Category Archive: Infrastructure Finance

Easing infrastructure finance flows: S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees and Mar Beltran write for BRINK NEWS

There’s no denying that underinvestment in infrastructure can have deleterious effects upon a country’s trade and economic competitiveness. But, equally, the challenges of financing capital-intensive infrastructure projects from public funds – and without compromising fiscal targets – are only heightening. The question, therefore, is: What tools are available that can ease financing for urgently-required infrastructure …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Luisina Berberian is interviewed by Energetica India on why offshore wind projects are taking off globally

S&P Global Ratings’ Luisina Berberian is interviewed by Energetica India on why offshore wind projects are taking off globally Offshore wind projects are taking off as technology improves and costs fall. For example, in the UK, where offshore wind power generation is highly advanced, the cost of energy from offshore wind has fallen by 32% …

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S&P Global Ratings appoints Mar Beltran as senior director for infrastructure practice

S&P Global Ratings has appointed Mar Beltran as Senior Director, Infrastructure Sector Lead, Infrastructure Ratings. Beltran, who will be based in Madrid, joins from Australia-based Global Infrastructure Hub where, on behalf of the G20, she led policy work to identify priority reforms in infrastructure markets. As a senior director, Beltran advised governments of both developed …

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Mexico City Airport Trust’s score of E1/77 under S&P Global Ratings’ Green Evaluation covered by the specialist press

The tranches of senior secured bonds Mexico City Airport Trust intends to issue through to 2020 received S&P Global Ratings’ Green Evaluation score of E1/77. E1 is the highest score on the scale (E4 is the lowest). S&P Global Ratings expects the debt to gradually increase, reaching up to US$6 billion over the next two to …

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S&P Global Ratings publishes its Q2 2017 Infrastructure Outlook newsletter

S&P Global Ratings has published its latest edition of IFR Outlook – reviewing the developments from the global infrastructure sectors in the second quarter. The edition’s lead feature analyses the consequences of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change. S&P’s Director, U.S. Energy Infrastructure, Michael Ferguson, argues that …

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Brookfield White Pine Hydro senior secured project financing notes receive a score of E1/90, covered by the specialist press

Brookfield White Pine Hydro’s $475 million senior secured notes received a score of E1/90 on S&P Global Ratings’ new Green Evaluation scale. The notes, issued by Brookfield White Pine Hydro LLC (BWPH), are being used mostly (74%) to refinance existing indebtedness for BWPH’s portfolio – which comprises 68 generating units across 21 hydroelectric facilities primarily …

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S&P Global Ratings assigns first green evaluation to Cross Sound Cable LLC, covered by the specialist press

S&P Global Ratings’ first assigned Green Evaluation was to Cross Sound Cable LLC – a high voltage electrical transmission company. Argo Infrastructure Partners used US$120 million of privately placed debt to fund a portion of the acquisition of the Cross-Sound Cable project in August 2015. This undersea cable project transmits power from renewable-rich New England …

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S&P Global Ratings reports the U.K’s less efficient water utilities are at-risk from Ofwat’s regulatory changes, covered by specialist press

A recently-published report by S&P Global Ratings claims that U.K.-based water utilities may face lower returns after 2020. This came after elements of industry regulator Ofwat’s methodology for its upcoming Price Review emerged. To compensate for utilities’ lower takings, the regulator is proposing attractive performance-based financial incentives. While this increased scope for earnings from incentives …

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America’s trillion-dollar challenge: S&P Global Ratings’ Trevor D’Olier-Lees writes for Infrastructure Intelligence

Infrastructure in the US needs trillions of dollars of investment for repairs and renewal. Pressure will only mount as disruptive technology increases in scope and the need to be environmentally sustainable rises up the agenda. In a feature for Infrastructure Intelligence, Trevor D’Olier-Lees, senior director at S&P Global Ratings, outlines the state of a selection of American …

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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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