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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 10-Q

x

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 
For the Quarterly Period Ended March 31, 2014 

or

o

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: 001-34590

 

 

 

 

 

 

ETFS PLATINUM TRUST

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

New York

 

26-4732885

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

organization)

 

 

 

 

 

c/o ETF Securities USA LLC

 

 

48 Wall Street, 11th Floor

 

 

New York, NY

 

10005

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:

(212) 918-4954

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 and posted on its corporate web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Yes x No

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

 

 

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 May 9, 2014 ETFS Platinum Trust had 5,400,000 ETFS Physical Platinum Shares outstanding.

 

 


 

ETFS PLATINUM TRUST

FORM 10-Q

FOR THE QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2014

INDEX

 

 

 

 


 

ETFS PLATINUM TRUST

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Condensed Financial Statements (Unaudited)

Condensed Statements of Assets and Liabilities (Unaudited)
At March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2014 (1)

 

December 31, 2013 (4)

(Amounts in 000's of US$, except Share and per Share data)

 

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in platinum (cost: March 31, 2014: $702,394; December 31, 2013: $729,594) (2)

$

733,038 

 

$

729,594 

Total assets

 

733,038 

 

 

729,594 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Fees payable to Sponsor

 

377 

 

 

375 

Platinum payable

 

 

 

13,259 

Total liabilities

 

377 

 

 

13,634 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS

$

732,661 

 

$

715,960 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANALYSIS OF NET ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Total redeemable Shares at redemption value to investors (net asset value) (3)

$

732,661 

 

$

715,960 

 

(1)Effective January 1, 2014, the Trust has adopted the provisions of Topic 946, Investment Companies, and follows specialized accounting.  Refer to Note 2.1 for additional information.

(2)At March 31, 2014, the investment in platinum is valued at fair value.  At December 31, 2013 the investment in platinum was valued at the lower of cost or market value. Refer to note 2.1 for a breakdown of cost and fair value of the investment in platinum. 

(3)Authorized share capital is unlimited with no par value per Share. Shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2014 were 5,300,000 and at December 31, 2013 were 5,400,000.  Net asset value per Share at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 was $138.24 and $132.59, respectively.

(4)Derived from audited Statement of Financial Condition as of December 31, 2013.   The amounts are those previously reported under non investment company accounting.  Refer to Note 2.1 for additional information.

 

See Notes to the Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

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Schedule of Investments (Unaudited)
At March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2014

Description

 

oz

 

Cost

 

Fair Value

 

% of Net Assets (1)

Investment in platinum (in 000's of US$, except for oz data)

Platinum

 

516,951.9 

 

$

702,394 

 

$

733,038 

 

 

100.05% 

Total investment in platinum

 

516,951.9 

 

$

702,394 

 

$

733,038 

 

 

100.05% 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2013

Description

 

oz

 

Cost

 

Fair Value

 

% of Net Assets (2)

Investment in platinum (in 000's of US$, except for oz data)

Platinum

 

537,256.0 

 

$

729,594 

 

$

729,594 

 

 

101.90% 

Total investment in platinum

 

537,256.0 

 

$

729,594 

 

$

729,594 

 

 

101.90% 

 

(1)Calculated as investment in platinum at fair value divided by net assets, as at March 31, 2014, investment in platinum is recorded at fair value.  Refer to Note 2.1 for additional information.

(2)Calculated as investment in platinum at cost divided by net assets, as at December 31, 2013, investment in platinum was recorded at the lower of cost or market value.  Refer to Note 2.1 for additional information.

 

 

See Notes to the Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

 

 

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Condensed Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
For the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months

 

Three Months

 

Ended

 

Ended

 

March 31, 2014 (1)

 

March 31, 2013 (2)

(Amounts in 000's of US$, except for Share and per Share data)

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsor's Fee

$

1,097 

 

$

1,266 

Total expenses

 

1,097 

 

 

1,266 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net investment loss

 

(1,097)

 

 

(1,266)

 

 

 

 

 

 

REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAINS / (LOSSES)

 

 

 

 

 

Realized gain on platinum transferred to pay expenses

 

29 

 

 

130 

Realized gain on platinum distributed for the redemption of Shares

 

1,608 

 

 

956 

Change in unrealized gain on investment in platinum

 

30,644 

 

 

Total gain on platinum

 

32,281 

 

 

1,086 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in net assets from operations

$

31,184 

 

$

(180)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase / (decrease) in net assets per Share

$

5.83 

 

$

(0.03)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of Shares

 

5,348,333 

 

 

5,350,000 

 

(1)Effective January 1, 2014, the Trust has adopted the provisions of Topic 946, Investment Companies, and follows specialized accounting.  Refer to Note 2.1 for additional information.

