Tag: Infrastructure investment

Writing for the World Bank blog, S&P Global Ratings’ Mar Beltran outlines New South Wales’ infrastructure turnaround

Following a countrywide slump for infrastructure projects during the financial crisis, the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) is displaying signs of promise. Thanks to its application of new financing models and regulatory rigour, NSW’s economic growth is outstripping the G20 average. In turn, NSW has become a blueprint for regional regeneration. In a …

Continue reading

S&P Global Ratings publishes its latest Infrastructure Finance Outlook magazine

S&P Global Ratings has published its latest edition of Infrastructure Finance Outlook – reviewing the most pressing developments from the global infrastructure sectors in the third quarter. Infrastructure Finance Outlook provides global insights from S&P Global analysts on topics including: reviving North America’s water network; capital rules for EU infrastructure investments; the impact of Hurricane Harvey on …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

S&P’s Luisina Berberian discusses the rise of offshore wind power projects in Energy Voice

Global investment in offshore wind projects is soaring – propelled by rising investment in renewables, lower market costs, greater climate change awareness worldwide, and developments in technology. With Europe still standing tall as the regional world leader in offshore wind power, other regions are fast recognising the benefits. While these regions try to emulate the …

Continue reading

S&P Global Ratings tells the specialist press that EFSI needs more investment – but certain challenges must be addressed

The Investment Plan for Europe (IPE), or the Juncker Plan, was conceived in 2014 by European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker to boost job creation and growth, meet the long-term needs of the economy, increase competitiveness, and help strengthen infrastructure. To bolster the IPE, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) was also launched to …

Continue reading

S&P highlights Brexit’s impact on investor appetite for British infrastructure

The prospect of leaving the EU is spreading uncertainty among investors in the UK’s infrastructure, according to a new report from S&P Global Ratings. In the report, ‘Brexit Is Weakening Investor Appetite For UK Infrastructure Assets. But Not For Long’, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance Michael Wilkins notes that, while Britain has historically attracted more …

Continue reading

The implications of Brexit: S&P Global Ratings participates in IFPA panel, as covered by the specialist press

Hosted by PwC, the IPFA’s most recent Infrastructure Update gathered a panel of experts from S&P Global, Meridiam, Clifford Chance and Deutsche Bank to discuss the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the EU on UK infrastructure development. The consensus across the panel was Brexit may well destabilise funding arrangements for major infrastructure projects, …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

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 …

Continue reading

Natixis and KB Insurance enter infrastructure and aviation co-investment agreement

Natixis and KB insurance announced the signing of a partnership agreement to co-invest in infrastructure and aviation debt last week. This is the fifth agreement signed by Natixis with institutional investors across Europe and Asia as part of the bank’s pioneering model to open the infrastructure and aviation-debt asset class to non-bank financial institutions on a …

Continue reading