Welcome back to this course on Infrastructure
Finance, so far we have looked at some of the basic concepts related to a financing
of projects. We have not specifically discussed much in terms of, what are the specific trends
that we actually see in financing of infrastructure projects, what we have broadly seen is some
of the basic simple concepts related to financing of projects. We have looked at the time value
of money, the cost of capital, and we also look at some examples of capital budgeting.
And in the capital budgeting, we have actually looked at an example of an infrastructure
project as well, but when you talk about infrastructure finance that is something very specific that
is normally meant, about what do we mean by infrastructure finance. And in this lecture
and in the following few lectures, we will specifically talk about some of the basic
techniques, that is used in financing of infrastructure projects. Again now you like to reemphasize
that when me talking about infrastructure finance in this course, we are specifically
talking about private financing of infrastructure projects.
So, infrastructure projects that are normally funded by the public sector is not going to
be form a major part of the discussion of this course, and we will restrict our focus
to largely private financing of infrastructure projects.
And when we talking about private
infrastructure financing projects, broadly we can look at financing into to two categories;
the first is corporate finance, and second would be project finance. And in this lecture,
we will specifically talk about trying to understand, the major features of these two
modes of financing. And the differences between the two modes
of financing, and we will spend substantial part of the time and discussing project finance.
Because project finance is the format, the structure or the technique that is used in
financing of infrastructure projects in a very, very common manner. Let us get down,
let us quickly do roundup of corporate finance, if you really look at corporate finance that
is a essentially how do companies make their financial management decisions. So, corporate
finance is nothing but how do companies make their financial management decisions.
If you really look at there are broadly two sources of funds, equity and debt, equity
is the capital contribution by the owners and debt is a capital contribution by the
lenders. So, in most circumstances the owners would not be able to make the entire contribution
of that the investment needs.
And therefore, they will put part of their contribution as
sponsors capital and then remaining that borrowed will be the debt capital.
So, consequently we also have two kinds of investors in a company, the shareholders and
the debt holders; in the investors who are invested in the equity are called as shareholders,
and the investors who are provided debt they are called as debt holders. And it is very
important in the world of finance to really look at how the different investors get returns.
See for example, an investor would expect a return for investing in the project, and
we will also expect the return of capital that is actually invested in the project.
So, the profit in a sense some the investment is a return that the investor makes, and it
is very important that we understand this sources of return for both the types of investors.
So, if you look at debt holders, debt holders will actually get interest on their investment,
so in that sense the interest that the debt holders get is the return on their investment.
And at the end of the loan term the company would also give, in the repayment of principal,
so that is there is repatriation of their original invested capital.
So, debt holders
will get interest on their interest will get return on investment on the interest, and
the capital will be by way of principal repayments. Now, if you look at shareholders, how do the
shareholders get their returns because, shareholders did not get any interest, but shareholders
get what is called as share in the companies profits. So, there is companies profits largely
are distributed to the shareholders by way of dividends, so the return to the shareholders
are by way of dividends. And whenever, the shareholders get to sell their share to another
investor or back to the company, they get return of their capital.
So, the way in which the return comes to both the investors are very different, in the case
of interest, the interest is contractually guaranteed by the company when it borrows.
But, as far as dividends are concerned, dividends are paid only when the company makes profits.
So, therefore, dividends cannot be contractually guaranteed, and dividends are paid only after
all the other obligations of the company has been service, so to that extent the shareholders
get only residual payments.
So, there is also difference in terms of when
do the investors get returns, debt holders get seniority in getting returns, so for example,
debt holders are paid first before the equity holders can be paid. So, therefore, they have
what is called as in the sequence of payments that actually happened to different investors,
they have seniority as compared to the equity holders. The shareholders as we have just
mentioned before, the shareholders get only the residual payments after all the other
obligations of the firm has been met. And for some unforeseen reason, if the firm
gets into bankruptcy, then have the shareholders are eligible only for the residual payments,
after the lenders and other investors in the company has been paid; so this is largely
what is called as your corporate finance.
