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Non-bank lenders best placed to fund ‘natural capital’ projects

There are opportunities for investors to make good returns out of carbon farming and other biodiversity credit schemes, but banks and super funds are unable or unwilling to provide the capital, according to Adrian Redlich, chief investment officer of Liberman-family backed non-bank lender Merricks Capital.

Speaking at an investor forum last week, Mr Redlich said non-bank capital, which doesn’t require the same level of certainty about future income streams, was best placed to support these projects, which now collectively come under the asset class known as “natural capital”.

“A lot of the people we are partnering with and lending money to are out seeking these opportunities, but the traditional forms of capital don’t want to fund them,” Mr Redlich said.

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Published in the Australian Financial Review, written by Larry Schlesinger.