Tag Archive: project finance

Europe’s offshore wind sector offers growing opportunities for investment, writes S&P’s Michael Ferguson

Europe’s offshore wind market is becoming an increasingly attractive investment option as it grows and matures. Writing a special report for Investment & Pensions Europe, Michael Ferguson, Director at Standard & Poor’s, describes how offshore wind will play a leading role in European power generation as technology costs continue to fall, efficiency improves and governments …

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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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Writing for Property Week, S&P allays fears over investment in the UK’s private rental sector following Budget statement

With the release of the Chancellor’s Budget last month, new taxes on property raised concerns among UK investors. However, in an opinion piece for leading real estate magazine Property Week, Michael Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance at Standard and Poor’s, argues that the attractiveness of the UK’s private rental sector (PRS) is likely to …

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April’s S&P Infrastructure Outlook reveals that the private rental sector has a new spring in its step

The issue of accelerating demand for housing in the U.K. and the fact that the private rental sector (PRS) is now the fastest-growing form of housing tenure is at the core of Standard & Poor’s most recent issue of Infrastructure Outlook, its monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating update news. …

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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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