(2)Amounts are those previously reported under non investment company accounting.  Refer to Note 2.1 for additional information.

 

 

See Notes to the Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

 

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Condensed Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
For the three months ended March 31, 2013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months

 

 

Ended

 

 

March 31, 2013 (1)

(Amounts in 000's of US$)

 

 

 

INCREASE IN CASH FROM OPERATIONS:

Cash proceeds received from transfer of platinum

 

$

Cash expenses paid

 

 

Increase in cash resulting from operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

 

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Value of platinum received for creation of Shares

 

$

103,731 

 

 

 

 

Value of platinum distributed for redemption of Shares - at cost

 

$

7,028 

 

 

 

 

RECONCILIATION OF CHANGE IN NET ASSETS FROM OPERATIONS TO NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

Chenge in net assets from operations

 

$

(180)

Adjustments to reconcile change in net assets from operations to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

(Increase) / decrease in investment in platinum

 

 

(95,614)

Decrease in platinum receivable

 

 

7,480 

Increase in fees payable to Sponsor

 

 

47 

Increase / (decrease) in redeemable Shares:

 

 

 

Creations

 

 

96,251 

Redemptions

 

 

(7,984)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

 

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH ACTIVITIES:

Value of platinum transferred to pay expenses

 

$

1,219 

 

(1)In accordance with Topic 946, Investment Companies, the Trust meets the exemption criteria to exclude a statement of cash flows.  Thus one has not been presented for the period ended March 31, 2014.  Refer to Note 2.1 for additional information.

 

 

See Notes to the Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

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Condensed Statement of Changes in Net Assets (Unaudited)
For the three months ended March 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Amounts in 000's of US$, except for Share data)

 

Shares

 

 

Amount

Opening balance at December 31, 2013

 

5,400,000 

 

$

715,960 

Effect of adoption of new accounting principle (see Note 2.1)

 

 

 

 

Net investment loss

 

 

 

 

(1,097)

Realized gain on investment in platinum

 

 

 

 

1,637 

Change in unrealized gain on investment in platinum

 

 

 

 

30,644 

Creations

 

100,000 

 

 

13,629 

Redemptions

 

(200,000)

 

 

(28,112)

Closing balance at March 31, 2014

 

5,300,000 

 

$

732,661 

(1)Effective January 1, 2014, the Trust has adopted the provisions of Topic 946, Investment Companies, and follows specialized accounting.  Refer to Note 2.1 for additional information.

 

 

See Notes to the Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

 

 

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Financial Highlights (Unaudited)
For the three months ended March 31, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months

 

 

Ended

 

 

March 31, 2014 (1)

 

 

 

 

Per Share Performance (for a Share outstanding throughout the entire period)

 

 

 

 

Net asset value per Share at beginning of period

 

$

132.59 

Income from investment operations:

 

 

 

Net investment loss

 

 

(0.21)

Net realized and unrealized gains and losses on investment in platinum

 

 

5.86 

Change in net assets from operations

 

 

5.65 

 

 

 

 

Net asset value per Share at end of period

 

$

138.24 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Shares

 

 

5,348,333 

 

 

 

 

Expense Ratio

 

 

 

Annualized Sponsor's fee per Share

 

 

0.60% 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Loss Ratio

 

 

 

Annualized net investment loss ratio

 

 

(0.60)%

 

 

 

 

Non-Annualized Total Return

 

 

4.26% 

(1)Effective January 1, 2014, the Trust has adopted the provisions of Topic 946, Investment Companies, and follows specialized accounting.  Refer to Note 2.1 for additional information.

 

 

See Notes to the Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

 

 

 

 

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Notes to the Unaudited Condensed Financial Statements

 

1. Organization

The ETFS Platinum Trust (the “Trust”) is an investment trust formed on December 30, 2009 (the “Date of Inception”) under New York law pursuant to a depositary trust agreement (the “Trust Agreement”) executed by ETF Securities USA LLC (the “Sponsor”) and the Bank of New York Mellon (the “Trustee”) at the time of the Trust’s organization. The Trust holds platinum bullion and issues ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (“Shares”) (in minimum blocks of 50,000 Shares, also referred to as “Baskets”) in exchange for deposits of platinum and distributes platinum in connection with the redemption of Baskets. Shares represent units of fractional undivided beneficial interest in and ownership of the Trust which are issued by the Trust. The Sponsor is a Delaware limited liability company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETF Securities Limited, a Jersey, Channel Islands based company. The Trust is governed by the Trust Agreement. 

