INTL FCStone Prevails in Sentinel Appeal
NEW YORK, March 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- INTL FCStone Inc. (Nasdaq:INTL)
announced today that its subsidiary, FCStone, LLC, was completely successful
in its appeal of a January 2013 decision by the U.S. District Court, Northern
District of Illinois, in the Sentinel matter. The U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Seventh Circuit handed down its reversal yesterday of the trial court's
The appeal court's reversal will have no financial impact on INTL FCStone,
which had considered the possibility of losing the appeal to be remote and,
accordingly, made no provision in its financial statements for any further
loss in this matter. The appeal cash deposit made by FCStone with the court
will be refunded.
The trial court's decision, if it had been allowed to stand, would have
resulted in a net pre-tax loss to FCStone of between $4 million and $6
million, and could have undermined the integrity of the futures industry's
system of segregated customer accounts and the CFTC regulations designed to
protect those accounts. The appeal court's reversal of the decision vindicates
the commitment of FCStone and the futures industry to protecting customer
The case arises from the 2007 bankruptcy of Sentinel Management Group, Inc.
("Sentinel"), an SEC-registered investment adviser and CFTC-regulated futures
commission merchant. Sentinel, in accordance with CFTC regulations, invested
customer funds on behalf of FCStone and many other futures commission
merchants. Sentinel also invested funds deposited by hedge funds and other
securities investors. In August 2007, Sentinel declared bankruptcy. Shortly
thereafter, a Chicago federal district court ordered Sentinel to return all
remaining customer funds which had been deposited by the futures commission
merchants, including FCStone, and Sentinel did so. At that time, FCStone
itself covered any account shortfall in order to ensure that its customers
suffered no harm due to the insolvency of Sentinel.
Approximately a year later, the Sentinel bankruptcy trustee filed virtually
identical lawsuits against FCStone and approximately a dozen other futures
commission merchants, seeking a return of the August 2007 distribution of
customer funds. The trustee has never alleged any wrongdoing on the part of
FCStone or the other futures commission merchants. Rather, the trustee simply
claimed that the futures commission merchants, including FCStone, received a
greater percentage of their account balances than the other Sentinel
customers. The trustee argued that FCStone and the other futures commission
merchants should receive, from the bankruptcy estate, the same percentage as
the other Sentinel customers, and no more. On January 4, 2013, in a "test
case" decision, the federal district court ruled that FCStone should return
its original distribution of $15.6 million and receive a revised distribution
based on an equal distribution to all of Sentinel's customers, which would
have resulted in a net pre-tax loss to FCStone of between $4 million and $6
million. It was this decision that FCStone successfully appealed.
Sean O'Connor, CEO of INTL FCStone, said, "We are pleased that the appeal
court's ruling vindicates our position. This is an important decision for
FCStone and for the futures industry as a whole. The protection of futures
market customer funds and the finality of bankruptcy court-ordered
distributions are crucial for the continued stability of markets and our
About INTL FCStone Inc.
INTL FCStone Inc. (INTL) provides execution and advisory services in
commodities, currencies and international securities. INTL's businesses, which
include the commodities advisory and transaction execution firm FCStone Group,
serve more than 20,000 customers in more than 100 countries through a network
of offices in eleven countries around the world.
Further information on INTL is available at www.intlfcstone.com.
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