2013-11-21: An extensive report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the financial troubles of investor toll operations has some news or details we haven’t gotten and deserves attention. Headlined “Drop in Traffic Takes Toll on Investors in Private Roads” the report by Ryan Dezember and Emily Glazer starts on the front page and spills over to fill an inside page.
The reporters say they got some of their information from court records.
Abertis has closed on the buy from OHL of its three tollroad concessions in Chile according to an announcement from its head office in Barcelona:
- Autopista de Los Andes, Ruta 60, 19km connecting Los Andes city north of Santiago to Limache Ruta 5 the great north-south highway and northern Chile 2001-2033
Most public toll road operators are pretty open with their traffic and revenue data, more so than some private operators. This has been frustrating Robert Bain, RBconsult and University of Leeds researcher specializing in analysis of traffic and revenue forecasting.
Massachusetts Turnpike service plazas will not be privatized in a longterm concession. The state's transportation secretary (called Executive Office of Transportation) and the Turnpike CEO Jeff Mullan concurred in deciding this week to reject the bids made in a recent concession procurement.
Investor groups interested in tollroad concessions are putting their pitch in Washington DC for equity to play a major role in reviving the economy. They say $180 billion is available that could generate between 600k and 2m jobs in the US.
Democrat leaders in the Congress James Oberstar and Peter DeFazio write today that the financial markets crisis has heightened their concern over public private partnerships (P3s) and innovative finance, especially what they call "the lack of adequate transparency and public interest protections under these deals."
Macquarie, a major Australian investment bank, has suffered a major loss of capitalization in the recent weeks, and is retrenching to preserve liquidity. They have announced the sale of their concession on a major bridge in Lisbon Portugal.
China Infrastructure Investment Corporation one of hundreds of investor-owned toll road companies in China is different in that it is now traded on the NASDAQ in New York (trading symbol CIIC). Incorporated in Nevada, it is headquartered in Henan province in China.
A report commissioned by the Democratic Caucus of the state House slams Governor Rendell's proposed longterm lease/concession for the Pennsylvania Turnpike, claiming that a corporate concession will have a present value of only $14.8 billion vs the Turnpike Commission (PTC) under Act 44 being worth $22.8b to $26.5b at present value. (CORRECTION HERE 2008-03-04 12:30 We initially misread the report.