Smith Agri International featured at the recent preeminent World Forest Investment Conference ‘Who Will Own The Forests’, held at Portland, Oregon, USA in September 2015.
Attendance numbered over 400 delegates and included; many of the worlds active and emerging international institutional investors, pension funds, asset managers and high net worth individuals. In addition to timberland assets (commercial plantation and native forest), buyers are actively chasing quality agricultural assets of scale and Australia/New Zealand features prominently in their consideration. The attraction of a stable investment environment, low sovereign risk, falling AUD/NZ$ to US$ all adding to the appeal. Numerous international investors have made cornerstone agricultural investments throughout Australasia over the last 3 years and this trend is set to increase. Of added importance to institutional investors is the opportunity of engaging quality locally based property/asset management which presents a further opportunity for those divesting assets.
The range of appetite is diverse and includes; viticulture, beef cattle, irrigation, crops, cereals among many others. Smith Agri International also enjoyed a full-book of appointments in Seattle whilst visiting the USA.