Tag 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 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 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’s Michael Ferguson shows that U.S. hydropower remains a promising asset in a feature for AlphaQ

Although hydropower’s future in America’s energy strategy is unclear following the election of President Trump, Michael Ferguson, director, US Energy Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, believes that U.S. hydro assets will remain resilient. In a guest commentary for AlphaQ’s February edition, Ferguson explains that, by leveraging hydropower facilities’ advantages – such as longevity, low variable cost …

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S&P’s Michael Ferguson explains why U.S. hydropower is experiencing a renaissance in an article for FTSE Global Markets

Donald Trump’s election victory has prompted discussion concerning a future overhaul to America’s energy policy. In turn, this has heightened uncertainty for many U.S. infrastructure investors – notably in renewable energy projects, such as hydropower. In an article for FTSE Global Markets, Michael Ferguson, director, US Energy Infrastructure, S&P Global Ratings, explains why these fears …

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Deutsche Bank’s Anil Walia on the crucial role of supply chain finance in Procurement Leaders

In Procurement Leaders’ November/December 2016 issue, Anil Walia, EMEA Head Supply Chain Finance at Deutsche Bank, explains the crucial role supply chain finance can play in the buyer/supplier ecosystem, contributing to the benefit of all involved. Under the title “Ramping up the synergies in cash-poor times” Walia relates how many of the discussions in which …

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S&P Global Ratings tells Partnerships Bulletin that fiscal reform may spur fiscal innovation in the GCC

Low oil prices in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region continue to increase governments’ fiscal deficits. In an article for Partnerships Bulletin, S&P Global Ratings’ Karim Nassif explains that low oil prices are also encouraging GCC sovereign governments to implement fiscal reform, involving higher taxes and lower subsidies for infrastructure industries such as utilities, telecommunications, …

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Trump’s energy agenda: S&P weighs in

In January 2017, the world will see a significantly different energy policy set in place from the one instituted by President Obama. In a new report released shortly after the election, S&P Global Ratings’ Head of U.S. Energy Infrastructure, Michael Ferguson, analyses what a Trump Administration might mean for U.S. energy generators and their credit …

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Energy markets in the spotlight: S&P Global Ratings releases the 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 news – suggests energy markets around the world are under tough scrutiny. In the front page feature, Pierre Georges, director of EMEA utilities, explains that in an environment of weak power prices, Europe’s nuclear fleets face …

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S&P Global’s Karim Nassif tells FTSE Global Markets GCC infrastructure is expected to remain stable despite rising deficits

Since 2014, low oil prices have contributed to rising deficits in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). S&P Global Rating’s regional expert and associate director, Karim Nassif, shows FTSE Global Markets that growing deficits are transforming GCC governments’ subsidy and tax policies, and are expected to spur much needed financial innovation throughout the region. Amid weaker …

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