Agcapita Update - Canadian Farmland Values Increase 22% in 2013

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On Monday, April 14th, 2014 Farm Credit Canada ("FCC") released its 2013 analysis of farmland price trends across Canada by province. 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%.

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Agcapita Update - Canadian Farmland Values Increase 22% in 2013

  1. 1. Agcapita Update - Canadian Farmland Values Increase 22% in 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, ATTENTION INVESTMENT EDITORS – April 15, 2014 - Calgary On Monday, April 14th, 2014 Farm Credit Canada ("FCC") released its 2013 analysis of farmland price trends across Canada by province. 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 price appreciation trends reflected in this newest FCC data support Agcapita's belief that growing demand for agricultural products should push all Canadian farmland prices higher and that farmland price growth rates will continue to be highest in Saskatchewan due to a fundamental discount between this province and its neighbours. (Click here for the FCC report) Agcapita believes that farmland funds continue to show great appeal to conservative investors concerned with inflation and the volatility of their existing public equity investments. Canadian farmland has similar inflation hedging qualities to gold but with an ongoing cash yield that gold lacks. Canadian farmland returns have exhibited low volatility and this combined with higher absolute returns 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. Agcapita’sfund’s give investors the benefit of a direct investment in farmland combined with a model of front-end loaded cash rents. 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. This news release may contain certain information that is forward looking and, by its nature, such forward-looking information is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The words "anticipate,""expect," "may," "should" "estimate," "project," "outlook," "forecast" or other similar words are used to identify such forward looking information. Those forward-looking statements herein made by Agcapita, if any, reflect Agcapita's beliefs and assumptions based on information available at the time the statements were made (including, without limitation, that (i) the demand for agricultural commodities will continue to grow at a pace that is unlikely to be matched by growth in agricultural productivity, and (ii) investment demand for tangible assets such as agricultural commodities and farmland will
  2. 2. continue to increase for the foreseeable future). Actual results or events may differ from those anticipated or predicted in these forward-looking statements, and the differences may be material. Factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things: risks associated with the ownership and operation of farmland, including fluctuations in interest rates, rental rates and vacancy rates; general economic conditions; local real estate markets; supply and demand for farmland; competition for available farmland; weather; crop diseases; the price of grain and other agricultural commodities; changes in legislation and the regulatory environment; and international trade and global political conditions. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information contained in this news release (if any), which is given as of the date it is expressed herein. Agcapita's undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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