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Suez has catapulted itself into the top three global indus- trial water solutions providers by agreeing to buy GE Water & Process Technologies for $3.4 billion, equivalent to 12.5 times earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation....
Buying market share in the industrial water space must have seemed a far better bet for Suez CEO Jean-Louis Chaussade than grinding away at organic growth, but the paucity of high-quality assets that are available means that valuations are always going be...
The Brazilian government has initiated the biggest sell-off of state water assets since Chile privatised its water sector in the late 1990s. Equity stakes in fifteen state water operators are on the block, with auctions set to take place...
The fickle nature of state regulation in the Brazilian water sector was laid bare at the end of February, when shares in Sanepar – the part- privatised state water company serving the state of Paraná – were knocked for six after the state regulator revealed that...
Macquarie has agreed to sell its remaining 26.3% stake in Thames Water to a consortium of Borealis Infrastructure – which manages the infrastructure investment portfolio of...
Both Borealis and Wren House have been looking to enter the regulated UK water sector for some time, and the Thames deal will partly make up for the disappointment that they encountered when their unsolicited approach to...
It will be interesting to see what Macquarie does next in the water sector. Having originally taken a stake in tiddler South East Water, it traded up in 2006 when the chance to buy Thames came along, later selling...
The future role of PPPs in Egypt’s water infrastructure development looks uncertain after the country’s government made a U-turn on the massive Abu Rawash wastewater project and decided to fund it directly – more than a year after...
Singaporean desalination supremo Hyflux’s great sell- off continued to evolve this month, with a 70% stake in its landmark Tuaspring IWPP the next to be put on the block. The chances are that the divestment has been on the cards for a while, but the timing of the announcement...
Indonesian authorities are hoping they can capitalise on the momentum behind the financial close of the Umbulan Spring water supply project to revive other water PPPs previously rejected by bidders in 2015...
Meanwhile, observers were surprised to see the authorities in Mongolia pump life back into a wastewater BOT tender which was abandoned both by experienced developers and the project evaluation committee last year...
Oilfield water management company Select Energy Services filed for an IPO earlier this month, just three months after raising $322 million of equity in the private placement market. The need for growth capital follows a protracted period of reduced activity and pricing pressure which has seen the firm’s annual revenues decline by...
It is unlikely to spark as enthusiastic a response as Chinese engineer and project developer CSD Water Service, which listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange on 14 March, having raised RMB...
The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects has taken on a team led by NBK Capital to advise on an IPO of 50% of the company which owns the 1,500MW & 486,000m3 /d Az-Zour North 1 power and water complex. While floating off stakes in private water projects has proved wildly popular in...
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What's making the news in global water projects this monthProject tracker
Brazil’s great water sell-off; big desal in Saudi Arabia and India; California sticks to its reuse agenda; South Africa’s drought disaster; Egypt changes tack; Myanmar advances DBO projects; Indonesia’s water PPP revival; CH2M edges ahead in Florida; all the latest project news...
GWI Water Index
Despite the fact that some stocks had a roller-coaster ride this month, the Americas segment of our index hit a new high. Tariff troubles in Brazil took the shine off the numbers.
Water on the markets this month:
|Global Water||156.00||5.59%||10 Mar|
|Asian Water||110.39||7.10%||10 Mar|
|EMEA Water||84.91||1.26%||10 Mar|
|Americas Water||249.06||6.27%||10 Mar|
2016 was not a great year for growth, but it did offer scope for margin improvement. Not everything is what it seems in our round-up of last year’s full-year results from the major quoted water companies.
The difference a deal makes
Christopher Gasson looks at the broader implications of Suez’s acquisition of GE Water for the water industry.
Chart of the monthDesal versus reuse
This month’s chart comes from our new market report – Desalination and Water Reuse: Scarcity Solutions for Cities and Industry.
Last month the Global Water Leaders’ Group launched a new initiative to highlight the achievements of the top performing utilities in the world. It has ambitions to change the way the water industry works.
Singapore PUB’s chief executive Peter Ng has another goal in mind: being the best for Singapore. It means pursuing impossible performance targets, pushing the boundaries of technology, and still worrying about how to win the trust of customers.
Chief Technology Officer
Austrian oil and gas leader OMV has built environmental responsibility into its corporate identity, but as its core fields mature, it is having to adapt constantly to new operational parameters. GWI discovers how it plans to tackle the future landscape of the industry.
Smart Water Watch
Several water utilities are piloting augmented and virtual reality technologies for different purposes. GWI investigates if the solutions offer tangible benefits or are just inessential luxuries.
Amid a backdrop of unprecedented levels of attention towards China’s environmental problems, China Everbright Water has ramped up the scope of its technology development. GWI talks to the project developer’s technical director to find out the rewards being reaped.
AmericasMaking sense of the great Brazilian water sell-off
The revelation that Brazil intends to privatise 18 of its state water operators appears to offer a golden opportunity for international investors to diversify their holdings in a market with considerable growth potential. The reality is more nuanced.Will Brazil’s water privatisation programme work?
