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ACEF 2018-09-30
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. None.
Item 6. Exhibits.
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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund Earnings 2018-09-30

ACEF 10Q Quarterly Report

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10-Q 1 d622903d10q.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 September 30, 2018

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 000-25921

 

MANAGED FUTURES PREMIER ENERGY FUND L.P.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

New York    13-3986032

(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)

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 the 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 X
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 October 31, 2018, 1,485.5781 Limited Partnership Redeemable Units were outstanding.


PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements.

Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Statements of Financial Condition

 

     September 30,
2018
        (Unaudited)        
         December 31,      
2017

 

Assets:

     

Equity in trading account:

     

Unrestricted cash

     $ 13,237,957        $ 13,476,948  

Restricted cash

     521,406        868,705  

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

     244,928        -      

Options purchased, at fair value (premiums paid $153,940 and $0 at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively)

     198,522        -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total equity in trading account

     14,202,813        14,345,653  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Cash at bank

     -            437  

Interest receivable

     16,153        11,306  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 14,218,966        $ 14,357,396  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Liabilities and Partners’ Capital:

     

Liabilities:

     

Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     $ -            $ 128,860  

Options written, at fair value (premiums received $0 and $210,180 at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively)

     -            196,380  

Accrued expenses:

     

Ongoing selling agent fees

     23,698        23,387  

Management fees

     14,713        14,521  

General Partner fees

     2,943        2,904  

Professional fees

     70,400        68,187  

Redemptions payable to Limited Partners

     334,515        -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     446,269        434,239  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital:

     

General Partner, 16.6807 and 18.8827 Redeemable Units outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively

     152,608        159,040  

Special Limited Partner, 12.2580 and 9.3520 Redeemable Units outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively

     112,145        78,767  

Limited Partners, 1,476.4781 and 1,624.8521 Redeemable Units outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively

     13,507,944        13,685,350  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total partners’ capital (net asset value)

     13,772,697        13,923,157  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total liabilities and partners’ capital

     $ 14,218,966        $ 14,357,396  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit

     $ 9,148.76        $ 8,422.52  
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Condensed Schedule of Investments

September 30, 2018

(Unaudited)

 

           Number of      
Contracts
           Fair Value                % of Partners’    
Capital
 

Futures Contracts Purchased

        

Energy

     3,516        $ 439,735          3.19  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total futures contracts purchased

        439,735          3.19    
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Futures Contracts Sold

        

Energy

     3,285        (194,807)         (1.41)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total futures contracts sold

        (194,807)         (1.41)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

        $ 244,928          1.78  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Options Purchased

        

Calls

        

Energy

     558        $ 198,522          1.44  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total options purchased (premiums paid $153,940)

        $ 198,522          1.44  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

2


Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Condensed Schedule of Investments

December 31, 2017

 

           Number of      
Contracts
           Fair Value                % of Partners’    
Capital
 

Futures Contracts Purchased

        

Energy

     755        $ 312,190          2.24  
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total futures contracts purchased

        312,190          2.24    
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Futures Contracts Sold

        

Energy

     541        (441,050)         (3.17)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total futures contracts sold

        (441,050)         (3.17)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

        $ (128,860)         (0.93) 
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Options Written

        

Calls

        

Energy

     45        $ (99,540)         (0.71) 

Puts

        

Energy

     45        (96,840)         (0.70)   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total options written (premiums received $210,180)

        $ (196,380)         (1.41) 
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital

(Unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
   Nine Months Ended
September 30,
     2018    2017    2018    2017

Investment Income:

           

Interest income

     $ 47,537          $ 29,919          $ 132,933          $ 74,011    
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Expenses:

           

Clearing fees

     29,315          14,918          98,751          63,667    

Ongoing selling agent fees

     67,620          76,367          211,753          252,113    

Management fees

     41,962          47,430          131,395          156,616    

General Partner fees

     8,392          9,486          26,279          31,323    

Professional fees

     37,455          38,402          113,232          116,861    
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total expenses

     184,744          186,603          581,410          620,580    
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net investment loss

     (137,207)         (156,684)         (448,477)         (546,569)   
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Trading Results:

           

Net gains (losses) on trading of commodity interests:

           

Net realized gains (losses) on closed contracts

     245,370          900,935          1,242,160          1,064,712    

Net change in unrealized gains (losses) on open contracts

     474,317          (549,808)         404,570          (416,430)   
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total trading results

     719,687          351,127          1,646,730          648,282    
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net income (loss) before allocation to Special Limited Partner

     582,480          194,443          1,198,253          101,713    

Allocation to Special Limited Partner

     (1,994)         -              (26,412)         (46,869)   
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net income (loss) after allocation to Special Limited Partner

     580,486          194,443          1,171,841          54,844    

Subscriptions - Special Limited Partner

     1,994          -              26,412          46,869    

Redemptions - General Partner

     -              -              (20,003)         (25,004)   

Redemptions - Limited Partners

     (492,011)         (1,120,424)         (1,328,710)         (3,177,933)   
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in Partners’ Capital

     90,469          (925,981)         (150,460)         (3,101,224)   

Partners’ Capital, beginning of period

     13,682,228          15,532,454          13,923,157          17,707,697    
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Partners’ Capital, end of period

     $     13,772,697          $     14,606,473          $     13,772,697          $     14,606,473    
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit (1,505.4168 and 1,655.4868 Redeemable Units outstanding at September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively)

     $ 9,148.76          $ 8,823.07          $ 9,148.76          $ 8,823.07    
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per Redeemable Unit *

     $ 381.45          $ 117.03          $ 726.24          $ 39.11    
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Weighted average Redeemable Units outstanding

     1,549.3968          1,745.5545          1,579.0815          1,902.9941    
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

*

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

See accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

1.

