The package includes a $271m commitment from China’s Hony Capital as well as pledges by Guangdong Wen’s Foodstuff Group and Beijing Capital Agribusiness Group.
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New regulations expected to slow China outbound deals are in fact paving the way for more cross-border buyout funds targeting government-favored industries, such as agriculture and natural resources.
Moody’s analysis showed a compound annual growth rate of 55% in alternative investments by the country’s insurers between 2013 and 2016.
The Malaysian firm’s Fund V was generating 8% net IRR as of September last year.
The A$120m deal by Archstone Investment, an agri investment firm owned by the Hui family, comes less than a year after the failed sale to another Chinese investor.
The proposed partnership with JD Chongqing Microcredit Company would support loans designed to encourage the use of data in agri lending and expand financial access for under-served communities.
The sector is being encouraged as part of efforts to make up for ‘shortages of resources’ at a time when Beijing cracks down on deals targeting the likes of real estate, hotels and entertainment.
Agreement with Indiana-based cooperative Growmark is designed to complement the state-backed firm’s existing North American export capacity with the ability to source US grain.
Amy Wang, formerly at Amundi Pioneer Asset Management, has been brought on to strengthen the firm’s relationships with Chinese high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors.
Consumer focus on weight loss will likely lead to a decrease in global consumption over the next 15 years, says Rabobank.