeemable Units”) to qualified investors. There is no maximum number of Redeemable Units that may be sold by the Partnership.

Ceres Managed Futures LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, acts as the general partner (the “General Partner”) and commodity pool operator of the Partnership. The General Partner is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Domestic Holdings, Inc. (“MSD Holdings”). MSD Holdings is ultimately owned by Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is a publicly held company whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Morgan Stanley is engaged in various financial services and other businesses. As of March 31, 2020, all trading decisions for the Partnership are made by Winton Capital Management Limited (the “Advisor”).

During the reporting periods ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, the Partnership’s and the Master’s commodity broker was Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“MS&Co.”), a registered futures commission merchant. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A (“JPMorgan”) was also a foreign exchange forward contract counterparty for the Master.

On February 1, 2007, the Partnership allocated substantially all of its capital to the Master, a limited partnership organized under the partnership laws of the State of New York, having the same investment objective as the Partnership. The Master permits accounts managed by the Advisor pursuant to Diversified Macro Strategies (formerly, the Winton Futures Program), the Advisor’s proprietary, systematic trading program, to invest together in one trading vehicle. The General Partner is also the general partner of the Master. Individual and pooled accounts currently managed by the Advisor, including the Partnership, are permitted to be limited partners of the Master. The General Partner and the Advisor believe that trading through this master/feeder structure promotes efficiency and economy in the trading process. Expenses to limited partners as a result of the investment in the Master are approximately the same as if the Partnership traded directly, and redemption rights are not affected. The General Partner and the Advisor agreed that the Advisor will trade the Partnership’s assets allocated to the Advisor at a level that is up to 1.5 times the amount of assets allocated. The amount of leverage may be increased or decreased in the future.

A limited partner in the Master may withdraw all or part of its capital contribution and undistributed profits, if any, from the Master as of the end of any month (the “Redemption Date”) after a request had been made to the General Partner at least three days in advance of the Redemption Date. Such withdrawals are classified as a liability when the limited partner in the Master elects to redeem and informs the Master.

The General Partner is not aware of any material changes to the trading program discussed above during the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2020.

 

4


Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

On April 1, 2011, the Partnership began offering “Class A” Redeemable Units, “Class D” Redeemable Units and “Class Z” Redeemable Units pursuant to the offering memorandum. All Redeemable Units issued prior to April 1, 2011 were deemed Class A Redeemable Units. The rights, liabilities, risks, and fees associated with investment in the Class A Redeemable Units did not change. “Class D” Redeemable Units and “Class Z” Redeemable Units were first issued on April 1, 2011 and August 1, 2011, respectively. Class A Redeemable Units, Class D Redeemable Units and Class Z Redeemable Units will each be referred to as a “Class” and collectively referred to as the “Classes.” The Class of Redeemable Units that a limited partner receives upon a subscription will generally depend upon the amount invested in the Partnership or the status of the limited partner, although the General Partner may determine to offer any Class of Redeemable Units to investors at its discretion. Class A Redeemable Units and Class D Redeemable Units are available to taxable U.S. individuals and institutions, U.S. tax exempt individuals and institutions and non-U.S. investors. Class Z Redeemable Units are offered to limited partners who receive advisory services from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (doing business as Morgan Stanley Wealth Management) (“Morgan Stanley Wealth Management”) and certain employees of Morgan Stanley and its subsidiaries (and their family members). Class A Redeemable Units, Class D Redeemable Units, and Class Z Redeemable Units are identical, except that Class D Redeemable Units are subject to a monthly ongoing selling agent fee equal to 1/12th of 0.75% (a 0.75% annual rate) of the net assets of Class D as of the end of each month, which differs from the Class A monthly ongoing selling agent fee of 1/12th of 2.00% (a 2.00% annual rate) of the net assets of Class A as of the end of each month. Class Z Redeemable Units are not subject to a monthly ongoing selling agent fee.

Management fees, ongoing selling agent fees, the General Partner fee and incentive fees are charged at the Partnership level. Clearing fees are borne by the Master and allocated to the Partnerships’ limited partners. Professional fees are borne by the Master and allocated to the Partnership.

At March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the Partnership owned approximately 70.4% and 62.5%, respectively, of the Master. The Partnership intends to continue to invest substantially all of its assets in the Master. The performance of the Partnership is directly affected by the performance of the Master. The Master’s trading of futures, forward, swap and option contracts, if applicable, on commodities is done primarily on U.S. commodity exchanges and non-U.S. commodity exchanges. The Master engages in such trading through a commodity brokerage account maintained with MS&Co. The Master’s Statements of Financial Condition, Condensed Schedules of Investments and Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital are included herein.

The Master has entered into a foreign exchange brokerage account agreement and a futures brokerage account agreement with MS&Co. The Partnership has also entered into a futures brokerage account agreement with MS&Co. The Partnership, through its investment in the Master, pays MS&Co. (or will reimburse MS&Co., if previously paid) its allocable share of all trading fees for the clearing and, where applicable, execution of transactions as well as exchange, user, give-up, floor brokerage and National Futures Association fees (collectively, the “clearing fees”).

The Partnership has also entered into a selling agreement with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (as amended, the “Selling Agreement”). Pursuant to the Selling Agreement, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management is paid a monthly ongoing selling agent fee at the rates described above. The ongoing selling agent fee received by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management is shared with the properly registered/exempted financial advisors of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management who sell Class A and/or Class D Redeemable Units.

On July 12, 2017, the Master entered into certain agreements with JPMorgan in connection with trading in forward foreign currency contracts on behalf of the Master and, indirectly, the Partnership. These agreements include a foreign exchange and bullion authorization agreement (“FX Agreement”), an International Swap Dealers Association, Inc. master agreement (“Master Agreement”), a schedule to the Master Agreement, a 2016 credit support annex for variation margin to the schedule and an institutional account agreement. Under the FX Agreement, JPMorgan charges a fee on the aggregate foreign currency transactions entered into on behalf of the Master during a month.

The General Partner has delegated certain administrative functions to SS&C Technologies, Inc., a Delaware corporation, currently doing business as SS&C GlobeOp (the “Administrator”). Pursuant to a master services agreement, the Administrator furnishes certain administrative, accounting, regulatory reporting, tax and other services as agreed from time to time. In addition, the Administrator maintains certain books and records of the Partnership. The cost of retaining the Administrator is allocated among the pools operated by the General Partner, including the Partnership.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

  2.

Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies:

The accompanying financial statements and accompanying notes are unaudited but, in the opinion of the General Partner, include all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of the Partnership’s financial condition at March 31, 2020, and the results of its operations and the changes in partners’ capital for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019. These financial statements present the results for interim periods and do not include all disclosures normally provided in annual financial statements. These financial statements should be read together with the financial statements and notes included in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for the year ended December 31, 2019. The December 31, 2019 information has been derived from the audited financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Due to the nature of commodity trading, the results of operations for the interim periods presented should not be considered indicative of the results that may be expected for the entire year.

Use of Estimates. The preparation of financial statements and accompanying notes in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) requires the General Partner to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expenses, and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities in the financial statements and accompanying notes. As a result, actual results could differ from these estimates, and those differences could be material.

Profit Allocation. The General Partner and each limited partner share in the profits and losses of the Partnership in proportion to the amount of Partnership interest owned by each, except that no limited partner is liable for obligations of the Partnership in excess of its capital contributions and profits, if any, net of distributions, redemptions and losses, if any.

Statement of Cash Flows. The Partnership has not provided a Statement of Cash Flows, as permitted by Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 230, “Statement of Cash Flows.” The Statements of Changes in Partners’ Capital is included herein, and as of and for the periods ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, the Partnership carried no debt and substantially all of the Partnership’s and the Master’s investments were carried at fair value and classified as Level 1 and Level 2 measurements.

Partnership’s Investment. The Partnership carries its investment in the Master at fair value based on the Master’s net asset value per redeemable unit, as a practical expedient, as calculated by the Master. The valuation of the Master’s investments, including the classification within the fair value hierarchy of the investments held by the Master, are described in Note 5, “Fair Value Measurements.”

Master’s Investments. All commodity interests of the Master, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments, are held for trading purposes. The commodity interests are recorded on the trade date and open contracts are recorded at fair value (as described in Note 5, “Fair Value Measurements”) at the measurement date. Investments in commodity interests denominated in foreign currencies are translated into U.S. dollars at the exchange rates prevailing at the measurement date. Gains or losses are realized when contracts are liquidated and are determined using the first-in, first-out method. Net unrealized gains or losses on open contracts are included as a component of equity in trading accounts in the Master’s Statements of Financial Condition. Net realized gains or losses and net change in unrealized gains or losses are included in the Master’s Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital. The Master does not isolate the portion of the results of operations arising from the effect of changes in foreign exchange rates on investments due to fluctuations from changes in market prices of investments held. Such fluctuations are included in total trading results in the Master’s Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital.

Master’s Cash. The Master’s restricted cash is equal to the cash portion of assets on deposit to meet margin requirements, as determined by the exchange or counterparty, and required by MS&Co and/or JPMorgan, as applicable. At March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the amount of cash held for margin requirements was $17,468,285 and $32,343,512, respectively. Cash that is not classified as restricted cash is therefore classified as unrestricted cash. The Master’s restricted and unrestricted cash includes cash denominated in foreign currencies of $4,150,692 (cost of $4,009,487) and $5,683,449 (cost of $5,580,696) as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Income Taxes. Income taxes have not been recorded as each partner is individually liable for the taxes, if any, on its share of the Partnership’s income and expenses. The Partnership follows the guidance of ASC 740, “Income Taxes,” which prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for financial statement recognition and measurement of tax positions taken or expected to be taken in the course of preparing the Partnership’s tax returns to determine whether the tax positions are “more-likely-than-not” of being sustained “when challenged” or “when examined” by the applicable tax authority. Tax positions determined not to meet the more-likely-than-not threshold would be recorded as a tax benefit or liability in the Partnership’s Statements of Financial Condition for the current year. If a tax position does not meet the minimum statutory threshold to avoid the incurring of penalties, an expense for the amount of the statutory penalty and interest, if applicable, shall be recognized in the Partnership’s Statements of Income and Expenses in the period in which the position is claimed or expected to be claimed. The General Partner has concluded that there are no significant uncertain tax positions that would require recognition in the financial statements. The Partnership files U.S. federal and various state and local tax returns. No income tax returns are currently under examination. The 2016 through 2019 tax years remain subject to examination by U.S. federal and most state tax authorities.