Organization:

Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P. (the “Partnership”) is a limited partnership organized on January 5, 1998 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 commodity options and commodity futures contracts on U.S. exchanges and certain foreign exchanges. The Partnership is authorized to trade commodity futures and option contracts of any kind. In addition, the Partnership may enter into swap contracts on energy-related products. The commodity interests traded by the Partnership are volatile and involve a high degree of market risk. The General Partner may also determine to invest up to all of the Partnership’s assets 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. During the initial offering period (February 12, 1998 through March 15, 1998), the Partnership sold 49,538 redeemable units of limited partnership interest (“Redeemable Units”). The Partnership commenced trading on March 16, 1998. Since February 1, 2015, the Partnership has engaged directly in the speculative trading of a diversified portfolio of commodity interests. The Partnership no longer offers Redeemable Units for sale.

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 September 30, 2018, all trading decisions are made for the Partnership by Pan Capital Management, LP (“Pan”, the “Advisor” or the “Special Limited Partner”), a registered commodity trading advisor.

For the period January 1, 2015 to January 31, 2015, the assets of the Partnership were not traded and no fees or expenses were charged to the Partnership, including the monthly ongoing selling agent fee. Effective January 1, 2015, the Advisor became a special limited partner of the Partnership. Effective February 1, 2015, the Partnership allocated $36,959,903 to Pan. As of that date, the Advisor commenced trading the Partnership’s assets directly pursuant to its Energy Trading Program, a proprietary, discretionary trading program. The Advisor will concentrate the Partnership’s trading in energy-related markets.

The General Partner is not aware of any material changes to the trading program discussed above during the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2018.

During the reporting periods ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, the Partnership’s commodity broker was Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“MS&Co.”), a registered futures commission merchant. During prior periods included in this report, the Partnership also deposited a portion of its cash in a non-trading bank account at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

The Partnership entered into a customer agreement with MS&Co. (the “Customer Agreement”) and ceased paying brokerage commissions to MS&Co. Under the Customer Agreement, the Partnership pays MS&Co. trading fees for the clearing and, where applicable, the execution of transactions, as well as exchange, clearing, user, give-up and National Futures Association fees (the “clearing fees”). The Partnership’s cash is deposited by MS&Co. in segregated bank accounts to the extent required by Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulations. The Partnership will receive monthly interest on 80% of the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s brokerage account at MS&Co. during each month at a rate equal to the monthly average of the 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rate. All other interest income will be retained by the Partnership. The Customer Agreement may generally be terminated upon notice by either party.

The Partnership entered into a selling agreement with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (doing business as Morgan Stanley Wealth Management) (“Morgan Stanley Wealth Management”) (as amended, the “Selling Agreement”). Pursuant to the Selling Agreement, the Partnership pays Morgan Stanley Wealth Management a monthly ongoing selling agent fee equal to 2.0% per year of month-end net assets. Month-end net assets, for purposes of calculating ongoing selling agent fees, are net assets, as defined in the limited partnership agreement of the Partnership (“the Limited Partnership Agreement”), prior to the reduction of the current month’s ongoing selling agent fees, management fees, profit share allocation accrued, the General Partner fees, professional fees and any redemptions or distributions as of the end of such month.

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The Partnership will be liquidated upon the first to occur of the following: December 31, 2018; the net asset value per Redeemable Unit decreases to less than $400 per Redeemable Unit as of the close of any business day; or under certain other circumstances as set forth in the Limited Partnership Agreement.

In July 2015, the General Partner 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.

 

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 September 30, 2018, and the results of its operations and changes in partners’ capital for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017. These financial statements present the results of 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 (the “Form 10-K”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for the year ended December 31, 2017. The December 31, 2017 information has been derived from the audited financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2017.

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, after the allocation to the Special Limited Partner, if any, in proportion to the amount of Partnership interest owned by each, except that no limited partner shall be liable for obligations of the Partnership in excess of its capital contributions and profits, if any, net of distributions or redemptions and losses, if any. The Partnership allocates to the Special Limited Partner a profit share allocation to its capital account in the Partnership, if any, in the form of Redeemable Units and/or partial Redeemable Units, the value of which shall be equal to 20% of New Trading Profits, as defined in the Limited Partnership Agreement, earned by Pan each calendar quarter end.

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 Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital is included herein, and as of and for the periods ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, the Partnership carried no debt and all the Partnership’s investments were carried at fair value and classified as Level 1 and Level 2 measurements.

