Gresham House secures Australian forestry mandate Gresham House secures Australian forestry mandate

Press release - 26 July 2021

Press release - 26 July 2021

Gresham House announces its appointment as asset manager for a 24,800-hectare Australian forestry investment, Green Triangle Forest Products (GTFP), which AXA IM Alts has agreed to acquire, subject to regulatory approval, on behalf of clients.

 

Gresham House also acted as the advisor for AXA IM Alts in relation to this transaction.

The appointment as asset manager is in line with Gresham House’s strategy to grow its international presence. The scale of the additional assets under management and associated net income is likely to lead to the Directors raising their financial expectations, and the Company will provide further guidance on the financial impact of the project upon completion, which is expected at the end of Q4 2021.

The Australian mandate follows Gresham House’s appointment by AXA IM Alts in 2019 as the asset manager to a 4,074-hectare portfolio of forests in Ireland and will see the international relationship between the two managers strengthened.

Gresham House is the UK’s largest commercial forestry manager, harvesting approximately 10% of the UK’s softwood annually and managing c.140,000 hectares, worth more than £1.8bn.

Comprising 22,200 hectares of productive area in the Green Triangle, which spans South Australia and Victoria, GTFP demonstrates high growth rates for softwood and is a significant supplier of softwood logs to the Australian sawmill industry. With a long operating history, favourable terrain, and proximity to customers, GTFP has prime access to domestic and export markets.

David Gardner, CIO of Forestry at Gresham House, says: ​

This second asset management appointment by AXA IM Alts to manage its growing forestry portfolio strengthens our position in the sector, at a time when international demand for forestry is taking off and is in line with Gresham House’s ambitions to launch an international forestry strategy for clients. Not only does forestry satisfy ESG investment criteria, but it is also a portfolio diversifier and delivers uncorrelated returns that protect against inflation – characteristics that are particularly appealing in the current environment.”

Commenting on the new mandate, Tony Dalwood, Chief Executive adds:

As the UK’s largest commercial forestry investment manager, this significant appointment marks another substantial step forward in our ambition to develop a long-term international asset management platform in real assets. We believe there is a significant investment opportunity in forestry and this area will continue to be a key focus for Gresham House moving forward, as we look for further ways to add value for our clients.”

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of the Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014/EU).

Forestry investment is not for everyone and your capital is at risk.

 

About Gresham House Forestry

Gresham House has been managing commercial forestry assets in the UK, Ireland, the Baltics, and New Zealand on behalf of a range of investors, including institutions, family offices, private clients, and funds for over 40 years and currently manages c.140,000 hectares worth over £1.8bn (as at 31 December 2020). Our team of 30 dedicated forestry professionals have unparalleled experience and depth of resource in all areas of international forestry investing and carbon markets, including Acquisition, Fund & Client Management, and Asset Management (silvicultural experts).

 

For more information contact:

Gresham House plc

Tony Dalwood, Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Acton, Chief Financial Officer

+44 (0)20 3837 6270

Houston – PR advisors

Alexander Clelland / Kay Larsen

gh@houston.co.uk

+44 (0)20 4529 0549

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Bobbie Hilliam / Georgina McCooke

+44 (0)20 7523 8000

 

Jefferies International Limited

Paul Nicholls / Max Jones

+44 (0)20 7029 8000

 

 

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