Leading Land Investment Platform Offers Access to Timberland Sector; Hires Former Domain Timber Advisors CIO
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – June 15, 2022 – AcreTrader Inc., the land transaction and investment technology company, announced today that it will now offer investors access to invest in timberland through its platform. This offering provides individuals with the ability to invest in an asset class with historically consistent performance, while also helping timberland managers generate additional capital to expand their businesses. The addition of timberland expands AcreTrader’s growing list of land investment offerings, which also includes row and permanent crop farms in the U.S. and Australia.
Timberland can provide investors with growth and returns driven primarily by the natural maturation of managed forests and appreciation in land values. As trees grow, their value can generally increase over time, making timberland a real asset that can generate consistent performance, even during inflationary or volatile markets. However, the asset class has largely only been made available to institutional investors or individuals purchasing large, concentrated tracts.
AcreTrader’s timberland offerings will be overseen by Mark Foley, who joined AcreTrader earlier this year. Mr. Foley brings nearly two decades of experience as a timber investor, including four years as Chief Investment Officer for Domain Timber Advisors, where he managed over $1 billion in assets. He also served in a senior analyst role at US Trust and as a forestry portfolio analyst at Jeremy Grantham’s GMO.
"Aside from very large institutions, most investors have not had a way to access the historically steady returns of timber until now,” said Mark Foley, AcreTrader Director of Timber Acquisitions. “We are excited to offer investors easy and unique access to the thriving timberland investment space, while simultaneously ensuring that timberland managers are afforded the land, resources, and tools necessary to empower the growth of their own operations.”
The expansion into timberland is the latest milestone that AcreTrader has achieved this year after closing a $60 million Series B funding round in February and completing the platform’s one hundredth farm offering in May. The company will continue to bring more timberland transactions to its platform, as well as other new offerings to meet the increased demand from investors seeking protection against inflation and farmers pursuing business expansion amid strong commodity prices.
About AcreTrader AcreTrader empowers its customers to buy and sell land smarter through advanced technology, data, and expertise. Since its founding in 2018, AcreTrader has broadened access to buy, sell, and invest in land for thousands of investors, farmers, and landowners across the U.S.