Welcome to Flashpoint Energy Partner’s Propane School. Our goal is to help propane retailers across the United States take more control over not just the prices they pay for their propane, but to employ a portfolio approach to their overall supply, which will allow you to maximize vales (profits) from every component of propane price.
1: Protecting Yourself Against Price Volatility: Why would a propane retailer want to use financial instruments to fix their own prices? Longtime propane retail consultant Darius Lechtenberger lays out the advantages to propane retailers who are considering this strategy, which allows retailers to ‘Control the Controllables’.
2: ‘What is a Swap?’ Longtime propane retail consultant and one of the partners with Flashpoint Energy Partners Darius Lechtenberger explains the nuances of swaps and how propane retailers can benefit by using this financial instrument to fix their own propane prices, in addition to explaining why they would want to do that.
3: ‘Comprehensive Supply Plan & Market Analysis‘. What should propane retailers know and focus on before they consider entering the world of financial hedging tools and how to use them? Why is it essential to perform a market and price analysis for your market before you consider fixing a price on your propane supply? Longtime propane retail consultant Darius Lechtenberger offers his thoughts on this important question.
4: Why Change? Why should a propane retailer use a financial hedging instrument over just asking their supplier for a fixed price? Longtime propane retail consultant Darius Lechtenberger shares his experience and the rationale behind this strategy, which boils down to enhancing retailer margins.
5: Now What? You are convinced that financial hedging instruments would benefit your business and enhance your profits. Now what? How do you get onboarded to be able to utilize these tools? Longtime propane retail consultant Darius Lechtenberger lays out the simple steps.
6: Real-World Scenarios: Let’s talk about scenarios. Jon Miller tees up longtime propane retail consultant Darius Lechtenberger, one of the partners at Flashpoint Energy Partners, on several real-world scenarios that will resonate with propane retailers in the United States.
7: Best Hedging Practices: What are some of the most important things retailers need to get their arms around to grasp how to hedge their propane supply best? Longtime propane retail consultant Darius Lechtenberger shares his thoughts after decades of helping propane retailers put themselves in the best (most profitable) position to take advantage of any market.
8: The Components of Propane Price: What are the components of propane price, and why are they so important for retailers to know? According to Longtime propane retail consultant Darius Lechtenberger, ‘They are everything.’ Watch this video to hear Darius talk about these key aspects of your business.
9: Why Financials Over What You Have Always Done?: Should a retailer always use financial hedging instruments to mitigate price risks? Longtime propane retail consultant Darius Lechtenberger shares his opinion on this pertinent and important question.