Tag Archive: infrastructure finance

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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S&P Global asks: Can UK project finance endure Brexit’s economic woes?

A new report released by S&P Global Ratings outlines the potential effects of Brexit on financing the UK’s infrastructure projects. The report, ‘Brexit Woes Are Unlikely To Hamper Stability Of UK Project Finance Ratings’, suggests that S&P’s portfolio of over 50 rated transactions and private finance initiative (PFI) projects should remain resilient in the face …

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S&P Global Ratings outlines the need for consistent policy on the UK’s CfD regime in Energy World

In an exclusive article for Energy World – the monthly journal of the Energy Institute – Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance ratings and head of environmental research at S&P Global, sets out the importance of the UK’s ‘Contracts for Difference’ (CfD) feed-in tariff scheme for reforming the country’s electricity market to include a …

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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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S&P Global Ratings talks to The Treasurer about why appetite for project finance is on the up

Cited in the latest edition of The Treasurer – the flagship publication of the UK’s Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) – Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance at S&P Global Ratings, offers his insights on why we have seen interest for infrastructure assets growing across the capital markets in recent years. In the article …

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S&P Global’s May IFR Outlook looks to a decarbonised world economy

The latest issue of Infrastructure Outlook from S&P Global – which brings together the key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating update news from the past month – focuses on why growth in the green bond market will be key to a sustainable world economy. Exploring the success of this nascent market, Michael Wilkins, …

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S&P’s new infrastructure appointment covered in the specialist press

In April, Standard & Poor’s EMEA Infrastructure Group named Jon Manley as the new Global Head of Business Development. The position focuses on increasing client engagement and the global coverage of key clients, arrangers and investors in the Infrastructure asset class. Previously S&P’s EMEA Commercial Head of Structured Finance, Manley will now work alongside Susan …

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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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