Investment Company Status. The Partnership has been deemed to be an investment company since inception. Accordingly, the Partnership follows the investment company accounting and reporting guidance of Accounting Standards Update 2013-08 “Financial Services—Investment Companies (Topic 946): Amendments to the Scope, Measurement and Disclosure Requirements” and reflects its investments at fair value with unrealized gains and losses resulting from changes in fair value reflected in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

Net Income (Loss) per Redeemable Unit. Net income (loss) per Redeemable Unit for each Class is calculated in accordance with ASC 946, “Financial Services – Investment Companies.” See Note 3, Financial Highlights.”

There have been no material changes with respect to the Partnership’s critical accounting policies as reported in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The Master’s Statements of Financial Condition and Condensed Schedules of Investments as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 and Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 are presented below:

CMF Winton Master L.P.

Statements of Financial Condition

 

     March 31,
2020
    (Unaudited)    
    December 31,  
2019

Assets:

    

Equity in trading accounts:

    

Unrestricted cash

     $ 149,902,541       $ 182,012,280  

Restricted cash

     17,468,285       32,343,512  

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

     1,233,844       -    

Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

     444,797       -    
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity in trading accounts

     169,049,467       214,355,792  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 169,049,467       $ 214,355,792  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Partners’ Capital:

    

Liabilities:

    

Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     $ -         $ 869,229  

Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

     -         2,050,966  

Accrued expenses:

    

Professional fees

     66,180       59,679  

Redemptions payable

     27,747,627       5,973,309  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     27,813,807        8,953,183   
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital:

    

General Partner, 0.0000 Redeemable Units outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019

     -         -    

Limited Partners, 38,277.3364 and 48,847.3360 Redeemable Units outstanding at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

     141,235,660       205,402,609  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total partners’ capital (net asset value)

     141,235,660       205,402,609  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and partners’ capital

     $     169,049,467       $     214,355,792  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit

     $ 3,689.80       $ 4,204.99  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8


Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

CMF Winton Master L.P.

Condensed Schedule of Investments

March 31, 2020

(Unaudited)

 

     Notional ($)/
Number of
        Contracts        
             Fair Value                  % of Partners’    
Capital
 

Futures Contracts Purchased

        

Currencies

     277        $ (357,540)        (0.25)  % 

Grains

     4        517         0.00   * 

Indices

     32        157,200         0.11   

Interest Rates U.S.

     143        1,124,374         0.80   

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     1,384        (117,809)        (0.09)  

Metals

     113        (80,262)        (0.06)  

Softs

     169        (424,537)        (0.30)  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total futures contracts purchased

        301,943         0.21   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Futures Contracts Sold

        

Currencies

     672        590,843         0.42   

Energy

     454        1,155,646         0.82   

Grains

     663        (320,691)        (0.24)  

Indices

     216        (414,297)        (0.29)  

Interest Rates U.S.

     54        (194,117)        (0.14)  

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     355        (102,765)        (0.07)  

Livestock

     220        256,720         0.18   

Metals

     128        (360,020)        (0.25)  

Softs

     356        320,582         0.23   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total futures contracts sold

        931,901         0.66   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

        $         1,233,844         0.87   % 
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Unrealized Appreciation on Open Forward Contracts

        

Currencies

   $         53,810,316        $ 2,015,890         1.43   % 

Metals

     1,150        8,517,270         6.03   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

        10,533,160         7.46   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Unrealized Depreciation on Open Forward Contracts

        

Currencies

   $ 102,724,644        (3,982,883)        (2.83)  

Metals

     613        (6,105,480)        (4.32)  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

        (10,088,363)        (7.15)  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

        $ 444,797         0.31   % 
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

* Due to rounding.

 

9


Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

CMF Winton Master L.P.

Condensed Schedule of Investments

December 31, 2019

 

     Notional ($)/
Number of
        Contracts        
             Fair Value                  % of Partners’    
Capital
 

Futures Contracts Purchased

        

Currencies

     1,026        $ 816,084         0.40   % 

Energy

     546        499,579         0.24   

Grains

     202        245,197         0.12   

Indices

     1,457        743,917         0.36   

Interest Rates U.S.

     452        (1,147,946)        (0.56)  

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     1,986        (1,180,458)        (0.57)  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Livestock

     7        1,107         0.00   * 
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Metals

     795        2,077,798         1.01   

Softs

     325        (242,815)        (0.12)  

Total futures contracts purchased

        1,812,463         0.88   

Futures Contracts Sold

        

Currencies

     1,365        (1,740,121)        (0.85)  

Energy

     759        978,732         0.48   

Grains

     859        (1,131,908)        (0.55)  

Indices

     292        (217,870)        (0.11)  

Interest Rates U.S.

     616        127,032         0.06   

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     551        30,449         0.01   

Livestock

     48        (63,920)        (0.03)  

Softs

     465        (664,086)        (0.31)  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total futures contracts sold

        (2,681,692)        (1.30)  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

        $ (869,229)        (0.42)  % 
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Unrealized Appreciation on Open Forward Contracts

        

Currencies

   $         83,027,986        $ 1,138,504         0.55   % 

Metals

     430        1,781,416         0.87   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

                2,919,920         1.42   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Unrealized Depreciation on Open Forward Contracts

        

Currencies

   $ 42,818,809        (710,829)        (0.35)  

Metals

     902        (4,260,057)        (2.07)  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

        (4,970,886)        (2.42)  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

        $ (2,050,966)        (1.00)  % 
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

* Due to rounding.

 

10


Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

CMF Winton Master L.P.

Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital

(Unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended
     March 31,
     2020   2019

Investment Income:

    

Interest income

     $ 526,273       $ 1,770,886  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses:

    

Clearing fees

     117,667       89,282  

Professional fees

     21,000       15,750  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total expenses

     138,667       105,032  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net investment income (loss)

     387,606       1,665,854  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trading Results:

    

Net gains (losses) on trading of commodity interests:

    

Net realized gains (losses) on closed contracts

     (28,591,076     (13,387,345

Net change in unrealized gains (losses) on open contracts

     4,637,288       16,624,678  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total trading results

     (23,953,788     3,237,333  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     (23,566,182     4,903,187  

Subscriptions - Limited Partners

     -       932,964  

Redemptions - Limited Partners

     (40,111,052     (34,865,572

Distribution of interest income to feeder funds

     (489,715     (1,718,739

Net increase (decrease) in Partners’ Capital

     (64,166,949     (30,748,160

Partners’ Capital, beginning of period

     205,402,609       339,199,614  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, end of period

     $     141,235,660       $     308,451,454   
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit (38,277.3364 and 74,682.3046 Redeemable Units outstanding at March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively)

     $ 3,689.80       $ 4,130.18  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per Redeemable Unit*

     $ (504.86     $ 67.27  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average Redeemable Units outstanding

     47,391.1239        80,663.7625  
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Represents the change in net asset value per Redeemable Unit during the period before distribution of interest income to feeder funds.

 

11


Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

  3.

Financial Highlights:

Financial highlights for the limited partner classes as a whole for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 were as follows:

 

                                                                 
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2020     2019  
Per Redeemable Unit Performance (for a unit outstanding throughout the period):*   Class A     Class D     Class Z     Class A     Class D     Class Z  

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)

    $ (159.22)       $ (157.63)       $ (165.03)       $ 14.80        $ 14.53        $ 15.13   

Net investment loss

    (12.15)       (8.23)       (6.24)       (8.90)       (4.73)       (2.44)  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) for the period

    (171.37)       (165.86)       (171.27)       5.90        9.80        12.69   

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, beginning of period

    1,311.75        1,296.66        1,356.37        1,313.04        1,281.77        1,330.76   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, end of period

    $     1,140.38        $     1,130.80        $     1,185.10        $     1,318.94        $     1,291.57        $      1,343.45   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
    2020     2019  
        Class A             Class D             Class Z             Class A             Class D             Class Z      

Ratios to Average Limited Partners’ Capital:**

           

Net investment loss***

    (4.0)  %      (2.7)  %      (1.9)  %      (2.8)  %      (1.5)  %      (0.7)  % 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses

    5.2   %      3.8   %      3.0   %      5.0   %      3.7   %      2.9   % 

Incentive fees

    -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      % 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total expenses

    5.2   %      3.8   %      3.0   %      5.0   %      3.7   %      2.9   % 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total return:

           

Total return before incentive fees

    (13.1)  %      (12.8)  %      (12.6)  %      0.4   %      0.8   %      1.0   % 

Incentive fees

    -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      %      -      % 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total return after incentive fees

    (13.1)  %      (12.8)  %      (12.6)  %      0.4   %      0.8   %      1.0   % 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  *

Net investment loss per Redeemable Unit is calculated by dividing the interest income less total expenses by the average number of Redeemable Units outstanding during the period. The net realized and unrealized gains (losses) per Redeemable Unit is a balancing amount necessary to reconcile the change in net asset value per Redeemable Unit with the other per unit information.

 

  **

Annualized (except for incentive fees).

 

  ***

Interest income allocated from the Master less total expenses.

