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Project finance: Time for calculating the risks

Project finance: Time for calculating the risks

Employing probabilistic risk models could provide an objective basis of evaluating and tracking risks as they wax and wane through the project stages. Infrastructure projects are all about taking calculated risks, but before taking the risks, one needs to calculate them well,

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Shriram Transport mulls Rs 10 bn debt issue

Shriram Transport mulls Rs 10 bn debt issue

In order to finance its growth plans, Shriram Transport Finance plans to launch public issue for Rs 1,000 crore worth of debt instruments. The company reportedly requires Rs 20,000-25,000 crore to meet disbursements every year, the majority of which would be met through debt and our own business. The company, which forayed into equipment finance business last year, has not performed well in that verti

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Financial entities’ share in bond issue declines

Financial entities’ share in bond issue declines

Data collected by Prime Database shows that the share of financial sector entities in the total amount raised through private placement of bonds during April-September 2012 declined to 73.1 per cent from 90.3 per cent in 2011-12 and 78.3 per cent in 2010-11. The financial entities include primarily banks and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs). According to som

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Innovative means to infra finance

Innovative means to infra finance

Over the past few years, the government has changed its policy strategy from establishing institutions to creating mechanisms. Innovative methods can unlock financial potential better for the infrastructure sector, writes Dhruba Purkayastha. The much-hyped one trillion dollar investment required for infrastructure sector in India has been publicised well by the government as a huge investment opportunity.

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Infra Debt Funds: Creating new wealth

Infra Debt Funds: Creating new wealth

IDFs come as a new solution to debt finance to long-term, high-value infrastructure sectors. Eligibility norms for IDFs are rather stringent but justified given the risks and quantums-typical of infrastructure investment-involved.

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Not enough credit enhancements

Not enough credit enhancements

While in theory, the idea behind setting up IDFs is sound, the two structures proposed by the Ministry of Finance at present do not appear to have enough credit enhancement mechanisms to bring in domestic and foreign long term institutional investors, says Amit Dinakar.

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Banks should be nodal agencies to IDF

Banks should be nodal agencies to IDF

S Vishvanathan, MD and CEO, SBI Capital Markets, explains why the regulators of IDF have taken a rather cautious approach in developing it, and suggests that banks can take on the initial risk and then pass it on to IDFs-thus retaining the asset throughout the project.