Partnership’s Investments. All commodity interests held by the Partnership, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments, are held for trading purposes. The commodity interests are recorded on 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. Unrealized gains or losses on open contracts are included as a component of equity in trading account in the Statements of Financial Condition. Net realized gains or losses and net change in unrealized gains or losses are included in the Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital.

 

6


Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Partnership’s Cash. The Partnership’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. At September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, the amount of cash held for margin requirements was $521,406 and $868,705, respectively. Cash that is not classified as restricted cash is therefore classified as unrestricted cash.

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 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 Statements of Income and Expenses in the years 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 2014 through 2017 tax years remain subject to examination by U.S. federal and most state tax authorities.

Investment Company Status. Effective January 1, 2014, the Partnership adopted Accounting Standards Update 2013-08, “Financial Services — Investment Companies (Topic 946): Amendments to the Scope, Measurement and Disclosure Requirements” and based on the General Partner’s assessment, the Partnership has been deemed to be an investment company since inception. Accordingly, the Partnership followed the investment company accounting and reporting guidance of Topic 946 and reflected its investments at fair value with unrealized gains and losses resulting from changes in fair value reflected in the Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital.

Net Income (Loss) per Redeemable Unit. Net income (loss) per Redeemable Unit 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, 2017.

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

3.

Financial Highlights:

Financial highlights for the limited partner class as a whole for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 were as follows:

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2018     2017     2018     2017  

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

        

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)

     $ 471.29          $ 206.79         $ 1,026.98        $ 350.95     

Net investment loss

     (89.84)         (89.76)        (300.74)         (311.84)    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) for the period

     381.45          117.03         726.24          39.11     

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, beginning of period

     8,767.31          8,706.04         8,422.52          8,783.96     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net asset value per Redeemable Unit, end of period

     $   9,148.76          $   8,823.07         $   9,148.76          $   8,823.07     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2018     2017     2018     2017  

Ratios to Average Limited Partners’ Capital:**

        

Net investment loss***

     (4.0)      (4.1)      (4.3)      (4.4) 

Operating expenses

     5.4       4.9       5.6       5.0  

Allocation to Special Limited Partner

     0.0   %****      -          0.2       0.3  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total expenses and allocation to Special Limited Partner

     5.4       4.9       5.8       5.3  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total return:

        

Total return before allocation to Special Limited Partner

     4.4       1.3       8.8       0.7  

Allocation to Special Limited Partner

     (0.0)  %****      -          (0.2)      (0.3) 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total return after allocation to Special Limited Partner

     4.4       1.3       8.6       0.4  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

*

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 allocation to Special Limited Partner, if applicable).

 

***

Interest income less total expenses (exclusive of allocation to Special Limited Partner, if applicable).

 

****

Due to rounding.

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 of the Partnership.

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund 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 Customer Agreement with the Partnership gives the Partnership the legal right to net unrealized gains and losses on open futures and exchange-cleared swaps contracts in the Statements of Financial Condition. The Partnership nets, for financial reporting purposes, the unrealized gains and losses on open futures contracts in the Statements of Financial Condition as the criteria under ASC 210-20, “Balance Sheet,” have been met.

All of the commodity interests owned by the Partnership are held for trading purposes. The monthly average number of futures contracts traded by the Partnership during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 were 1,773 and 1,976, respectively. The monthly average number of futures contracts traded by the Partnership during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 were 1,311 and 1,587, respectively. The monthly average number of option contracts traded by the Partnership during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 were 695 and 322, respectively. The monthly average number of option contracts traded by the Partnership during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 were 213 and 283, respectively.

Trading and transaction fees are based on the number of trades executed by the Advisor.

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The following tables summarize the gross and net amounts recognized relating to assets and liabilities of the Partnership’s derivatives and their offsetting subject to master netting or similar arrangements as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

 

September 30, 2018

     Gross Amounts  
Recognized
     Gross Amounts
Offset in

  the Statements  
of Financial
Condition
     Amounts
Presented in

  the Statements  
of Financial
Condition
     Gross Amounts Not Offset in the
  Statements of Financial Condition  
       Net Amount    
  

 

Financial
  Instruments  

    

 

Cash Collateral
  Pledged/Received*  

 

Assets

                 

Futures

     $ 1,567,280          $ (1,322,352)         $ 244,928          $ -              $ -              $ 244,928    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 1,567,280          $ (1,322,352)         $ 244,928          $ -              $ -              $ 244,928    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities

                 

Futures

     $ (1,322,352)         $ 1,322,352          $ -              $ -              $ -              $ -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     $ (1,322,352)         $ 1,322,352          $                 -              $                 -              $                 -              $ -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net fair value

                    $ 244,928  
                 

 

 

 

December 31, 2017

     Gross Amounts  
Recognized
     Gross Amounts
Offset in

  the Statements  
of Financial
Condition
     Amounts
Presented in

  the Statements  
of Financial
Condition
     Gross Amounts Not Offset in the
  Statements of Financial Condition  
       Net Amount    
  

 

Financial
  Instruments  

    

 

