INDUSTRY UPDATES

Smith Agri International launches A$200m Australian timberland fund

October 02, 2019

The firm is launching its first managed investment fund, a 10-year closed-ended vehicle targeting an IRR of 8-18% that will invest exclusively in Australian timberland.

Press Release - Results of the Indian Sandalwood Request for Tender

August 18, 2019

Smith Agri international are thrilled to formally release the results of the Indian Sandalwood (Santalum album) Request for Tender on behalf of Huntley Management in their capacity as Responsible Entity for the TFS 2003 Project Growers.

Release of the STS Australian Sandalwood Estate to Market

May 08, 2019

Smith Agri International are thrilled to formally release the STS Australian Sandalwood

Estate to the market, to be sold in total or as separate properties to best suit the significant

varying domestic and international interests. “This significant release on behalf of New York

based, The Rohatyn Group (TRG) to market represents the combination of many months due

diligence, market analysis, independent verification and planning, underpinning what we term

an ‘institutional-grade asset’” said, Smith Agri International’s Director, David Smith.

SAI 2017/18 Update

July 02, 2018

2017/18 was another successful year for Smith Agri International with over $80M of assets transacted on behalf of our clients in the Australasian Agribusiness sector.

 

This year also saw us expand our partnership with clients in the timber harvesting/production sector by a further $210M, to assist in the realisation of timber export to meet growing international demand from both Australia and the USA.

 

We have enjoyed working with a range of different clients over the last 12 months and supported retiring farmers to transition off the land, advised family owned businesses on their growth strategies and delivered institutional exit strategies.

We have clocked up over 100,000km across the roads of Australia as well as countless international and domestic flights supporting our clients.

As a result, during the year, Smith Agri International realised double digit revenue growth, reflective of the sector, but also of Smith Agri’s ability to deliver outcomes for our clients.

Permanent crops still ripe into 2018

February 01, 2018

There has been continued investment interest in high-value permanent crops into 2018.  Currently, around 10% of Australia’s agricultural production land is used for permanent crops, but with the number of property conversions underway, as well as increased greenfield investments along the Murray Darling Basin and across Northern Australia, this may increase.

Australian Dairy Outlook 2018 - White shoots emerging

December 17, 2017

Following a number of uncertain years, white (green) shoots are emerging as the Australian dairy sector enters a period of recovery and some may argue, even prosperity.

 

Investor sentiment is also shifting with institutional buyers now seeking to consolidate their market position through acquisitions and expansion across the sector including processing and farms.

SMITH AGRI INTERNATIONAL FEATURES IN AUSTRALIAN FOREST GROWERS AUGUST NEWSLETTER

September 14, 2016

TIMBERLAND SELLS AGAINST A GROWING COMPETITVE MARKET

August 09, 2016

The Smith Agri International (SAI) team announced today the sale of the Gippsland Plantation Aggregation. Located in the highly productive Central Gippsland region of Victoria, these Pinus radiata plantations represent a quality tranche of privatelyowned maturing Pinus radiata plantations ideally located in close proximity to other existing plantation estates, and surrounding processing industry that includes; pulp, structural and landscape markets.

 

These well managed plantations were established from 1990 by iconic Traralgon based and family owned timber mill, Jelfor Treated Timbers as a ready future source of poles and posts, a strategy that served this second generation timber treatment family extremely well over the years. With tree size and log volume increasing, these maturing plantations represented a valuable proposition wherein these plantations are set to produce high value sawlogs for structural grade timbers ideal for the domestic structural markets.

 

The aggregation comprised 4 properties with a total of approximately 624 hectares of well managed softwood plantation across a title area of 789 hectares included a 2- story, 3-bedroom brick house positioned only 3.75km’s from the coast near Seaspray.

 

Smith Agri International Director, David Smith highlighted that although these plantations ideally complement the existing plantation footprint throughout Victoria, they equally appealed to a wide range of opportunistic investors interested in cashing in on the standing timber value then converting the plantations to other forms of agricultural use following harvest. “In fact, the processing industry itself were an active participate throughout the sale process, understandably having a key stake in maintaining Gippsland’s important plantation footprint against mounting pressure from farmers seeking sizable quality land holdings and a growing number of timber exporters seeking mature resource” said Mr Smith. “Surrounding these sites is a range of agricultural pursuits including cattle grazing, cropping, irrigation and even market gardens, whilst given its close proximity to the coastal town of Seaspray and inland towns of Sale and Longford, the sites could have easily suited those interested in a more secluded lifestyle change”.

