PanXchange Launches Industrial Hemp Pricing

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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 24, 2019--PanXchange, a Denver-based OTC physical commodity exchange and price reporting provider, today successfully launched its industrial hemp indices, becoming the first company to offer such pricing data to the market. PanXchange now delivers spot market pricing to its members, publishing on a monthly basis, and plans to launch trading capabilities in Q3 of this year.

Prices will be offered for the following hemp products:

FOB Portland, Oregon Hemp Biomass

FOB Portland, Oregon Crude Oil

FOB Denver, Colorado Hemp Biomass

FOB Denver, Colorado Crude Oil

FOB Lexington, Kentucky Hemp Biomass

FOB Lexington, Kentucky Crude Oil

While there have been other attempts to launch hemp trading, those efforts ultimately fizzled partially because of their nonoptimal timing. With the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill on December 20, 2018, the industrial hemp industry is now primed for a period of rapid growth. Previously, despite industrial hemp’s wide array of end uses, including paper products, textiles, plastics, cannabidiol (CBD) and construction materials, it had been outlawed since the 1970s. The increased product supply and the 2018 Farm Bill’s new federal distinction between hemp and marijuana have paved the way for hemp to be viewed as a commercial commodity. United States industrial hemp production has increased on an exponential scale, growing from 9,770 acres planted in 2016 to more than 25,000 acres planted in 2017. While the official figures have not been published by the USDA for 2018, preliminary estimates forecast similar growth to what was seen between 2016 and 2017.

PanXchange CEO Julie Lerner commented, “We’re excited to bring transparent pricing and instant market access to another new commodity, particularly a budding commodity like hemp that is just now establishing a legitimate market. The industrial hemp market is brimming with potential, and given our deep commodity experience and track record in nascent markets like frac sand, PanXchange is the perfect company to provide this market structure solution that commercial producers have been looking for.”

Hemp becomes PanXchange’s second U.S.-focused commodities market, after the launch of frac sand in 2017. PanXchange was the first company to create a market in frac sand, and saw tremendous growth in 2018, with its client base presently representing 45 percent of all sand traded (on and offline). PanXchange’s hemp market will follow the same blueprint as frac sand. If interested in learning more about PanXchange’s industrial hemp products, please contact

About PanXchange:

PanXchange is an award-winning OTC physical commodity trading platform that allows buyers and sellers to negotiate specific details of a trade, including the location and timing of delivery and the exact quantity and quality of the commodity. In October 2017, PanXchange successfully launched the first ever platform for the 125 million ton proppant market (frac sand), and began issuing the industry’s first official price assessment (benchmark) two months later. Based in Denver, CO, the company has also been live in East Africa for three years, offering the negotiation and trade of more than 30 different agricultural commodities, and opened its fifth location in Singapore in 2018. PanXchange is protected by two U.S. patents, with three more pending, and in 2018 was selected by CIO Outlook as a Top 10 Trading Solution Provider, as well as Barchart’s Startup Exchange winner. For more information, contact

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Capital Markets CIO Outlook has named PanXchange one of the Top 10 Trading Solution Providers of 2018. Take a look at the profile, where CEO Julie Lerner discusses her approach to solving inefficiencies in the frac sand market and how PanXchange has changed the way commodity traders locate and execute trades. Click here to view full article

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Blockchain for Physical Commodity Markets - A Realist Perspective

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People are excited about blockchain. They believe it will solve inefficiencies in everything from stocks and bonds to production and delivery of commodities. Some even claim it will end global poverty.

I am skeptical, however, about the current feasibility of implementing blockchain in commodity trading. I am not a specialist in this new technology, but I have spent my career in the commodity trading business. I know from personal experience that it will be extremely difficult to garner industry-wide support for such a massive change in technology. Below, I’ll outline some of the primary obstacles standing in the way of blockchain adoption in this industry.


PanXchange places first at Barchart Fintech Exchange

PanXchange places first at Barchart Fintech Exchange

We are pleased to announce that PanXchange placed first at the Barchart Fintech Exchange competition in Chicago last week. Sixteen companies from across the globe competed in front of a panel of judges including executive directors from both the CME and CBOE.  The competition was comprised of an introduction section, live demos of the product, and explaining future growth strategies.  

The PanXchange team would like to express gratitude to the Barchart team for putting on a great event.  We look forward to returning to Chicago in 2019!