Now, let us look at it in a listed way, so
what happens when a firm actually identifies a project, the firm as actually identify a
project, let us call it project 1. And this project 1 is funded by a mixture of equity
and debt. And how much of it is debt and how much of
it is going to be equity, it depends on several things, it depends on the project, it depends
on the industry, it depends upon the kind of the revenues, the certainty in the revenues
that we actually see in the project, but never the less we can assume that each and every
project let say get funded by a mixture of debt and equity. Now, if the company is been able to identify
another project, let us call it as project 2 and obviously, when the company needs to
make an additional investment, it needs more capital. So, therefore, the company expands
it is existing base of capital, so what happens is the company rises additional equity, the
company rises additional debt to meet the investment requirement of the second project.
So, what do you actually see here is you have project 1, you have project 2 and the company
is implementing both in the same structure.
The capital bases expanded, but then it is
not really separated in terms of capital structure as two different entities. Now, let us say
for example, there is another project we call it project 3, and if the company wants to
implement this project, then the company needs to further enhance expand it is capital base.
So, that means, the company would actually rise an additional equity an additional debt,
so this is a fairly simple way of looking at funding a projects.
So, many times what
happens is the project 1, project 2 or project 3 need not always involves issuing of fresh
capital. See for example, if a project 1 is profitable,
then the company need not pay the profit in terms of by way of dividends but in turn they
can retain all the profits and then you use it as an equity investment in project 2.
for project 3 if the first 2 projects have been generating profits, then the company
can retain the profits within the company not distributed as dividends. And then use
the retain profit to meet the investment requirement of project 3.
So, not always any new investment would involve rising of a fresh capital from outside investors.
So, when I say outside investors, investors who are not part of the existing of firm,
and you will have to probably bring in new investors, so that is what we own by outside
So, now, let us take this get it a situation that, unfortunately you have let
us say for some unforeseen reason, there is a one of the project fail, let us say for
example, project 3 as failed. So, and there is project 1 and there is project
2 they are doing very well, but if there is a failure of project 3, then the company who
has raised certain amount of capital for the purpose of investing in project 3. Then those
investors who have particularly, those investors the debt investors who are invested for the
purpose of project 3, they will have to be repaid from the cash flows of project 1 and
project 2. So, just because, of particular project has failed, the investors in that
project need not necessarily suffered, so this is essentially the principle of corporate
finance. So, if you really look at it even if there
is a failure of a particular project, the cash flows from the other projects, other
profitable projects of the company would be used to service the investors of the company.
Because, essentially if you look at it the company might have actually raise money for
a particular project, but then the investors are not looking at only the project to service
The investors are looking at the cash flows
of the company for servicing their investment. So, therefore, even if the particular project
fails, the cash flows from the other project are expected to service the return requirements
of the investors. Now, let us look at project finance, how is
project finance different as compared to corporate finance, so in a project finance like we have
in corporate finance there is a project, and then the project actually has certain amount
of equity and debt. And then the equity investors are the equity shareholders, and then we have
debt investors, so this is a project that is being implemented.
Now, there is another
project and in the company is actually found the project 2 which is profitable.
And so far financing this project 2, the company would actually raise an additional amount
of equity and debt. And they could be from equity shareholders, the same shareholders
or it could be different shareholders, but necessarily this project 2 involve, separate
class of equity and debt being issue. So, for example, if you have another project 3,
then this project 3 is being funded by equity and debt, which again involves another set
of equity shares, and debt being issued.
So, in essence if you look at it all three
projects are there all separate entities, they are not part of the same corporate structure.
