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Growing appetite, limited opportunities

20 September 2017

The last decade has been difficult for transport infrastructure providers. After years of reliable growth, motorway traffic fell or remained static, after the 2008  financial crisis. Traffic through airports, railways and even ferries also suffered.

However, it seems that across Europe the market has stabilised, and we are again seeing progressive traffic recovery and growth. In response, there is a growing appetite for investment in the sector through new PPP schemes, and specially through secondary sales/acquisitions and refinancing.

Bologna People Mover PPP reaches financial close

10 October 2016

The EUR 103 million Bologna light rail PPP scheme reached financial close on 30th September 2016.

The sponsors secured EUR 68 million of facilities, including 19-year EUR 48 million of senior debt, as well as a three-year EUR 13 million bridge loan and a three-year EUR 7.5 million VAT facility.

Lenders comprise UniCredit, which provided 40% of the debt, Unipol Banca (20%), BPER (20%); and local lenders Banca di Bologna, Emilbanca, Interprovinciale di Modena and Cassa di Risparmio di Rimini (Carim), providing the remaining 20%.

Lenders’ Technical Advisor to Canberra Light Rail Transit

27 May 2016

The Australian Capital Territory government and Canberra Metro Consortium reached Financial Close this week on the AUD 707 millon, 20-year period availability-based PPP project for the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of the new 12km Light Rail from Alinga Street to Gungahlin in Canberra (Australia), comprising 13 stops, a depot facility and the supplying of 14 light rail vehicles.

Conexión Pacífico 3 highway reaches financial close

24 May 2016

In February 2015, Conexión Pacífico 3 (CP3) highway project, reached financial close. This USD 648m project is the first to reach financial close in Colombia’s ambitious fourth generation (4G) infrastructure programme, seen by many as one of the most important infrastructure procurement initiatives in Latin America.  

Supporting infrastructure transactions around the world

13 January 2016

Steer Davies Gleave continues to support clients across the world involved in developing public private partnerships infrastructure projects across the sector including highways, railways, ports and logistics, airport and urban transport infrastructure.

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