Agcapita's Canadian Farmland Investment Thesis Confirmed by New Report from Farm Credit Canada
Calgary, Canada, April 15, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- On Monday, April 14th, 2014 Farm Credit Canada released its annual farmland value report reflecting farmland prices across Canada. In all provinces, farmland values either increased or remained stable. Saskatchewan experienced the highest average increase at 28.5%, followed by Manitoba at 25.6% and Quebec at 24.7%.
The findings of Farm Credit Canada support Agcapita’s belief that demand for agricultural products will push farmland prices higher. Agcapita believes farmland is a safe investment, that supply is shrinking and that unprecedented demand for "food, feed and fuel" will continue to move crop prices higher over the long-term. The fact that farmland prices increased the most in Saskatchewan is in line with Agcapita’s belief that Saskatchewan farmland is trading at a fundamental discount to its neighbouring Provinces and that the gap is closing.
Agcapita’s series of farmland funds continue to show great appeal to conservative investors concerned with inflation and the volatility of their existing public equity investments. Farmland has similar inflation hedging qualities to gold but with an ongoing cash yield that gold lacks. Farmland returns exhibit low volatility and this combined with the high absolute returns from farmland equate to a favorable Sharpe ratio. Agcapita’s funds directly hold diversified portfolios of farmland in western Canada, and in particular in the highly price competitive province of Saskatchewan. Investors are provided with the comfort of a direct investment in farmland combined with a model of front-end loaded cash rents. Agcapita Farmland Fund IV has launched in April 2013 with a $20 million offering. Agcapita is the only farmland investment fund eligible for registered plans (RRSP, TFSA, RESP etc.). Fund IV is open to investors in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and accredited investors in Quebec. While Fund IV is open to investors until the end of April 2014, to ensure you don't miss the deadline to reinvest, the process for reinvesting should begin by mid-April. If you are interested in finding out more about the Fund IV offering please feel free to email us on email@example.com
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