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Lighthouse Finance managing director Howard Tang says the fund will largely look to help finance critical operating equipment for established seafood companies.
Global food and agriculture sector lead Taryn Goodman said the fund’s portfolio companies are well placed to support local income and benefit from increasing affluence.
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The Brisbane-headquartered fund manager is launching a diversified ag fund for the first time, following on from the success of three single-asset funds in poultry, cattle and softwood.
The Chinese firm sold one of the smaller properties in its portfolio due to a restructure, with the sale value understood to be north of A$13.2 million.
The heads of two of Australia’s largest beef producers said that northern Queensland floods had benefited their portfolios in some ways, with portfolio diversification also helping to mitigate negative weather events.
Hancock chair Gina Rinehart said Warrabah would allow ‘increased scale’ and ‘greater operational flexibility’ for its 23,000 head Wagyu herd.
Ongoing drought in eastern and northern Australia has put downward pressure on prices and led to a spike in production last year due to a lack of pasture.
An MBO led by Guy Hands, whose Terra Firma owns CPC, shows the lack of interest from other corporate farmers in the portfolio – but Hands and CPC management should be applauded for re-investing.
Outside investors will be invited to participate in the takeover, with Guy Hands and his family providing a cornerstone commitment alongside CPC management.
The country will remain a net exporter of cereal grains, but the proportion of grains being exported is forecast to fall from 60% down to 53% as domestic demand growth outpaces supply.
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