LIGHTNING RELEASES 7/23/2014 — As per the mandate of the fund the management team of Agcapita is preparing for the winding-up process and has retained the services of a third party appraiser to produce a valuation report for the fund’s farmland portfolio.
Fund II holds approximately 13,500 acres of prime farmland geographically diversified across Saskatchewan with a strong base of seasoned cash renters. Latest figures released by Farm Credit Canada shows that, as Agcapita predicted, Western Canadian farmland has appreciated steadily since Fund II’s inception in 2010. Fund II’s exit will be the second exit provided by Agcapita to its investors after the successful exit of Fund I.
Agcapita co-founder Stephen Johnston commented “we are extremely pleased with the returns generated by the sale of the Fund I portfolio and believe they represent a validation of the Agcapita investment premise. Similar to Agcapita Fund I, Agcapita’s other Funds also have constructed diversified portfolios of Saskatchewan farmland with no use of leverage in keeping with our overall philosophy to actively reduce risk and return volatility for our investors. Accordingly, we believe that fund II’s exit will also provide impressive returns.”
Stephen added “our investment model leads us to conclude that Saskatchewan farmland continues to trade at a fundamental discount to other Canadian and global jurisdictions raising the prospect of further superior absolute and risk adjusted returns in this asset class.”
Agcapita Farmland Fund V was launched on July 16th, 2014 with a $20 million offering. Agcapita is the only farmland investment fund eligible for registered plans (RRSP, TFSA, RESP etc). Fund V is open to investors in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and accredited investors in Ontario.
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