Tag Archive: Infrastructure investment

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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S&P looks at green investment in the specialist sustainability press

In an article for specialist sustainability publication, Blue & Green Tomorrow, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Environmental Finance Research at Standard & Poor’s, explains that the Paris Agreement, which emerged from the United Nations’ COP21 conference in December, marks a milestone in the fight against climate change. The agreement sets …

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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 explores the risks of climate change in a new report

With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) having taken place in Paris, governments and business leaders will reflect on the next steps to limit global warming. All stakeholders now realise the urgent need to combat the negative impacts of rising global temperatures to the global economy. As such, Standard & Poor’s has released an in-depth …

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S&P analysis of European nuclear power debt picked up by City AM and Energy Live News

Europe’s reliance on nuclear power has given it the largest fleet of plants in the word. Yet as countries – notably Germany – begin to phase out their nuclear portfolio, the financial impact is set to be significant. The considerable costs of decommissioning nuclear plants and dealing with the fuel waste will highlight the financing …

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Standard & Poor’s argues infrastructure is key to Italy’s economic progress in Financial Times Adviser

Infrastructure development is essential for Italy’s post-crisis recovery. In fact, Standard & Poor’s has shown that infrastructure spending creates a ‘multiplier effect’, driving short-term employment and productivity, and promoting long-term economic growth. But if Italy is to grasp the multiplier effect’s benefits, it must secure more investment. Writing for the Financial Times Adviser, S&P’s Stefania …

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S&P’s ratings on Spanish toll road operator and Russian railcar operator covered by InfraNews

Spanish toll road operator, Itinere Infraestructuras, recently launched a EUR 1.1bn refinancing for its motorway portfolio – with the plan to issue bonds of up to EUR 500 million, as well as a EUR 600 million loan, to refinance debt due in 2018. InfraNews covered the news, citing Standard and Poor’s preliminary ‘BB-’ rating with a …

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Gulf-based infrastructure companies are feeling the heat on the back of low oil prices – S&P writes for InfraNews

Low oil prices – having halved since last year – are causing repercussions for infrastructure development in the Gulf, says Standard & Poor’s Karim Nassif in his article for InfraNews. This is because infrastructure companies dependent on state revenues are witnessing a public funding deficit, he explains. And as cheap oil means liquid capital becomes …

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