The investment objective of the Trust is for the Shares to reflect the performance of the price of platinum, less the Trust’s expenses and liabilities. The Trust is designed to provide an individual owner of beneficial interests in the Shares (a “Shareholder”) an opportunity to participate in the platinum market through an investment in securities. The fiscal year end for the Trust is December 31. 

The accompanying unaudited condensed financial statements were prepared in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for interim financial information and with the instructions for the Form 10-Q. In the opinion of the Trust’s management, all adjustments (which include normal recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly the financial position and results of operations as of and for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and for all periods presented have been made. 

Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted. These condensed financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Trust’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013. The results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2014 are not necessarily indicative of the operating results for the full year.

 

 

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2. Significant Accounting Policies

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires those responsible for preparing financial statements to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts and disclosures. Actual results could differ from those estimates. The following is a summary of significant accounting policies followed by the Trust.

 

2.1. Basis of Accounting

Since the Trust’s inception, the Sponsor determined that the Trust was not an investment company within the scope of Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Codification of Accounting Standards, Topic 946, Financial Services—Investment Companies (“Topic 946”).  Consequently, the Trust did not prepare the disclosures applicable to investment companies under Topic 946, including the presentation of its investment in platinum at “fair value” as defined in Topic 946.  Instead, the Trust recorded its investment in platinum at the lower of cost or fair value in accordance with ASC 330, Inventory and ASC 270, Interim Reporting.

Following the release of FASB Accounting Standards Update ASU 2013-08, Financial Services—Investments Companies (Topic 946): Amendments to the Scope, Measurement and Disclosure Requirements, the Sponsor has re-evaluated whether the Trust falls within scope and has concluded that for reporting purposes, the Trust is classified as an investment company effective January 1, 2014.  The Trust is not registered as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and is not required to register under such act.

As a result of the change in the evaluation of investment company status, the Trust must, from January 1, 2014, present its investment in platinum at “fair value” as defined in Topic 946.

The adoption of Topic 946 accounting changed the presentation of the Trust’s financial statements prospectively from January 1, 2014 (the date of the adoption), the most significant aspects of which are as follows:

 

1.

Presentation of prior year information has been conformed to the current year accounting standards in the Condensed Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Condensed Statement of Operations.  A Condensed Statement of Changes in Net Assets is required and has been presented for the three month period ended March 31, 2014.

 

2.

A Schedule of Investments is required for the period ended March 31, 2014.  The Schedule has also been included as of December 31, 2013, for comparative presentation.

 

3.

Financial Highlights are required for the period ended March 31, 2014.

 

4.

As the Trust meets the exemption criteria under Topic 946, a cash flow statement is not required for the period ended March 31, 2014.  Since the adoption of the new accounting principle is prospective, the prior year statement of cash flows is still presented.

 

5.

Required disclosures under Topic 820, Fair Value Measurements, have been included in the footnotes to the financial statements as of March 31, 2014.  December 31, 2013 disclosures have also been included for comparative purposes.

The quantitative effect of the adoption of investment company accounting is presented below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quantitative effect of adoption of investment company accounting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Value at

 

 

 

Gain / (loss)

 

 

December 31, 2013

 

Value at

 

as a result of

 

 

at lower of cost

 

January 1, 2014

 

change in

(Amounts in 000's of US$)

 

or market value

 

at fair value

 

accounting principle

Investment in platinum

 

$

729,594 

 

$

729,594 

 

$

 

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2.2. Valuation of Platinum 

Platinum is held by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (the “Custodian”) on behalf of the Trust, and is valued for financial statement purposes, at fair value. The cost of platinum is determined according to the cost method and the fair value is based on the London PM Fix used to determine the net asset value (the “NAV”) of the Trust. Realized gains and losses on transfers of platinum, or platinum distributed for the redemption of Shares, are calculated on a trade date basis using cost. The London PM Fix is set using the afternoon session of the twice daily fix of the price of an ounce of platinum by the four members of the London Platinum and Palladium Market at approximately 2:00 PM London, on each working day.

The Fund follows the provisions of ASC 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures ("ASC 820"). ASC 820 provides guidance for determining fair value and requires increased disclosure regarding the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. ASC 820 defines fair value as the price 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.

Once the value of platinum has been determined, the NAV is computed by the Trustee by deducting all accrued fees and other liabilities of the Trust, including the remuneration due to the Sponsor (the “Sponsor’s Fee”), from the fair value of the platinum and all other assets held by the Trust.

