Tag: Standard & Poor’s

European private placements steam ahead of U.S. – Standard & Poor’s latest research covered in the specialist press

As small and mid-market companies and enterprises, otherwise known as SMEs, look to tap a more varied range of funding sources, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) continues to track the onward march of Europe’s alternative lending markets. In its second annual league table – which details issuance of private placements that occurred in Europe last year …

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As green bonds go from strength to strength, China holds the key, says S&P

As investors around the world aim to decarbonise billions of pounds’ worth of their portfolios in a move away from a dependence on fossil fuels, government-led financial incentive schemes such as the promotion of ‘green bonds’ – a tax-exempt bond issued specifically to fund environmentally friendly projects – will be crucial. In fact, new research from …

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S&P writes for Business Green about why policy clarity for the UK’s ‘Contracts for Difference’ scheme is vital for a greener future

The contracts for difference (CfD) scheme, which awards subsidy contracts for green energy developers, is a vital tool when it comes to reforming the UK’s electricity market and reducing the country’s carbon footprint, argues Michael Wilkins, head of environmental research at Standard & Poor’s in an opinion piece for leading sustainability magazine, BusinessGreen. Because of …

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S&P reaction to new Task Force report on climate-related financial disclosures captured in the specialist press

As a member of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) – a group of finance leaders chaired by Mike Bloomberg – Michael Wilkins, Managing Director and Head of Global Environmental & Climate Research at Standard & Poor’s, believes there should be greater transparency surrounding businesses’ climate-related financial disclosures. In article for Low Carbon Energy …

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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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Braving the storm: S&P’s 2016 outlook on the shipping industry covered by the specialist press

Despite low oil prices dampening fuel costs, Standard & Poor’s new research report on the outlook for the shipping industry suggests that 2016 will not be plain sailing. Oversupply in global fleets will not be adequately matched by demand for trade in goods or commodities, mainly as a result of slower than expected Chinese economic …

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Power, politics and projects are the focus of S&P’s March issue of Infrastructure Outlook

In the March edition of Infrastructure Outlook – Standard & Poor’s monthly newsletter rounding up all the key rating actions and research relevant to infrastructure and project finance – Karim Nassif, an S&P associate director based in Dubai, explains that the Gulf Corporation Council is having to re-think its approach to developing the region’s infrastructure. …

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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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