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The firm’s early stage and agtech investments vehicle’s commitment to The Kingfish Company gives it exposure to a business embarking on a US expansion project in 2021.
The land-based salmon farmer listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in May while private placements have succeeded in attracting ‘long-only institutions’, says interim CFO Karl Øystein Øyehaug.
The impact fund has a five-year investment period but OP chief investment officer Erkko Ryynänen expects it to be fully invested within three years, at which point a follow-on vehicle will be raised.
Aquaculture in Norway
The firm's first two funds have almost raised a combined $250m from family offices and will invest in Norwegian ag and energy companies before exporting them to South-East Asia.
Atlantic Sapphire is building a land-based salmon farming facility in Florida, the success of which could influence financing conditions for up to 70 similar projects proposed globally.
AMERRA senior associate Anthony Ferrara says the firm has seen a trend of farmers outsourcing their shipping requirements in the face of rapidly developing regulation.
As the aquaculture industry weighs whether its future is onshore, in the open-ocean or both, private equity investors have an opportunity to help develop a market seen as key to meeting future protein demand.
The sale is part of a long-term partnership between one of Finland’s biggest forest owners and the investment group, as the country sees increased demand for wood-based products.
The firm is consolidating a group of sustainable farmland assets in Denmark, which now total 1,605 hectares in the country.
The first bilateral framework agreement between the two regions is set to benefit EU agri-food exports.
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