Global Project Finance Rating Criteria – Revised Methodology Published
Johannesburg, 2 October 2017 — Global Credit Ratings (“GCR”) has published an updated Global Project Finance Rating Criteria.
GCR has updated its Global Project Finance Rating Criteria (the “Criteria”). The Criteria applies to the long-term financing of assets that are for a single purpose, and are structured so that they are non-recourse to the project owner or any other party. Typically, project finance assets may include: power generation and distribution, water and fuel pipelines, transportation projects and various other infrastructure. Project Finance assets are assets that can produce relatively stable and predictable cash flows.
The Criteria provides an overview of how Project Finance transactions are analysed. The Criteria applies globally, although each individual country and specific transaction may give cause to additional observations or deviations, which will be disclosed in the transaction specific reports. GCR may publish separate criteria to address renewable energy projects such as wind and solar power, to be read in conjunction with the Criteria.
Whilst Project Finance transactions may be analysed by a structured finance team, Project Finance ratings will not carry the (sf) modifier.
The Criteria is an update to the version published in September 2016. There are no significant amendments to the Criteria. The update of the Criteria will not have an impact on any existing transactions that have been rated under it. Going forward, all new transactions will be rated using this updated Criteria.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS/ACRONYMS USED IN THIS DOCUMENT AS PER GCR’S STRUCTURED FINANCE GLOSSARY
An item with economic value that an entity owns or controls.
A financial term for monetary changes in operations, investing and financing activities.
A contractual agreement in which a borrower receives something of value now, and agrees to repay the lender at some date in the future, generally with interest. The term also refers to the borrowing capacity of an individual or company
An opinion regarding the creditworthiness of an entity, a security or financial instrument, or an issuer of securities or financial instruments, using an established and defined ranking system of rating categories.
Provides protection against a possible eventuality.
International Scale Rating LC
International local currency (International LC) ratings measure the likelihood of repayment in the currency of the jurisdiction in which the issuer is domiciled. Therefore, the rating does not take into account the possibility that it will not be able to convert local currency into foreign currency or make transfers between sovereign jurisdictions.
A long term rating reflects an issuer’s ability to meet its financial obligations over the following three to five year period, including interest payments and debt redemptions. This encompasses an evaluation of the organisation’s current financial position, as well as how the position may change in the future with regard to meeting longer term financial obligations.
A source of help in a difficult situation.
A short term rating is an opinion of an issuer’s ability to meet all financial obligations over the upcoming 12 month period, including interest payments and debt redemptions.
A method of raising funds in the capital markets. A Structured Finance transaction is established to accomplish certain funding objectives whist reducing risk.
A transaction that enables an Issuer to issue debt securities in the capital markets. A debt issuance programme that allows an Issuer the continued and flexible issuance of several types of securities in accordance with the programme terms and conditions.
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