Tag Archive: Europe’s infrastructure

S&P Global Ratings goes green with its latest edition of IFR Outlook

The latest edition of IFR Outlook – S&P’s monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating update news – is out now, and the outlook is green-tinted. This month, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Global Environmental & Climate Risk Research, describes a new product to analyse and …

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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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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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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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S&P discusses the challenges of funding Europe’s infrastructure in Global Banking and Finance Review

Europe needs infrastructure to help spur its growth – but faced with high levels of debt and policies of austerity, governments are finding it difficult to justify funding expensive projects. Writing for Global Banking and Finance Review’s latest monthly issue, Standard & Poor’s Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance ratings, points to greater collaboration …

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S&P’s new rating on Spanish motorway covered in the regional press

As a result of Moorgate outreach, Consenso del Mercado (Market Consensus) – a Spanish online magazine covering the financial markets and economic news – published Standard & Poor’s new long-term rating of ‘BBB’ on Spain’s Autopista del Sol (AUSOL), a 96-kilometre section of the AP7 road between Fuengirola and Guadiaro in southern Spain. At €507 …

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A hung parliament means questions linger over Spain’s infrastructure, according to S&P in InfraNews

S&P’s recent research on how Spain’s turbulent political landscape is impacting the region’s infrastructure development is explored in an opinion article for specialist infrastructure publication InfraNews. Despite some promising developments for the sector in 2015 due to overall economic growth in Spain, a history of poor project management, combined with the recent general election result …

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What to look for when investing in infrastructure: S&P writes for FT pensions title

Writing for the Financial Times’ Pensions Expert, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Standard & Poor’s, argues that while Europe needs more infrastructure, austerity means the public sector cannot meet the demand for the necessary investment – indeed, the UK alone posts a current deficit of about £60 billion. Wilkins explains that the …

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S&P explores the lost infrastructure opportunity in the latest edition of Partnerships Bulletin

Despite the great need to build and maintain infrastructure to stimulate economic growth, governments in the EU, on the whole, are shying away from providing the necessary funding – mainly due to the high risks and high costs involved. This was the conclusion of Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Standard & Poor’s, …

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