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Oaktree Capital Partners is no longer involved with Argyle Capital Partners, ending the former’s involvement in the ag and water assets previously managed under the Blue Sky banner.
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The sixth Agri Investor Australia Forum, held in Melbourne this month, covered topics as diverse as natural capital, carbon markets, family office strategies and water.
The real estate investor is eyeing the food production sector for its potential to mitigate climate change.
New Agriculture’s Bruce King and New Forests’ Mark Rogers discuss the new division’s strategy, what investors want from the asset class, and the potential blend of farmland and forestry into a single investment product.
Capital growth of Australian farmland fell to 3.7% in Q2 2022, with permanent farmland seeing asset values fall on an annualized basis.
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The median price per hectare of Australian farmland increased by 27% in 2021, with a double-digit rise expected again in 2022 before a slowdown.
The 40-year agreement will see The Rohatyn Group’s JV lease an initial 1,200ha of orchard before a further 1,800ha in FY24.
The Montreal-headquartered firm’s open-end vehicle has recently expanded into European tree fruit through its acquisition of a majority stake in Spanish apple, pear and cherry producer Orchard Fruit Company.
New Agriculture will be led by Bruce King, who joined the firm in 2022, and will manage the Lawson Grains portfolio it acquired in 2021.
The Premium Food Fund has made five investments to date and is 40% committed, with another two or three deals over the next two years set to take it to full deployment.
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