Investing in Core, High-Potential, Timber Markets

RMS’ investment strategy focuses on acquiring forest assets in established global timber markets that are deep and diverse and that have histories of strong performance.

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We target large-scale, core investment opportunities in regions with robust timber demand fundamentals – areas with modern and expansive solidwood, paper and packaging facilities that consume significant volumes of various timber products. Such operating environments enable us to optimize the advantages of our integrated business model – allowing us to create and capitalize on economies of scale and to execute innovative timber marketing strategies. This disciplined approach, which also entails practicing intensive forestry and avoiding small-scale, highly dispersed investment opportunities and narrow specialty markets, positions RMS to exert greater influence over the timberland investment value chain.

In addition to acquiring quality forest assets and optimizing the biological and financial potential of their timber resources, RMS also creatively monetizes investors’ underlying real estate values.  This is essential for capturing value when markets place a premium on raw land for uses other than timber production, like recreation, development and conservation.

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This holistic, integrated investment strategy is implemented with a high degree of discipline, which characterizes every aspect of RMS’ investment process – from how we source and analyze prospective acquisitions, to how we manage and ultimately liquidate assets. From the forest to the meeting room, RMS also focuses on transparency – sharing information with our investors and making ourselves accessible to provide informed perspectives on what we are doing to manage our investors’ and partners’ timberland assets – as well as how and why.


Alex Hinson, Executive Vice President of Investments, discusses RMS’ approach to timberland investing.

Transaction Track Record

As one of the world’s largest and most experienced timberland investment firms, RMS is recognized in global markets as an active and reliable transaction partner.
  • $6.3B

    Total Value of Timberland Acquired
    (Since 2004)
  • 2.5M

    Total managed acres globally
    (As of 3.31.19)
  • $4.4B

    Total Market Value of Investors’ Portfolios
    (As of 3.31.19)
  • $36.9B

    Total Value of Acquisitions Analyzed
    (Since 1985)

Investment Approach

RMS creates timberland investment value through an integrated approach that emphasizes buying and managing high-quality, forest assets and building balanced portfolios.
  • Portfolio Construction
    We build portfolios with discipline and focus – enhancing return potential by leveraging our business model and scale to create operating efficiencies and by mitigating risk with layered asset composition, geographic placement and end-use market diversification.
  • Investment Underwriting
    We combine a deep understanding of forestry and finance to source and analyze acquisition opportunities and to develop strategic and operational management plans that are calibrated to our investors’ objectives.
  • Operational Excellence
    We focus on integrating and achieving exceptional levels of performance in the four operational functions that drive timberland value creation – forest productivity, research and development, log marketing and supply chain management.
  • Technology Application
    We use advanced forest management technologies to drive forest productivity and to create operational efficiencies that can produce and sustain improved investment performance.

RMS' Core Investment Tenets

  • Manage

    Manage with a tight emphasis on optimizing risk and return potential and using operating economies of scale to promote innovation, capture timber market share and control management costs.
  • Identify

    Identify key income and value drivers and develop and execute customized asset management and monetization strategies to capitalize on them.
  • Promote

    Promote biological tree growth in accordance with site timber growing conditions, including climate and terrain.
  • Emphasize

    Emphasize optimization of each forest stand's financial potential by reforesting with genetically-advanced seedlings, utilizing proven site preparation and silvicultural strategies and practicing exemplary forest stewardship.
  • Utilize

    Utilize advanced technology and integrated information systems to tailor forest management plans to the investors' investment objectives and to acquire competitive insights that can enhance decision making.
  • Harvest

    Harvest to exploit evolving market demand for high, medium and lower-grades of timber as well as both hardwood and softwood products.
  • Generate

    Generate cash flow and asset appreciation by monetizing non-timber values like recreational and conservation attributes; water, energy and mineral rights; fee simple land ownership rights; and, environmental mitigation opportunities involving water, air quality and carbon storage.

Creating Forest Value Since 1950

Our Approach to Forest Management

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