The above ratios and total return may vary for individual investors based on the timing of capital transactions during the period. Additionally, these ratios are calculated for the limited partner class for the Classes using the limited partners’ share of income, expenses and average partners’ capital of the Partnership and include the income and expenses allocated from the Master.

 

12


Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Financial Highlights of the Master:

 

     Three Months Ended  
     March 31,  
     2020      2019  

Per Redeemable Unit Performance (for a unit outstanding throughout the period):*

     

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)

     $ (513.04)        $ 46.62   

Net investment income (loss)

     8.18         20.65   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) for the period

     (504.86)        67.27   

Distribution of interest income to feeder funds

     (10.33)        (21.31)  

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, beginning of period

     4,204.99         4,084.22   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, end of period

     $         3,689.80         $         4,130.18   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

     Three Months Ended  
     March 31,  
             2020                     2019          

Ratios to Average Limited Partners’ Capital:**

    

Net investment income (loss)***

     0.8   %      2.1   % 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses

     0.3   %      0.1   % 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total return

     (12.0)  %      1.6   % 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  *

Net investment income (loss) per Redeemable Unit is calculated by dividing the interest income less total expenses by the average number of Redeemable Units outstanding during the period. The net realized and unrealized gains (losses) per Redeemable Unit is a balancing amount necessary to reconcile the change in net asset value per Redeemable Unit with the other per unit information.

 

  **

Annualized.

 

  ***

Interest income less total expenses.

The above ratios and total return may vary for individual investors based on the timing of capital transactions during the period. Additionally, these ratios are calculated for the limited partner class using the limited partners’ share of income, expenses and average partners’ capital.

 

13


Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

  4.

Trading Activities:

The Partnership was formed for the purpose of trading commodity interests, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments. The Partnership invests substantially all of its assets through a “master/feeder” structure. The Partnership’s pro-rata share of the results of the Master’s trading activities are shown in the Partnership’s Statements of Income and Expenses.

The futures brokerage account agreements with MS&Co. give the Partnership and the Master, respectively, the legal right to net unrealized gains and losses on open futures and open forward contracts. The Master nets, for financial reporting purposes, the unrealized gains and losses on open futures and open forward contracts in the Statements of Financial Condition as the criteria under ASC 210-20, “Balance Sheet,” have been met.

Trading and transaction fees are based on the number of trades executed by the Advisor for the Master and the Partnership’s percentage ownership of the Master. All clearing fees paid to MS&Co. are borne by the Master and allocated to the Master’s limited partners, including the Partnership.

All of the commodity interests owned by the Master are held for trading purposes. The monthly average number of futures contracts traded by the Master during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 was 9,436 and 15,907, respectively. The monthly average number of metals forward contracts traded by the Master during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 was 1,548 and 1,645, respectively. The monthly average notional value of currency forward contracts traded by the Master during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 was $145,771,349 and $197,176,705, respectively.

The following tables summarize the gross and net amounts recognized relating to assets and liabilities of the Master’s derivatives and their offsetting subject to master netting agreements or similar arrangements as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.

 

               Gross Amounts          Amounts      Gross Amounts Not Offset in the         
           Offset in the          Presented in the              Statements of Financial Condition             
           Statements of      Statements of                 Cash Collateral             
        Gross Amounts          Financial      Financial      Financial      Received/      Net  

March 31, 2020                 

  Recognized      Condition      Condition          Instruments          Pledged*              Amount          

Assets

                

MS&Co.

                

Futures

    $ 5,734,172         $ (4,500,328)        $ 1,233,844         $ -            $ -            $ 1,233,844   

Forwards

    8,517,270         (6,105,480)        2,411,790         -            -            2,411,790   
 

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
    14,251,442         (10,605,808)        3,645,634         -            -            3,645,634   

JPMorgan

                

Forwards

    2,015,890         (2,015,890)        -            -            -            -      
 

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

    $ 16,267,332         $ (12,621,698)        $         3,645,634         $ -            $ -            $         3,645,634   
 

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities

                

MS&Co.

                

Futures

    $ (4,500,328)        $ 4,500,328         $ -            $ -            $ -            $ -      

Forwards

    (6,105,480)        6,105,480         -            -            -            -      
 

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
    (10,605,808)        10,605,808         -            -            -            -      

JPMorgan

                         

Forwards

    (3,982,883)        2,015,890         (1,966,993)        -            1,966,993         -      
 

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

    $         (14,588,691)        $     12,621,698         $ (1,966,993)        $                 -            $         1,966,993         $ -      
 

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net fair value

                   $ 3,645,634   * 
                

 

 

 

 

14


Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

            Gross Amounts      Amounts      Gross Amounts Not Offset in the         
            Offset in the      Presented in the      Statements of Financial Condition         
            Statements of      Statements of             Cash Collateral         
     Gross Amounts      Financial      Financial      Financial      Received/      Net  

December 31, 2019        

   Recognized      Condition      Condition      Instruments      Pledged*      Amount  

Assets

                 

MS&Co.

                 

Futures

     $ 6,198,249         $ (6,198,249)        $ -            $ -            $ -            $ -      

Forwards

     1,781,416         (1,781,416)        -            -            -            -      
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     7,979,665         (7,979,665)        -            -            -            -      

JPMorgan

                 

Forwards

     1,138,504         (710,829)        427,675         -            -            427,675   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 9,118,169         $ (8,690,494)        $ 427,675         $ -            $ -            $ 427,675   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities

                 

MS&Co.

                 

Futures

     $ (7,067,478)        $ 6,198,249         $ (869,229)        $ -            $ 869,229         $ -      

Forwards

     (4,260,057)        1,781,416         (2,478,641)        -            2,478,641         -      
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     (11,327,535)        7,979,665         (3,347,870)        -            3,347,870         -      

JPMorgan

                 

Forwards

     (710,829)        710,829         -                -            -            -      

Total liabilities

     $         (12,038,364)        $         8,690,494         $         (3,347,870)        $             -            $         3,347,870         $ -      
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net fair value

                    $         427,675   * 
                 

 

 

 

 

  *

In the event of default by the Master, MS&Co., the Master’s commodity futures broker and a counterparty to certain of the Master’s non-exchange-traded contracts, as applicable, and JPMorgan, as a counterparty to certain of the Master’s non-exchange-traded contracts, has the right to offset the Master’s obligation with the Master’s cash and/or U.S. Treasury bills held by MS&Co. or JPMorgan, as applicable, thereby minimizing MS&Co.’s and JPMorgan’s risk of loss. In certain instances, a counterparty may not post collateral and as such, in the event of default by such counterparty, the Master is exposed to the amount shown in the Master’s Statements of Financial Condition. In the case of exchange-traded contracts, the Master’s exposure to counterparty risk may be reduced since the exchange’s clearinghouse interposes its credit between buyer and seller and the clearinghouse’s guarantee funds may be available in the event of a default. In some instances, the actual collateral received and/or pledged may be more than the amount shown due to overcollateralization.

The Master has netting agreements with both MS&Co. and JPMorgan. The “Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts” and “Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts” as presented on the Statements of Financial Condition, as applicable, is the net of the amounts presented in the tables above for MS&Co. and JPMorgan.

 

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Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The following tables indicate the gross fair values of the Master’s derivative instruments of futures and forward contracts as separate assets and liabilities as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.

 

           March 31,          
     2020    

Assets

    

Futures Contracts

    

Currencies

     $ 1,315,677    

Energy

     1,222,420    

Grains

     201,404    

Indices

     168,228    

Interest Rates U.S.

     1,124,405    

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     592,698    

Livestock

     398,408    

Metals

     155,265    

Softs

     555,667    
  

 

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

     5,734,172    
  

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

    

Futures Contracts

    

Currencies

     (1,082,374  

Energy

     (66,774  

Grains

     (521,578  

Indices

     (425,325  

Interest Rates U.S.

     (194,148  

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     (813,272  

Livestock

     (141,688  

Metals

     (595,547  

Softs

     (659,622  
  

 

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     (4,500,328  
  

 

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

     $ 1,233,844     *
  

 

 

 

 

Assets

    

Forward Contracts

    

Currencies

     $ 2,015,890    

Metals

     8,517,270    
  

 

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

     10,533,160    
  

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

    

Forward Contracts

    

Currencies

     (3,982,883  

Metals

     (6,105,480  
  

 

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

     (10,088,363  
  

 

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

     $ 444,797     **
  

 

 

 

 

 

*

This amount is in “Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts” in the Master’s Statements of Financial Condition.

 

**

This amount is in “Net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts” in the Master’s Statements of Financial Condition.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

         December 31,        
     2019    

Assets

    

Futures Contracts

    

Currencies

     $ 882,389    

Energy

     1,610,681    

Grains

     248,161    

Indices

     1,039,584    

Interest Rates U.S.

     133,188    

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     119,694    

Livestock

     2,270    

Metals

     2,107,650    

Softs

     54,632    
  

 

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

     6,198,249    
  

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

    

Futures Contracts

    

Currencies

     (1,806,426  

Energy

     (132,370  

Grains

     (1,134,872  

Indices

     (513,537  

Interest Rates U.S.

     (1,154,102  

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     (1,269,703  

Livestock

     (65,083  

Metals

     (29,852  

Softs

     (961,533  
  

 

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     (7,067,478  
  

 

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     $ (869,229   *
  

 

 

 

 

Assets

    

Forward Contracts

    

Currencies

     $ 1,138,504    

Metals

     1,781,416    
  

 

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts

     2,919,920    
  

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

    

Forward Contracts

    

Currencies

     (710,829  

Metals

     (4,260,057  
  

 

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

     (4,970,886  
  

 

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts

     $ (2,050,966   **
  

 

 

 

 

 

*

This amount is in “Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts” in the Master’s Statements of Financial Condition.