So, an investor who is actually invested in project 1, is looking at only the cash flows
from project 1 to service their return requirements. An investor invested in project 2 this is
looking that only the cash flows from project 2 to service their return requirements and
So, therefore, when we have a situation that
if one of the project fails, let us say for example, if project 3 fails then the investors
who have invested in project 3 will not be able to get a return or recover their capital
that they have invested in this project. Simply because, of the fact that project 3 is actually
incorporated as a separate entity, and the lenders or the investors in the project will
look at, only the cash flows from the project 3 to service their requirements.
And project 1 is the separate company, project 2 is a separate company these are all individual
ring fringes entities, they are not part of the same corporate structure.
So, the project
financing nothing but financing of individual projects, and since this individual projects
by themselves or individual companies. Then the investors in this project will have recourse
to only the cash flows of the project, and not cash flows to the corporate structure
or to the cash flows of other projects under the same corporation. So, let us identify some of the major features
of project finance company, point number one each and every project is established as a
So, each and every project would when we actually look at a separate
company, each and every project what have it is own financial statements, it have it
is own set of shares being issued, it have its own set of lenders and so on. So, we actually
have a company whose objective is clearly defined, which is to actually operate and
develop only the particular project for which it has been setup.
So, now if you have let us say for example, an additional project and a additional investment
opportunity that emerges, then how do we actually do it.
So, then what happens is the parent
company or the holding company will actually have to setup, and another company and this
specific purpose of a new company would be to implement the new project, develop and
the operate new project. So, a major characteristic of project finance is each and every project
is established as a separate company. Point number two major portion of the project equity
is provided by the sponsor. See for example, if you look at it equity
investors can be broadly classified into two categories, we have what is called as your
active equity investors.
And then you have what is called as you are a passive equity
active equity investors are those who actually take major decisions, with respective of particular
company. For example, in the case of power project, it could be like in what should be
the capacity of a planned, what kind of technology should be used in setting up of the plant,
what kind of fuel should be used, and what type of equipment should be actually use.
So, essentially the set of a decisions, in major decisions pertaining to the operation
of the company, are done by the active equity investors. So, active equity investors are
those that are actually promoting the project, and so they are also called what is called
as your sponsors.
So, a major feature that you actually see
in an project finance company is major portion of the equity is provided by this sponsor.
So, part of the entire amount of equity capital that we actually see in the company, majority
of them is actually provided by the sponsor; so passive equity investors are actually providing
only minor part of the capital. The third feature that you actually see in a project
finance company is, the project finance company operates with the high ratio of debt equity.
So, that means, we are saying that the leverage of on the firm is going to be very high, so
when you really look at it on an average, if you look at all the companies in this universe
and find out on the contribution of debt equity ratio, then you actually get a figure something
like one third.
So, or of the entire amount of capital invested in all the business one
third of it is by way of debt, the remaining two thirds of it is by way of equity.
But, if you really look at companies which are using project finance structure, at a
very, very broad level you find two thirds of the entire capital is by way of debt and
the remaining one third by equity. So, you generally find in a project finance company
substantial amount of capital is by way of debt, rather than equity investment.
(Refer Slide Time: 18:46) So, this is a third important feature you
will rarely find a project finance structure, and there are sounds reason as to why it should
be the case, which will also see later towards the course.
That project finance you rarely
find a project finance company, which is funded entirely by equity, as substantial part of
in the company investment by way of equity, most of the investment is by way of debt.
And the fourth major characteristics that you will find this, there is a comprehensive
contractual arrangements with various stakeholders of a project. Now, it could be suppliers,
it could be customers, it could be the government and so on and so forth. So, the contractual
agreement is a very, very important feature and plays a very prominent role in the case
of project finance company. So, let us look at some of the contractual
arrangements that you will see in a typical project finance company. So, this is illustrative
slide, so you have what is called as your project company, so project company it also
denoted by several other means, see for example, very common cloture project company is also
called as special purpose vehicle.
And we also tend to use this fairly interchangeably
project company or Special Purpose Vehicle or SPV.
