Category: Credit Ratings

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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Brexit risks and the energy transition are hot topics at the S&P Global Ratings Annual Infrastructure Finance Seminar

The S&P Global Ratings Annual Infrastructure Finance Seminar kicked off last week at Haberdasher’s Hall in the City of London. Journalists, investors, bankers, analysts and politicians alike gathered to engage in two of the most important discussions affecting the UK infrastructure sector today: the ongoing energy transition – from carbon intensive processes such as coal-burning, to …

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Post- Brexit, could the UK infrastructure market weather the storm? S&P Global asks investors

With just days to go until the UK decides on whether or not to remain in the EU, Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance at S&P Global Ratings, writes for leading infrastructure publication, InfraNews, about the likely impact of a ‘Brexit’ on infrastructure investment in the UK. Based on the results of a recent …

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Alexandra Krief of S&P Global explores the European private placement boom in GTNews

In an article for leading treasury magazine, GTNews, S&P Global Ratings’ director of mid-market evaluations, Alexandra Krief, explains why alternative lending markets are experiencing promising growth in Europe. With bank lending constrained, Krief shows that the European private placement (PP) markets and German Schuldschein in particular are benefiting as a result. In fact, companies seeking …

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S&P Global’s Alexandra Krief explains the surge of European private placements in FTSE Global Markets

Writing for specialist finance publication, FTSE Global Markets, Alexandra Krief, director of mid-market evaluations at S&P Global Ratings, explores the reasons behind the increasingly promising performance of Europe’s alternative lending markets. Krief points out that while issuances of debt on the pan-European private placement (PP) markets and the German Schuldschein have reached all-time highs – …

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Brexit’s impact on infrastructure investment: S&P Global Ratings’ new survey reported in the press

With only weeks to go before the UK decides on the future of its EU membership, S&P Global Ratings has weighed in on the Brexit debate, specifically by looking at the possible impact on the country’s infrastructure. Built on findings from a survey of 51 institutional investors, its new report, ‘Post-Brexit, Long-Term Funding Is UK Infrastructure …

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ICC, iGTB and S&P Global on why the Middle East is key for trade finance

In their April/May edition, Trade Finance explores the developments in Middle Eastern trade finance in a special feature on commodities. In the three page spread, we learn from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission’s Vincent O’Brien, chair of the Education and Market Intelligence Group, that a perceived increase in risk in the Middle East …

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Europe’s offshore wind sector offers growing opportunities for investment, writes S&P’s Michael Ferguson

Europe’s offshore wind market is becoming an increasingly attractive investment option as it grows and matures. Writing a special report for Investment & Pensions Europe, Michael Ferguson, Director at Standard & Poor’s, describes how offshore wind will play a leading role in European power generation as technology costs continue to fall, efficiency improves and governments …

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