 

**

This amount is in “Net unrealized depreciation on open forward contracts” in the Master’s Statements of Financial Condition.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The following table indicates the Master’s total trading gains and losses, by market sector, on derivative instruments for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

             Three Months Ended March 31,            
     2020        2019    

Sector

         

Currencies

     $ (6,706,169        $ 1,028,205    

Energy

     (3,803,142        (6,833,697  

Grains

     493,619          3,420,567    

Indices

     (17,414,130        3,567,356    

Interest Rates U.S.

     3,986,866          237,116    

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     (736,133        3,319,930    

Livestock

     1,236,615          (983,460  

Metals

     1,055,222          (1,176,605  

Softs

     (2,066,536        657,921    
  

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

Total

     $ (23,953,788   ***      $ 3,237,333     ***
  

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

  ***

This amount is in “Total trading results” in the Master’s Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

  5.

Fair Value Measurements:

Master’s Fair Value Measurements. Fair value is defined as the value that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date under current market conditions. The fair value hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1) and the lowest priority to fair values derived from unobservable inputs (Level 3). The level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement in its entirety falls shall be determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety.

The fair value of exchange-traded futures and forward contracts is determined by the various exchanges, and reflects the settlement price for each contract as of the close of business on the last business day of the reporting period. The fair value of foreign currency forward contracts is extrapolated on a forward basis from the spot prices quoted as of approximately 3:00 P.M. (E.T.) on the last business day of the reporting period from various exchanges. The fair value of non-exchange-traded foreign currency option contracts is calculated by applying an industry standard model application for options valuation of foreign currency options, using as input the spot prices, interest rates, and option implied volatilities quoted as of approximately 3:00 P.M. (E.T.) on the last business day of the reporting period. U.S. Treasury bills are valued at the last available bid price received from independent pricing services as of the close of the last business day of the reporting period.

The Master considers prices for commodity futures contracts to be based on unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities (Level 1). The values of U.S. Treasury bills and non-exchange-traded forward contracts for which market quotations are not readily available are priced by pricing services that derive fair values for those assets and liabilities from observable inputs (Level 2). As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 and for the periods ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, the Master did not hold any derivative instruments that were priced at fair value using unobservable inputs through the application of the General Partner’s assumptions and internal valuation pricing models (Level 3).

 

    March 31, 2020    

             Total                        Level 1                        Level 2                        Level 3          

Assets

           

Futures

     $ 5,734,172        $ 5,734,172        $ -            $ -      

Forwards

     10,533,160        -            10,533,160        -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 16,267,332        $ 5,734,172        $ 10,533,160        $ -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Liabilities

           

Futures

     $ 4,500,328        $ 4,500,328        $ -            $ -      

Forwards

     10,088,363        -            10,088,363        -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     $ 14,588,691        $ 4,500,328        $ 10,088,363        $ -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

    December 31, 2019    

             Total                        Level 1                        Level 2                        Level 3          

Assets

           

Futures

     $ 6,198,249        $ 6,198,249        $ -            $ -      

Forwards

     2,919,920        -            2,919,920        -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 9,118,169        $ 6,198,249        $ 2,919,920        $ -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Liabilities

           

Futures

     $ 7,067,478        $ 7,067,478        $ -            $ -      

Forwards

     4,970,886        -            4,970,886        -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     $ 12,038,364        $ 7,067,478        $ 4,970,886        $ -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

  6.

Financial Instrument Risks:

In the normal course of business, the Partnership, through its investment in the Master, is party to financial instruments with off-balance sheet risk, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments. These financial instruments may include futures, forwards, options and swaps, whose values are based upon an underlying asset, index, or reference rate, and generally represent future commitments to exchange currencies or cash balances, or to purchase or sell other financial instruments at specific terms at specified future dates, or, in the case of derivative commodity instruments, to have a reasonable possibility to be settled in cash, through physical delivery or with another financial instrument. These instruments may be traded on an exchange, a swap execution facility or over-the-counter (“OTC”). Exchange-traded instruments include futures and certain standardized forward, option and swap contracts. Certain swap contracts may also be traded on a swap execution facility or OTC. OTC contracts are negotiated between contracting parties and also include certain forward and option contracts. Each of these instruments is subject to various risks similar to those relating to the underlying financial instrument, including market and credit risk. In general, the risks associated with OTC contracts are greater than those associated with exchange-traded instruments because of the greater risk of default by the counterparty to an OTC contract. The General Partner estimates that, at any given time, approximately 18.7% to 31.9% of the Master’s contracts are traded OTC.

Futures Contracts. The Master trades futures contracts. A futures contract is a firm commitment to buy or sell a specified quantity of investments, currency or a standardized amount of a deliverable grade commodity, at a specified price on a specified future date, unless the contract is closed before the delivery date or the delivery quantity is something where physical delivery cannot occur (such as the S&P 500 Index), whereby such contract is settled in cash. Payments (“variation margin”) may be made or received by the Master each business day, depending on the daily fluctuations in the value of the underlying contracts, and are recorded as unrealized gains or losses by the Master. When the contract is closed, the Master records a realized gain or loss equal to the difference between the value of the contract at the time it was opened and the value at the time it was closed. Transactions in futures contracts require participants to make both initial margin deposits of cash or other assets and variation margin deposits, through the futures broker, with the exchange on which the contracts are traded. Net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on futures contracts are included in the Master’s Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital.

Forward Foreign Currency Contracts. Forward foreign currency contracts are those contracts where the Master agrees to receive or deliver a fixed quantity of foreign currency for an agreed-upon price on an agreed-upon future date. Forward foreign currency contracts are valued daily, and the Master’s net equity therein, representing unrealized gain or loss on the contracts as measured by the difference between the forward foreign exchange rates at the dates of entry into the contracts and the forward rates at the reporting date, is included in the Master’s Statements of Financial Condition. Net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on forward foreign currency contracts are recognized in the period in which the contract is closed or the changes occur, respectively, and are included in the Master’s Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital.

London Metal Exchange Forward Contracts. Metal contracts traded on the London Metal Exchange (“LME”) represent a firm commitment to buy or sell a specified quantity of aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, zinc or other metals. LME contracts traded by the Master are cash settled based on prompt dates published by the LME. Variation margin may be made or received by the Master each business day, depending on the daily fluctuations in the value of the underlying contracts, and are recorded as unrealized gains or losses by the Master. A contract is considered offset when all long positions have been matched with a like number of short positions settling on the same prompt date. When the contract is closed at the prompt date, the Master records a realized gain or loss equal to the difference between the value of the contract at the time it was opened and the value at the time it was closed. Transactions in LME contracts require participants to make both initial margin deposits of cash or other assets and variation margin deposits, through the broker, with the LME. Net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on metal contracts are included in the Master’s Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital.

 

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Ceres Abingdon L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Market risk is the potential for changes in the value of the financial instruments traded by the Master due to market changes, including interest and foreign exchange rate movements and fluctuations in commodity or security prices. Market risk is directly impacted by the volatility and liquidity in the markets in which the related underlying assets are traded. The Master is exposed to market risk equal to the value of futures and forward contracts held and unlimited liability on such contracts sold short.

Credit risk is the possibility that a loss may occur due to the failure of a counterparty to perform according to the terms of a contract. The Partnership’s/Master’s risk of loss in the event of a counterparty default is typically limited to the amounts recognized in the Statements of Financial Condition and is not represented by the contract or notional amounts of the instruments. The Partnership’s/Master’s risk of loss is reduced through the use of legally enforceable master netting agreements with counterparties that permit the Partnership/Master to offset unrealized gains and losses and other assets and liabilities with such counterparties upon the occurrence of certain events. The Partnership/Master has credit risk and concentration risk, as MS&Co., MS&Co. affiliates and/or JPMorgan are or were counterparties or brokers with respect to the Partnership’s/Master’s assets. Credit risk with respect to exchange-traded instruments is reduced to the extent that, through MS&Co. or an MS&Co. affiliate, the Partnership’s/Master’s counterparty is an exchange or clearing organization.

The General Partner monitors and attempts to mitigate the Partnership’s/Master’s risk exposure on a daily basis through financial, credit and risk management monitoring systems and, accordingly, believes that it has effective procedures for evaluating and limiting the credit and market risks to which the Partnership/Master may be subject. These monitoring systems generally allow the General Partner to statistically analyze actual trading results with risk-adjusted performance indicators and correlation statistics. In addition, online monitoring systems provide account analysis of futures and forward contracts by sector, margin requirements, gain and loss transactions and collateral positions.

The risk to the limited partners that have purchased Redeemable Units is limited to the amount of their share of the Partnership’s net assets and undistributed profits. This limited liability is a consequence of the organization of the Partnership as a limited partnership under New York law.

The majority of these financial instruments mature within one year of the inception date. However, due to the nature of the Partnership’s/Master’s business, these instruments may not be held to maturity.

In the ordinary course of business, the Master enters into contracts and agreements that contain various representations and warranties and which provide general indemnifications. The Master’s maximum exposure under these arrangements cannot be determined, as this could include future claims that have not yet been made against the Master. The General Partner considers the risk of any future obligation relating to these indemnifications to be remote.

 

  7.

  Subsequent Events:

The General Partner evaluates events that occur after the balance sheet date but before and up until financial statements are available to be issued. The General Partner has assessed the subsequent events through the date the financial statements were issued and has determined that there were no subsequent events requiring adjustment to or disclosure in the financial statements.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Partnership does not have, nor does it expect to have, any capital assets. The Partnership does not engage in sales of goods or services. The Partnership’s only assets are its investment in the Master, redemptions receivable from the Master and cash. The Master does not engage in sales of goods or services. The Master’s only assets are its subscriptions receivable and equity in trading accounts, consisting of unrestricted cash, restricted cash, net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts, net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts and investment in U.S. Treasury bills at fair value, if applicable. Because of the low margin deposits normally required in commodity trading, relatively small price movements may result in substantial losses to the Partnership, through its investment in the Master. While substantial losses could lead to a material decrease in liquidity, no such illiquidity occurred in the first quarter of 2020.