Cash Collateral
  Pledged/Received*  

 

Assets

                 

Futures

     $ 694,410          $ (694,410)         $ -              $ -              $ -              $ -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 694,410          $ (694,410)         $ -              $ -              $ -              $ -        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities

                 

Futures

     $ (823,270)         $ 694,410          $ (128,860)         $ -              $ -              $ (128,860)   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     $ (823,270)         $ 694,410          $ (128,860)         $                 -              $                 -              $ (128,860)   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net fair value

                    $ (128,860) 
                 

 

 

 

 

*

In the event of default by the Partnership, MS&Co., the Partnership’s commodity futures broker and the sole counterparty to the Partnership’s non-exchange-traded contracts, as applicable, has the right to offset the Partnership’s obligation with the Partnership’s cash and/or U.S. Treasury bills held by MS&Co., thereby minimizing MS&Co.’s risk of loss. In certain instances, MS&Co. may not post collateral and as such, in the event of default by MS&Co., the Partnership is exposed to the amount shown in the Statements of Financial Condition. In the case of exchange-traded contracts, the Partnership’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.

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The following tables indicate the gross fair values of derivative instruments of futures and option contracts as separate assets and liabilities as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

 

         September 30, 2018      

Assets

  

Futures Contracts

  

Energy

     $             1,567,280    
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

     1,567,280    
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Futures Contracts

  

Energy

     (1,322,352)   
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     (1,322,352)   
  

 

 

 

Net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

     $ 244,928  
  

 

 

 

Assets

  

Options Purchased

  

Energy

     $ 198,522    
  

 

 

 

Total options purchased

     $ 198,522   ** 
  

 

 

 

 

*

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

**

This amount is in “Options purchased, at fair value” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

         December 31, 2017      

Assets

  

Futures Contracts

  

Energy

     $ 694,410    
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts

     694,410    
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Futures Contracts

  

Energy

     (823,270)   
  

 

 

 

Total unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     (823,270)   
  

 

 

 

Net unrealized depreciation on open futures contracts

     $ (128,860) 
  

 

 

 

Liabilities

  

Options Written

  

Energy

     $ (196,380)   
  

 

 

 

Total options written

     $ (196,380)  ** 
  

 

 

 

 

*

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

**

This amount is in “Options written, at fair value” in the Statements of Financial Condition.

The following table indicates the trading gains and losses, by market sector, on derivative instruments for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 

Sector

                2018                                  2017                                  2018                                  2017                 

Energy

    $ 719,687         $ 351,127         $ 1,646,730         $ 648,282    
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

    $ 719,687   ***      $ 351,127   ***      $ 1,646,730   ***      $ 648,282   *** 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

***

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

 

5.

Fair Value Measurements:

Partnership’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, option 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 inputs 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.

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

The Partnership considers prices for commodity futures, swap and option 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, non-exchange-traded swaps and certain option 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 September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017 and for the periods ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, the Partnership 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).

 

September 30, 2018

   Total    Level 1    Level 2    Level 3

Assets

           

Futures

     $ 1,567,280         $ 1,567,280         $ -            $ -      

Options purchased

     198,522         198,522         -            -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 1,765,802         $ 1,765,802         $ -            $ -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Liabilities

           

Futures

     $ 1,322,352         $ 1,322,352         $ -            $ -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     $         1,322,352         $         1,322,352         $                     -            $                     -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

December 31, 2017

   Total    Level 1    Level 2    Level 3

Assets

           

Futures

     $ 694,410         $ 694,410         $ -            $ -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total assets

     $ 694,410         $ 694,410         $ -            $ -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Liabilities

           

Futures

     $ 823,270         $ 823,270         $ -            $ -      

Options written

     196,380         196,380         -            -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     $ 1,019,650         $ 1,019,650         $ -            $ -      
  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

6.

Financial Instrument Risks:

In the normal course of business, the Partnership is party to financial instruments with off-balance sheet risk, including derivative financial instruments and derivative commodity instruments. These financial instruments may include futures, 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 trade on an exchange or over-the-counter (“OTC”). Exchange-traded instruments include futures and certain standardized forward, option and swap contracts. Certain swap contracts may also trade on a swap execution facility or OTC. OTC contracts are negotiated between contracting parties and also include certain forward and option contracts. Specific market movements of commodities or futures contracts underlying an option cannot accurately be predicted. The purchaser of an option may lose the entire premium paid for the option. The writer, or seller, of an option has unlimited risk. Each of these instruments is subject to various risks similar to those related to the underlying financial instruments, 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. None of the Partnership’s current contracts are traded OTC, although contracts may be traded OTC in the future.

Futures Contracts. The Partnership 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 Partnership 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 Partnership. When the contract is closed, the Partnership 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, directly 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 Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital.

Options. The Partnership is permitted to purchase and write (sell) both exchange-listed and OTC options on commodities or financial instruments. An option is a contract allowing, but not requiring, its holder to buy (call) or sell (put) a specific or standard commodity or financial instrument at a specified price during a specified time period. The option premium is the total price paid or received for the option contract. When the Partnership writes an option, the premium received is recorded as a liability in the Statements of Financial Condition and marked to market daily. When the Partnership purchases an option, the premium paid is recorded as an asset in the Statements of Financial Condition and marked to market daily. Net realized gains (losses) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) on option contracts are included in the Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital.

