The Land Report

2018.1

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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88 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 LANDREPORT.COM Agriculture Deal of the Year Central Valley Farmland T he nation's largest publicly traded farmland real estate investment trust stayed true to its business model with a nine- figure acquisition in 2017. Denver-based Farmland Partners (FPI) paid Singapore's Olam International Limited $110 million to acquire 5,100 acres of permanent crop farmland in California's Central Valley. But the crux of the deal (other than the pricing) is that FPI won't operate the farms going for- ward. Olam will continue to do so, thanks to a 25-year triple-net lease agreement. "We have a high degree of respect for Olam's team of excep- tionally talented operators," said Farmland Partners' chairman and CEO Paul Pittman. "Further, we look forward to bringing these properties into our portfolio. They are unique, high-quality farms in the heart of California's tree nut industry." Olam's managing director, Ashok Krishen, said the sale and operating agreement were an ideal fit for Olam. "We had been looking for the right partner who sees the long- term value of farming, while we are looking for an asset light model to participate in the production economics of the tree crops," Krishen said. At the time of the sale last September, Farmland Partners owned more than 154,000 acres in 17 states. The company has since upped its tally to over 166,000 acres in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia. These holdings are currently being farmed by more than 125 tenants who grow more than 30 major commercial crops. — Eric O'Keefe Central Valley Almond, Pistachio, and Walnut Orchards California Seller: Olam International Limited Lim Ah Doo, Chairman Singapore Buyer: Farmland Partners Inc. Paul Pittman, Chairman & CEO Denver, Colorado DEAL OF THE YEAR 2017 A G R I C U L T U R E SHUTTERSTOCK

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