The Master’s investment in futures, forwards and options may, from time to time, be illiquid. Most U.S. futures exchanges limit fluctuations in prices during a single day by regulations referred to as “daily price fluctuation limits” or “daily limits.” Trades may not be executed at prices beyond the daily limit. If the price for a particular futures or option contract has increased or decreased by an amount equal to the daily limit, positions in that futures or option contract can neither be taken nor liquidated unless traders are willing to effect trades at or within the limit. Futures prices have occasionally moved the daily limit for several consecutive days with little or no trading. These market conditions could prevent the Master from promptly liquidating its futures or option contracts and result in restrictions on redemptions.

There is no limitation on daily price movements in trading forward contracts on foreign currencies. The markets for some world currencies have low trading volume and are illiquid, which may prevent the Master from trading in potentially profitable markets or prevent the Master from promptly liquidating unfavorable positions in such markets, subjecting it to substantial losses. Either of these market conditions could result in restrictions on redemptions. For the periods covered by this report, illiquidity has not materially affected the Partnership’s or the Master’s assets.

Other than the risks inherent in commodity futures, forwards, options, swaps and other derivatives trading and U.S. Treasury bills and money market mutual fund securities, the Partnership and the Master know of no trends, demands, commitments, events or uncertainties at the present time that are reasonably likely to result in the Partnership’s or the Master’s liquidity increasing or decreasing in any material way.

The Partnership’s capital consists of capital contributions, as increased or decreased by income (loss) from its investment in the Master, expenses, interest income, subscriptions, redemptions of Redeemable Units and distributions of profits, if any.

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, Partnership capital decreased 22.6% from $128,618,055 to $99,547,944. This decrease was attributable to redemptions of 10,777.2960 Redeemable Units of Class A totaling $12,525,961 and a net loss of $16,544,150.

The Master’s capital consists of the capital contributions of the partners as increased or decreased by gains or losses on trading and by expenses, interest income, subscriptions, redemptions of units and distributions of profits, if any.

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Master’s capital decreased 31.2% from $205,402,609 to $141,235,660. This decrease was attributable to redemptions of 10,569.9996 units totaling $40,111,052, distributions of interest income to feeder funds totaling $489,715 and a net loss of $23,566,182. Future redemptions can impact the amount of funds available for investment in commodity contract positions in subsequent periods.

Other than as discussed above, there are no known material trends, favorable or unfavorable, that would affect, nor any expected material changes to, the Partnership’s or the Master’s capital resource arrangements at the present time.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements and Contractual Obligations

The Partnership does not have any off-balance sheet arrangements, nor does it have contractual obligations or commercial commitments to make future payments, that would affect its liquidity or capital resources.

 

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Critical Accounting Policies

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires the General Partner to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of income and expenses during the reporting periods. The General Partner believes that the estimates and assumptions utilized in preparing the financial statements are reasonable. Actual results could differ from those estimates. The Partnership’s significant accounting policies are described in detail in Note 2, “Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” of the Financial Statements.

The Partnership records all investments at fair value in its financial statements, with changes in fair value reported as a component of net realized gains (losses) on closed contracts and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on open contracts in the Statements of Income and Expenses.

Results of Operations

During the Partnership’s first quarter of 2020, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class A decreased 13.1% from $1,311.75 to $1,140.38, as compared to an increase of 0.4% in the first quarter of 2019. During the Partnership’s first quarter of 2020, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class D decreased 12.8% from $1,296.66 to $1,130.80, as compared to an increase of 0.8% in the first quarter of 2019. During the Partnership’s first quarter of 2020, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit for Class Z decreased 12.6% from $1,356.37 to $1,185.10, as compared to an increase of 1.0% in the first quarter of 2019. The Partnership, through its investment in the Master, experienced a net trading loss before fees and expenses in the first quarter of 2020 of $15,389,767. Losses were primarily attributable to the Master’s trading of commodity futures in currencies, energy, indices, non-U.S. interest rates and softs and were partially offset by gains in grains, U.S. interest rates, livestock and metals. The Partnership, through its investment in the Master, experienced a net trading gain before fees and expenses in the first quarter of 2019 of $1,904,173. Gains were primarily attributable to the Master’s trading of commodity futures in currencies, grains, indices, U.S. and non-U.S. interest rates and softs and were partially offset by losses in energy, livestock and metals.

The most notable losses were incurred during February and March from long positions in European, U.S., and Asian equity index futures as equity prices fell at historic rates due to investor panic amid the COVID-19 coronavirus. In the currency markets, losses were incurred primarily during March from short positions in the British pound and long positions in the Mexican peso versus the U.S. dollar as the value of the dollar fluctuated throughout the month. Smaller currency losses were recorded from positions in several emerging market currencies, as well as in the Canadian dollar. In the energy markets, losses were incurred during January and February from long positions in crude oil and its related products as prices declined as fears about a full-blown conflict between the U.S. and Iran subsided. Gains in natural gas throughout the quarter modestly mitigated such losses. In the agricultural markets, losses were recorded during March from positions in both the grains and soft commodity markets. The Partnership’s overall trading losses for the quarter were partially offset by trading gains recorded during January and February within the global interest rate sector from long positions in global bond futures as investors sought out safe-haven investments. Within the metals sector, gains were experienced during March from long positions in gold futures and short positions in industrial metals.

 

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Commodity futures markets are highly volatile. The potential for broad and rapid price fluctuations increases the risks involved in commodity trading, but also increases the possibility of profit. The profitability of the Partnership (and the Master) depends on the existence of major price trends and the ability of the Advisor to correctly identify those price trends. Price trends are influenced by, among other things, changing supply and demand relationships, weather, governmental, agricultural, commercial and trade programs and policies, national and international political and economic events and changes in interest rates. To the extent that market trends exist and the Advisor is able to identify them, the Partnership (and the Master) expects to increase capital through operations.

Interest income on 100% of the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s (or the Partnership’s allocable portion of the Master’s) brokerage account at MS&Co. during each month is earned at a monthly average of the 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rate. For the avoidance of doubt, the Partnership/Master will not receive interest on amounts in the futures brokerage account that are committed to margin. Any interest earned on the Partnership’s and/or the Master’s account in excess of the amounts described above, if any, will be retained by MS&Co. and/or shared with the General Partner. All interest earned on U.S. Treasury bills and money market mutual fund securities will be retained by the Partnership and/or the Master, as applicable. Any interest income earned on collateral deposited by the Master and held by JPMorgan in its capacity as the Master’s forward foreign currency counterparty will be retained by the Master, and the Partnership will receive its allocable portion of such interest from the Master. Interest income allocated from the Master for the three months ended March 31, 2020 decreased by $635,066, as compared to the corresponding period in 2019. The decrease in interest income was primarily due to lower interest rates and average net assets during the three months ended March 31, 2020 as compared to the corresponding period in 2019. Interest earned by the Partnership will increase the net asset value of the Partnership. The amount of interest income earned by the Partnership depends upon (1) the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s and/or the Master’s account, (2) the amount of U.S. Treasury bills and/or money market mutual fund securities held by the Partnership and/or the Master and (3) interest rates over which none of the Partnership, the Master, MS&Co. or JPMorgan has control.

Ongoing selling agent fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s adjusted net asset value of Class A Redeemable Units and Class D Redeemable Units as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance, subscriptions and redemptions. Accordingly, they must be analyzed in relation to the fluctuations in the monthly net asset values. Ongoing selling agent fees for the three months ended March 31, 2020 decreased by $233,577, as compared to the corresponding period in 2019. The decrease in ongoing selling agent fees was due to lower average net assets attributable to Class A Redeemable Units and Class D Redeemable Units during the three months ended March 31, 2020 as compared to the corresponding period in 2019.

Management fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s adjusted net asset value per Class as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance, subscriptions and redemptions. Accordingly, they must be analyzed in relation to the fluctuations in the monthly net asset values. Management fees for the three months ended March 31, 2020 decreased by $222,801, as compared to the corresponding period in 2019. The decrease in management fees was due to lower average net assets per Class during the three months ended March 31, 2020 as compared to the corresponding period in 2019.

General Partner fees are paid to the General Partner for administering the business and affairs of the Partnership including, among other things, (i) selecting, appointing and terminating the Partnership’s commodity trading advisor and (ii) monitoring the activities of the commodity trading advisor. These fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s adjusted net asset value per Class as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance, subscriptions and redemptions. Accordingly, they must be analyzed in relation to the fluctuations in the monthly net asset values. General Partner fees for the three months ended March 31, 2020 decreased by $148,534, as compared to the corresponding period in 2019. The decrease in General Partner fees was due to lower average net assets per Class during the three months ended March 31, 2020 as compared to the corresponding period in 2019.

Incentive fees paid by the Partnership are based on the new trading profits generated by the Advisor at the end of the quarter, as defined in the management agreement among the Partnership, the General Partner and the Advisor. There were no incentive fees earned for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019. The Advisor will not be paid incentive fees until the Advisor recovers the net loss incurred and earns additional new trading profits for the Partnership.

In allocating substantially all of the assets of the Partnership to the Master, the General Partner considers, among other factors, the Advisor’s past performance, trading style, volatility of markets traded and fee requirements. The General Partner may modify or terminate the allocation of assets to the Advisor and may allocate assets to additional advisors at any time.

For additional disclosures about operational and financial risk related to the COVID-19 outbreak, refer to Part II, Item 5. “Other Information.” in this Form 10-Q.