The planned sell-off of Brazil’s state water operators marks the most ambitious water privatisation agenda of any government since Chile in the late 1990s. What are the issues at stake?Select Energy aims to capitalise on oilfield water recovery with initial public offering
The decision to raise public capital could position Select Energy Services to ride the new wave of optimism sweeping the upstream oil & gas industry in the US. How will the market for oilfield water services shake out amid renewed activity?US water sector misses the grade
Improving water and wastewater infrastructure which has been graded as “poor” and “at risk” will require much more than a federal stimulus plan.Reuse and desal projects pick up pace in California, despite easing drought
Although recent winter storms have relieved immediate supply concerns in most parts of the state, water reuse and desalination remain critical to California’s long-term water security. A promising pool of projects are moving into final procurement this year.Kung Fu fighting
In the ancient art of Washington lobbying, water is still finding its footing, writes Debra Coy.Americas water in brief
RWL Water has completed its acquisition of Brazilian water and wastewater treatment company Acquavit.
Asia pacificRejected, redefined, and ready for retender
The return of the Bandar Lampung and Pekanbaru water PPPs, which previously faltered at the tender stage, underscores the Indonesian government’s commitment to mobilise private finance for infrastructure. What lessons have been learned?Ulaanbaatar city revives wastewater BOT tender
A Chinese-Mongolian consortium is set to be recommended as the winning developer of Ulaanbaatar’s new wastewater treatment BOT, despite its earlier dismissal over an incomplete bid. Reuse could yet be added to the scope of the contract.Hyflux to offload 70% of Tuaspring
The Tuaspring IWPP has joined the Tianjin Dagang desalination plant on the block. What does Hyflux have left?CSD Water Service share price soars after Shanghai IPO
Retail investors have flocked to CSD Water Service’s IPO on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, as the venture capital-backed company carves out a niche in small and medium cities and their industrial parks. Technology development is high on its agenda.China water in brief
State-owned project developer Beijing Capital has launched the first securitisation programme backed by PPP project assets in China.A $3 trillion-dollar Trump card
In the second of a three-part series, GWI’s Willy Yeo looks at just how vulnerable Chinese firms are to the effects of US interest rate hikes.Asia water in brief
A landslide victory for Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP party in the elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Uttarakhand has boosted stocks across India, as markets saw a sign of faith in Modi’s landmark policies, including the Ganga river clean-up plan.
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EuropeSuez sets itself up to lead the industrial water revolution
The French company has struggled to achieve meaningful growth in the industrial water field. Buying GE Water will transform the business, but risks creating channel conflicts.Holistic thinking set to drive a new wave of water lending for the EBRD
An increasingly sophisticated client base is demanding more intelligent solutions to help build and maintain water infrastructure. How is the bank responding?Credit uplift potential for water PPPs
A new risk mitigation mechanism pioneered by the EBRD at a Turkish hospital could be applied to other availability-based PPPs, including wastewater treatment plants.EBRD steps up Kazakh water reform
A brisk year for sub-sovereign deals means the EBRD’s total lending to Kazakhstan’s water sector has topped €80 million. New models for tariff rises and PPPs lie ahead.Macquarie exits Thames as Affinity Water investors mull possible sale
The Australian investor which led the buyout of Thames Water from RWE in 2006 has negotiated the sale of its remaining 26% stake at a comparatively low premium to the company’s regulated asset value. How will it impact on the sale of Affinity Water?Market digests UK switch protocol
Thousands of companies in England will switch their retail water supplier ahead of the 1st April deadline. Not all will go down to a single supplier.UK water sector faces debt squeeze on three fronts as AMP7 considerations bite
A constellation of challenges could threaten regulated UK water companies’ access to the debt markets on which they have come to rely to fund their post-privatisation investment programmes. Where are the biggest pinch points?Anglian mulls suite of debt options
The company is eyeing a variety of funding mechanisms on the back of a successful Class B bond earlier this month. Inflation-linked debt is not among them.Spanish public procurement reforms draw flak for their lack of rigour
Proposed amendments to the way public infrastructure is procured in Spain could make it a riskier proposition for lenders, and are likely to do little to deter corruption in the water sector.The things we leave behind
David Lloyd Owen on the EU’s cautious new look at the possibilities of wastewater reuse.Europe water in brief
Kemira intends to merge its Municipal & Industrial and Oil & Mining segments into a combined Industry & Water division, in an attempt to simplify the structure of the business and deliver savings.
Middle East and AfricaNew Saudi NWC boss heralds start of utility sea change
New National Water Company CEO Mohammed Mowkley has taken the helm as the body faces a raft of social, financial and structural challenges. With the Mecca region chosen for the first major step towards PPP, a new approach to subsidies could underpin the project.Solving the subsidy question
Saudi Arabia’s new national water utility boss has been handed one of the world’s biggest water turnaround tasks, argues Tom Scotney.Middle East water in brief
François de Rochambeaud has been appointed as chief executive of Veolia Maroc.Abu Rawash award points to decline of water PPPs in Egypt
The decision by the government to fund a massive wastewater treatment project directly is a blow to investors looking to support infrastructure in the country.Lydec’s profit declines as Casablanca grows
The Moroccan concessionaire, in which Suez holds a majority stake, is anxious to reverse a multi-year decline in profitability. A longdelayed contract revision is only one of the challenges it faces.SEAALing the future of water provision in Algiers
Suez has succeeded in extending its management contract in the Algerian capital for a second time. Can it make it three in a row?