Hold onto your hats, another record selling season for Aussie farmland has been launched with a bang.
As promised, one of the biggest land offerings has opened the bidding with the Corinella Group of more than 50 farms officially hitting the market on the first day of spring.
US investment company Proterra Investment Partners is offloading its big farm portfolio across 22,386 hectares of south-eastern Australia.
With farm prices reaching breath-taking records this past year it remains to be seen whether the flood of properties will impact on spring sale prices but most property experts expect not.
The congregation of farms are mostly grain growing operations in western Victoria and the Wimmera, with one property in South Australia.
All up price is about $350 million but Melbourne-based selling agents LAWD said the portfolio is being offered as a single portfolio or as individual farms.
Many agents are tipping another foreign corporate will snap up the lot given the optimism for Australian agriculture.
Almost all those Proterra farms have been bought up over the past five years at a fraction of today's market prices, meaning a likely massive windfall for the investment group.
The Corinella portfolio is said to provide "an unprecedented opportunity of four highly productive aggregations within four distinct climatic regions".
Agents say the portfolio is strategically located in the reliable and well regarded Western District and Wimmera regions of Victoria and the south-east region of South Australia.
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The farms are planted to oilseeds, cereals and legumes as well as an intensive irrigation enterprise developed to horticulture, viticulture, high yielding crops and livestock grazing at Naracoorte.
- The Western District aggregation covers 6437ha over five main properties
- The Greens Creek aggregation 6778ha is across over five main properties
- The Wimmera aggregation 6959ha is over four main properties.
- The South Australian properties known as Glenroy Plains aggregation comprises a total land area of 2212ha and is highly developed to centre pivot irrigation (1244ha), a wine grape vineyard (46ha) and dryland cropping/grazing land (855ha), supported by 5778 megalitres of groundwater entitlements.
LAWD agents say the properties offer outstanding structural improvements including numerous homesteads/dwellings, high quality operational infrastructure and substantial grain storages.
Proterra Investment Partners was launched in 2016 as an investment manager focused on global food and agriculture and a private equity fund.
Corinella Farms has properties in Lake Bolac, Donald, Navarre, Lake Batyo Catyo, Donald and Naracoorte.
No official reason has been offered for the sale although several property experts say it is an opportune time to cash in at a peak in the market.
A price record of $23,582ha was reached for 179ha of farmland near Ararat earlier in the year as property prices stunned everyone.
High grain prices, a run of good seasons and low interest rates have combined into a heady mix for farm land, especially for neighbouring farmers looking to expand.
LAWD has also been involved in the sale of Macquarie Bank's Lawson Grains business across 105,000ha in Western Australia and NSW.
The sell off has already been likened to mining magnate Gina Rinehart's impending sale of seven big stations in Western Australia and the Northern Territory covering some 1.876 million ha.
LAWD is offering the portfolio to the market as the whole portfolio or as any combination of separate assets with an international expression of interest with the first stage closing Thursday, October 7.
For more information contact Danny Thomas on 0439 349977 or Elizabeth Doyle on 0400 102439.
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