 

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Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

All or substantially all of the Partnership’s assets are subject to the risk of trading loss through its investment in the Master. The Partnership and the Master are speculative commodity pools. The market sensitive instruments held by the Master are acquired for speculative trading purposes, and all or substantially all of the Master’s assets are subject to the risk of trading loss. Unlike an operating company, the risk of market sensitive instruments is integral, not incidental, to the Master’s and the Partnership’s main line of business.

The limited partners will not be liable for losses exceeding the current net asset value of their investment.

Market movements result in frequent changes in the fair value of the Master’s open positions and, consequently, in its earnings and cash balances. The Master’s market risk is influenced by a wide variety of factors, including the level and volatility of interest rates, exchange rates, equity price levels, the market value of financial instruments and contracts, the diversification effects among the Master’s open contracts and the liquidity of the markets in which it trades.

The Master rapidly acquires and liquidates both long and short positions in a wide range of different markets. Consequently, it is not possible to predict how a particular future market scenario will affect performance, and the Master’s past performance is not necessarily indicative of its future results.

Quantifying the Master’s Trading Value at Risk

The following quantitative disclosures regarding the Master’s market risk exposures contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor from civil liability provided for such statements by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (set forth in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)). All quantitative disclosures in this section are deemed to be forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor, except for statements of historical fact.

The Master accounts for open positions on the basis of fair value accounting principles. Any loss in the market value of the Master’s open positions are directly reflected in the Master’s earnings and cash flow.

The Master’s risk exposure in the market sectors traded by the Advisor is estimated below in terms of Value at Risk. Please note that the Value at Risk model is used to numerically quantify market risk for historic reporting purposes only and is not utilized by either the General Partner or the Advisor in their daily risk management activities.

“Value at Risk” is a measure of the maximum amount which the Master could reasonably be expected to lose in a given market sector. However, the inherent uncertainty of the Master’s speculative trading and the recurrence in the markets traded by the Master of market movements far exceeding expectations could result in actual trading or non-trading losses far beyond the indicated Value at Risk or the Master’s experience to date (i.e., “risk of ruin”). In light of the foregoing as well as the risks and uncertainties intrinsic to all future projections, the inclusion of the quantification in this section should not be considered to constitute any assurance or representation that the Master’s losses in any market sector will be limited to Value at Risk or by the Master’s attempts to manage its market risk.

Exchange margin requirements have been used by the Master as the measure of its Value at Risk. Margin requirements are set by exchanges to equal or exceed the maximum losses reasonably expected to be incurred in the fair value of any given contract in 95%-99% of any one-day interval. The margin levels are established by dealers and exchanges using historical price studies as well as an assessment of current market volatility (including the implied volatility of the options on a given futures contract) and economic fundamentals to provide a probabilistic estimate of the maximum expected near-term one-day price fluctuation.

Value at Risk tables represent a probabilistic assessment of the risk of loss in market sensitive instruments. The following tables indicate the trading Value at Risk associated with the Master’s open positions by market category as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, and the highest, lowest and average values during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019. All open position trading risk exposures of the Master have been included in calculating the figures set forth below. There has been no material change in the trading Value at Risk information previously disclosed in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

 

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As of March 31, 2020, the Master’s total capitalization was $141,235,660 and the Partnership owned approximately 70.4% of the Master. The Partnership invests substantially all of its assets in the Master. The Master’s Value at Risk as of March 31, 2020 was as follows:

 

     March 31, 2020                                                           
           Three Months Ended March 31, 2020  
            % of Total     High     Low      Average  

Market Sector

       Value at Risk              Capitalization             Value at Risk             Value at Risk              Value at Risk*      

Currencies

     $ 4,919,490         3.48    %      $ 10,239,542        $ 4,919,490         $ 9,173,749   

Energy

     1,437,369         1.02        3,921,525        915,394         2,282,381   

Grains

     821,255         0.58        2,185,506        821,255         1,429,738   

Indices

     1,456,247         1.03        6,100,469        1,184,188         4,876,376   

Interest Rates U.S.

     654,124         0.46        1,369,793        458,802         655,083   

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     1,290,556         0.91        1,636,767        732,829         997,094   

Livestock

     556,435         0.39        622,655        83,525         242,701   

Metals

     3,258,689         2.31        7,122,912        3,251,083         4,885,337   

Softs

     937,584         0.66        1,859,318        937,584         1,394,842   
  

 

 

    

 

 

        

Total

     $     15,331,749         10.84    %        
  

 

 

    

 

 

        

* Average of daily Values at Risk.

As of December 31, 2019, the Master’s total capitalization was $205,402,609 and the Partnership owned approximately 62.5% of the Master. The Partnership invests substantially all of its assets in the Master. The Master’s Value at Risk as of December 31, 2019 was as follows:

 

     December 31, 2019                                                           
                  Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019  
            % of Total     High      Low      Average  

Market Sector

       Value at Risk              Capitalization             Value at Risk              Value at Risk              Value at Risk*      

Currencies

     $ 9,324,535         4.54    %      $ 17,755,291         $ 6,924,526         $ 11,639,472   

Energy

     3,872,631         1.89        8,028,684         844,457         2,885,712   

Grains

     1,026,719         0.50        2,784,536         806,781         1,922,603   

Indices

     5,491,437         2.67        5,495,849         1,577,678         3,665,077   

Interest Rates U.S.

     704,863         0.34        2,802,566         206,946         1,265,762   

Interest Rates Non-U.S.

     1,182,887         0.58        4,488,052         1,182,887         2,923,742   

Livestock

     133,485         0.06        772,200         133,485         370,259   

Metals

     7,122,912         3.47        7,898,365         2,150,346         5,662,617   

Softs

     1,148,240         0.56        3,145,874         1,148,240         2,323,227   
  

 

 

    

 

 

         

Total

     $     30,007,709         14.61    %         
  

 

 

    

 

 

         

* Annual average of month-end Values at Risk.

 

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Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

The Partnership’s disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Partnership on the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods expected in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Partnership in the reports it files is accumulated and communicated to management, including the President and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of the General Partner, to allow for timely decisions regarding required disclosure and appropriate SEC filings.

The General Partner is responsible for ensuring that there is an adequate and effective process for establishing, maintaining and evaluating disclosure controls and procedures for the Partnership’s external disclosures.

The General Partner’s President and CFO have evaluated the effectiveness of the Partnership’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of March 31, 2020 and, based on that evaluation, the General Partner’s President and CFO have concluded that, at that date, the Partnership’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

The Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting is a process under the supervision of the General Partner’s President and CFO to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP. These controls include policies and procedures that:

 

   

pertain to the maintenance of records, that in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Partnership;

 

   

provide reasonable assurance that (i) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP, and (ii) the Partnership’s receipts are handled and expenditures are made only pursuant to authorizations of the General Partner; and

 

   

provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection and correction of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Partnership’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

There were no changes in the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting process during the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2020 that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Partnership’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

This section describes the major pending legal proceedings, other than ordinary routine litigation incidental to the business, to which MS&Co. or its subsidiaries is a party or to which any of their property is subject. There are no material legal proceedings pending against the Partnership or the General Partner.

On June 1, 2011, Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated converted from a Delaware corporation to a Delaware limited liability company. As a result of that conversion, Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated is now named Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“MS&Co.”).

MS&Co. is a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, a Delaware holding company. Morgan Stanley files periodic reports with the SEC as required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) which include current descriptions of material litigation and material proceedings and investigations, if any, by governmental and/or regulatory agencies or self-regulatory organizations concerning Morgan Stanley and its subsidiaries, including MS&Co. As a consolidated subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, MS&Co. does not file its own periodic reports with the SEC that contain descriptions of material litigation, proceedings and investigations. As a result, we refer you to the “Legal Proceedings” section of Morgan Stanley’s SEC 10-K filings for 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013. In addition, MS&Co. annually prepares an Audited, Consolidated Statement of Financial Condition (“Audited Financial Statement”) that is publicly available on Morgan Stanley’s website at www.morganstanley.com. We refer you to the Commitments, Guarantees and Contingencies – Legal section of MS&Co.’s 2019 Audited Financial Statement.

In addition to the matters described in those filings, in the normal course of business, each of Morgan Stanley and MS&Co. has been named, from time to time, as a defendant in various legal actions, including arbitrations, class actions, and other litigation, arising in connection with its activities as a global diversified financial services institution. Certain of the legal actions include claims for substantial compensatory and/or punitive damages or claims for indeterminate amounts of damages. Each of Morgan Stanley and MS&Co. is also involved, from time to time, in investigations and proceedings by governmental and/or regulatory agencies or self-regulatory organizations, certain of which may result in adverse judgments, fines or penalties. The number of these investigations and proceedings has increased in recent years with regard to many financial services institutions, including Morgan Stanley and MS&Co.

MS&Co. is a Delaware limited liability company with its main business office located at 1585 Broadway, New York, New York 10036. Among other registrations and memberships, MS&Co. is registered as a futures commission merchant and is a member of the National Futures Association.

During the preceding five years, the following administrative, civil, or criminal actions pending, on appeal or concluded against MS&Co. or any of its principals are material within the meaning of CFTC Rule 4.24(l)(2) or 4.34(k)(2):

Regulatory and Governmental Matters.

On February 25, 2015, MS&Co. reached an agreement in principle with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, Civil Division (collectively, the “Civil Division”) to pay $2.6 billion to resolve certain claims that the Civil Division indicated it intended to bring against MS&Co. That settlement was finalized on February 10, 2016.

 

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In October 2014, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office (“ILAG”) sent a letter to MS&Co. alleging that MS&Co. knowingly made misrepresentations related to RMBS purchased by certain pension funds affiliated with the State of Illinois and demanding that MS&Co. pay ILAG approximately $88 million. MS&Co. and ILAG reached an agreement to resolve the matter on February 10, 2016.

