From a financial point of view, borrowing the funds as a corporate loan would be problematic. Small companies do not have the cash-flows to provide the guarantees required; large companies prefer to develop the projects off their balance sheets in order to keep their ratings high and their interest rates low. This has led to the development of non-recourse project financing.
These types of projects are characterised by high capital expenditures, long loan periods (often 10 - 20 years) and uncertain revenue streams. Analysing them requires a sound knowledge of the underlying technical domain as well as financial modelling skills. This is why engineers play a leading role in project finance - both in industry and in banks.
Please note that the course does not cover market finance or corporate finance (mergers & acquisitions) etc
Programme: The aim of this course is to introduce students to non-recourse finance in general and to show them how it is applied in several important domains :
- Mining & Petroleum
- Satellites & Telecom
- Power generation
Speakers from industry and from banking will present case studies, from different points of view. As many of the projects are based in developing countries, the special problems of working in these areas will be addressed. A presentation from a credit export agency will cover this topic.
Niveau requis : Students should be interested in industry as well as finance. Those who have a laptop computer are requested to bring it.
Modalités d'évaluation : During the course, students working in small groups prepare and deliver a powerpoint presentation in English on a topic related to project finance. Afterwards, they are given a 3 week period after the end of the course to submit a written report in English or in French. Marks will be based on the report content and level of understanding of the subject.
Dernière mise à jour : mercredi 30 septembre 2009