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December 21, 2015

Real estate and agricultural land remain the most popular investments for ultra-high net worth families, says new research by international family office Stonehage Fleming – although the family business remains their central asset. 

Real estate and agricultural land remain the most popular investments for ultra-high net worth families, says new research by international family office Stonehage Fleming – although the family business remains their central asset.

Four Pillars of Capital for the Twenty First Century found that 78% of families would hold real estate and agricultural land and 67% said they would hold equities as a long-term strategy.

May 21, 2014

A growing world population provides not only an increasing global appetite for food production but also feeds growing investor hunger for exposure to the agricultural sector. 

Seven years ago Rod Jones, who runs his family’s Texas-based investment office Cain Capital, felt his portfolio was lacking in diversity. He began looking for deeper exposure to the agricultural sector. Initially he investigated institutional offerings, such as fund baskets and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but was unimpressed with the vehicles he saw.

February 15, 2011

Family-controlled agricultural trader Louis Dreyfus’ plans for a possible merger with rival Olam International has come to an end, raising speculations about the future of the company.

Family-controlled agricultural trader Louis Dreyfus' plans for a possible merger with rival Olam International has come to an end, raising speculations about the future of the company.

Merger plans between Paris-based Louis Dreyfus and Singapore-based Olam, first announced in September 2010, have been reported to have collapsed due to over differing views on how to grow the business. Analysts say that a merger between the two would have created the world's third-largest agricultural trading house, with an estimated market value of between $15 and $18 billion.

January 19, 2011

Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, will sell its shares in fertiliser company Mosaic, in a move designed to ensure the company remains 100% privately owned.

Cargill, the world's largest agricultural commodities trader, will sell its shares in fertiliser company Mosaic, in a move designed to ensure the company remains 100% privately owned.  

Founded nearly 150 years ago, the Minnesota-based company is still controlled by around 80 members of the Cargill and MacMillan families. The company said in a statement that the Mosaic transaction would help it accomplish the objective of "maintaining its status as a private company".

January 13, 2011

Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, announced on 12 January that its profits for the quarter ending November tripled, which was helped by accurate predictions of the weather and shifts in trade flows.

Cargill, the world's largest agricultural commodities trader, announced on 12 January that its profits for the quarter ending November tripled, which was helped by accurate predictions of the weather and shifts in trade flows.

Cargill's net earnings for the three months ending November rose to $1.49 billion from $489 million for the same period the year before. Also, first-half earnings more than doubled from $1.01 billion to $2.37 billion.

October 13, 2010

Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, notched up a 68% year-on-year rise in net profits in the first quarter ended August 31st on the back of strong demand for grain.

Cargill, the world's largest agricultural commodities trader, notched up a 68% year-on-year rise in net profits in the first quarter ended August 31st on the back of strong demand for grain.
 
The Minnesota-based company said buoyant growth in its trading and processing segments bolstered profits. Revenues in the quarter were $27.8 billion.
 

August 18, 2010

Cargill, the world’s largest agribusiness company, more than doubled its fourth quarter net earnings compared to the same period in 2009, but still saw an overall decline in annual revenues.

Cargill, the world's largest agribusiness company, more than doubled its fourth quarter net earnings compared to the same period in 2009, but still saw an overall decline in annual revenues. 

March 5, 2010

Investors are ploughing billions into farmland acquisitions convinced that food prices and land values are being driven upwards. Is farming as lucrative an investment as some commentators suggest?

Investors are ploughing billions into farmland acquisitions convinced that food prices and land values are being driven upwards. Is farming as lucrative an investment as some commentators suggest?

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