So, project company is also known as non recourse financing or limited recourse of financing.
So, this terms that we actually see we will be using it fairly interchangeably, so there
are very, very small ones some between let us say limited recourse, and nonrecourse which
will understand as we go along. But, bind large these are used normally it denote what
is private finance company, so in a project finance company let say for example, the most
common contractual arrangements are, let say the there is a contractual arrangement with
the customer. So, in a power plant there is a power purchase
agreement, so power purchase agreement is a contractual arrangement with the customer,
which kinds of specifies. Like for example, what will be the price at which the power
will be purchased by the customer, how much of power will be purchased, and for how long
will this agreement be valued, and the power purchase agreement will also specify other
conditions. Like what will be the number of days in which the plant will undergo maintenance
in a particular year and so on and so forth.
So, there is very strong contractual arrangement
with the customer, and then you have what is called as your lenders. So, lenders arranged
the agreement between the lenders and the project company is called as the lenders agreement,
so the lenders agreement will specify among several things, the conditions that are associated
with a loan. What are the kind of compliances and cognates that the project company will
have to meet during the term of the loan and so on and so forth.
And then you have an arrangement with the sponsors, so thus the rearrangement with the
sponsor, and with the company is called as your shareholders agreement. And this actually
specifies, the various features related to shareholding investment by the different sponsors
in the project company, and then you have what is called as your suppliers.
are and there could be various suppliers, who will actually play a very important role
in uninterrupted functioning, let us say of a power plant.
So, in a power plant if you look at it, you need to actually have an un interrupt supply
of fuel for plan to operate. So, the project company will have to sign what is called as
fuel supply agreement that is an efface, with the fuel supplier, so the fuel supplier, the
fuel supply agreement with the fuel supplier will clearly mention what will be the amount
of fuel that will be supplied. And what will be the kind of price, estimated price of this
fuel supply, it will also mention the quality of the fuel that will be supplied and so on
and so far.
So, unless until there is this kind of an
agreement, the power plant is going to be exposed to a lot of uncertainty in terms of
the availability of the fuel. And then we have an arrangement with the contractors,
so there are for example, various types of contractual firms, who may be providing service
to the project company. So, there could be the maintenance, equipment maintenance and
so on, so for example, most of the time there cast be periodic maintenance done for the
power plant. So, since these are all not regular activities,
most of those activities can be out source. So, there will be contractors and there will
be agreement of this contract, who will provide such outsource services, maintenance. And
many times we actually also find situations where, the operations the regular operations
are also being out source, it could be to other forms that are specializing in such
operations. So, when you have this kinds of outsource services, you actually have an operating
agreement and so on. And during the project development fails there
are also other related activities for example, you will have engineering which is to really
do the designing, and development, and all of those things.
So, those kinds of contractual
services there is an agreement, and then there is procurement, procurement of materials procurement
equipment time, you are testing. And all of those services, which again is kind of an
agreement and then you have construction many times you will have to actually have substantially,
a lot of construction activity involved a in this kinds of projects.
So, it is done by specialized construction forms, so you have what is called as your
construction agreement, most of the time you decide all bundled together engineering procurement
and construction, they are called as EPC contracts. So, EPC is a very, very important part of
the contractual agreement that exist between, project finance company and a contractor.
A similarly you also have, let us say in addition to fuel supply you also have an equipment
supplier. An equipment supplier is supposed to supply
equipment of a appropriate standard, and quality to meet the engineering and design requirements.
So, that is again you have an agreement with the equipment suppliers and finally, you have
some kind of contractual arrangement with the government.