The table below summarizes the unrealized gains or losses on the Trust’s platinum holdings as of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2014

 

December 31, 2013

(Amounts in 000's of US$)

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in platinum - cost

$

702,394 

 

$

729,594 

Unrealized gain on investment in platinum

 

30,644 

 

 

Investment in platinum - fair value

$

733,038 

 

$

729,594 

Effective January 1, 2014, the Trust records its investment in platinum at fair value and recognizes changes in fair value of the investment in platinum as changes in unrealized gains or losses on investment in platinum through the Statement of Operations.

Prior to 2014, the Trust recognized the movements in value of the investment in platinum arising from market declines on an interim basis. Increases in the value of the investment in platinum through market price recoveries in later interim periods of the same fiscal year were recognized in the later interim period. Increases in value recognized on an interim basis were not permitted to exceed the previously recognized diminution in value.  Unrealized losses at December 31, 2013 were crystallized as realized losses, and the average cost of platinum was written down to market value.

The per Share amount of platinum exchanged for a purchase or redemption is calculated daily by the Trustee, using the London PM Fix to calculate the platinum amount in respect of any liabilities for which covering platinum sales have not yet been made, and represents the per Share amount of platinum held by the Trust, after giving effect to its liabilities, to cover expenses and liabilities and any losses that may have occurred.

 

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2.2. Valuation of Platinum (continued)

Fair Value Hierarchy

Inputs

Generally accepted accounting principles establishes a hierarchy that prioritizes inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The three levels of inputs are as follows:

Level 1.

Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the company has the ability to access.

Level 2.

Observable inputs other than quoted prices included in level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability either directly or indirectly. These inputs may include quoted prices for the identical instrument on an inactive market, prices for similar instruments and similar data.

Level 3.

Unobservable inputs for the asset or liability to the extent that relevant observable inputs are not available, representing the company’s own assumptions about the assumptions that a market participant would use in valuing the asset or liability, and that would be based on the best information available.

To the extent that valuation is based on models or inputs that are less observable or unobservable in the market, the determination of fair value requires more judgment. Accordingly, the degree of judgment exercised in determining fair value is greatest for instruments categorized in level 3.

The inputs used to measure fair value may fall into different levels of the fair value hierarchy. In such cases, for disclosure purposes, the level in the fair value hierarchy within which the fair value measurement falls in its entirety is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety.

The Trust’s contractual obligation is to create or redeem Baskets with Authorized Participants at set prices on each trading day.  These prices are based on an agreed formula published in the prospectus, which is equal to the net asset value of the Trust.  Therefore, the investment in platinum is classified as a level 2 asset, as the Trust’s investment in platinum is calculated using third party pricing sources supported by observable, verifiable inputs.

The categorization of the Trust’s assets is as shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value hierarchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Amounts in 000's of US$)

 

March 31, 2014

 

December 31, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in platinum

 

$

733,038 

 

$

729,594 

There were no re-allocations or transfers between levels during the period.

2.3. Platinum Receivable and Payable

Platinum receivable or payable represents the quantity of platinum covered by contractually binding orders for the creation or redemption of Shares respectively, where the platinum has not yet been transferred to or from the Trust’s account. Generally, ownership of the platinum is transferred within three business days of the trade date.

Platinum receivable or payable at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 is set out below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2014

 

December 31, 2013

(Amounts in 000's of US$)

 

 

 

 

 

Platinum receivable

$

 

$

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platinum payable

$

 

$

13,259 

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2.4.  Creations and Redemptions of Shares 

The Trust expects to create and redeem Shares from time to time, but only in one or more Baskets. The Trust issues Shares in Baskets to Authorized Participants on an ongoing basis. Individual investors cannot purchase or redeem Shares in direct transactions with the Trust. An Authorized Participant is a person who (1) is a registered broker-dealer or other securities market participant such as a bank or other financial institution which is not required to register as a broker-dealer to engage in securities transactions, (2) is a participant in The Depository Trust Company, (3) has entered into an Authorized Participant Agreement with the Trustee and the Sponsor, and (4) has established an Authorized Participant Unallocated Account with the Trust’s Custodian or other platinum clearing bank. An Authorized Participant Agreement is an agreement entered into by each Authorized Participant, the Sponsor and the Trustee which provides the procedures for the creation and redemption of Baskets and for the delivery of the platinum required for such creations and redemptions. An Authorized Participant Unallocated Account is an unallocated platinum account, either loco London or loco Zurich, established with the Custodian or a platinum clearing bank by an Authorized Participant. 

The creation and redemption of Baskets is only made in exchange for the delivery to the Trust or the distribution by the Trust of the amount of platinum represented by the Baskets being created or redeemed, the amount of which is based on the combined NAV of the number of Shares included in the Baskets being created or redeemed determined on the day the order to create or redeem Baskets is properly received. 

