Calgary, Canada, April 19, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- According to the recently released report on farmland values issued by Farmland Credit Canada, "In the second half of 2011, farmland values in Saskatchewan increased an average of 10.1%, the highest average increase across Canada. This followed gains of 11.6% and 2.7% in the previous two reporting periods, continuing the decade-long trend of price increases that began in 2002.
"In Saskatchewan, farmland values increased by an average of 1.8% per month in 2011. The results in Saskatchewan, which has 40% of Canada’s arable land, appear to mirror what’s occurring in the United States, where double-digit increases in farmland values have been reported in several corn and soybean states. The ongoing strength of commodity prices combined with a land market that had historically increased at a slower rate than in other areas of the country are two contributing factors to the current value increase.
"The rising values are also attributed to good seeding and harvest conditions in most areas of the province, coupled with low interest rates. Areas that had been flooded out or experienced minimal sales in 2010 saw resurgence in sales activity in the latter part of 2011. However, areas that experienced flooding in the spring of 2011 had limited sales in this reporting period."
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. Agcapita's analysis shows the risk of inflation increasing hence a continued interest in farmland 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 is one of Canada's most experienced farmland fund managers, launching its first fund in Q1 2008.
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 is part of a family of alternative investment funds with a focus on generating commodity-linked returns and with over $100 million in assets under management. 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. Agcapita is one of Canada's most experienced farmland fund managers, launching its first fund in Q1 2008.
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