What is Project Finance?
Project finance is the process of financing a specific economic unit that the sponsors create, in which creditors share much of the venture’s business risk and funding is obtained strictly for the project itself. Project finance, often used for capital-intensive facilities and utilities, is commonly used to segregate the credit risk of the project from that of its sponsors so that lenders, investors, and other parties will appraise the project strictly on its own merits. Project finance creates value by reducing the costs of funding, maintaining the sponsors financial flexibility, increasing the leverage ratios, avoiding contamination risk, reducing corporate taxes, improving risk management, and reducing the costs associated with market imperfections. Besides describing the economic motivations for using project finance, this paper provides details on project finance characteristics and players, presents the recent trends of project finance market, and provides some statistics of project finance (PF) lending activity in Western Europe between 2000 and 2011.
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