The amount of platinum represented by the Baskets created or redeemed can only be settled to the nearest 1/1000th of an ounce. As a result, the value attributed to the creation or redemption of Shares may differ from the value of platinum to be delivered or distributed by the Trust. In order to ensure that the correct amount of platinum is available at all times to back the Shares, the Sponsor accepts an adjustment to its management fees in the event of any shortfall or excess. For each transaction, this amount is not more than 1/1000th of an ounce. 

Authorized Participants may, on any business day, place an order with the Trustee to create or redeem one or more Baskets. The typical settlement period for Shares is three business days. In the event of a trade date at period end, where a settlement is pending, a respective account receivable and/or payable will be recorded. When platinum is exchanged in settlement of a redemption, it is considered a sale of platinum for financial statement purposes. 

The Shares of the Trust are classified as “Redeemable Shares” for financial statement purposes, since they are subject to redemption at the option of Authorized Participants. Outstanding Shares are reflected at redemption value, which represents the maximum obligation (based on NAV per Share), with the difference from historical cost recorded as an offsetting amount to retained earnings. When platinum is exchanged in settlement of a redemption, a realized gain or loss in the amount of the difference between the fair value on trade date and the historical cost is recorded through the Condensed Statement of Operations. 

Changes in the Shares for the year ended December 31, 2013 is set out below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year

 

 

Ended

(Amounts in 000's of US$, except for Share and per Share data)

 

December 31, 2013

Number of Redeemable Shares

 

 

 

Opening balance

 

 

5,150,000 

Creations

 

 

1,400,000 

Redemptions

 

 

(1,150,000)

Closing balance

 

 

5,400,000 

 

 

 

 

Redeemable Shares

 

 

 

Opening balance

 

$

770,400 

Creations

 

 

210,808 

Redemptions

 

 

(162,799)

Adjustment to redemption value

 

 

(102,449)

Closing balance

 

$

715,960 

 

 

 

 

Redemption value per Share at period end

 

$

132.59 

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2.5. Revenue Recognition Policy 

The primary expense of the Trust is the Sponsor’s Fee, which is paid by the Trust through in-kind transfers of platinum to the Sponsor. With respect to expenses not otherwise assumed by the Sponsor, the Trustee will, at the direction of the Sponsor or in its own discretion, sell the Trust’s platinum as necessary to pay these expenses. When selling platinum to pay expenses, the Trustee will endeavor to sell the smallest amounts of platinum needed to pay these expenses in order to minimize the Trust’s holdings of assets other than platinum.  Other than the Sponsor’s Fee, the Trust had no expenses during the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Unless otherwise directed by the Sponsor, when selling platinum the Trustee will endeavor to sell at the price established by the London PM Fix. The Trustee will place orders with dealers (which may include the Custodian) through which the Trustee expects to receive the most favorable price and execution of orders. The Custodian may be the purchaser of such platinum only if the sale transaction is made at the next London PM Fix or such other publicly available price that the Sponsor deems fair, in each case as set following the sale order. A gain or loss is recognized based on the difference between the selling price and the cost of the platinum sold. Neither the Trustee nor the Sponsor is liable for depreciation or loss incurred by reason of any sale.

 

2.6. Income Taxes 

The Trust is classified as a “grantor trust” for U.S. federal income tax purposes. As a result, the Trust itself will not be subject to U.S. federal income tax. Instead, the Trust’s income and expenses will “flow through” to the Shareholders, and the Trustee will report the Trust’s proceeds, income, deductions, gains, and losses to the Internal Revenue Service on that basis.

The Sponsor has evaluated whether or not there are uncertain tax positions that require financial statement recognition and has determined that no reserves for uncertain tax positions are required as of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013.  

 

2.7. Investment in Platinum 

Changes in ounces of platinum and the respective values for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and for the year ended December 31, 2013 are set out below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months

 

Year

 

Ended

 

Ended

(Amounts in 000's of US$, except for ounces data)

March 31, 2014

 

December 31, 2013

Ounces of Platinum

 

 

 

 

 

Opening balance

 

537,256.0 

 

 

501,188.2 

Creations

 

9,756.2 

 

 

142,164.2 

Redemptions

 

(29,276.2)

 

 

(102,760.5)

Transfers of platinum to pay expenses

 

(784.1)

 

 

(3,335.9)

Closing balance

 

516,951.9 

 

 

537,256.0 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in Platinum

 

 

 

 

 

Opening balance

$

729,594 

 

$

716,880 

Creations

 

13,629 

 

 

218,288 

Redemptions

 

(39,764)

 

 

(149,314)

Transfers of platinum to pay expenses

 

(1,065)

 

 

(4,838)

Realized loss on investment in platinum

 

 

 

(51,422)

Change in unrealized gain on investment in platinum

 

30,644 

 

 

Closing balance

$

733,038 

 

$

729,594 

At December 31, 2013,  9,763.922 oz of platinum relating to unsettled redemptions were payable. The cost of platinum payable at December 31, 2013 was $14,193,942 and its market value at December 31, 2013 was $13,259,406

These balances have been excluded from the December 31, 2013 balances in the table above.

