Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Forestry’s Good Returns Attract Investment Interest

13th February 2014

Forestry’s Good Returns Attract Investment Interest

With forest products exports continuing to enjoy a run of high commodity prices there is plenty of attention worldwide on the robust returns delivered from forest resources. So it’s timely that New Zealand and Australia are soon to host a major forest investment and market outlook conference series. The event in it’s third year is popular with forest company CEOs and financial sector leaders for it’s insight.

One of the keynote speakers headlining the FIEA event is Kevin Mason, Managing Director and Senior Analyst of ERA Forest Products Research (, a Canadian-based independent research firm that covers the global forest products sector.

“We focus first and foremost on understanding the commodity side of the market,” says Mason, “as trends in the underlying commodities far outweigh managerial abilities, or the lack of.”

Mason and his team of top analysts have a reputation for having been able to predict nearly every bankruptcy in the North American forest products industry, as well as highlighting some of the best upside returns as well.

“Timing of investments in the forest products sector are key,” says Mason.

Over the past 20 years, ERA has built up a large following of investment clientele, and advises many of the leading hedge funds, mutual funds, pension funds and private equity players. As ERA’s senior analyst, Kevin Mason is no stranger to controversy and is always willing to challenge accepted wisdom. His negative views on several prominent mergers in the sector have won him accolades in the investment industry, but also angered many merger proponents. He has helped the firm expand its investment coverage within North America, and is now building out coverage of European and Latin American firms.

Mason is joined by two other speakers known for their global forest sector insights – Gary Myers of Timberlink and Brooks Mendell from Forisk Consulting. Visit to register or see programme details.

The Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) is running the third biennial forest industry investment conference – FOREST INVESTMENT AND MARKET OUTLOOK – in Auckland on 9–10 April 2014. It will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the city. This latest conference will focus on strengthening ties between the equity investment, finance and forest products industries in New Zealand and globally. New Forests are confirmed at the Principal Conference Sponsor. New Zealand’s key industry associations have also indicated their support for this pan-industry meeting.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Hourly Wage Gap Grows: Gender Pay Gap Still Fixed At Fourteen Percent

“The totally unchanged pay gap is a slap in the face for women, families and the economy,” says Coalition spokesperson, Angela McLeod. Even worse, Māori and Pacific women face an outrageous pay gap of 28% and 33% when compared with the pay packets of Pākehā men. More>>


Housing: English On Housing Affordability And The Economy

"Long lead times in the planning process tend to drive prices higher in the upswing of the housing cycle. And those lead times increase the risk that eight years later, when additional supply arrives, the demand shock that spurred the additional supply has reversed. The resulting excess supply could produce a price crash..." More>>


Sweet Health: Sugary Drinks Banned From Hospitals And Health Boards

All hospitals and DHBs are expected to kick sugary drinks out of their premises. University of Auckland researcher, Dr Gerhard Sundborn who also heads public health advocacy group “FIZZ”, says he welcomes the initiative. More>>


NASA: Evidence Of Liquid Water On Today's Mars

Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO, researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks appear to ebb and flow over time. More>>


Bird Brains: Robins Can Just Be Generally Clever

Research from Victoria University of Wellington has revealed that birds may possess a ‘general intelligence’ similar to humans, with some individuals able to excel in multiple cognitive tests. More>>


Psa-V: Positive Result On Whangarei Kiwifruit Orchard

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has received a Psa-V positive test result on Hort16A and male vines on a kiwifruit orchard in Whangarei. This is the first confirmed case of Psa-V on an orchard in the Whangarei region. More>>

Regional Accents: Are Microbes The Key To Geographical Differences In Wine?

A new study of six of New Zealand’s major wine-growing regions has found that differences in flavour and aroma of wine from different areas may depend more on microbes than was previously thought. More>>


Science: AgResearch To Cut Science Staff In Areas Of 'Reduced Demand'

“We are therefore consulting with our staff from today on a proposal to reduce science staff in areas of shrinking demand. Combined with recruitment planned in areas of growing demand, this would mean a net reduction of 15 scientists and 41 technicians at AgResearch in the 2015/16 year." More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news