ABOUT BRAZIL TIMBER INVESTMENTS
Brazil Timber Investments (BTI) was founded in
2010 by eco-entrepreneur Eric Seitz, an American who divides his time
between the U.S. and Brazil to manage BTI. With a background in South
American agronomy and business, Mr. Seitz has both a passion for
sustainable business practices and a connection with individuals and
entities in Brazil capable of making Brazil Timber Investments a
successful investment vehicle. Mr. Seitz’s vision for BTI is as a
sustainable, world-class agribusiness that is both highly profitable and
an exceptional steward of reclaimed grazing and farmland in rural Brazil,
with the ultimate goal of protecting native growth.
The Best Fertilizer Is A Farmer’s Footprint.
Brazil Timber Investments seeks financial gain through the
practice of sustainable timber production in Brazil. We pursue certified
wood production through sustainable, biodiverse agricultural practices and
are committed to our role as stewards of the earth's natural resources.
Our “on the ground” managing partner, based in Brazil, invests assets
alongside our U.S. based partner/members. Having an on-the-ground
Brazilian presence assures first-class operational practices and corporate
governance of our certified properties.
Why Brazil Timber Investments Is A Growth Opportunity For
1. Demand For Sustainable Timber Is On The
According to Wood Resource Quarterly, both the demand for timber and
pulp prices have been increasing through 2010 as forest-related product
development grows. What’s more, timberland management is steadily moving
from timber-related product manufacturers to timber management
organizations that have the agronomist’s skill and the business savvy to
maximize yield, increase transparency, and enhance investor return.
2. Timber Makes A Great Hedge Against Inflation.
Timber increases in value “on the stump” at a greater rate than
inflation. From 1905 through 2005, timber prices grew at a rate roughly
three percent greater than inflation.
3. Timber’s Value Grows Faster Than Stocks.
According to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries
(NCREIF) Timberland Index, timber investment returns exceeded the returns
of the S&P 500 from 1990 through 2007. In that period, the NCREIF
Timberland Index annual compounded return was 12.88% as opposed to just
10.54% for the S&P 500. This differential was gained with less
volatility (Sharpe ratios of 1.06 for timber as opposed to .45 for the
S&P 500), underscoring the risk/return benefits of timber over the
Timber Enjoys Growth Unrelated To Other Asset Classes.
Because commercial timberland prices are impacted by a different set of
market and economic factors than other asset classes, timber returns are
not correlated to returns of other asset classes, such as stocks, bonds or
real estate. The NCREIF Timberland Index returns from 1990 through 2007
showed moderate to weak correlation against equity and fixed-income
indexes and a negative correlation to real estate. For sophisticated
investors who are looking for diversification, adding a low-correlation
timberland asset is a great way to go about it.
5. You’re Also Investing In Land, Another Appreciating Asset
Although the land necessary to grow timber stock can be leased, the
majority of timber investors, including Brazil Timber Investments,
prefer to purchase the land. Clearly, land supply is limited and demand
continues to grow as Brazil’s population and commercial development
expands. Depending on its location, some land investments can be
designated as “higher and better use” property that can be sold to
developers at a premium, providing additional appreciation benefits for
Diverse planting and sustainable farming practices, result in healthy projects.
Experiences and observations, have lead us to pursue a highly diversified manner of planting. By complying with a set
method of land use planning, BTI properties establish and maintain wildlife cooridores of
undisturbed forest and waterways. Our planning methods protect native species and encourage their continued growth.
BTI properties differ from traditional monoculture plantations by inetcropping a variety of tree species, with a
range of maturity dates and uses. These practices result in healthier plantations and steady distributions of revenue to investors.
Employees are invited and encouraged to establish garden parcels for production of goods for local consumption. Permaculture orchards
are established and visits from investors are encouraged. The plantation is a living project, with a diversified population of plant and animal species.
Brazil Timber Investments is a long-term investment vehicle for
sophisticated investors. This web site is for informational purposes only
and is not a solicitation for investment. For a complete financial overview,
please contact Brazil Timber Investments today.
Brazil Timber Investments
Reno, NV, USA
Santa Cruz do Rio Pardo, SP, Brazil