On January 13, 2015, the New York Attorney General’s Office (“NYAG”), which is also a member of the RMBS Working Group, indicated that it intended to file a lawsuit related to approximately 30 subprime securitizations sponsored by MS&Co. NYAG indicated that the lawsuit would allege that MS&Co. misrepresented or omitted material information related to the due diligence, underwriting and valuation of the loans in the securitizations and the properties securing them and indicated that its lawsuit would be brought under the Martin Act. MS&Co. and NYAG reached an agreement to resolve the matter on February 10, 2016.

On July 23, 2014, the SEC approved a settlement by MS&Co. and certain affiliates to resolve an investigation related to certain subprime RMBS transactions sponsored and underwritten by those entities in 2007. Pursuant to the settlement, MS&Co. and certain affiliates were charged with violating Sections 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933, agreed to pay disgorgement and penalties in an amount of $275 million and neither admitted nor denied the SEC’s findings.

On April 21, 2015, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (CBOE) and the CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE) filed statements of charges against MS&Co. in connection with trading by one of MS&Co.’s former traders of EEM options contracts that allegedly disrupted the final settlement price of the November 2012 VXEM futures. CBOE alleged that MS&Co. violated CBOE Rules 4.1, 4.2 and 4.7, Sections 9(a) and 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. CFE alleged that MS&Co. violated CFE Rules 608, 609 and 620. The matters were resolved on July 12, 2016 and June 28, 2016, respectively, without any findings of fraud.

On June 18, 2015, MS&Co. entered into a settlement with the SEC and paid a fine of $500,000 as part of the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Corporation Initiative to resolve allegations that MS&Co. failed to form a reasonable basis through adequate due diligence for believing the truthfulness of the assertions by issuers and/or obligors regarding their compliance with previous continuing disclosure undertakings pursuant to Rule 15c2-12 under the Exchange Act in connection with offerings in which MS&Co. acted as senior or sole underwriter.

On August 6, 2015, MS&Co. consented to and became the subject of an order by the CFTC to resolve allegations that MS&Co. violated CFTC Regulation 22.9(a) by failing to hold sufficient U.S. Dollars in cleared swap segregated accounts in the United States to meet all U.S. Dollar obligations to cleared swaps customers. Specifically, the CFTC found that while MS&Co. at all times held sufficient funds in segregation to cover its obligations to its customers, on certain days during 2013 and 2014, it held currencies, such as euros, instead of US dollars, to meet its U.S. dollar obligations. In addition, the CFTC found that MS&Co. violated CFTC Regulation 166.3 by failing to have in place adequate procedures to ensure that it complied with CFTC Regulation 22.9(a). Without admitting or denying the findings or conclusions and without adjudication of any issue of law or fact, MS&Co. accepted and consented to the entry of findings, the imposition of a cease and desist order, a civil monetary penalty of $300,000, and undertakings related to public statements, cooperation, and payment of the monetary penalty.

 

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On December 20, 2016, MS&Co. consented to and became the subject of an order by the SEC in connection with allegations that MS&Co. willfully violated Sections 15(c)(3) and 17(a)(1) of the Exchange Act and Rules 15c3-3(e), 17a-5(a), and 17a-5(d) thereunder, by inaccurately calculating its Reserve Account requirement under Rule 15c3-3 by including margin loans to an affiliate in its calculations, which resulted in making inaccurate records and submitting inaccurate reports to the SEC. Without admitting or denying the underlying allegations and without adjudication of any issue of law or fact, MS&Co. consented to a cease and desist order, a censure, and a civil monetary penalty of $7,500,000.

On September 28, 2017, the CFTC issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against MS&Co. regarding violations of CFTC Rule 166.3 by failing to diligently supervise the reconciliation of exchange and clearing fees with the amounts it ultimately charged customers for certain transactions on multiple exchanges. The order and settlement required MS&Co. to pay a $500,000 penalty and cease and desist from violating CFTC Rule 166.3.

On November 2, 2017, the CFTC issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against MS&Co. for non-compliance with applicable rules governing Part 17 Large Trader reports to the CFTC. The order requires MS&Co. to pay a $350,000 penalty and cease and desist from further violations of the Commodity Exchange Act.

Civil Litigation

On July 15, 2010, China Development Industrial Bank (“CDIB”) filed a complaint against MS&Co., styled China Development Industrial Bank v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated et al., which is pending in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County (“Supreme Court of NY”). The complaint relates to a $275 million credit default swap (“CDS”) referencing the super senior portion of the STACK 2006-1 CDO. The complaint asserts claims for common law fraud, fraudulent inducement and fraudulent concealment and alleges that the MS&Co. misrepresented the risks of the STACK 2006-1 CDO to CDIB, and that MS&Co, knew that the assets backing the CDO were of poor quality when it entered into the CDS with CDIB. The complaint seeks compensatory damages related to the approximately $228 million that CDIB alleges it has already lost under the credit default swap, rescission of CDIB’s obligation to pay an additional $12 million, punitive damages, equitable relief, fees and costs. On February 28, 2011, the court denied MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss the complaint. On December 21, 2018, the court denied MS&Co.’s motion for summary judgment and granted in part MS&Co.’s motion for sanctions relating to spoliation of evidence. On January 24, 2019, CDIB filed a notice of appeal from the court’s December 21, 2018 order, and on January 25, 2019, MS&Co. filed a notice of appeal from the same order. On March 7, 2019, the court denied the relief that CDIB sought in a motion to clarify and resettle the portion of the court’s December 21, 2018 order granting spoliation sanctions. On January 24, 2019, CDIB filed a notice of appeal from the court’s December 21, 2018 order, and on January 25, 2019, MS&Co. filed a notice of appeal from the same order. On March 7, 2019, the court denied the relief that CDIB sought in a motion to clarify and resettle the portion of the court’s December 21, 2018 order granting spoliation sanctions. On December 5, 2019, the Appellate Division, First Department (“First Department”) heard the parties’ cross-appeals. Based on currently available information, MS&Co. believes it could incur a loss in this action of up to approximately $240 million plus pre- and post-judgment interest, fees and costs.

On October 15, 2010, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Circuit Court of the State of Illinois, styled Federal Home

 

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Loan Bank of Chicago v. Bank of America Funding Corporation et al. A corrected amended complaint was filed on April 8, 2011, which alleges that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to plaintiff of a number of mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans and asserts claims under Illinois law. The total amount of certificates allegedly sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. at issue in the action was approximately $203 million. The complaint seeks, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss the corrected amended complaint on May 27, 2011, which was denied on September 19, 2012. On December 13, 2013, the court entered an order dismissing all claims related to one of the securitizations at issue. On January 18, 2017, the court entered an order dismissing all claims related to an additional securitization at issue. After those dismissals, the remaining amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $65 million. At December 25, 2019, the current unpaid balance of the mortgage pass-through certificates at issue in this action was approximately $35 million, and the certificates had not yet incurred actual losses. Based on currently available information, MS&Co. believes it could incur a loss in this action up to the difference between the $35 million unpaid balance of these certificates (plus any losses incurred) and their fair market value at the time of a judgment against MS&Co., plus pre- and post-judgment interest, fees and costs. MS&Co. may be entitled to be indemnified for some of these losses and to an offset for interest received by the plaintiff prior to a judgment.

On May 17, 2013, plaintiff in IKB International S.A. in Liquidation, et al. v. Morgan Stanley, et al. filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the Supreme Court of NY. The complaint alleges that defendants made material misrepresentations and omissions in the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. to plaintiff was approximately $133 million. The complaint alleges causes of action against MS&Co. for common law fraud, fraudulent concealment, aiding and abetting fraud, and negligent misrepresentation, and seeks, among other things, compensatory and punitive damages. On October 29, 2014, the court granted in part and denied in part MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss. All claims regarding four certificates were dismissed. After these dismissals, the remaining amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $116 million. On August 11, 2016, the First Department affirmed the trial court’s decision denying in part MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss the complaint. At December 25, 2019, the current unpaid balance of the mortgage pass-through certificates at issue in this action was approximately $22 million, and the certificates had incurred actual losses of $58 million. Based on currently available information, MS&Co. believes it could incur a loss in this action up to the difference between the $22 million unpaid balance of these certificates (plus any losses incurred) and their fair market value at the time of a judgment against MS&Co., or upon sale, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, fees and costs. MS&Co. may be entitled to be indemnified for some of these losses and to an offset for interest received by the plaintiff prior to a judgment.

In August of 2017, MS&Co. was named as a defendant in a purported antitrust class action in the United States District Court for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York styled Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System et al. v. Bank of America Corporation et al. Plaintiffs allege, inter alia, that MS&Co., together with a number of other financial institution defendants, violated U.S. antitrust laws and New York state law in connection with their alleged efforts to prevent the development of electronic exchange-based platforms for securities lending. The class action complaint was filed on behalf of a purported class of borrowers and lenders who entered into stock loan transactions with the defendants. The

 

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class action complaint seeks, among other relief, certification of the class of plaintiffs and treble damages. On September 27, 2018, the court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the class action complaint.

Beginning on March 25, 2019, MS&Co. was named as a defendant in a series of putative class action complaints filed in the Southern District of New York, the first of which was styled Alaska Electrical Pension Fund v. BofA Secs., Inc., et al. Each complaint alleges a conspiracy to fix prices and restrain competition in the market for unsecured bonds issued by the following Government-Sponsored Enterprises: the Federal National Mortgage Association; the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation; the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation; and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Each complaint raises a claim under Section 1 of the Sherman Act and seeks, among other things, injunctive relief and treble compensatory damages. On May 23, 2019, plaintiffs filed a consolidated amended class action complaint, now styled In re GSE Bonds Antitrust Litigation. The purported class period in the consolidated amended complaint is now from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2016. On June 13, 2019, the defendants filed a joint motion to dismiss the consolidated amended complaint. On August 29, 2019, the court in In re GSE Bonds Antitrust Litigation denied MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss. The case is set for trial in May 2020.

