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Attention -- Middle-Market Private Equity
& Mezzanine & BDC Investors & Lenders
Private Equity Investing
In Agribusiness Companies
Abundant Opportunities Are
Ejnar Knudsen, Managing Member
Thursday, July 17, 2014
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
The Yale Club
Featuring 20 Expert Speakers
Michelle S. Brooks, Arlon Group LLC
James Carmichael, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Disque D. Deane, Water Asset Management LLC
Richard M. Dosik, Tinicum Inc.
Don Endres, Novita LLC
David Ginzberg, Sundial Group
Joe Hudson, One Earth Capital
David M. Key, Key & Co. LLC
John W. Madden, Sequel Holdings LP
Paul J. Murphy, Maxi Canada Inc.
Martin C. Murrer, Sagent Advisors LLC
John J. Novak, Paine & Partners LLC
Gregory S. Oberholtzer, WP Global Partners LLC
Timothy S. Ramey, TimothyRamey.com
Mark D. Rottmann, Bluewave Marine Ingredients
Robert J. Sarlls, Food Strategies LLC
Douglas G. Sterkel, AgriCapital Corp.
Thor A. Talseth, Neptune Partners AS
Benjamin J. Zaitz, B. Zaitz & Sons LLC
Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, BDC and Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants,& Other Advisors Who Support Them
It’s time to retire the old joke that you can make a small fortune in agriculture, so long as you start with a large one.
Today, with a growing world population, increased worldwide wealth, and changing consumer preferences, the rewards for successful private equity investors in agribusiness companies are nothing to laugh about.
According to the World Feed Association, by 2050 the world population will require 100% more food -- much of it produced in new ways that companies in the agribusiness sector will develop.
By many measures, the U.S. agribusiness sector is in its best financial condition in decades. Farm and cash income in real terms are near their 30-year highs, while financial leverage is at 50-year lows. Throughout the decade, the U.S. is expected to remain the world’s preeminent food producer and exporter.
And while there are some hurdles for investors, they are not particularly daunting. The multi-year drought continues in the western U.S., yet dealing with such conditions is part of the area’s agricultural heritage and companies are used to managing water supplies.
In addition, the reforms present in the 2014 Farm Bill may not have satisfied everyone, but there is wide agreement they are superior to the status quo.
Just consider some of these yardsticks --
The U.S. Government wants to double seafood consumption for its health benefits -- and with the ocean fish catch static, growth has to come from farm-raised fish.What’s more, private equity investors are eagerly pursuing U.S. farmland itself. An estimated 400 million acres -- just about half of total acreage -- is projected to change hands over the next two decades as older farmers retire and the new generation isn’t eager to go into debt.
When you attend this conference, you’ll hear which subsectors hold today’s most promising opportunities, such as --
All the same, you should also be aware that agribusiness has its own timetable vis-à-vis other middle-market sectors. It takes a longer stretch to do things given the vagaries of nature itself. The typical time horizons for adequate appreciation are closer to 10+ years than 5.
Here are 6 important reasons you should Register Now for this encore Capital Roundtable conference, “Private Equity Investing in Agribusiness Companies” --
As chair of this conference, we’re delighted to welcome back Ejnar Knudsen, managing member at AGR Partners in California’s San Joaquin Valley -- a middle-market agribusiness PE firm that cultivates profitable, long-term growth in companies seen as indispensable assets of our food chain.
Ejnar has been investing in agriculture for more than 20 years. At AGR, he currently oversees investment in long-term capital focused on partnering in the food and agriculture industries. Ejnar is a member of the board of directors of Ridley Corporation.
From 2009 to 2012, he was co-portfolio manager of Passport Capital’s Agriculture Fund. From 2001 to 2007, Ejnar served as executive vice president of Western Milling, a California startup feed milling company that grew to over $1 billion in sales.
He has filled several executive roles at companies owned by Western Milling and its shareholders, including-- executive vice president of Cilion (a startup ethanol company with over $200 million of equity funding), executive vice president of Phoenix Bio Industries (a startup ethanol company), and managing member of Cedar Valley Farms (a large Iowa dairy).
Ejnar is chair of the Dairy Club (a group of leading producers and innovators), is a director on the California Ag Leadership Foundation Board, and is a member of the Farm Foundation. He was the founder of Materra, a special situations farming company, and currently serves as a director on its board.
Ejnar earned a B.S. from Cornell University and is a CFA charter holder.
Register Now to Meet 20 Agribusiness Company Experts
This conference on July 17th will bring you three panel discussions led by our chair and featuring shared insights from top PE professionals, plus two informative keynote presentations, and two informal conversations. You will hear real-world perspectives, lessons learned and industry outlooks, plus insights on managing current portfolio companies.
You will also hear about notable middle-market industry deals including --
By attending this Capital Roundtable conference, you’ll be well poised to act on the very best middle-market deal opportunities of 2014. We’ll answer questions such as --
Register Now to Reap Valuable Contacts Through Our Networking Opportunities
The day’s agenda includes ample time to let you --
Register Now To Receive Our Early Bird Rate
You will benefit from a generous discount of $400 off our regular price by making your reservations for this conference before May 23, 2014.
Keep in mind this conference is certain to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Hallie Watson today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to having you join us on July 17th.
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