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Can an allocation to physical timberland be structured to generate a stream of steady returns (cash flows)?
Radio Feature Six: Doug St. John in conversation with Sona Blessing
Friday, January 28, 2011

radio Doug St. John is director of client services with Green Crow Management Services LLC, a provider of timberland services to institutional and high net worth investors. He has over 15 years of experience in forest management, and information technology implementation in forestry. Based out of Seattle, Doug guides and supports investors in accessing the natural growth and real asset values of timberland investments.

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In this feature we examine the asset’s cash flow generating characteristics, asset-liability matching function, embedded real options, drivers of timber prices in the future and the risks.

Duration: 12:14 


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  • Q1 - A question that is often raised in the context of a (physical) timberland allocation is whether, it, as an asset class can deliver a steady cash flow/return stream?
    Doug, could you share insights on why and how this can be achieved?
    • Customisation of cash flows/return streams
    • Age of the forest - timing harvests
    • Managing productivity to optimise returns

    Duration: 04:03 

  • Q2 - Exploit the "certainty" of returns element that physical timberland offers in asset liability models.
    Timberland acts as a hedge to unanticipated inflation - "inflation resistant" characteristic.

    Duration: 01:29 

  • Q3 - Sources of returns: Embedded options?

    Duration: 01:37 

  • Q4 - Under what circumstances do you anticipate a demand-supply mismatch leading to higher timber prices?

    Duration: 01:13 

  • Q5 - Supply shocks - the role of Canada? Other supply constrains?

    Duration: 01:40 

  • Q6 - In the future, how do you see timber prices evolving? Why?
    • What are the risks associated with investing in timberland?

    Duration: 02:09 

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