Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
20% Return is exceptionally high, how can you give this?
We have little overhead costs and we do not pay ourselves a high salary. We would much rather that everyone can get a high return on their investment.
Why a fig tree?
The fig tree is an exotic fruit and is on the rise in the Netherlands. The fruits yield a relatively large amount of money per fruit. Hence our 20%* average per year.
Where is the orchard?
Our orchard is located in the Zaragoza province in Spain (location follows here). We have chosen to immediately buy a piece of land that will allow us to move forward for quite some time.
Should I Invest in Rooted or Fig Tree?
Every investor invests in Rooted company. Rooted will then buy a fig tree with that investment, which will eventually produce fruit. Rooted sells these fruits and with it Rooted returns the return to the investors.
How many fig trees are planted in total?
Rooted will sell the trees in batches. Each batch consists of 1000 trees. As it is now planned, Rooted will release 14 batches. In total, 14,000 trees will be planted.
Can I buy bonds in multiple batches?
Yes, anyone can buy a bond at any time. You can also buy trees in multiple batches. However, we will fill and plant the batches in sequence. The homepage shows which batch we are in and how many bonds are still available there.
How many bonds can I buy?
You can buy an unlimited number of bonds per person. (until they are all sold)
Who owns the land where the trees are planted?
The land belongs to one of the two founders of Rooted who make it available to Rooted BV We have concluded an agreement for 20 years.
Who do you sell the fruits to?
We work together with various fruit importers who buy our figs.
Why is this a sustainable/green investment?
For every tree/bond you buy you compensate 500KG C02 during the term, so you have a high return and you contribute to a better environment.
What happens to my $50 that I pay for the bond?
The amount is broken down into a number of things; land, tree, maintenance, administration, foundation, management fee (see also “ revenue model “).
How is the 20% return achieved?
The fig does not bear fruit yet in the first year and there is no yield. The second year the first few figs appear on the tree but still not enough. From the 3 e year there will be about 5% return on investment. From the 4 e year the fig bears plenty of fruit and we can give 20%+ return. We will do this for the rest of the 20 years.
Can I also reinvest the return in a new tree?
Yes, we offer the option to reinvest your returns in new trees.
What if there are more revenues than you expect?
If the fig trees yield more than the calculation, this will of course be paid out to the bondholders. We will inform the bondholders further about this 5 years after the purchase of the bond.
Why a Foundation?
We at Rooted believe that everyone in the world should have clean water at their disposal. That is why we have chosen to reserve 1eu of the first investment for the foundation. Furthermore, as soon as the return permits, we will also reserve 1eu for the foundation there. Based on 1000 sold trees, 20 trees will be bought for the foundation. We will annually transfer the proceeds to the foundation and it will provide further information about this in due course.
How can I keep an eye on the trees?
We will keep everyone informed about the growth of the trees through regular updates. In the future we are considering a dashboard in which we can put pictures of everyone’s personal tree(s).
Can I visit the orchard?
Yes, you can visit the orchard by appointment. Furthermore, we will regularly organize the picking/planting days. So you can plant and view your own tree if you want.
How do we get information about Rooted’s progress?
We will keep everyone informed of the developments of Rooted via the website and newsletter. We love an engaged community and will do everything we can to make it happen.
Which payment methods do you accept?
We accept all common payment options, except credit card. We also accept Crypocurrencies.
Why do you accept cryptocurrencies?
We believe that blockchain is the future of the economy. That is why we have decided to accept a number of cryptocurrencies as a means of payment. Please contact us for this.
How is it possible that you return the initial investment after 20 years?
After twenty years, the bond expires and room is made for new bondholders. We have chosen to pay back the deposit. Everyone is then free to reinvest it in a new bond.
What happens if my tree doesn’t yield/death?
If the tree dies or becomes ill, Rooted will replace it for a new tree free of charge. However, the yields come from a batch. One tree will not affect that. We will, however, replace the tree with a new young tree so that it will produce fruit for the batch again later.
What happens in natural disasters?
The trees are not insured in the event of a natural disaster. In this case, the bonds will expire.
When do you pay the return?
The return will be paid out annually. The first payout will be made after the 3rd year. This will happen after the harvest and when the fruits are sold.
What do you do with my personal data?
We use the data to register the bond and to send a newsletter. We will also call everyone once after the first purchase. We will not sell the data to third parties.
When will the trees be planted?
We will plant the first trees as soon as 1000 bonds have been sold. After that, we will plant the trees once a quarter (seasonal permitting). Our goal is to plant the first 1000 trees in Q3 2021.
Who is the team behind Rooted?
Rooted was founded by Hugo Sinnema and William ten Zijthoff, they met as colleagues at a retailer. They come from different backgrounds and complement each other well.
What are the financial/agricultural risks?
Although compiled with the greatest care, our forecasted interest and repayments are (partly) based on assumptions. Market demand and economic developments can affect revenues.
Are the bonds transferable?
Yes, you can transfer the bonds to another person or company (eg upon death). Please contact us for the transfer.