 

A representative of Jelfor Treated Timbers congradulated Smith Agri International on achieving a great result, confirming his belief that the market has recovered after some difficult years following the collapse of Managed Investment Scheme projects during 2008 to 2010. The successful buyer was a local company that saw the acquisition as a strategic one, wherein they could better compliment local processing industries.

 

For further information, please contact David Smith on 0418 332 780.

For Australian/international news or global stories, follow us on Twitter: @int_agri

About Smith Agri International Pty Ltd

Smith Agri International is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and is a boutique Transactions and Advisory firm specialising in Timberland and Agricultural representation throughout Australasia. With over 27 years’ experience in rural property assessment, planning and transactions, including; Forestry, Agriculture, Mining and Renewable Energy sectors, the Company is best placed to transparently assist clients to identify and unlock true asset value, either for divestment or investment throughout these key agribusiness sectors. Its global database includes over 4,000 active registered buyers including; Institutional Investors, Pension Funds, Family Offices, Emerging Funds, Sophisticated and Opportunistic Investors.

 

Please visit our website at www.smithagriinternational.com.au

SMITH AGRI INTERNATIONAL TRANSACT ANOTHER PLANTATION

June 22, 2016

Smith Agri International are thrilled to have transacted another Australian private plantation asset

introducing one of our growing number of sophisticated industry investors to this Victorian based

plantation asset. This maturing well stocked Pinus radiata (pine) plantation of around 100 acres is

around 13 to 14 years old and represents the first of numerous plantations needed to meet this

particular clients growing investment appetite within this secure sector. The acquisition of this

timberland is underpinned by good site parameters and easy access to both domestic and export

markets wherein demand for future wood supply continues to build.

Smith Agri International specialise in transactions of Timberland and Agricultural land throughout

Australasia. “We are proud of our unique ability to unlock true asset value ‘tree and land’”.

If you or anyone you may know are considering the sale of a timberland assets please feel free to contact David Smith:

P: +61 (0) 418 332 780

E: david.smith@smithagriinternational.com.au

W: www.smithagriinternational.com.au

INVESTING IN TIMBERLANDS IS FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST THE BIG SUPERFUNDS

February 02, 2016

 

REAL ESTATE AGENTS, WHY YOU NEED EM'

January 19, 2016

 

THE FUTURE OF AGRIBUSINESS TRANSACTIONS WITH SMART BANKS

December 01, 2015

GIPPSLAND PLANTATIONS, A HOT COMMODITY

November 23, 2015

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THE DREAM OF OWNING A LAKESIDE PROPERTY

October 19, 2015

Read our recent blog post.

DANDARAGAN AFR ADVERTISEMENT

October 18, 2015

Dandaragan was recently advertised in the Australian Financial Review

AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

October 13, 2015

Read our recent blog on Agricultural Investment Opportunities. 

WHO WILL OWN THE FORESTS 2015, Portland, Oregon, USA

September 13, 2015

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.

WE'RE FEATURED IN FRIDAY OFF CUTS!

September 12, 2015

Friday Offcuts has become the most widely read, used and distributed e-newsletter in the Australasian forest products sector. This weeks edition features an artical on Smith Agri International and its launch. 

DANA CONFERENCE MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, AUGUST 13 - 14 2015

August 12, 2015

Company Director David Smith has had the pleasure this year of presenting at the DANA annual forestry conference held in Melbourne, Australia. The topic of his presentation was, Is the restructuring complete? This is in reference too the significant changes in ownership throughout the Australian forests industry since 2010.

 

DANA's two day event debated the Australian domestic forest industry sector and its wider role in the Pacific Rim as a wood products import market and as an export supplier. David will also be attending Who Will Own The Forests 2015 Conference this year in Portland, USA for the 8th time. This conference is considered the premier global institutional investment conference held annually and attracts delegates from all countries to consider investment opportunities.

JULY TRANSACTIONS - SELOH NOLEM, PEABODY ENERGY

July 30, 2015

The sale of Seloh Nolem had many aspects that were well received by the senior executive team of Peabody Energy. Our sales process was structured, documented and transparent keeping Peabody in control. 

 

Seloh Nolem was a complex sale in that it included three parties (Owner of Land, Owner of the Stock, Property Manager), this meant our communication needed to be regular and proactive to maintain healthy relationships with all stakeholders.

 

Our ability to deal with all three groups was managed and under control, we provided them with regular reports which were well received and understood.The sale of Seloh Nolem was 12% over the sale price.

 

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