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2.8. Expenses 

The Trust will transfer platinum to the Sponsor to pay the Sponsor’s Fee that will accrue daily at an annualized rate equal to 0.60% of the adjusted net asset value (“ANAV”) of the Trust, paid monthly in arrears.

The Sponsor has agreed to assume administrative and marketing expenses incurred by the Trust, including the Trustee’s monthly fee and out of pocket expenses, the Custodian’s fee and the reimbursement of the Custodian’s expenses, exchange listing fees, United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) registration fees, printing and mailing costs, audit fees and certain legal expenses.

For the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 the Sponsor’s Fee was $1,097,108 and $1,266,253, respectively.

At March 31, 2014 and at December 31, 2013, the fees payable to the Sponsor were $376,173 and $373,364, respectively.

 

2.9. Subsequent Events

In accordance with the provisions set forth in FASB ASC 855-10, Subsequent Events, the Trust’s management has evaluated the possibility of subsequent events existing in the Trust’s financial statements through the filing date. During this period, no material subsequent events were identified.

 

3. Related Parties

The Sponsor and the Trustee are considered to be related parties to the Trust. The Trustee’s and Custodian’s fees are paid by the Sponsor and are not separate expenses of the Trust. The Trustee and the Custodian and their affiliates may from time to time act as Authorized Participants and purchase or sell Shares for their own account, as agent for their customers and for accounts over which they exercise investment discretion. In addition the Trustee and the Custodian and their affiliates may from time to time purchase or sell platinum directly, for their own account, as agent for their customers and for accounts over which they exercise investment discretion.

 

4. Concentration of Risk

The Trust’s sole business activity is the investment in platinum, and substantially all the Trust’s assets are holdings of platinum which creates a concentration of risk associated with fluctuations in the price of platinum. Several factors could affect the price of platinum, including: (i) global platinum supply, which is influenced by such factors as production and cost levels in major platinum-producing countries, recycling, autocatalyst demand, industrial demand, jewelry demand and investment demand; (ii) currency exchange rates; (iii) interest rates; (iv) investment and trading activities of hedge funds and commodity funds; and (v) global or regional political, economic or financial events and situations.  In addition, there is no assurance that platinum will maintain its long-term value in terms of purchasing power in the future. In the event that the price of platinum declines, the Sponsor expects the value of an investment in the Shares to decline proportionately. Each of these events could have a material effect on the Trust’s financial position and results of operations.

 

5. Indemnification

Under the Trust’s organizational documents, the Trustee (and its directors, employees and agents) and the Sponsor (and its members, managers, directors, officers, employees and affiliates) are indemnified by the Trust against any liability, cost or expense it incurs without gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct on its part and without reckless disregard on its part of its obligations and duties under the Trust’s organizational documents. The Trust’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown as this would involve future claims that may be made against the Trust that have not yet occurred.

 

 

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

This information should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed financial statements and notes to the unaudited condensed financial statements included in Item 1 of Part 1 of this Form 10-Q. The discussion and analysis that follows may contain forward-looking statements with respect to the Trust’s financial conditions, operations, future performance and business. These statements can be identified by the use of the words “may”, “should”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential” or similar words and phrases. These statements are based upon certain assumptions and analyses the Sponsor has made based on its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments. Neither the Trust nor the Sponsor is under a duty to update any of the forward looking statements, to conform such statements to actual results or to reflect a change in management’s expectations or predictions.

 

Introduction 

The Trust is a common law trust, formed under the laws of the state of New York on December 30, 2009. The Trust is not managed like a corporation or an active investment vehicle. It does not have any officers, directors, or employees and is administered by the Trustee pursuant to the Trust Agreement. The Trust is not registered as an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and is not required to register under such act. It will not hold or trade in commodity futures contracts, nor is it a commodity pool, or subject to regulation as a commodity pool operator or a commodity trading adviser in connection with issuing Shares.

