Category: Project Finance

S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson considers the development and prospects of the U.S. green bond marketplace in American Infrastructure

2017 has seen a surge of global green bond issuances. The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) quantified the total figure for H12017 at $55.8 billion – representing a $21.2 billion increase from the same period in 2016. Despite the sharp increase in both America’s municipal and corporate issuances this year, the majority of green bond marketplace …

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Writing for Brink Asia, S&P Global Ratings’ Mar Beltran describes Australia’s infrastructure turnaround

Prior to the financial crisis, Australia enjoyed a decade of promising infrastructure projects. Privatizations of the country’s four major airports, along with extensive highway construction, were infrastructure successes. But – tempered by construction difficulties, overambitious project forecasting, and highly aggressive financial structures – Australia suffered multiple high-profile defaults. Coupled with the financial crisis, the country’s …

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Michael Wilkins, S&P Global Ratings, discusses the transformation of the energy market and the increasing penetration of renewables for InfraNews

The global energy market is in flux. In the face of power supply gluts and low commodity prices – fossil fuel producers, integrated utilities and merchant generators have shifted their business strategies. What’s more, the growing presence of renewables is disrupting the grid’s status quo – with increasingly favourable regulatory policy and technological improvements aiding …

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Investing in Europe’s car parks could be a bumpy ride, warns S&P Global Ratings in City AM

Europe’s car park infrastructure is undergoing significant growth: in the past year, four of the largest operators have been put up for sale, while M&A activities are commanding high prices. Although the recent flurry of deals appears promising, S&P Global Ratings argues that the future could look far less favourable for car park assets. Notably, …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Rachel Goult on decreasing demand for university accommodation in IPE Real Assets

With quality of university facilities increasingly becoming a key consideration for prospective students and league tables alike, university accommodation holds promise as an asset class. Private investors are continuing to look to the traditionally resilient market for portfolio diversification but – as Rachel Goult, Director, Global Infrastructure Ratings, S&P Global Ratings, suggests – this could …

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Turning the golden state green: S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson writes on green bonds issuances in California for CEM

Despite regulatory uncertainty at the federal level, California is driving an ambitious transformation of its energy sector.  With utility companies mandated to produce half of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030, the state’s energy overhaul has been powered by wind and solar subsidies, and – more recently – by battery technology advances. However, sustained …

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S&P Global Ratings’ first South American Green Evaluation scores E1/85, covered by the Spanish-speaking press.

S&P Global Ratings assigned its first Green Evaluation in South America to the municipal bonds issued by the Province of La Rioja, Argentina, totalling US$170 million. The green-labelled bonds will be used to partly finance the development of the onshore wind farm, Parque Arauco – which will see its current 50.4 megawatts (MW) capacity increased …

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Green bonds see blue: S&P’s Ted Chapman writes for Water Canada

In 2016, the number of green bond issuances doubled to US$83 billion — boosted by China’s US$36 billion of new issuances, and raising the total outstanding green bond debt to approximately US$200 billion. With issuance in 2017 on track to exceed expectations, the green marketplace is increasingly seeing bonds that are issued to fund water-related …

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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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U.S.’ withdrawal from Paris Agreement is not the death knell for clean energy initiatives, says S&P Global Ratings at CEPEC event

At a recent CEPEC event, S&P Global Ratings, Sund Energy and Chatham House agreed that multilateral climate and environmental initiatives, as well as U.S. state-level clean energy drives, will likely continue regardless of the U.S.’ Paris Agreement withdrawal. S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins, Head of Environmental & Climate Risk Research, stated: “The withdrawal from Paris, …

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