American Timber and Agriculture believes in educating our clients about how timberland can be integrated into a macro investment portfolio. Our team of professional money managers listens to our clients and custom designs a portfolio strategy unique to their specific situations. We welcome clients who are comfortable in the boardroom as well as those who would rather put on a pair of boots and walk the land with our in-house staff of consulting foresters.
Before we purchase a piece of property, we carefully analyze it, looking at ten major characteristics and grading each one relative to our proprietary grading scale. We believe that timberland management has four key activities for alpha return enhancement: the land purchase analysis and execution, the planting process and the seedling survival rate, the timing and process for thinnings, and the final harvest process and pricing. We attempt to outperform the market throughout each of these critical periods.
While some clients want to hold their land in perpetuity, we are sensitive to those with a shorter time horizon. We believe that investment liquidity is defined by both the speed at which an asset can be sold and the pricing discount the seller must accept to clear the market. At American Timber and Agriculture, we utilize proprietary strategies to improve real estate liquidity, allowing our clients to sell their land holdings quicker and with a smaller price concession.