The Trust holds platinum and is expected to issue Baskets in exchange for deposits of platinum, and to distribute platinum in connection with redemptions of Baskets. Shares issued by the Trust represent units of undivided beneficial interest in and ownership of the Trust. The investment objective of the Trust is for the Shares to reflect the performance of the price of platinum, less the Trust’s expenses. The Sponsor believes that, for many investors, the Shares will represent a cost effective investment relative to traditional means of investing in platinum.

The Trust issues and redeems Shares only with Authorized Participants in exchange for platinum, only in aggregations of 50,000 or integral multiples thereof. A list of current Authorized Participants is available from the Sponsor or the Trustee.

Shares of the Trust trade on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) Arca under the symbol “PPLT”.

 

Valuation of Platinum and Computation of Net Asset Value 

As of the London PM Fix on each day that the NYSE Arca is open for regular trading or as soon as practicable after 4:00 p.m. New York time on such day, (the “Evaluation Time”) the Trustee values the platinum held by the Trust and determines both the ANAV and the NAV of the Trust.

At the Evaluation Time, the Trustee values the Trust’s platinum on the basis of that day’s London PM Fix, or, if no London PM Fix is made on such day or has not been announced by the Evaluation Time, the next most recent London platinum price (AM or PM) determined prior to the Evaluation Time is used, unless the Sponsor determines that such price is inappropriate as a basis for valuation. In the case this determination is made, the Sponsor will identify an alternative basis for such evaluation to be used by the Trustee.

Once the value of the platinum held by the Trust has been determined, the Trustee subtracts all estimated accrued but unpaid fees and other liabilities of the Trust from the total value of the platinum and all other assets of the Trust. The resulting figure is the ANAV of the Trust. The ANAV is used to compute the Sponsor’s Fee.

The Trustee then subtracts from the ANAV the amount of Sponsor’s Fees computed for such day to determine the net asset value (“NAV”) of the Trust. The Trustee also determines the NAV per Share by dividing the NAV of the Trust by the number of Shares outstanding as of the close of trading on the NYSE Arca.

 

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The Quarter Ended March 31, 2014 

Effective January 1, 2014, the Trust is deemed to be an investment company under generally accepted accounting principles.  Accordingly, the Trust adopted the specialized accounting for an investment company as prescribed in Topic 946, Investment Companies.  Refer to Note 2.1 of the unaudited condensed financial statements for additional information.

The NAV of the Trust is obtained by subtracting the Trust’s liabilities on any day from the value of the platinum owned and receivable by the Trust on that day; the NAV per Share is obtained by dividing the NAV of the Trust on a given day by the number of Shares outstanding on that day.

The Trust’s NAV increased from $715,960,714 at December 31, 2013 to $732,661,396 at March 31, 2014,  a 2.33% increase for the quarter. The increase in the Trust’s NAV resulted primarily from an increase in the price per ounce of platinum, which rose 4.42% from $1,358.00 at December 31, 2013 to $1,418.00 at March 31, 2014, offset by a decrease in outstanding Shares, which fell from 5,400,000 Shares at December 31, 2013 to 5,300,000 Shares at March 31, 2014, a result of 100,000 Shares (2 Baskets) being created and 200,000 Shares (4 Baskets) being redeemed during the quarter.

NAV per Share increased 4.26% from $132.59 at December 31, 2013 to $138.24 at March 31, 2014. The Trust’s NAV per Share rose slightly less than the price per ounce of platinum on a percentage basis due to Sponsor’s Fees, which were $1,097,108 for the quarter, or 0.60% of the Trust’s assets on an annualized basis.

The NAV per Share of $144.73 at March 6, 2014 was the highest during the quarter, compared with a low of $134.07 at February 4, 2014.

There was no change in net assets arising from the change in accounting principle (refer to Note 2.1 of the unaudited condensed financial statements) as of January 1, 2014.  Change in net assets from operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $31,183,447, resulting from a realized gain of $29,322 on the transfer of platinum to pay expenses, a realized gain of $1,607,404 on platinum distributed for the redemption of Shares and a change in unrealized gain on investment in platinum of $30,643,829, offset by Sponsor’s Fees of $1,097,108. Other than the Sponsor’s Fee, the Trust had no expenses during the quarter ended March 31, 2014.  

