Cost of Carry Amount - IETA Provision

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Cost of Carry Amount and 13.4(c) in a Nutshell

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Cost of Carry Amount and 13.4(c) in all its glory

Cost of Carry Amount” means the amount calculated by applying the Cost of Carry Rate for the Cost of Carry Calculation Period to the Allowance Price multiplied by the number of Period Traded Allowances Transferred, divided by 360.

Cost of Carry Rate” the “EUR-EONIA-OIS-COMPOUND” rate, “EONIA” being a reference rate equal to the overnight rate as calculated by the European Central Bank and appearing on Reuters Screen EONIA Page in respect of each day in the Cost of Carry Calculation Period.
Cost of Carry Calculation Period” means the number of calendar days from and including the original Payment Due Date to, but excluding, the Delayed Payment Due Date.
Allowance Price” means, for a particular PTA Quantity, Specified Period and Transaction, the amount agreed to be the price for that PTA Quantity (expressed in Euros per Allowance unless otherwise agreed), excluding applicable taxes.

13.4(c) In the event that Period Traded Allowances are Transferred to the Receiving Party on or before the Delayed Delivery Date following the occurrence of a Suspension Event as contemplated by sub-clause (a) above, the Receiving Party agrees to pay the Delivering Party the Contract Amount adjusted by the Cost of Carry Amount. For the avoidance of doubt, any adjustment of the Contract Amount will be identified in the relevant Statement sent to the Receiving Party.
13.4(d) Where a Suspension Event continues to exist on the Long Stop Date, Clause 13.2(a) (No Termination Payment) shall apply and the suspended Transaction shall be deemed an FM Affected Transaction and terminated as an FM Affected Transaction on the Long Stop Date.


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The definition of Cost of Carry Amount is more or less the same in all three emissions trading documentation regimes. Compare:
ISDA: Cost of Carry Amount
IETA: Cost of Carry Amount
EFET: Cost of Carry Amount
Interestingly, the ISDA and the EFET have a “default” Cost of Carry Provisions too (the ISDAs’ being labelled Close-out Cost of Carry Amount and so on, the EFET’s Default Cost of Carry Amount, but the IETA does not.



What is going on here, then?

Should there be a Suspension Event, the person meaning to deliver the Allowances, and receive cash payment on date X cannot, and will therefore start to get anxious emails from her treasury department. Remember, at this point she wants cash, has (Q.E.D.) no interest in the Allowances, and through no fault of her own is out of pocket.

Therefore the Seller agrees to pay her a Cost of Carry Amount. This is essentially interest at an agreed rate on the Cash Payment that was due, for the duration of the the Suspension Event.

The funny thing is what happens if the Suspension Event has not lifted by the Long Stop Date. Here the transaction is deemed to be irretrievably broken — and, per the consensus of Carbon Squad, the Transaction should therefore be cancelled and just forotten about. Any amounts already paid must be refunded (except where Allowances were delivered against those payments), and everyone walks away and pretends it never happened. This is the “then I woke up and it was all a dream” method of disruption resolution.

This we find utterly extraordinary. Your Cost of Carry Amount accrues ... accrues ... accrues ... and then suddenly in a puff of illogic, on a completely arbitrary Long Stop Date, it just vanishes, along with, presumably, all the rest of the money you stumped up in good faith to finance some other so-and-so’s Allowance obligations. What on earth were they thinking?

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