Settled Civil Litigation

On December 23, 2009, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle filed a complaint against MS&Co. and another defendant in the Superior Court of the State of Washington, styled Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., et al. The amended complaint, filed on September 28, 2010, alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $233 million. The complaint raises claims under the Washington State Securities Act and sought, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. On January 23, 2017, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On March 15, 2010, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Superior Court of the State of California styled Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco v. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. et al. An amended complaint, filed on June 10, 2010, alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in connection with the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The amount of certificates allegedly sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $276 million. The complaint raises claims under both the federal securities laws and California law and sought, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. On December 21, 2016, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On October 25, 2010, MS&Co., certain affiliates and Pinnacle Performance Limited, a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”), were named as defendants in a purported class action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”), styled Ge Dandong, et al. v. Pinnacle Performance Ltd., et al. On January 31, 2014, the plaintiffs in the action, which related to securities issued by the SPV in Singapore, filed a second amended complaint, which asserted common law claims of fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, fraudulent inducement, aiding and abetting fraudulent inducement, and breach of the implied covenant of

 

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good faith and fair dealing. On July 17, 2014, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation, which received final court approval on July 2, 2015.

On July 18, 2011, the Western and Southern Life Insurance Company and certain affiliated companies filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Court of Common Pleas in Ohio, styled Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, et al. v. Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Inc., et al. An amended complaint was filed on April 2, 2012 and alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to plaintiffs of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The amount of the certificates allegedly sold to plaintiffs by MS&Co. was approximately $153 million. On June 8, 2015, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On April 25, 2012, The Prudential Insurance Company of America and certain affiliates filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, styled The Prudential Insurance Company of America, et al. v. Morgan Stanley, et al. On October 16, 2012, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint. The amended complaint alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in connection with the sale to plaintiffs of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. was approximately $1.073 billion. The amended complaint raises claims under the New Jersey Uniform Securities Law, as well as common law claims of negligent misrepresentation, fraud, fraudulent inducement, equitable fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, and violations of the New Jersey RICO statute, and includes a claim for treble damages. On January 8, 2016, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On November 4, 2011, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), as receiver for Franklin Bank S.S.B, filed two complaints against MS&Co. in the District Court of the State of Texas. Each was styled Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Receiver for Franklin Bank, S.S.B v. Morgan Stanley & Company LLC F/K/A Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. and alleged that MS&Co. made untrue statements and material omissions in connection with the sale to plaintiff of mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The amount of certificates allegedly underwritten and sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. in these cases was approximately $67 million and $35 million, respectively. On July 2, 2015, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

On February 14, 2013, Bank Hapoalim B.M. filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the Supreme Court of NY, styled Bank Hapoalim B.M. v. Morgan Stanley et al. The complaint alleged that defendants made material misrepresentations and omissions in the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. to plaintiff was approximately $141 million. On July 28, 2015, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation, and on August 12, 2015, the plaintiff filed a stipulation of discontinuance with prejudice.

On September 23, 2013, the plaintiff in National Credit Union Administration Board v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., et al. filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the SDNY. The complaint alleged that defendants made untrue statements of material fact or omitted to state material facts in the sale to the plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates issued by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. to plaintiffs in the matter

 

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was approximately $417 million. The complaint alleged violations of federal and various state securities laws and sought, among other things, rescissionary and compensatory damages. On November 23, 2015, the parties reached an agreement to settle the matter.

On September 16, 2014, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office filed a civil lawsuit, styled Commonwealth of Virginia ex rel. Integra REC LLC v. Barclays Capital Inc., et al., against MS&Co. and several other defendants in the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond related to RMBS. The lawsuit alleged that MS&Co. and the other defendants knowingly made misrepresentations and omissions related to the loans backing RMBS purchased by the Virginia Retirement System. The complaint asserts claims under the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, as well as common law claims of actual and constructive fraud, and sought, among other things, treble damages and civil penalties. On January 6, 2016, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation. An order dismissing the action with prejudice was entered on January 28, 2016.

On April 20, 2011, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston filed a complaint against MS&Co. and other defendants in the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts styled Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston v. Ally Financial, Inc. F/K/A GMAC LLC et al. An amended complaint was filed on June 29, 2012 and alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to plaintiff of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $385 million. The amended complaint raised claims under the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act, the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act and common law and sought, among other things, to rescind the plaintiff’s purchase of such certificates. On November 25, 2013, July 16, 2014, and May 19, 2015, respectively, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its claims against MS&Co. with respect to three of the securitizations at issue. After these voluntary dismissals, the remaining amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. or sold to plaintiff by MS&Co. was approximately $332 million. On July 13, 2018, the parties reached an agreement in principle to settle the litigation.

On May 3, 2013, plaintiffs in Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank AG et al. v. Morgan Stanley et al. filed a complaint against MS&Co., certain affiliates, and other defendants in the Supreme Court of NY. The complaint alleged that defendants made material misrepresentations and omissions in the sale to plaintiffs of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly sponsored, underwritten and/or sold by MS&Co. to plaintiff was approximately $634 million. The complaint alleged causes of action against MS&Co. for common law fraud, fraudulent concealment, aiding and abetting fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and rescission and sought, among other things, compensatory and punitive damages. On June 26, 2018, the parties entered into an agreement to settle the litigation.

On April 1, 2016, the California Attorney General’s Office filed an action against MS&Co. in California state court styled California v. Morgan Stanley, et al., on behalf of California investors, including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California Teachers’ Retirement System. The complaint alleged that MS&Co. made misrepresentations and omissions regarding residential mortgage-backed securities and notes issued by the Cheyne SIV, and asserted violations of the California False Claims Act and other state laws and sought treble damages, civil penalties, disgorgement, and injunctive relief. On April 24, 2019, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

 

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Additional lawsuits containing claims similar to those described above may be filed in the future. In the course of its business, MS&Co., as a major futures commission merchant, is party to various civil actions, claims and routine regulatory investigations and proceedings that the General Partner believes do not have a material effect on the business of MS&Co. MS&Co. may establish reserves from time to time in connections with such actions.

 

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Item 1A. Risk Factors.

There have been no material changes to the risk factors set forth under Part I, Item 1A. “Risk Factors.” in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, there were no subscriptions. The Redeemable Units were issued in reliance upon applicable exemptions from registration under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act and Section 506 of Regulation D promulgated thereunder. The Redeemable Units were purchased by accredited investors as defined in Regulation D. In determining the applicability of the exemption, the General Partner relied on the fact that the Redeemable Units were purchased by accredited investors in a private offering.

Proceeds from the sale of Redeemable Units are used for the trading of commodity interests, including futures and forward contracts.

The following chart sets forth the purchases of Redeemable Units for each Class by the Partnership.

 

                    (d) Maximum
                 Number (or
             (c) Total   Approximate
             Number of       Dollar Value)    
                 Redeemable       of
             Units   Redeemable
     Class A (a)       Purchased   Units that
     Total   Class A (b)   as Part of   May Yet Be
     Number of   Average   Publicly   Purchased
     Redeemable   Price Paid   Announced   Under the
     Units   per   Plans or   Plans or
Period   Purchased*   Redeemable Unit**   Programs   Programs

January 1, 2020 - January 31, 2020

  955.6750    $                  1,297.56    N/A   N/A

February 1, 2020 - February 29, 2020

  979.5610    $                  1,227.70    N/A   N/A

March 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020

  8,842.0600    $                  1,140.38    N/A   N/A
            10,777.2960    $                  1,162.25         

 

*

Generally, limited partners are permitted to redeem their Redeemable Units as of the end of each month on three business days’ notice to the General Partner. Under certain circumstances, the General Partner can compel redemption, although to date the General Partner has not exercised this right. Purchases of Redeemable Units by the Partnership reflected in the chart above were made in the ordinary course of the Partnership’s business in connection with effecting redemptions for limited partners.

 

**

Redemptions of Redeemable Units are effected as of the end of each month at the net asset value per Redeemable Unit as of that day. No fee will be charged for redemptions.

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities. – None.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures. – Not applicable.

Item 5. Other Information.

Certain impacts to public health conditions particular to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that occurred subsequent to March 31, 2020 could impact the operations and financial performance of the Partnership investments. The extent of the impact to the financial performance of the Partnership investments will depend on future developments, including (i) the duration and spread of the outbreak, (ii) the restrictions and advisories, (iii) the effects on the financial markets, and (iv) the effects on the economy overall, all of which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted. If the financial performance of the Partnership investments is impacted because of these factors for an extended period, the Partnership performance may be adversely affected.

 

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Item 6. Exhibits.

 

31.1 —    Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification (Certification of President and Director) (filed  herewith).
31.2 —    Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification (Certification of Chief Financial Officer and Director) (filed herewith).
32.1 —    Section 1350 Certification (Certification of President and Director) (filed herewith).
32.2 —    Section 1350 Certification (Certification of Chief Financial Officer and Director) (filed herewith).
101.INS            XBRL Instance Document.
101.SCH            XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document.
101.CAL            XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document.
101.LAB            XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document.
101.PRE            XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document.
101.DEF            XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

CERES ABINGDON L.P.
By:   Ceres Managed Futures LLC
  (General Partner)
By:  

/s/ Patrick T. Egan

  Patrick T. Egan
  President and Director
Date: May 11, 2020
By:  

/s/ Steven Ross

  Steven Ross
  Chief Financial Officer and Director
  (Principal Accounting Officer)
Date: May 11, 2020

The General Partner which signed the above is the only party authorized to act for the registrant. The registrant has no principal executive officer, principal financial officer, controller, or principal accounting officer and has no Board of Directors.

 

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