So, in many cases infrastructure
projects are actually how involving, so many other actors such as environment, such as
roads and land on all of things. So, these are all domains they normally come
under the government, so the government usually gives, license, the government gives the concession
for the project to operate. So, this is the an agreement that we actually have with the
government, so for example, today if you really look at it, government gives license for on
the telecom company is to operate. And so the an agreement between the government and
the project company, the government gives a concession agreement to the private airports,
in the concession agreement clearly specifies or how long can the private operators operate
the airport. So, that is the concession agreement, so sometimes
the concession agreement is of a permanent nature, but sometimes this actually have a
So, in the case of toll road, the concession agreement also has a fixed
lifetime, but there are a several other cases, where the concession agreement is more of
a permanent nature. So, this licensing or concession agreement is the contract between
the government and the special purpose vehicle. So, if you really look at it you will find
project company is associated with very, very strong contractual agreements, arrangements
with various stakeholders. So, the
questions that you have is, why is this contractual agreement an important part, it is an important
part of any project finance company. Because, unlike you have within a corporate finance
structure, here the lenders on the investors to the projects are only dependent on the
project cash flows.
And only if the cash flows occur from the
project, they will be able to get returns and repatriation of the investment. So, it
is very important for a cash flows to be reliable, it is very important for the investors, the
cash flows are certain and for that to actually happen the various stakeholders that are involve
in insuring that certainty has to be, more or less kept in place. So, you have this kind
of what at tied contractual arrangements, this ensures or reduces the uncertainty that
are associated otherwise. So, you have this kinds of extensive contractual
arrangements simply because, of the fact that the investors in the project would like to
assure or reduce the uncertainty of the cash flows.
And this contractual arrangements is
way of mitigating some of the uncertainties that might exist otherwise, so now, let us
look at a situation where, let us say in the company does not have any agreement with the
customers. So; that means, in the case of a power plant,
there is no power purchase agreement, so when there is no power purchase agreement, we are
not very sure as investors how the project is going to get it is revenues. The revenues
could be there, and the occurrence of this revenues depends on, so many other factors.
But, if you have a power purchase agreement there is very, very clearly available contractual
relationship, with the purchaser which indicates that, so much of power generator will be purchased
by the customer at such and such price.
So, this reduces what is called as your demand
risk this reduces what is called as a market risk of particular project, and having a power
purchase agreement will give a lot of comfort for the lenders, as well as the other equity
investors in the project. So, the reliance only on the project cash flows, this a major
reason why we have such extensive form of contractual arrangements, in the case of a
project finance company. And it is very important for us to realize the fact that, unless until
we have this contractual arrangements in place, we may not really have successful project
financing closure simply because, the investors will not make an investment without this kinds
of extensive contractual arrangements. Now, let us really look at this project finance
really a new thing or how has it evolved over a period of time and so on. See for example,
if you really look at it, project finance is not something that is not suit of modern
management practice, in fact it is there are evidences that this method of financing has
been used, even as early as 13th century.
But, it might not have been known by the name
of project finance, but essentially the principle of using cash flows from the investment to
service the requirements of the project lenders, was something that was prevalent known for
long even centuries ago. But, the dominants of project finance is been largely attributed
to let us say from the 1990's onwards because, it is only during this time, there has been
substantial amount of private sector capital of flowing in sectors like infrastructure.
The most of the time before that prominently world over the funding has been largely by
the government for infrastructure. And such government funding for infrastructure does
not really put in place, any major requirements of sound financing structures is only when
we actually involved private sector financing, there is need for much more robust analysis
of having sound robust analysis and the need for having sound financial structures.
So, consequently the development the growth of project finance happened from in the 1990's
when there is been the worldwide trend of, let us say deregulation, of privatization,
liberalization and opening up of infrastructure to the private sector.
And if is the phenomena
of that we see in a particular group of countries, and not necessarily we actually see project
finance or privatization of infrastructure happening in both developed and developing
countries. So, you have today among developing countries,
countries like India, you have substantial among of Latin America, are all attracting
private sector capital, and they are dominating project finance in developing countries. Same
you also find private sector investment in infrastructure in some other develop countries,
not ably you find UK, you find Australia, where you actually have a private sector investment
happening in infrastructure. The second major reason for the growth of
project finance is what do we call as internalization of investment in major projects. Earlier most
of the investments used to be by way of domestic capital whatever investment used happen it
play, international investment used to happen it will be list largely from them multi lateral
agencies as for as developing countries are concerned. But, today in a private investors
are willing to invest in a infrastructure projects in developing countries.
