Margules Groome’s quarterly harvest and haulage cost index for Australian plantation operations is based on price indexation mechanisms used by industry, weighted by volume harvested (Figure 1). The previous index published in March for December 2021 showed a continued recovery in fuel prices as economic growth returned post-COVID-19 pandemic. The advent of the Russia-Ukraine war, subsequent trade sanctions on Russia, and ensuing impact of global energy prices have seen fuel prices go higher as predicted. The average diesel terminal gate prices (TGP) were being reported as ~2.10/L in June 2022. They have never been this high in nominal terms. Unfortunately, fuel prices will likely go higher still as the war drags on, Russian trade sanctions continue, and the Federal Government re-imposes the full fuel excise from late September.
Margules Groome are independent consultants to the forestry, wood products, bio solutions, pulp & paper, and agriculture sectors.
Providing advice, best practice analysis and documentation on independent asset valuations / appraisals (including carbon) for financial reporting, performance monitoring, transaction due diligence, damage assessment, property division, including other areas. We observe all applicable national and international valuation and financial reporting standards.
We assist clients with transactions on either the Vendor or Purchaser side of timberland / carbon asset and business sales through our vendor due diligence process and global investor network help to increase bidder participation and competition. For Purchasers our due diligence work offers expert insights to allow a fair judgement of bid value to be reached.
We conduct in-depth primary and secondary research and analysis of global forest, wood product and carbon markets. To support your business strategy, we undertake market segmentation analysis to identify the trends in the historic, current and likely future price of your product.
Our extensive across-industry experience enables us to design and implement fit-for-purpose IT systems. These include forest planning, scheduling and optimization tools, forest management information systems (FMIS), remote sensing and the use of airborne sensors to measure growth and advanced data analytics and modelling using various software technologies.
To improve profitability throughout the value chain, we use diagnostic tools to identify performance gaps and quantify upside potential in monetary terms. Our operations experts can both review current and develop new business processes, as well as assist you to establish effective key performance indices.
Helping you grow and position your business or products for the future through growth strategies, market analysis and competitive positioning, carbon offsets, feasibility studies, scenario planning, benchmarking and risk analysis.
Who We Are
We are industry professionals who function across a range of levels, from the boardroom to operations. Our clients include government, public and private enterprises in the forest and wood product sectors.
Brian JohnsonAuckland, New Zealand
NZIF Registered Member
Mr Johnson has impressive forest industry experience spanning over 40 years, in valuation, investment analysis, project analysis, due diligence, market analysis, business modelling and resource assessment. He has specific skills in the financial, structural and technical aspects of sale and purchase processes, which includes leading and participating in major acquisitions and divestments in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, North & South America, Europe and Asia.
Damian WalshMelbourne, Australia
RPF Forestry Australia
Of his more than 20 years of experience in the Australian and Asia-Pacific forest and forest products sectors, Mr Walsh spent 10 years working in operational and senior management roles in one of Australia’s largest forestry companies. Consequently, his expertise are wide ranging and include: due diligence and valuation; forest resource analysis and modelling; forest logistics planning, management and quality control; harvest and haulage operations management; and resource procurement including biomass fuel sourcing.
Dr Hamish MarshallRotorua, New Zealand
NZIF Registered Member
With a career that spans both research and consulting, Dr Marshall has developed expertise in diagnosing and mitigating operational issues. He has also participated in annual valuation and due diligence projects for some of the largest forest estates in the Asia-Pacific region and, subsequently, is familiar with diverse range of plantations including radiata pine, Douglas fir, eucalyptus, acacia and sandalwood.
Reagan ThompsonAuckland, New Zealand
Mr Thompson has interdisciplinary technical experience spanning forestry and finance. His forestry background includes GIS and mapping, forest inventory and analysis, forest valuation, forest carbon consulting, and forest management. His significant experience in financial analysis was gained while working for investment firms in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Today, Mr Thompson focuses on transaction due diligence and advisory, business management and structuring, and appraisal.
Rob de FégelyMelbourne, Australia
RPF Forestry Australia
Mr de Fégely leads and consults on strategy and business investment. He is Co-Chair of the Australian Governments Forest Industry Advisory Council and Chairman of Sustainable Timber Tasmania, who is a Government Business Enterprise that manages the publicly owned forests in Tasmania. During Rob’s tenure as Chairman, it has undergone a significant restructure resulting in a return to profitability. Rob continues to hold several advisory roles for professional development, forest conservation and business investment.
Rudolf van RensburgMelbourne, Australia
RPF Forestry Australia
Mr van Rensburg’s project and project management experience covers resource valuations, due diligence studies, business strategy, operations improvement, feasibility studies and market outlooks. He has a special interest in the strategic fibre demand and supply balances across the pulp, wood product and bioenergy sectors in the Asia-Pacific region.
Charl De VilliersThe Netherlands, Europe
Principal EMEA Business Development
BSc. Forest Science
Located in The Netherlands, Mr De Villiers is a forestry professional with nearly two decades of industry and consulting experience. He currently advises on investment/divestment, assesses asset performance, analyses wood market and develops resource utilisation strategies. While lending his vast experience in appraisal and due diligence to projects worldwide, Mr de Villiers is the primary Margules Groome contact in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.