As both a buyer and seller of options, the Partnership pays or receives a premium at the outset and then bears the risk of unfavorable changes in the price of the contract underlying the option. Written options expose the Partnership to potentially unlimited liability; for purchased options, the risk of loss is limited to the premiums paid. Certain written put options permit cash settlement and do not require the option holder to own the reference asset. The Partnership does not consider these contracts to be guarantees.

Market risk is the potential for changes in the value of the financial instruments traded by the Partnership 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 by the Partnership. The Partnership is exposed to market risk equal to the value of futures contracts held and unlimited liability on such contracts sold short.

 

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Managed Futures Premier Energy Fund L.P.

Notes to Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

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. In the event of a counterparty default, the Partnership’s risk of loss 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 risk of loss is reduced through the use of legally enforceable master netting agreements with counterparties that permit the Partnership to offset unrealized gains and losses and other assets and liabilities with such counterparties upon the occurrence of certain events. The Partnership has credit risk and concentration risk as MS&Co. or an MS&Co. affiliate is the counterparty or broker with respect to the Partnership’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 counterparty is an exchange or clearing organization.

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

The Advisor concentrates the Partnership’s trading in energy related markets. Concentration in a limited number of commodity interests may have subjected the Partnership’s account to greater volatility than if a more diversified portfolio of contracts had been traded on behalf of the Partnership.

The majority of these instruments matured within one year of the inception date. However, due to the nature of the Partnership’s business, these instruments may not have been held to maturity.

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 result of the organization of the Partnership as a limited partnership under New York law.

In the ordinary course of business, the Partnership enters into contracts and agreements that contain various representations and warranties and which provide general indemnifications. The Partnership’s maximum exposure under these arrangements cannot be determined, as this could include future claims that have not yet been made against the Partnership. The Partnership 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, other than that described below, there were no subsequent events requiring adjustment to or disclosure in the financial statements.

On or about November 6, 2018, the Limited Partnership Agreement of the Partnership was amended to extend the term of the Partnership to December 31, 2020.

 

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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. Its assets are its (i) equity in its trading account, consisting of unrestricted cash, restricted cash, net unrealized appreciation on open futures contracts, net unrealized appreciation on open forward contracts, options purchased at fair value and investment in U.S. Treasury bills at fair value, if applicable, (ii) cash at bank and (iii) interest receivable. Because of the low margin deposits normally required in commodity trading, relatively small price movements may result in substantial losses to the Partnership. While substantial losses could lead to a material decrease in liquidity, no such illiquidity occurred during the third quarter of 2018.

The Partnership’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 Partnership 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 Partnership from trading in potentially profitable markets or prevent the Partnership 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 assets.

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

The Partnership’s capital consists of the capital contributions of the partners as increased or decreased by realized and/or unrealized gains or losses on trading and by expenses, interest income, redemptions of Redeemable Units and distributions of profits, if any.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, Partnership capital decreased 1.1% from $13,923,157 to $13,772,697. This decrease was attributable to redemptions of 2.2020 General Partner Redeemable Units resulting in an outflow of $20,003 and redemptions of 148.3740 limited partner Redeemable Units resulting in an outflow of $1,328,710, which was partially offset by subscriptions of 2.9060 Special Limited Partner Redeemable Units resulting in an inflow of $26,412 and a net gain of $1,171,841. Future redemptions could impact the amount of funds available for investments 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 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.

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 expense during the reporting period. 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) and net change in unrealized gains (losses) in the Statements of Income and Expenses and Changes in Partners’ Capital.

 

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Results of Operations

During the Partnership’s third quarter of 2018, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit increased 4.4% from $8,767.31 to $9,148.76 as compared to an increase of 1.3% in the same period of 2017. The Partnership experienced a net trading gain before fees and expenses in the third quarter of 2018 of $719,687. Gains were primarily attributable to the Partnership’s trading of commodity futures in natural gas. The Partnership experienced a net trading gain before fees and expenses in the third quarter of 2017 of $351,127. Gains were primarily attributable to the Partnership’s trading of commodity futures in natural gas.

The most significant gains were recorded during September as the price of natural gas futures surged higher. The Partnership’s net long positioning benefitted after the release of industry reports which indicated U.S. gas storage would be 20% lower this year entering the key winter demand months. The Partnership’s long positions in natural gas futures also recorded gains during August as prices moved higher on increased weather-driven demand during the month’s opening days. A portion of the Partnership’s gains for the quarter was offset by losses incurred from long positioning during July as prices declined.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2018, the net asset value per Redeemable Unit increased 8.6% from $8,422.52 to $9,148.76 as compared to an increase of 0.4% in the same period of 2017. The Partnership experienced a net trading gain before fees and expenses in the nine months ended September 30, 2018 of $1,646,730. Gains were primarily attributable to the Partnership’s trading of commodity futures in natural gas. The Partnership experienced a net trading gain before fees and expenses in the nine months ended September 30, 2017 of $648,282. Gains were primarily attributable to the Partnership’s trading of commodity futures in natural gas.