So, no longer are we dependent only on private sector capital and that to private sector
domestic capital for financing this infrastructure projects.
So, you find broadly there is substantial
internalization, there is a lot of global investment happening in developing countries
project as well. And when such global investment happens, we need to really have structure
that can actually support, this kind of international investment. And project finance is seen as
one such mechanism, which can actually support this kind of international investment in infrastructure
projects. So, therefore, the growth in project finance
is can be attributed to two things, one is there is from the supply side, there is a
lot of now oversees of capital that are interested in investing in project developing countries.
And then there is a demand side, there is a lot of private sector capital needed for
developing infrastructure project, particularly in developing countries.
And these two trends
were major reason why we see project finance being implemented very, very dominant way
of the last 20 years or so. So, there are various numbers that actually
are being indicated, in terms of seeing how much we have seen private sector investment
in project finance, and how much of it nearby way of project finance and so on. So, if you
really look at it there are estimates see for example, as earliest 2001, there is about
133 billion of project finance loan commitments, and that has happened, and in the 5 years
appeared to that, so 1996 the commitment as only 47 billion that in 2001 the commitment
was 133 billion. So, in his a span of 5 years the commitment
of increased about 3, 4. So, this indicate substantial amount of growth that we actually
see, in a project finance. And you also see that most of these targeted towards infrastructure
sectors, so for example, if you look at it a power sector and telecom sectors has been
major beneficiaries of on this growth and project finance. Most of a project in these
two sectors, are actually implemented by a project finance structure, so over a period
of time there is been non trends that are actually expanded the front year of project
So, if you really look at it in the thirties
to the seventies of in the project finance largely seen, for natural resource projects
such as mining, oil and gas. Now, those were investments that involve substantial amount
of risk, and whenever there were private sector investment in this kinds of project. Most
of it is actually on the basis of project finance, where the cash flows on the project
where the only recourse that the lenders had. So, that the they could returns on their investment,
but as more and more infrastructure projects sectors, were being through upon for private
Then we actually saw such project financing structures being used in
other sectors, as well for example, in the power sector when we had the concept of independent
power producers emerging. The independent power producers, were actually funding their
plans using project finance structure. So, we are started with natural resource,
than we started power and then subsequently we also looked that other public infrastructure,
like roads, public buildings, transport. As more and more infrastructure sectors, were
being through upon for the private sector, project finance sectors were being used in
this sectors. So, in 1990's when there is been literally revolution in the telecom industry
with the emergence of mobile telephony, we also seen many of this mobile telephone be
actually done on a project finance basis. So, to quickly kind of some of what are the
key features of a project finance, it is provided for ring fringe project, when you say ring
fringe project their only purpose of the project is to operate that particular asset. That
operate that particular project, for which it has been set up for it is separate both
by legally, as well as by other means from the other projects that the parent company
or the holding company might be incorporating.
So, the project is through a special purpose
legal entity, so it is not a division within a company.
So, for example, if you really look at many large companies have divisions, so one division
will actually be let us say for example, for particular line of business, another division
for different line of business and so on. So, today you have let us say I knew of company
called a imperial chemical industry, so imperial chemical industries had different businesses.
So, it had business for paying, it had a business for rubber chemicals, it had several such
So, each of these businesses is where considered
as separate divisions that there were all under the same company, the divisions were
not separate legal entities. But, in the case of infrastructure projects, this divisions
are not just entities within the larger company, but these divisions are separate legal entities.
So, today if you really look at let say company like GVK or GMR, which are some of the leading
private sector companies in infrastructure in India today, you will find several different
companies under each of them.
