Best Infrastructure Financing, Mexico

Sep 25, 2013

Attracting international investors into a local currency bond to finance expansion of a toll road has broadened the investor base for Mexican infrastructure

Red de Carreteras de Occidente

Red de Carreteras de Occidente’s May 2013 sale of a europeso bond marked the first time a Mexican peso-denominated project bond had been sold to international investors under the 144a/RegS format. That made it a landmark development for Mexican infrastructure financing.

The 7.5 billion peso ($603 million) 2028 bond was also RCO’s first international sale, and the first Mexican toll-road deal in the international capital markets since 2006.

RCO went up against other strong contenders in each category of the three categories it won. Yet the deal stood out for its innovation and its success in attracting international investors, broadening the local currency’s reach and opening new markets.

In the Best Transport Financing and Best Local Currency Infrastructure Financing categories, the deal came up against a $527...

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