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Molpus raises $662.5 mln for fourth timberland fund

Molpus Woodlands Group, a Jackson, Mississippi-based timber-related firm, has closed its oversubscribed fourth fund at $662.5 million, beating its $500 million target. Molpus Woodlands Fund IV will focus on investing in North American timberland properties. The fund’s LPs includes public and private pension plans, endowments, insurance companies, family offices and high-net worth individuals. Eaton Partners served as the fund’s placement agent.


ROWAYTON, Conn., Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Eaton Partners (“Eaton”), a leading independent global fund placement agent, is pleased to have served as the exclusive placement agent for the fourth institutional fund managed by Molpus Woodlands Group (“Molpus”), with final commitments of $662.5 million, inclusive of commitments to parallel funds. The fund, Molpus Woodlands Fund IV, LP (the “Fund”), will continue its successful strategy of acquiring and actively managing a diversified portfolio of North American timberland properties.

The fund was oversubscribed and exceeded its target of $500 million in twelve months from the first close. Molpus raised an additional $100 million in separate account capital, bringing total capital commitments to $762.5 million. The Fund received support from both new and existing investors. A diverse, international group of limited partners made commitments to the Fund, including public and private pension plans, endowments, insurance companies, family offices and high net worth individuals. In addition, several leading investment consultants supported the Fund through their respective client commitments. This was Eaton’s second capital raise for Molpus, having raised Molpus Woodlands Fund III, LP in 2011 for $439.5 million, in addition to $400 million in separate account capital.

Molpus, based in Jackson, Mississippi, is one of the oldest timber-related companies in the nation, with experience in all facets of timber management, manufacturing, and marketing. Molpus is one of the few TIMOs that has all of its core businesses and forestry functions handled or supervised by in-house experts. The firm currently has total assets under management of more than $1.5 billion with approximately 1,550,000 total acreage.

“Molpus is one of the premiere investment managers in timberland and strong demand for their fourth fund shows that investors believe in their value-added approach to timber investing and the compelling market opportunities in timberland,” said Jeff Davis, Partner at Eaton Partners. “We were proud to be Molpus’ partner again in their fourth successful fundraise.”

About Eaton Partners
Founded in 1983, Eaton Partners is one of the oldest, largest and most experienced fund placement agents in the world, having raised more than $61 billion across 83 highly differentiated funds. With over 55 professionals across offices in North America, Europe and Asia, the firm raises institutional capital for investment managers across a full range of alternative strategies – private equity, real assets, real estate and hedge funds/public market strategies. Eaton Partners is currently in the market with funds whose strategies include: private equity, sector-specific and general buyout, real estate, energy, agriculture, growth equity, opportunistic credit/special situations/distressed, fund-of-funds, event driven, long/short equity, midstream and MLPs, and emerging markets equity. Partnering with a select number of the highest-quality fund managers, Eaton Partners has represented some of the most innovative funds of the last three decades. With extensive institutional relationships, deep sector knowledge, fresh insights and a partner-driven approach, Eaton Partners is dedicated to every client’s success.

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