Category: Project Finance

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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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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Three Gorges Finance receives E1 score from S&P Global Ratings for €650 million European wind project bonds, covered by the specialist press

Three Gorges Finance II received a score of E1/83 on S&P Global Ratings’ new Green Evaluation scale for its €650 million green bond issuance due in June 2024. This is the first ever Chinese green bond to be ranked under the Green Evaluation framework. The bonds will be used to finance European wind power projects …

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