Shifting Sands: Prices, Supply, Demand Concerns Remain in Permian

Shifting Sands: Prices, Supply, Demand Concerns Remain in Permian

Originally published in E&P Magazine on February 20th, 2018

Author:  Velda Addison

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Julie Lerner experienced what she described as a moment reminiscent of an American television drama series while attending a recently held frack sand industry event in Houston. Operations at one sand mine had temporarily gone down in the Permian Basin.

“It kind of reminded me of one of the episodes of ‘The West Wing’ where everybody’s phones start buzzing and everybody gets up and walks fast out of the room. It was kind of crazy,” said Lerner, CEO of the newly launched PanXchange frack sand exchange service. “The next thing we see is a bid for 5,000 tons on our exchange because the supply suddenly wasn’t there. It is tight today. People know it’s going to ease up a little in the future. But it can’t be soon enough for people.”

Life in the Permian, where some operators pump more than 5,000 tons of sand per well to help free trapped hydrocarbons, may not be as cutthroat as it was for characters of the fictional West Wing of the White House. But tight supplies are causing some angst in the basin.

The 100-mesh sand appears to be the most desired.

Additional supplies are expected to come online with sand suppliers such as Badger Mining Corp., Emerge Energy Services, Hi-Crush Partners, Smart Sand, Unimin and U.S. Silica planning to add new capacity.

But there is some consternation in the market about whether all mines planned to come online this year will happen.

“Not all the mines that are permitted will come online this year. The industry has seen this type of sand rush before in Wisconsin,” Todd Bush, principal and cofounder of Energent Group, told Hart Energy in a statement. “Thus far, four Permian sand mines are producing and selling sand. As the new mines come online, spot pricing for Permian sand will likely move the average price per ton closer to $75 per ton.”

That could be considered an improvement given how much sand costs have increased in recent years.

Price uncertainty was part of the reason why Lerner, a commodity trader by background, said PanXchange launched in October 2017, becoming the first known exchange for frack sand in the U.S. The exchange provides aggregate spot, forward physical procurement and sales via a Web-based platform. It has more than two dozen members that comprise E&P, oilfield service and sand supply companies.

The PanXchange benchmark price—which Lerner told Hart Energy is predominantly based on bids, offers and trades in the marketplace—was $112 per ton for the week of Feb. 5 and $120 per ton for the week of Feb. 12. The price, which is for Northern White sand in Odessa, Texas, continues to rise, she said.


PanXchange Opens Houston Office

PanXchange Opens Houston Office

PanXchange opens Houston office, and presents at Petroleum Connection on February 2nd, 2018. 

Click here for more details.  

PanXchange enters U.S. market with designs on simplifying movement of frac sand

PanXchange enters U.S. market with designs on simplifying movement of frac sand

Article originally posted by FreightWaves on December 13th, 2017

Written by: Vishnu Rajamanickam (Link)

The enormity of the trucking industry can be realized by looking at the myriad of industries that depend on freight hauling for their sustenance and growth. Quite recently, the fracking industry has joined that list, with frac sand becoming a major commodity that needs to be transported across sites for the hydraulic fracking process.

But the problem of the driver shortage in the fleet sector also holds true in the frac sand market, with fracking companies facing the heat. PanXchange, a trading platform with experience in building commodity marketplaces across East Africa, is looking to help its client base solve this pain point. This move is in line with the company’s launch of its platform in the U.S. for frac sand trading.

“Though PanXchange is not directly involved in frac sand transportation, we know that trucking of sand is a high point of pain for our clients,” says Julie Lerner, the CEO and founder of PanXchange. “Although we launched only this October for trading, we are a market structure solution and thus interested in exploring relationships with trucking companies.”


Going local for supplies sparks new frac sand boom

Going local for supplies sparks new frac sand boom

Article originally posted in the Financial Times on December 6th, 2017

Written by: Gregory Meyer

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Windblown dunes in west Texas are the latest front in the shale oil industry’s campaign to extract more barrels at less cost.

The industry is excavating dunes for frac sand, which is pumped into wells to crack open rocks and get oil and gas flowing. The deposits are in demand because they lie close by the hot Permian shale region, making them cheaper than sands carried in from older mines 1,000 miles away.

Locally dug sand is influencing the economics of US oil production, helping shale supplies compete in world markets. It is also worrying investors who own shares in railroads that haul sand and in sand miners that may be on the cusp of a glut.

Sand was a critical ingredient of the shale drilling revolution. Without it, US oil production would not have nearly doubled in the past decade to an estimated 9.7m barrels per day.

Between 2012 and 2014, total US demand for “proppants” such as frac sand rose from 34m to 61.5m short tons, according to Rystad Energy, a consultancy. Then oil prices collapsed, bringing down sand consumption as well.