The most notable gains were recorded during September as the Partnership’s positions benefitted after natural gas futures prices surged higher. Further gains were recorded during January from long positions in natural gas futures as prices rallied higher throughout the month amid cold weather-driven demand and shrinking supply stocks. Gains were also achieved during August as prices moved higher on increased weather-driven demand during the month’s opening days. During February, gains were primarily achieved during the opening days of the month as the Partnership’s long positions benefitted from a reversal higher in prices. Smaller gains were also experienced during March and April. A portion of the Partnership’s gains was offset by losses incurred during July after natural gas prices declined on mild weather spreading throughout much of the U.S. Additional losses were experienced during May from short positions in natural gas futures as prices rallied higher amid signs of supply weakness. Further losses were incurred from long positions in natural gas during June.

 

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Commodity markets are highly volatile. Broad and rapid price fluctuations and rapid inflation increase the risks involved in commodity trading, but also increase the possibility for profit or loss. The profitability of the Partnership depends on the Advisor’s ability to forecast price changes in energy and energy-related commodities. Such price changes 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 the Advisor correctly makes such forecasts, the Partnership expects to increase capital through operations.

Interest income on 80% of the Partnership’s average daily equity maintained in cash during each month was earned at the monthly average of the 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rate. For the avoidance of doubt, the Partnership will not receive interests on amounts in the futures brokerage account that are committed to margin. Any interest earned on the Partnership’s account in excess of the amount described above, if any, will be retained by MS&Co. and/or shared with the General Partner. All other interest income earned on U.S. Treasury bills and money market mutual fund securities will be retained by the Partnership. Interest income earned for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 increased by $17,618 and $58,922, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. The increase in interest income was primarily due to higher 4-week U.S. Treasury bill discount rates during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. Interest earned by the Partnership will increase the net asset value of the Partnership. The amount of interest income earned by the Partnership depends on (i) the average daily equity maintained in cash in the Partnership’s account, (ii) the amount of U.S. Treasury bills and/or money market mutual fund securities held by the Partnership and (iii) interest rates over which neither the Partnership nor MS&Co. has control.

Clearing fees are based on the number of trades executed by the Advisor for the Partnership. Accordingly, they must be compared in relation to the number of trades executed during the period. Clearing fees for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 increased by $14,397 and $35,084, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. The increase in clearing fees was primarily due to an increase in the number of trades made by the Advisor during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017.

Ongoing selling agent fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s net asset value as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance 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 and nine months ended September 30, 2018 decreased by $8,747 and $40,360, respectively as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. This decrease was primarily due to lower average net assets during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017.

Management fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s net asset value as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance and redemptions. Accordingly, they must be analyzed in relation to the fluctuations in the monthly net asset values. Management fees for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 decreased by $5,468 and $25,221, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. The decrease in management fees was primarily due to lower average net assets during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017.

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 Advisor and (ii) monitoring the activities of the Advisor. These fees are calculated as a percentage of the Partnership’s net asset value as of the end of each month and are affected by trading performance and redemptions. Accordingly, it must be analyzed in relation to the fluctuations in monthly net asset values. General Partner fees for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 decreased by $1,094 and $5,044, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017. This decrease was primarily due to lower average net assets during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 as compared to the corresponding periods in 2017.

Special Limited Partner profit share allocations are based on the new trading profits generated by the Advisor at the end of the quarter, as defined in the advisory agreement among the Partnership, the General Partner and the Advisor. The profit share allocation made to the Special Limited Partner for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 was $1,994 and $26,412, respectively. The profit share allocation made to the Special Limited Partner for the three and nine months months ended September 30, 2017 was $0 and $46,869, respectively. The Special Limited Partner will not receive a profit share allocation 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 Advisor, the General Partner considers 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 at any time.

 

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Item 3.     Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

The Partnership is a speculative commodity pool. The market sensitive instruments held by Partnership are acquired for speculative trading purposes, and all or substantially all of the Partnership’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 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 and resulted, respectively, in frequent changes in the fair value of the Partnership’s open positions and, consequently, in their earnings and cash balances. The Partnership’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 Partnership’s open contracts and the liquidity of the markets in which the Partnership trades.

The Partnership 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 Partnership’s past performance is not necessarily indicative of the Partnership’s future results.

Quantifying the Partnership’s Trading Value at Risk

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

The Partnership’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 Partnership could reasonably be expected to lose in a given market sector. However, the inherent uncertainty of the Partnership’s speculative trading and the recurrence in the markets traded by the Partnership of market movements far exceeding expectations could result in actual trading or non-trading losses far beyond the indicated Value at Risk or the Partnership’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 Partnership’s losses in any market sector will be limited to Value at Risk or by the Partnership’s attempts to manage its market risk.

Exchange margin requirements have been used by the Partnership 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 risk sensitive instruments. The following tables indicate the trading Value at Risk associated with the Partnership’s open positions by market category as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, and the highest, lowest and average value during the three months ended September 30, 2018 and for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. All open position trading risk exposures of the Partnership 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, 2017.