So, for each and every project that they are
implementing, there is a special purpose vehicle that has been created, and this special purpose
vehicle is legally separate entity. So, for each and every project is not created as division,
as a parent company, but it is created as a separate company with a separate legal entity,
and the only business of this special purpose vehicle is a project. They cannot go head
an acquire business, they cannot go head an expand to related business, they cannot actually
go head and expand the capacity of the existing business, unless until that has been were
originally mandated and so on. So, the only business is to operate, develop or the project
for which it has been set up for, so usually it is project finance is created for is a
new project rather than for an established business.
You do not really find, when somebody
wants to acquire an existing business that is established, you do not find deployment
of a project finance and structure. But, when you actually studying up a new project
it is that time when, you use setup as a project finance structure. And we have also seen that,
this project finance future by a high ratio of debt equity, sometimes debt make our as
much as 90 percent of the cost of the project. And we also talked about two concepts, limited
recourse and the non recourse, so nonrecourse essentially indicates at on the lenders to
the project do not have recourse to the cash flows of the sponsors.
So, for example, if that is sponsoring company like GMR and it is created a special purpose
vehicle, for let us say implementing 12 road project.
The investors in the toll road project
do not have recourse to the cash flows of parent company like GMR, so that is called
as your limited recourse financing lenders, recourse is limited to the cash flows of the
project at which they are investing, so that is a limited recourse. And a related term
is called as nonrecourse, big a part nonrecourse is what we have just mentioned the lenders,
do not really actually have of recourse to the cash flows or the parent company.
What is limited recourse, limited recourse is lenders have recourse to the sponsors cash
flows, for a limited duration.
So, what is this limited duration, when the project is
being constructed project is being developed, till that time the project starts earning
it is cash flows. Then the lenders will actually have recourse to the cash flows of these sponsoring
company, but the moment the project, commences, operations then the lenders do not have recourse
to the cash flows of this sponsoring company. So, therefore, there is a time till which
the lenders have limit lenders of rights to the project cash flows of these sponsoring
companies. This is called as your limited, recourse limited in terms of time, limited
till the time the project, commences operations remember the project can actually fail for
even issues pertaining to the construction fails, the project development fails and so
on. So, at the time the lenders make an investment
in the project on the basis that the sponsors have the capacity to actually develop and
construct the project, so that it can begin operation. But, if these developers or the
sponsors are not able to meet that, then now they will have to satisfy or ensure that the
lenders get their capital back.
So, till that time project begins operations, the lenders
are making an investment on the basis of the sponsors strength.
So, therefore, they are able to get recourse to the sponsors cash flows should anything
happen to the project. And we also see that, in traditionally lenders have recourse to
what is called as the assets of the project, should anything happen to the project the
lenders can sees the assets, liquidate them and then recover their capital. So, the value
of the underlying assets or the collateral security that the lenders expect to get, plays
a very important role in the lending decisions. But, as far as infrastructure projects are
concerned the market value of the assets in plays or not substantially high, in the sense
at the lenders cannot easily liquidate the assets. First is there are several restrictions
by which they may not be able to sees the assets and liquidate them, and second the
assets are very specific in nature and there are very few uses, very few alternative users.
And therefore, the lenders will not be able to realize much, they are going to liquidate
the assets towards interest are that repayment.
So, therefore, more than the value of the
assets in plays, the value of the project is dependent on the strong contractual arrangements,
as well as the future cash flows that such contractual arrangements bring in. So, lenders
mostly look at the future cash flows, rather than the existing asset, normally lenders
also look at historical performance of the company. But, since we actually have project
finance, only for new entities you do not really have historical financial performance.
So, the common things that lenders look at historical financial results, as well as assets
in plays may not be such a great feature in the case of project finance, what actually
is going to be valued in project finance is the strength of their future cash flows, so
will stop here.