Commodity put option
SummaryA commodity put option is a contract that grants the producer the right but not the obligation to sell a specified quantity of a commodity to the consumer at a fixed price before a stated future date.
What is a commodity put option?
A commodity put option is a contract that grants the producer the right but not the obligation to sell a specified quantity of a commodity to the consumer at a fixed price before a stated future date.
The purpose of a commodity put option is to establish a minimum income from a future sale of a commodity. It limits the downside risk while maintaining the ability to trade at a higher spot rate if market prices rise.
How does it work?
An oil company knows they will have produced 500 barrels of oil in a year’s time. They do not want to pay for storage any longer than necessary and do not want to sell the oil for less than $105 a barrel. They buy a put option with a strike price of $105. If the price falls below this level they will exercise the option and have the right to sell oil to the buyer at $105 per barrel. But if the price is above the strike they can allow the option to expire and sell their barrels at the market rate.
- Provides the producer with a minimum income
- Gives the producer the opportunity to benefit from higher prices
- The producer will incur a premium cost, usually paid up-front
- If prices rise above the strike rate during the tenor of the option, the producer may feel they received no value
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