 

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As of September 30, 2018, the Partnership’s total capitalization was $13,772,697. The Partnership’s Value at Risk as of September 30, 2018 was as follows:

 

September 30, 2018  
                              Three Months Ended September 30, 2018              

Market Sector            

     Value at Risk        % of Total
  Capitalization  
    High
  Value at Risk  
     Low
  Value at Risk  
     Average
  Value at Risk*  
 

Energy

     $       472,090          3.43        $       1,769,493          $       173,862          $       695,354    
  

 

 

    

 

 

         

Total

     $       472,090          3.43           
  

 

 

    

 

 

         

 

*

Average of month-end Values at Risk.

As of December 31, 2017, the Partnership’s total capitalization was $13,923,157. The Partnership’s Value at Risk as of December 31, 2017 was as follows:

 

December 31, 2017  
                              Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2017              

Market Sector            

     Value at Risk        % of Total
  Capitalization  
    High
  Value at Risk  
     Low
  Value at Risk  
     Average
  Value at Risk*  
 

Energy

     $       1,065,085          7.65        $       2,854,985          $       216,192          $       1,335,831    
  

 

 

    

 

 

         

Total

     $       1,065,085          7.65           
  

 

 

    

 

 

         

 

*

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 September 30, 2018 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 September 30, 2018 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 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, please refer to the “Legal Proceedings” section of Morgan Stanley’s SEC 10-K filings for 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. Please refer to the Commitments, Guarantees and Contingencies – Legal section of MS&Co.’s 2017 Audited Financial.

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.

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.

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.

 

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On June 5, 2012, MS&Co. consented to and became the subject of an Order Instituting Proceedings Pursuant to Sections 6(c) and 6(d) of the Commodity Exchange Act, as amended, Making Findings and Imposing Remedial Sanctions by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) to resolve allegations related to the failure of a salesperson to comply with exchange rules that prohibit off-exchange futures transactions unless there is an Exchange for Related Position (“EFRP”). Specifically, the CFTC found that from April 2008 through October 2009, MS&Co. violated Section 4c(a) of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC Regulation 1.38 by executing, processing and reporting numerous off-exchange futures trades to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (“CME”) and Chicago Board of Trade (“CBOT”) as EFRPs in violation of CME and CBOT rules because those trades lacked the corresponding and related cash, OTC swap, OTC option, or other OTC derivative position. In addition, the CFTC found that MS&Co. violated CFTC Regulation 166.3 by failing to supervise the handling of the trades at issue and failing to have adequate policies and procedures designed to detect and deter the violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC Regulations. Without admitting or denying the underlying allegations and without adjudication of any issue of law or fact, MS&Co. accepted and consented to entry of findings and the imposition of a cease and desist order, a fine of $5,000,000, and undertakings related to public statements, cooperation and payment of the fine. MS&Co. entered into corresponding and related settlements with the CME and CBOT in which the CME found that MS&Co. violated CME Rules 432.Q and 538 and fined MS&Co. $750,000 and CBOT found that MS&Co. violated CBOT Rules 432.Q and 538 and fined MS&Co. $1,000,000.

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, as amended, 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 June 28, 2016 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 Cooperation 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 U.S. 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 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 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 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 credit default swap 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 June 27, 2018, the Firm filed a motion for summary judgment and spoliation sanctions against CDIB. Based on currently available information, MS&Co. believes it could incur a loss 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 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 September 25, 2018, the current unpaid balance of the mortgage pass-through certificates at issue in this action was approximately $37 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 $37 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.

 

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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 Appellate Division, First Department affirmed the trial court’s decision denying in part MS&Co.’s motion to dismiss the complaint. At September 25, 2018, the current unpaid balance of the mortgage pass-through certificates at issue in this action was approximately $23 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 $23 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.

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 alleges that MS&Co. made misrepresentations and omissions regarding residential mortgage-backed securities and notes issued by the Cheyne SIV (defined below), and asserts violations of the California False Claims Act and other state laws and seeks treble damages, civil penalties, disgorgement, and injunctive relief. On September 30, 2016, the court granted MS&Co.’s demurrer, with leave to replead. On October 21, 2016, the California Attorney General filed an amended complaint. On January 25, 2017, the court denied MS&Co.’s demurrer with respect to the amended complaint.

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, alleges 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 seeks, 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. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, 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 a number of 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 $704 million. The complaint raised 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 January 26, 2015, as a result of a settlement with certain other defendants, the plaintiff requested and the court subsequently entered a dismissal with prejudice of certain of the plaintiff’s claims, including all remaining claims against MS&Co.

 

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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, alleges 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 seeks, 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 July 9, 2010 and February 11, 2011, Cambridge Place Investment Management Inc. filed two separate complaints against MS&Co. and/or its affiliates and other defendants in the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, both styled Cambridge Place Investment Management Inc. v. Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., et al. The complaints asserted claims on behalf of certain clients of plaintiff’s affiliates and alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale of a number of mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly issued by MS&Co. and/or its affiliates or sold to plaintiff’s affiliates’ clients by MS&Co. and/or its affiliates in the two matters was approximately $263 million. On February 11, 2014, the parties entered into an agreement to settle the litigation. On February 20, 2014, the court dismissed the action.

