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Harvard's investment management arm has received a Forest Stewardship Council certification for its timberland plantations in Argentina in the same week that a student group is protesting its investment in the region.
MassPRIM started investing in timberland in 2002 as one of the earliest institutional investors to embrace the asset class. Head of real estate and timberland Tim Schlitzer gives us the inside track on the portfolio.
A loan by the European Investment Bank will underpin Slovakia’s first Rural Development Programme.
The country’s largest superannuation fund has sold a 2.5 percent stake in Kaingaroa Timberlands.
Timber and farmland investments are better able to withstand downturns and are stronger performers than traditional real estate. We investigate the reasons why more investors aren’t committing capital to these asset classes.
Northwest FCS, a lender to agribusinesses, provided $115m in debt.
The Australian sovereign wealth fund continues to increase its exposure to real estate, private equity and infrastructure, according to its Q1 2011 portfolio update. Future Fund’s infra and timberland assets increased by A$562m in the first three months of the year.
Institutional investors are expected to commit almost $4 billion of equity to the timberland asset class in 2010. From rarely featuring in investment portfolios in years gone by, timberland is becoming an increasingly attractive sector as LPs seek to diversify and green their investments.
The so-called ‘real asset’ class is attracting increasing attention from LPs for its inflation-hedging capabilities. That has prompted one real estate fund of funds manager to also enter the space.
Earth Capital Partners has launched its Forestry Fund I targeting 12% IRRs through the acquisition of established plantations and agricultural land ripe for planting in Brazil and other Latin America countries.
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