Prior to the adoption of investment company accounting, the Trust recorded its investment in platinum at the lower of cost or market value.  Under the previous presentation and accounting policies, the loss from operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $180,377, resulting from a net gain of $130,278 on the transfer of platinum to pay expenses and a net gain of $955,598 on platinum distributed for the redemption of Shares, offset by Sponsor’s Fees of $1,266,253. Other than the Sponsor’s Fee, the Trust had no expenses during the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

The increase in the net gain on platinum distributed for the redemption of Shares is attributable to movements in the fair value of platinum, in addition to an increased number of redemptions which occured in the quarter ended March 31, 2014 compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2013.  The unrealized gain on investment in platinum in the quarter ended March 31, 2014 has increased as a result of the adoption of investment company accounting and an increase in the price of platinum.  Sponsor’s Fees are calculated as a percentage of assets.  The Sponsor’s Fee in the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was lower than the fee for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, as the average assets were lower in March 31, 2014 compared to March 31, 2013.

 

 

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Liquidity & Capital Resources

The Trust is not aware of any trends, demands, commitments, events or uncertainties that are reasonably likely to result in material changes to its liquidity needs. In exchange for the Sponsor’s Fee, the Sponsor has agreed to assume most of the expenses incurred by the Trust. As a result, the only ordinary expense of the Trust during the period covered by this report was the Sponsor’s Fee.

The Trustee will, at the direction of the Sponsor or in its own discretion, sell the Trust’s platinum as necessary to pay the Trust’s expenses not otherwise assumed by the Sponsor. The Trustee will not sell platinum to pay the Sponsor’s Fee but will pay the Sponsor’s Fee through in-kind transfers of platinum to the Sponsor. At March 31, 2014 the Trust did not have any cash balances.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

The Trust has no off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

Critical Accounting Policies 

The unaudited condensed financial statements and accompanying notes are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The preparation of these unaudited condensed financial statements relies on estimates and assumptions that impact the Trust’s financial position and results of operations. These estimates and assumptions affect the Trust’s application of accounting policies. In addition, please refer to Note 2 to the unaudited condensed financial statements for further discussion of accounting policies.

Effective January 1, 2014, the Trust has adopted the provisions of Topic 946, Investment Companies, and follows specialized accounting.  Other than a change in the presentation of the Trust’s financial statements, the most significant change is that the Trust must, from January 1, 2014, record its investment in platinum at fair value.  Prior to January 1, 2014 the investment in platinum was recorded at the lower of cost and market value.  As a result of this change, the Trust expects that there will be fluctuations in the value of investments based on changes in the price of platinum.

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

Not applicable.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

The Trust maintains disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in its reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Sponsor, and to the audit committee, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

Under the supervision and with the participation of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of the Sponsor, the Sponsor conducted an evaluation of the Trusts disclosure controls and procedures, as defined under Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e). Based on this evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of the Sponsor concluded that, as of March 31, 2014, the Trust’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

There have been no changes in the Trust’s or Sponsor’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the Trust’s fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2014 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Trust’s or Sponsor’s internal control over financial reporting. 

 

Item 4T. Controls and Procedures

Not applicable.

 

 

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

None.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

There have been no material changes to the risk factors previously disclosed in the Trust’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.  

 

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

Item 2(a). None.

Item 2(b). Not applicable.

Item March 31, 2014(c). For the three months ended March 31, 2014:  

2 Baskets were created. 

4 Baskets  were redeemed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Baskets

 

Total Shares

 

Average Ounces of

Period

 

Redeemed

 

Redeemed

 

Platinum per Share

January 2014

 

 

100,000 

 

0.098 

February 2014

 

 

 

March 2014

 

 

100,000 

 

0.098 

 

 

 

200,000 

 

0.098 

 

 

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

None.

 

Item 5. Other Information

None.

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Item 6. Exhibits

(a) Exhibits

 

 

 

 

31.1

Chief Executive Officer’s Certificate, pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

31.2

Chief Financial Officer’s Certificate, pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

32.1

Chief Executive Officer’s Certificate, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

32.2

Chief Financial Officer’s Certificate, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

 

 

101.INS

XBRL Instance Document*

 

 

101.SCH

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document*

 

 

101.CAL

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Document*

 

 

101.DEF

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definitions Document*

 

 

101.LAB

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Document*

 

 

101.PRE

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Document*

 

*In accordance with Regulation S-T, the XBRL-related information in Exhibit 101 to this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q shall be deemed to be “furnished” and not “filed.”

 

 

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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 in the capacities thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ETF SECURITIES USA LLC

 

Sponsor of the ETFS Platinum Trust

 

(Registrant)

 

 

 

Date: May 12, 2014

/s/ Graham Tuckwell

 

Graham Tuckwell

 

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

(Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

Date: May 12, 2014

/s/ Christopher Foulds

 

Christopher Foulds

 

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

 

(Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)

 

*The Registrant is a trust and the persons are signing in their capacities as officers of ETF Securities USA LLC, the Sponsor of the Registrant.