Private Participation in Infrastructure Database

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This series reviews new private participation in infrastructure (PPI) projects.

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    Private Activity in Transport Slows Down in 2009, But Remains Concentrated in Road Projects
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2010-09) Izaguirre, Ada Karina; Nicholas, Alexander
    Private activity in transport declined for the third consecutive year in developing countries. Investments fell by 20 percent and the number of projects dropped by 19 percent in 2009 compared with 2008, according to recently released data from the Private Participation in Infrastructure Database. New private activity in transport was concentrated in road projects, and in a few large developing economies such as Brazil, India, and Mexico. In 2009, 50 transport projects with private participation reached financial or contractual closure in 20 low- and middle-income countries. These projects involved investment commitments of US$19.2 billion. Transport projects implemented in previous years received additional commitments of US$2.5 billion, bringing total investment in 2009 to US$21.7 billion. The private activity was concentrated in the first two quarters of 2009, which accounted for 75 percent of investment in new projects and 64 percent of new projects. Similar concentration occurred in 2008 before the full onset of the global financial crisis. The backlog of projects from the second half of 2008 and the easing of financial constraints in the first half of 2009 (compared with the second half of 2008) may partially explain the concentration of PPI activity in the first half of 2009. Preliminary data suggests that activity by investment and number of projects in the first quarter of 2010 was similar to that reported in the first quarter of 2009.
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    Investment Commitments Remain Stable in Latin America While the Number of New Projects Declines
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2009-12) Izaguirre, Ada Karina; Jett, Alexander Nicholas
    Private activity in infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean showed mixed results in 2008, according to just-released data from the Private Participation in Infrastructure Project database. Investment in new projects slowed in the second half of the year with the full onset of the financial crisis. This slowdown led to a decline in the number of projects for the entire year. The region accounted for 26 percent of the year's total investment commitments in developing countries, the second largest share among developing regions. In 2008, 41 infrastructure projects with private participation reached financial or contractual closure in eight low- or middle-income countries in the region. These projects involve investment commitments (hereafter, investment) of US$14.6 billion. Infrastructure projects implemented in previous years had additional commitments of US$25.7 billion, bringing total investment in 2008 to US$40.3 billion. That represented an increase of 2 percent from the level reported in 2007. Investment in existing projects, up 12 percent from the level in 2007, drove the increase.
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    Investment Commitments Remain at Peak Level in Europe and Central Asia While the Number of New Projects Declines
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2009-12) Izaguirre, Ada Karina; Fitzgerald, Rossa
    Private activity in infrastructure in Europe and Central Asia showed mixed results in 2008, according to just-released data from the Private Participation in Infrastructure Project database. Investment in new projects slowed sharply in the second half of the year with the full onset of the financial crisis. This slowdown led to a decline in the number of projects for the entire year. The region accounted for 30 percent of the year's total investment commitments in developing countries, the largest share among developing regions. In 2008, 36 infrastructure projects with private participation reached financial or contractual closure in 11 low- or middle-income countries in the region. These involve investment commitments (hereafter, investment) of US$20.3 billion. Infrastructure projects implemented in previous years had additional commitments of US$25.7 billion, bringing total investment in 2008 to US$45.9 billion. That represented an increase of 3 percent from the level reported in 2007 and a new peak for the region. Investment in projects implemented in previous years accounted for the increase, growing by 6 percent from the level in 2007.
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    Investment Commitments Reach a New Peak in South Asia While the Number of New Projects Declines
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2009-12) Izaguirre, Ada Karina; Fitzgerald, Rossa
    Private activity in infrastructure in South Asia showed mixed results in 2008, according to just-released data from the private participation in infrastructure project database. Investment commitments to infrastructure projects with private participation reached a new peak thanks to additional investment in existing telecommunications operators and new energy and transport projects that reached financial or contractual closure in the first half of the year. But investment in new projects slowed in the second half of the year with the full onset of the financial crisis. This slowdown led to a decline in the number of projects for the entire year. The region accounted for 22 percent of the year's total investment commitments in developing countries. In 2008, 36 infrastructure projects with private participation reached financial or contractual closure in three South Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan). These projects involve investment commitments of US$17.9 billion. Infrastructure projects implemented in previous years had additional commitments of US$15.4 billion, bringing total investment in 2008 to US$33.4 billion. That represented an increase of 12 percent from the level reported in 2007 and a new peak for the region. Both new and existing projects accounted for the increase. Investment in new projects increased by 8 percent from the level in 2007, while investment in existing projects rose by 18 percent.
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    Private Activity in Transport Down for Second Consecutive Year, But Still Around Peak Levels
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2009-11) Izaguirre, Ada Karina; Jett, Alexander N.
    Private activity in transport declined in 2008, with the full onset of the financial crisis driving a slowdown in the second half of the year. Yet while investment commitments to transport projects with private participation were down from the peak levels of the previous two years, they remained strong at the third highest level in 1990-2008. In 2008, 56 transport projects with private participation reached financial or contractual closure in 26 low- and middle-income countries. These involve investment commitments (hereafter, investment) of US$23.1 billion. Transport projects implemented in previous years had additional commitments of US$2.9 billion, bringing total investment in 2008 to US$26 billion. That represents a drop of 10 percent from the level reported in 2007. Lower payments to governments (such as concession or lease fees and divestiture revenues) account for the decline. By contrast, investments in physical assets, which amounted to US$22.6 billion in 2008, were up 3 percent from those reported in 2007. The number of projects continued a marked declining trend. The 56 projects reaching closure in 2008 reflected a 40 percent decline from the level in 2007 and a 53 percent drop from that in 2006. The closure of larger projects explains the divergence in trends between investments and number of projects. The average project size grew from US$150 million in 2004 to US$410 million in 2008, while the median rose from US$57 million to US$230 million.