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 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 5, 2011, Allstate Insurance Company and certain of its affiliated entities filed a complaint against MS&Co. in the Supreme Court of NY, styled Allstate Insurance Company, et al. v. Morgan Stanley, et al. An amended complaint was filed on September 9, 2011, and alleged that the defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to the plaintiffs of certain mortgage pass-through certificates backed by securitization trusts containing residential mortgage loans. The total amount of certificates allegedly issued and/or sold to the plaintiffs by MS&Co. was approximately $104 million. The complaint raised common law claims of fraud, fraudulent inducement, aiding and abetting fraud, and negligent misrepresentation and seeks, among other things, compensatory and/or recessionary damages associated with the plaintiffs’ purchases of such certificates. On January 16, 2015, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

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 September 2, 2011, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, as conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, filed 17 complaints against numerous financial services companies, including MS&Co. and certain affiliates. A complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates and other defendants was filed in the Supreme Court of NY,

 

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styled Federal Housing Finance Agency, as Conservator v. Morgan Stanley et al. The complaint alleged that defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in connection with the sale to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of residential mortgage pass-through certificates with an original unpaid balance of approximately $11 billion. The complaint raised claims under federal and state securities laws and common law and sought, among other things, rescission and compensatory and punitive damages. On February 7, 2014, the parties entered into an agreement to settle the litigation. On February 20, 2014, the court dismissed the action.

On April 25, 2012, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and certain affiliates filed a complaint against MS&Co. and certain affiliates in the Supreme Court of NY, styled Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, et al. v. Morgan Stanley, et al. An amended complaint was filed on June 29, 2012, and alleged that the defendants made untrue statements and material omissions in the sale to the 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 $758 million. The amended complaint raised common law claims of fraud, fraudulent inducement, and aiding and abetting fraud and sought, among other things, rescission, compensatory, and/or rescissionary damages, as well as punitive damages, associated with the plaintiffs’ purchases of such certificates. On April 11, 2014, the parties entered into a settlement agreement.

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 raised 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 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and included a claim for treble damages. On January 8, 2016, the parties reached an agreement to settle the litigation.

In re Morgan Stanley Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Litigation, which had been pending in the SDNY, was a putative class action involving allegations that, among other things, the registration statements and offering documents related to the offerings of certain mortgage pass-through certificates in 2006 and 2007 contained false and misleading information concerning the pools of residential loans that backed these securitizations. On December 18, 2014, the parties’ agreement to settle the litigation received final court approval, and on December 19, 2014, the court entered an order dismissing the action.

On November 4, 2011, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 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

 

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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 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 asserted 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 alleges causes of action against MS&Co. for common law fraud, fraudulent concealment, aiding and abetting fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and rescission and seeks, among other things, compensatory and punitive damages. On June 26, 2018, the parties entered into an agreement to settle the litigation.

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, 2017 and under Part II, Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in the Partnership’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018.

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

For the three months ended September 30, 2018, there were no additional subscriptions by limited partners. Redeemable Units and Special Limited Partner Redeemable Units are 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. Redeemable Units are purchased by accredited investors as defined in Regulation D. In determining the applicability of the exemptions, the General Partner relies on the fact that Redeemable Units and Special Limited Partner Redeemable Units are purchased by accredited investors in a private offering.

The Partnership no longer offers Redeemable Units.

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

 

Period     (a) Total Number  
of Redeemable
Units Purchased*
    (b) Average
  Price Paid per  
Redeemable Unit**
   

(c) Total Number
of Redeemable Units
Purchased as Part

  of Publicly Announced  
Plans or Programs

  (d) Maximum Number
(or Approximate
Dollar Value)  of
  Redeemable Units that  
May Yet Be
Purchased Under the
Plans or Programs

July 1, 2018 - July 31, 2018

    14.7640     $ 8,326.40     N/A   N/A

August 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

    4.0690     $ 8,494.76     N/A   N/A

September 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

    36.5640     $ 9,148.76     N/A   N/A
      55.3970     $ 8,881.55     N/A   N/A

 

*

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 may 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. None.

 

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Item 6.     Exhibits.

 

3.1    

Certificate of Amendment of the Certificate of Limited Partnership as filed in the Office of the Secretary of State of the State of New York, dated November 6, 2018 (filed herewith).

 

3.2    

Amendment No. 3 to the Second Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement, dated November 6, 2018 (filed herewith).

 

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.

MANAGED FUTURES PREMIER ENERGY FUND L.P.

 

By:

 

Ceres Managed Futures LLC

 

(General Partner)

By:

 

/s/ Patrick T. Egan

 

Patrick T. Egan

 

President and Director

Date:

 

November 8, 2018

By:

 

/s/ Steven Ross

 

Steven Ross

 

Chief Financial Officer and Director

 

(Principal Accounting Officer)

Date:

 

November 8, 2018

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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