Category Archive: Credit Ratings

S&P Global Ratings releases 2017’s first quarterly Infrastructure Finance Outlook newsletter

The new edition of IFR Outlook brings together the major commentaries, ratings updates and news in the global infrastructure sector over the first three months of 2017. Making the front page is an in-depth feature on the credit implications of “bundling” of project finance assets. Senior director Trevor D’Olier-Lees argues that aggregating assets can “unlock …

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Deutsche Bank’s Anil Walia on the crucial role of supply chain finance in Procurement Leaders

In Procurement Leaders’ November/December 2016 issue, Anil Walia, EMEA Head Supply Chain Finance at Deutsche Bank, explains the crucial role supply chain finance can play in the buyer/supplier ecosystem, contributing to the benefit of all involved. Under the title “Ramping up the synergies in cash-poor times” Walia relates how many of the discussions in which …

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Trump, energy and the environment – S&P Global Ratings releases the December issue of IFR Outlook

S&P has released the December edition of IFR Outlook, the newsletter of key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating news. In the front-page feature, Michael Wilkins, head of environmental and climate risk research, assesses global trends in climate finance. Looking back at the year since the Paris Agreement, he explains that continued development of the …

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Energy markets in the spotlight: S&P Global Ratings releases the latest edition of IFR Outlook

The latest edition of IFR Outlook – S&P’s monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating news – suggests energy markets around the world are under tough scrutiny. In the front page feature, Pierre Georges, director of EMEA utilities, explains that in an environment of weak power prices, Europe’s nuclear fleets face …

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S&P highlights Brexit’s impact on investor appetite for British infrastructure

The prospect of leaving the EU is spreading uncertainty among investors in the UK’s infrastructure, according to a new report from S&P Global Ratings. In the report, ‘Brexit Is Weakening Investor Appetite For UK Infrastructure Assets. But Not For Long’, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance Michael Wilkins notes that, while Britain has historically attracted more …

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S&P Global Ratings goes green with its latest edition of IFR Outlook

The latest edition of IFR Outlook – S&P’s monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating update news – is out now, and the outlook is green-tinted. This month, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Global Environmental & Climate Risk Research, describes a new product to analyse and …

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S&P Global asks: Can UK project finance endure Brexit’s economic woes?

A new report released by S&P Global Ratings outlines the potential effects of Brexit on financing the UK’s infrastructure projects. The report, ‘Brexit Woes Are Unlikely To Hamper Stability Of UK Project Finance Ratings’, suggests that S&P’s portfolio of over 50 rated transactions and private finance initiative (PFI) projects should remain resilient in the face …

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S&P Global Ratings outlines the need for consistent policy on the UK’s CfD regime in Energy World

In an exclusive article for Energy World – the monthly journal of the Energy Institute – Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance ratings and head of environmental research at S&P Global, sets out the importance of the UK’s ‘Contracts for Difference’ (CfD) feed-in tariff scheme for reforming the country’s electricity market to include a …

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New S&P rating on Spanish solar project bonds picked up by the infrastructure and energy press

S&P Global has issued a long-term rating of ‘BBB’, with ‘stable’ outlook, on three bonds issued by limited-purpose entity, Vela Energy Finance S.A, for solar power development in Spain. The proceeds of the bonds – €404.4 million in total, with a maturity in 2036 – will be used to refinance 42 photovoltaic (PV) parks in …

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S&P Global Ratings outlines LNG’s top ten trends: what to look out for in 2016

In an article for Energy Voice – a magazine focusing on the renewable, oil, and gas sectors – Simon Redmond, a commodities specialist at S&P Global Ratings, outlines the ‘top ten’ developments to watch out for in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market. Redmond explains that while LNG has historically maintained a relatively stable price, the coming …

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