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The SLM Australia Livestock Fund is negotiating an A$20m - A$30m debt and equity deal with an undisclosed institutional investor.
Agricultural businesses hoping to attract institution investment and improve their production need to look beyond traditional valuation methods, argues David Krause.
Institutional investors may be increasingly attracted to funds touting operational agri expertise – but that doesn’t mean they should disregard buy-and-lease models, especially in developed markets like Australia.
Two brothers from Northern Queensland have set up National Land Lease (NLL), after selling 180,000 acres of family land to a corporate fund and leasing it back under a long-term contract.
Burned by its first domestic investment, the Australian super fund will look for longer term, larger scale and more geographically diverse opportunities in the future.
The Australian investment manager has hired Michael Blakeney as investment director, taking the team to 15 people.
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Southeast Australian dairy farms are starting to look increasingly attractive to investors due a pricing gap with similar farms in New Zealand, fund managers tell Agri Investor.
The firm aims to hold a ‘one-and-done’ $400m close by Q3 and deploy the Southeast Australian dairy farm fund within 18 months.
Under its new name AgCAP, the firm has hired a new management team to take the asset management business in a different direction.
Canada is the biggest investor in Australian agriculture followed by the UK and the US, according to a recent Parliament research paper.

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