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Boundary Bend Looks for 'Patient' Investors

Boundary Bend is looking for capital to fund an expansion that could increase volumes by as much as 50 percent.

Apr. 18, 2017
By Paul Conley

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Bound­ary Bend, the renowned Aus­tralian olive oil pro­ducer, is look­ing to raise roughly $100 mil­lion from investors to fund a new plan­ta­tion on land the com­pany has acquired at Gol Gol, near Mil­dura.

Long-term, patient, Aus­tralian investors is what Bound­ary Bend is look­ing for.- Rob Mac­Gavin, Bound­ary Bend

The plan would boost the group’s vol­umes by as much as 50 per­cent.

Rob McGavin, the CEO, co-founder and major­ity share­holder of Bound­ary Bend, said it could take sev­eral years for the project to reach max­i­mum out­put. So he’s seek­ing investors who are com­mit­ted.

Long-term, patient, Aus­tralian investors is what Bound­ary Bend is look­ing for, ide­ally a patient super­fund and def­i­nitely not pri­vate equity,” he told The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald news­pa­per.

Accord­ing to McGavin, ini­tial plant­i­ngs would likely begin in 2019 and cover some 3,000 hectares.

McGavin’s deci­sion to expand would seem to be a vote of con­fi­dence in strong prices for olive oil dur­ing the next few years. Inven­tory lev­els across the globe remain low, and invest­ment in the sec­tor has been spotty. Yet prices have begun to rise amid increas­ing demand. There’s a crunch com­ing,” he told the news­pa­per.

The finan­cial mar­kets would seem to agree with McGavin’s pre­dic­tion and his approach. Bound­ary Bend’s share prices have more than dou­bled in the past year.

The deci­sion to seek cap­i­tal comes roughly three years after Aus­tralian investor and busi­ness­man Chris Cor­ri­gan con­tributed more than $4 mil­lion to help fund Bound­ary Bend’s expan­sion to the United States.

In 2015, Bound­ary Bend expanded to the U.S. estab­lish­ing a pro­duc­tion facil­ity and U.S. head­quar­ters in the Cal­i­for­nia town of Wood­land, about 12 miles from Sacra­mento, the state’s Cap­i­tal.

Founded in 2005, the group is now the largest olive oil pro­ducer in Aus­tralia, where it has 65 per­cent of the mar­ket in high-qual­ity extra vir­gin olive oil.

The com­pany owns 2.3 mil­lion trees on 6,500 hectares in its native coun­try, accord­ing to the Aus­tralian Busi­ness Review, and gen­er­ated $130 mil­lion Aus­tralian dol­lars (US$99 mil­lion) in 2016.

Boundary Bend executives

Bound­ary Bend is a ver­ti­cally inte­grated com­pany – con­trol­ling the entire cycle from nurs­ery to mar­ket­ing. It has gen­er­ated con­sid­er­able praise for the qual­ity of its prod­ucts, the group’s will­ing­ness to con­duct and share research, its state-of-the-art pro­duc­tion facil­i­ties (its plants in north­ern Vic­to­ria have a capac­ity of 1,700 tons per day), and its abil­ity to win share from the well-estab­lished Euro­pean brands.

The company’s flag­ship, Cobram Estate, was the win­ningest brand at the 2014 New York Inter­na­tional Olive Oil Com­pe­ti­tion (NYIOOC). Its Cobram Estate Aus­tralia Select won best in class in the 2016 NYIOOC, and its Cobram Estate Ultra Pre­mium Hoji­blanca won best in class in 2015.

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