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An ENCORE Conference
For Middle-Market Private Equity
& Mezzanine Investors & Lenders
Private Equity Investing
In Agribusiness Companies
Finding Ripe Opportunities in the Gigantic
& Ever-Expanding Agriculture Industry
Attendance Is Limited!
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Michelle S. Brooks, Arlon Group LLC
Featuring 20 Expert Speakers Including --
Thursday, June 21, 2012
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, & Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants,
& Other Advisors Who Support Them
As competition expands for the world’s limited food supplies, middle-market private equity investors are seeing more and more opportunities in all sectors of the agribusiness industry.
Think of it this way -- by 2050, it’s estimated that the world population will reach nearly nine billion -- doubling the current global demand for food.
Companies that are contributors to more efficient, more sustainable production make for promising investments in just about any firm’s portfolio.
That’s why in the United States alone, the agribusiness industry accounts for nearly 20% of the U.S. gross national product … and employs close to 25% of the U.S. labor force.
On Thursday, June 21, you’ll be introduced to a breadth of opportunities at The
Capital Roundtable’s ENCORE conference, with all-NEW content, on “Private Equity
Investing in Agribusiness Companies” held in New York City
Sponsored by KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.
Plus you can even receive special savings by signing up before May 11. As an Early
Bird, you’ll be entitled to generous savings of $400 on this timely conference.
Our inaugural agribusiness investing conference this past January supplied a bounty of information -- so to outdo ourselves for this encore, we’re pleased to have a double dose of wisdom from two knowledgeable co‑chairs.
We’re delighted to welcome Michelle Brooks, managing principal of Arlon Group in New York City, the team behind the ACP Funds and the food and agriculture private equity investments of Continental Grain Company.
And Jim Wood, senior vice president and chief strategy officer of The Clemens Family Corp. in Hatfield, PA -- a private agribusiness company with over $750 million in revenue.
This conference will cover the gamut of the agribusiness industry, so you’ll be able to gain a 360˚ view of investing in today’s marketplace. We’ll focus on such areas as protein production and processing, farm and aquaculture equipment, transportation and logistics, fertilizers and specialty chemicals, vegetable and fruit seeds, and land and crop management.
We’ll cover the long-term trends that will shape agribusiness investing over the coming decade. For example, aquaculture companies are gaining traction as the process leads other protein sources in terms of efficiency -- it takes a pound of feed to make a pound of fish protein compared to a three‑to‑one ratio for chicken and eight‑to‑one for beef.
New technologies such as precision agriculture -- using sensors to ensure expensive chemicals, fertilizer, and water are being used in the most efficient ways -- is bringing increasing sophistication to the industry. And large-scale processes are being brought down in size; hydroponics is a developing solution for getting locally-grown fresh produce into urban areas.
Developments like these are driving the bulk of middle-market investment activity.
Just some of the most recent middle-market private equity agribusiness deals include --
While some investors think of agribusiness as being risky, in truth there are many stable and scalable business models within the sector that do not bear significant commodity risks. Certainly it’s important to understand commodity and harvest risk and exposure to commodity input pricing -- but we’ll discuss how to spot businesses that are less risky and more sophisticated than seen at first glance.
Plus you’ll hear about the status of food safety regulations. Traceability and trackability all the way back to individual producers is the new FDA norm. And there is specific legislation for certain individual crops -- often with import and tariff restrictions that affect how the crop can be marketed in the U.S.
20 Agribusiness Specialists Will Show You How To Sustain Profits
Co-chair Michelle Brooks leads the food and agriculture investment efforts of Arlon Capital Partners, where has been responsible for recent investment in Kettle Cuisine and Wholesome Sweeteners. Before joining Arlon, Michelle was a principal with Weston Presidio, a middle-market private equity firm with $3.3B in assets, where she led due diligence and investment execution in a variety of sectors. She graduated from Harvard College with a BA in government and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Co-chair Jim Wood leads strategy, growth initiatives, and acquisitions at Clemens Family Corp. He developed its turnaround strategy and corporate restructuring, which is used as a case study at Kellogg School of Management. He is author of The Next Level: Essential Strategies for Breakthrough Growth published by Perseus Book Group. Jim was previously with Ernst & Young’s New England consulting practice, and with Inc. Magazine’s growth strategy consulting group. He has a BS from State University of New York, and an MS from Northeastern University.
Along with Jim and Michelle, we’ll have a team of 20 panelists whose agribusiness deal experiences include every aspect of the food supply chain. You’ll hear from GPs, portfolio company operating executives, investment bankers, lenders, consultants, and more -- all eager to share their specialized knowledge.
We’ll look at global issues in agribusiness that affect all middle-market companies competing for business. For instance, China is emerging as a very large consumer of agricultural foodstuffs, and is seeking to be a major producer. The upcoming renewal of the Farm Bill in Congress will be explored: what it means for growers and what subsidies and trade policies will be in play.
And we’ll examine the impact of biofuels, which continue to trend upwards and drive price inflation in many commodities. The portion of the U.S. corn crop going to ethanol is increasing dramatically, which takes food out of the system and makes the cost of such products as chicken feed artificially high. With only so much arable land, the industry needs to balance demand in order to meet everyone’s needs.
Register now to get the answers to important questions like these --
Make Hands-On Connections With Leading Agribusiness Professionals
This full-day conference is the best place to grow your network of both peers and industry leaders. We’ve built ample time into the agenda, including session breaks and an open lunch, where you can meet fellow attendees and featured speakers to exchange ideas and business cards.
You should attend this conference if you are a --
Remember, register with our Early Bird Rate by June 1, 2012, and you’ll save $400
off our standard fee! Please make your reservation now so you’re not disappointed.
We’ll be looking forward to greeting you.
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