Massive Interest For Investing In Panama Limes

Unprecedented: New Turnkey Agricultural Investment In Panama Sold Out In Six Days—New Inventory Released For Live And Invest Overseas Readers Only

I wrote last Friday to report that a development group I’ve been working with in Panama since early 2014 is launching a new plantation project. This group’s previous project, a turnkey mango farm, has sold out, and the group is now introducing a new investment opportunity geared toward the small investor—this one focused on limes. Specifically, organic limes.

This development group sold 550 hectares of their mango plantation (which sold out in June) but, as I explained last week, intended to sell only 100 hectares of limes.

Those 100 hectares sold in six days.

I’ve been involved with the launch of many real estate development projects, including now many different agricultural projects, and this is unprecedented. I’ve never seen anything like this.

Agricultural investments have been a focus for me for the past half-dozen years. Unfortunately, as I’ve been reporting, it’s not easy to find agricultural projects geared toward the small investor. That’s one reason this current opportunity is so appealing and is selling so quickly. This investment is completely turnkey and hassle-free for the individual investor. The development group will take care of all of the work—planting, irrigation infrastructure, fertilization, and eventually caring for the trees and harvesting the crop.

I see other reasons why this opportunity is proving extraordinarily successful.

First is the return. The IRR projection over the first 20 years of the plantation is just about 18%. That’s a phenomenal annualized return. For that level of return, you would expect great risk. However, this group is nearly finished implementing a 650-hectare mango plantation (in the last 18 months). It has a proven track record, meaning fulfillment risk is minimal. Furthermore, the developers own the land, they have their team on the ground, and they are preparing 150,000 lime saplings in the nursery for planting.

Second is the minimum investment amount. The full launch price for 1 hectare of lime trees is US$44,000; however, the developers have agreed to a US$5,000 discount for Live and Invest Overseas readers only, meaning that the cost to you as a LIOS reader is just US$39,000.

As I explained in my initial report to you last Friday, greening (that is, a fungus attacking citrus crops) is causing shortages of limes in the United States. Meantime, demand continues to grow, especially for organic limes. Lime consumption in the United States has increased tenfold since 1980, according to the USDA, and lime prices have doubled since 2014, thanks to the reduced supply and the growing demand.

Demand is so great and supply so limited that one big U.S. wholesaler has contacted the development group in Panama to ask them to target this market. In other words, the developers I’m talking about already have a buyer. In fact, the project team has a letter of intent from this U.S. distributor to buy all the organic limes the plantation can produce. The distribution chain is already in place.

Investors in this new organic limes plantation own the land, the trees, the irrigation systems, and everything that is implemented on their property.. The developers prepare the land and plant the trees, then the plantation is handed over to the management company, which cares for the trees. Also, intercropping is part of the plan.

Small cash flows are created from the intercropping starting in year 2. The lime trees start producing in year 4, with production jumping in year 5 and increasing slightly each year until year 10.

The developers will replant any trees that die in the first 10 years. In addition, the limes being planted are a variety of a Persian lime that is resistant to disease and pests thanks to its thicker rind.

This variety is also large, larger than a key lime, and is also seedless, making it more attractive to the consumer market.

Investing in agriculture can provide a great cash yield. The very big downside is that, typically, historically, you have to invest in and farm your own plantation. This is your chance to invest in a turnkey opportunity where you own the land and the trees… and someone else manages the farm for you.

For all of these reasons, as I’ve explained, this launch has been more successful than any other I’ve known or been involved with. When I spoke with the developers this week, they reported a waiting list of investors. That is, some Live and Invest Overseas readers who inquired about the investment weren’t able to act because it sold out before the developers were able to follow up with them.

Therefore, I asked the developers if they’d release any of the plantation hectares they had planned to keep for themselves. They have agreed and are allowing investors access to another 100 hectares at the same US$39,000 price (again, for Live and Invest Overseas readers only).

For more information, contact the InvestGPS team here. Identify yourself as a Live and Invest Overseas reader when you get in touch to be sure you’re eligible for the launch discount.

If you are interested in this opportunity, I strongly urge you to act now. These additional 100 hectares likely won’t last any longer than the initial offering. That is, by this time next week, this additional 100 hectares likely will be closed out.

Lief Simon

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