Investment in Southeast Asian Forestry Resource Fund Managed by New Forests Asia (Singapore)

Aug. 29, 2023

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President and CEO: Kenichi Hori) has concluded an agreement to invest in Tropical Asia Forest Fund 2 L.P. ("TAFF2"), a Southeast Asian forestry resource fund managed by New Forests Asia (Singapore) Pte Ltd. ("NF Asia"). NF Asia is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Forests Pty Limited ("New Forests", Head Office: Sydney, Australia), a Mitsui affiliate engaged in forestry asset management. Nomura Holdings, Inc. ("Nomura HD", Head Office, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, President & CEO: Kentaro Okuda), which is a co-investor in New Forests, has also concluded an agreement providing for investment in TAFF2 through its subsidiary.

New Forests is a global investment manager of nature-based real assets and natural capital strategies, with AUD 10.73 billion (USD 7.3 billion) in assets under management across more than 1.2 million hectares (3.14 million acres) of investments. As one of the most important New Forests subsidiaries, NF Asia engages in investment in and management of forest assets, with an emphasis on not only the stable supply of timber but also forests' environmental values and harmony with local communities. Its vision is to create a sustainable future while providing steady, long-term returns to investors.

In January 2023, Mitsui acquired additional shares in New Forests with the aim of expanding its initiatives toward sustainable social development, including cooperation with New Forests toward the realization of a society with net zero emissions of greenhouse gases. Through this investment in TAFF2, Mitsui will contribute to the realization of a decarbonized society by promoting investment in sustainable forest resources in Southeast Asia, where timber demand is expected to further increase.

Profile of New Forests

Name New Forests Pty Ltd
Location Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Established May 2005
Representative Mark Rogers
Business activities Forestry asset management

Profile of NF Asia

Name New Forests Asia (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Location Singapore
Start of operations 2008
Representative Geoffrey Seeto
Business activities Forestry asset management in Southeast Asia

Profile of TAFF2

Name Tropical Asia Forest Fund 2 L.P.
Structure Singapore Limited Partnership
Manager NF Asia
Investment targets Commercial forestry businesses (including processing facilities) and conservation nature-based solutions projects, etc., in Southeast Asia
Existing investors Foreign state-owned enterprises, foreign business corporations, foreign pension funds, Japanese banks, etc.
Forests managed by NF AsiaForests managed by NF Asia

Mitsui’s Materiality

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  • Secure sustainable supply of essential products

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  • Enhance quality of life

    Enhance quality of life

  • Create an eco-friendly society

    Create an eco-friendly society

  • Develop talent leading to value creation

    Develop talent leading to value creation

  • Build an organization with integrity

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