Tag Archive: infrastructure finance

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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S&P’s report on the growth of the UK’s Private Rented Sector covered by the specialist press

High demand for rental homes is seeing investment flow into the British Private Rental Sector (PRS). According to a new S&P report, ‘Generation Rent’, the market has doubled in the past 25 years to close to 20% of the total housing stock, and this share is set to grow further. The report shows that assets …

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CfDs can pave the path for investment in clean energy for the U.K., says S&P in Responsible Investor

As the U.K. looks to source more of its electricity from clean, low-carbon sources, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance at Standard & Poor’s argues that the ‘Contract for Difference’ (CfD) scheme will play a vital role in encouraging the investment such power projects need. Writing for specialist magazine, Responsible Investor, Wilkins explains that …

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As offshore wind takes flight, S&P explains the risks to the environmental press

Having rated its first offshore wind project, Meerwind, Standard & Poor’s speaks to the environmental press about the credit risks associated with this rapidly maturing sector. S&P’s lead analyst on the topic, Michael Ferguson, recognises that while wind farms located at sea present greater challenges when compared to their onshore cousins – offering a less …

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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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The Gulf can no longer rely on oil to fund its infrastructure: S&P’s recent findings picked up by the specialist press

With low oil prices showing no signs of rising, Standard & Poor’s Dubai-based Director, Karim Nassif, suggests that the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) will have to seek innovative forms of financing to foot its ever-growing infrastructure bill. In his new report, Nassif says that while Gulf states have long-relied on high export revenues from oil to …

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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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S&P’s new rating of Belgium care home ProjectCo ‘Silverstone’ covered by IJGLobal

Standard and Poor’s new long-term issue rating of ‘BBB’ (stable) on a €186 million bond to finance the re-acquisition of 25 senior care homes in Belgium was picked up by project finance specialist publication IJGLobal. The bond, issued by Luxembourg-based special-purpose vehicle MRE-Silverstone-I S.A., pays a fixed coupon of 3.6% with an eleven-year maturity. The …

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Natixis appoints Jonathan Kim as Head of Global Infrastructure & Projects

Natixis has appointed Jonathan Kim as Managing Director, Head of Global Infrastructure and Projects for the Americas. Bringing over 20 years of experience in project finance, Kim previously acted as Executive Director in Project Finance & Infrastructure at CIBC World – a position he has held since 2012. Previous to that, Kim held the position …

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