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    Private Activity in Infrastructure Down, But Still Around Peak Levels
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2009-11) Izaguirre, Ada Karina
    The report is about the private participation in infrastructure database. In 2008, 216 infrastructure projects with private participation reached financial or contractual closure in 48 low- and middle-income countries. These involve investment commitments (hereafter, investment) of US$66.5 billion. Infrastructure projects implemented in previous years had additional commitments of US$87.9 billion, bringing total investment in 2008 to US$154.4 billion. That represents a drop of 4 percent from the level reported in 2007. Investment in new projects accounted for the decline, falling by 12 percent from the level in 2007. By contrast, investment in projects implemented in previous years was up 3 percent from 2007. When investment is classified by type, it is payments to governments (such as concession or lease fees and divestiture revenues) that explain the drop in total investment. Such payments totaled US$19.1 billion, 42 percent lower than in 2007 and the lowest since 2004. By contrast, investments in physical assets grew by 6 percent from 2007 to reach US$135.3 billion, the highest level in 1990-2008.
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    Assessment of the Impact of the Crisis on New PPI Projects : Update Three
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2009-06) Izaguirre, Ada Karina
    Despite the financial and economic crisis, new private activity in infrastructure continues to take place in developing countries. New projects are still being tendered and brought to financial closure, but at a slower pace. Between July 2008 and March 2009, the rate of project closure fell 15 percent by investment compared to a similar period in the previous year. Investment commitments to private infrastructure projects showed some signs of recovery in the first months of 2009, but this recovery was driven by a few large priority projects in select countries. These projects were able to raise financing thanks to the backing of highly-rated sponsors and their priority status in their respective countries. The financial crisis has made financing (both debt and equity) more difficult to secure, and has hampered the ability of governments to maintain their financial commitments to private infrastructure projects. These projects are facing higher cost of financing a problem compounded by the lower demand for infrastructure services that is beginning to impact some sectors. As a result some planned private infrastructure projects are being delayed, restructured, and, to a lesser extent, cancelled. Transport is the worst affected sector so far, while the most affected group of countries are middle-income countries, especially in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region.
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    New Private Infrastructure Projects in Developing Countries Continue to Take Place But Projects are Being Affected by the Financial Crisis
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2009-03) Izaguirre, Ada Karina
    Throughout the financial crisis, new private activity has continued to take place in developing countries with projects being tendered and brought to financial closure. In the first months of the full-scale of the financial crisis (Aug-Nov 2008), the rate of project closure was 26 percent lower than in the same period in 2007. However, since then private activity recovered and the project closure rate in Aug-Dec 2008 was just 15 percent lower than in the same period in the previous year. The slowdown reflects an initial impact of the financial crisis which has made financing (both debt and equity) more onerous and difficult to secure. Infrastructure projects are facing higher cost of financing, and lower demand for infrastructure services is beginning to impact some sectors. The major impact to date is projects being delayed, and, to a lesser extent, cancelled. Transport and energy are the worst affected sectors so far, while Europe and Central Asia (ECA) and upper middle income countries are the most affected groups of countries. It is too early to assess the full impact of the crisis on new Public Private Infrastructure (PPI) projects. Financial markets remain volatile while the financial crisis has now turned into a global economic crisis. As the 'flight to quality' sets in for banks and other financiers, the likely impact will be more stringent financial conditions, not only via higher cost of financing but also with lower debt/equity ratios, reduced maturities and more conservative risk allocation structures.
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    Investment Commitments in Latin America and the Caribbean Increased in 2007
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2008-12) Izaguirre, Ada Karina; Jett, Alexander Nicholas
    Investment commitments to infrastructure projects with private participation in Latin America and the Caribbean grew by 28 percent to US$38.3 billion in 2007, according to just-released data from the private participation in infrastructure project database. The region accounted for 24 percent of the year's total investment commitments in developing countries. Despite having grown for four consecutive years, investment commitments remained well below the region's peak levels reached in 1997-98. Investment in 2007 was just 44 percent of the peak in 1998. Previously implemented projects largely drove the 2007 investment. Projects reaching financial or contractual closure in 1990-2006 attracted US$22.3 billion, while the 46 new projects implemented in 2007 accounted for US$16 billion. Investment in physical assets amounted to US$32.5 billion. Indeed, if only investment in physical assets were counted-that is, excluding payments to the government (such as divestiture revenues and spectrum or concession fees) investment in 2007 would be just 22 percent below the peak level of 1998.
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    Investment Commitments in Europe and Central Asia Doubled in 2007
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2008-12) Izaguirre, Ada Karina; Mirzagalyamova, Alfiya
    Investment commitments to infrastructure projects with private participation in Europe and Central Asia amounted to US$45.5 billion in 2007, reaching a new peak, according to just-released data from the private participation in infrastructure project database. Europe and Central Asia accounted for 29 percent of the year's total investment commitments in developing countries, a larger share than any other developing region. Investment commitments in the region were almost twice those in 2006, thanks both to new projects and to projects implemented in previous years. The 43 new projects accounted for US$21.3 billion, while projects reaching financial closure in 1990-2006 attracted US$24.2 billion. Investment in physical assets increased by almost 75 percent to US$32 billion, accounting for 70 percent of the year's investment in the region. Payments to the government (such as divestiture revenues and spectrum or concession fees) amounted to US$13.6 billion, the second highest level in the region in 1990-2007.