Friday, 23 September 2011

Series of toll road investor results: Ferrovial, Atlantia, Transurban, Metro-Pacific


Construction News reports Spanish infrastructure investor Ferrovial reporting a 312 million euro in net profit in the first half of 2011, contrasting with losses of 164 million euro in the same period of 2010. Notable was how the EBITDA on the Toronto 407 ETR rose by 8% in part due to higher tolls and lower operating costs. The Airports division contributed 62% of EBITDA, Services 14%, Toll Roads 14% and Construction 10%.

Ferrovial owns its toll roads through its subsidiary CINTRA.  Its highway assets (whole and partial) are:


Reuters reports that the Italian toll road investor company had a 41% increase in profit for the first six months of 2011 compared to 2010. This reflected sale of a stake in one road and increased toll revenue, despite declining traffic volumes (with a 0.5% decline in volumes on Italian toll roads).

"Excluding the sale of an investment and charges related to impairments, profit rose 12 percent over the period."

Atlantia's highway assets are:
- Autostrade per l'Italia SpA (2854.6 km of network of Italian motorways);
- Società Italiana per Azioni per il Traforo del Monte Bianco (5.8 km), which manages the Italian section of the Mont Blanc Tunnel;
- Raccordo Autostradale Valle d'Aosta SpA (32.3 km), which manages the road linking Aosta and the Mont Blanc Tunnel (Italy);
- Autostrada Torino-Savona SpA (130.9 km), which manages the motorway linking Turin and the Ligurian coast (Italy);
- Società Autostrada Tirrenica SpA, which holds the concession for the entire length of the Livorno-Civitavecchia motorway (240 km) and currently manages the Livorno-Rosignano section (36.6 km) (Italy);
- Tangenziale di Napoli SpA (20.2 km), which manages Naples' orbital motorway (Italy);
- Società Autostrade Meridionali SpA (51.6 km), which manages the Naples-Pompei-Salerno motorway (Italy);
- A4 Krakow-Katowice motorway (Poland);
- Pune Solapur Expressways (50%) in India, which holds the concession (expiring 2030) for 110 km motorway in the state of Maharashtra;
- 135 km toll motorway serving the cities of Rio Bueno and Puerto Monttt in Chile;
- 442 km toll motorway in the state of San Paulo in Brazil;
- 23.5 km southern section of the orbital toll motorway serving the city of Santiago del Chile;
- 79 km toll motorway serving the cities of Algarrobo, Casablanca and Cartagena in Chile;
- 43 km of road network in the city of Santiago in Chile;
- 21.5 km north-eastern bypass in the city of Santiago del Chile; and
- Urban motorway linking the city of Santiago with Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport.


The Herald Sun reports that Australian toll road company Transurban has reported a 90% increase in full year profit.  An 8.8 per cent rise in traffic on Melbourne CityLink, which netted A$434.6 million (US$424 million) in revenue, was a key contributor to total toll revenue of A$891 million (US$870 million) - up 10 per cent.  It carries a reported A$5.8 billion of debt behind its assets. 

The Australian reports an interview with Transurban chief Chris Lynch who said "Our roads are very robust ... There's not a lot of discretionary travel on our roads, it's largely people getting to work or the airport."

It was also noted that the Melbourne CityLink, it gained from an additional lane on the western approach to the toll road network allowing for greater use of its capacity.

The Australian also noted that:

"The acid test of an infrastructure company is the ability to pay generous distributions funded by real cash rather than debt. The "wedge of free cash" -- $390 million in all -- enabled Transurban to declare a 27c per security full-year payout, with management promising "at least" a 29c distribution this year."

Adelaide Now reports that Melbourne Citylink grew faster than the average 10% "with an increase of 12.8 per cent to contribute $434.6 million. Transurban said the completion of the upgrade on its southern link, adding lanes on CityLink between both tunnels and Toorak Rd, had been important in boosting traffic."

Transurban said traffic growth on the Lane Cove Tunnel, purchased nearly a year ago, had initially risen 6 per cent but had declined to 2.8 per cent this calender year due works on the M2.

Transurban's highway assets are:
- Hills M2 motorway, Sydney. Australia;
- Lane Cove Tunnel, Sydney, Australia;
- Eastern Distributor, Sydney, Australia;
- Westlink M7, Sydney, Australia;
- M5, Sydney, Australia;
- Pocahontas 895, Virginia, USA; and
- Capital Beltway HOT lanes, Virginia, USA

Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (Philippines)

earnings slipped 4 percent in the first half of the year to P725 million (US$17 million) due to lower-than-expected traffic growth and higher tax payments during the period. “Though traffic demand could be lower given sharp increases in fuel prices and the expiration of MNTC’s (Manila North Tollways Corp.) income tax holiday, MPTC still expects a strong financial performance this year with the increase in toll rates and modest traffic volume growth,” MPTC president Ramoncito Fernandez said in a statement.

The company's latest road is the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. Its portfolio also includes the North Luzon Expressway.

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