“CPPIB annually updates progress on strategy, including the repositioning of any program,” a company spokesperson told Agri Investor.
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Fonds agroalimentaire CDPQ will make direct and fund investments designed to support Quebec’s agri businesses, new farmers and established family farmers.
The location of the 24 properties in prime agricultural country, along with a yield of around 5 percent and the potential to generate carbon credits is attracting financial investors first and foremost.
Milltrust Agricultural Investments has made its first acquisition through its MAI Australia Buy & Lease Fund, a vehicle it launched in June 2016 with the backing of UK institutional investors.
Dipping returns in recent quarters mark a contrast from both recent and historical performance of the index, which has tripled since 2000.
The $44bn deal could close next month following ChemChina’s recent announcement that the public tender offer for Syngenta shares will end May 4.
A deep-water terminal and storage facilities on the UK’s Isle of Portland are included in the purchase of Mercury Commodities by the CPPIB-affiliate, which has plans to expand those facilities.
Tim Burrow, head of the trade association Agribusiness Australia, tells Agri Investor that despite a disappointing level of investment from superannuation funds into the local agricultural sector, the situation is slowly improving.
Marcus Frampton, APFC head of infrastructure, special income opportunities and hedge funds, offers his views on the timber market, benefits of the fund structure, and whether it can be applied to other agri sub-sectors.
The National Farmers’ Federation and the boutique investment firm have already committed A$121m of the fund’s capital and expect a first close end of June.