Farmland Partners Inc. (NYSE: FPI) (the “Company” or “FPI”) today announced that it acquired two tracts of farmland on Friday, October 7. The corn and soybean farms collectively cover 270 acres in Edgar County, Illinois.
The Company spent $1.32 million to acquire 82 acres in the first transaction, which will create a contiguous block of farmland spanning more than 1,200 acres when combined with other farms in the portfolio. The Company also purchased a 188-acre parcel for $2.04 million. That tract is approximately 7 miles away from the first transaction and is nearby additional FPI properties.
“Buying land that neighbors existing FPI farms is one of our core business strategies because it creates efficiencies for our tenants and the Company, and it enables us to secure top rental rates,” said Paul Pittman, FPI’s Chairman and CEO. “Eastern Illinois has some of the most productive, sought-after farmland in the country, and we believe it will be a smart long-term investment for our shareholders.”
Both farms are leased and will produce rental income in addition to asset appreciation. Agricultural land in Illinois has averaged 5.7% in annual appreciation since 1970, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
About Farmland Partners Inc.
Farmland Partners Inc. is an internally managed real estate company that owns and seeks to acquire high-quality North American farmland and makes loans to farmers secured by farm real estate. As of the date of this release, the Company owns and/or manages more than 190,000 acres in 18 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. We have approximately 26 crop types and more than 100 tenants. The Company elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust, or REIT, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, commencing with the taxable year ended December 31, 2014. Additional information: www.farmlandpartners.com or (720) 452-3100.
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including, without limitation, statements with respect to expected yields on acquired farmland, our outlook, proposed and pending acquisitions and dispositions, the potential impact of trade disputes and recent extreme weather events on the Company's results, financing activities, crop yields and prices and anticipated rental rates. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "should," "could," "would," "predicts," "potential," "continue," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" or similar expressions or their negatives, as well as statements in future tense. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, beliefs and expectations, such forward-looking statements are not predictions of future events or guarantees of future performance and our actual results could differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Some factors that might cause such a difference include the following: general volatility of the capital markets and the market price of the Company's common stock, changes in the Company's business strategy, availability, terms and deployment of capital, the Company's ability to refinance existing indebtedness at or prior to maturity on favorable terms, or at all, availability of qualified personnel, changes in the Company's industry, interest rates or the general economy, adverse developments related to crop yields or crop prices, the degree and nature of the Company's competition, the timing, price or amount of repurchases, if any, under the Company's share repurchase program, the ability to consummate acquisitions or dispositions under contract and the other factors described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking information presented herein is made only as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.