Category Archive: Infrastructure Finance

S&P Global Ratings’ warning that Atlantia’s proposed Abertis takeover could cause a rating downgrade is covered by specialist press

  In June 2017, Italy-based infra holding company, Atlantia SpA, formally launched a €16.3 billion voluntary tender offer for all outstanding shares of Spain-based Abertis Infraestructuras S.A – a leader in toll road management. If approved, the deal will represent the largest foreign acquisition by an Italian company since 2007 and would create the world’s …

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S&P’s Julyana Yokota considers potential improvements to Colombia’s 4G toll road program in P3 Bulletin

Improving Colombia’s road network is critical for its economic growth. According to the World Economic Forum, the country’s toll roads rank in the bottom 20 countries surveyed in the world in terms of quality. To address this issue, in 2013 the Colombian government embarked on a highly ambitious series of road projects, known as the …

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S&P Global Ratings unveils a major new overview of the state of US infrastructure

S&P Global Ratings has released a major new report, “Developing US Infrastructure In An Era Of Emerging Challenges: Observations From Key Sectors”. The paper assesses the condition of selected American infrastructure sectors, outlines the specific challenges faced in each, and offers an overview of the methods available to finance them.



S&P report warns that Argentina’s renewables plan requires a stronger regulatory framework to succeed

The Argentine energy sector faces a predicament. During peak seasons, the country’s inefficient electricity generators are unable to satisfy growing power demand – at best obliging the country to import electricity and at worst leaving some areas in the dark. In response, the Argentine government hopes to attract US$15 billion of investment (most likely from …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees tells FTSE Global Markets that U.S. water utilities may be the major beneficiary of bundling

In 2014, the town of Flint, Michigan, was besieged by a state of emergency – as a result of lead-tainted pipes contaminating the water supply of its 100,000 residents. Embodying the challenges U.S. infrastructure projects face when seeking capital for upgrades, the Flint crisis could be followed by further catastrophes if critical utility repairs are …

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In an article for Energy Voice, S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees observes bundling has found a sweet spot in the renewables sector

The global demand for renewable energy sources is growing, in turn creating investment needs in the region of US$1 trillion a year. When confronted by such a huge sum, ensuring the bulk of smaller projects on the renewables financing spectrum do not get left behind is of primary concern. Thankfully, a solution that increases asset …

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In a feature for P3 Bulletin, S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees observes bundling’s rise to prominence in infrastructure finance

In light of stalling transaction flows in infrastructure financing, S&P Global Ratings believes the use of “bundling” (the aggregation of multiple projects into a single portfolio for sale to investors) in public-private partnerships is attracting considerable interest. In a feature for P3 Bulletin, S&P Global Ratings’ senior director, global infrastructure ratings, Trevor D’Olier-Lees, analyses why …

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S&P Global Ratings’ ‘AA’ rating on £268m UK hospital refinancing is covered by specialist press

S&P Global Ratings has assigned its ‘AA’ long-term issue rating to the £268m guaranteed senior secured debt refinancing of the oncology wing at St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK. In addition, S&P issued a ‘BBB’ for the underlying project. The debt, which is structured into three tranches to appeal to investors of varying risk appetite, …

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S&P Global Ratings’ dim outlook for America’s new gas-fired generators is covered by Project Finance International

An S&P Global Ratings report into America’s independent power producer (IPP) market concludes that generators are at the mercy of thin margins and waning power demand – which could force energy companies to restructure their operations or even lead to generator closures.   In an article written by Project Finance International, S&P’s senior director, U.S. energy …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees tells Institutional Investor that bundling could incentivise water infrastructure investment

  America has a water crisis – one that not only encompasses flooding but also droughts, poor supply quality and even contamination – and underinvestment is a significant contributing factor. To raise the estimated US$655bn needed over the next 20 years to maintain a safe water supply, states must incentivise private financiers by making water …

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