Financing deal for ARCOS, which holds the concession for the A355 motorway
27 April 2018 - 8:00 am - Finances - France
ARCOS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the VINCI group, holds a concession contract with the French government since 29 January 2016. This 54-year contract covers the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the A355 motorway, which bypasses Strasbourg to the west.
As part of the financing deal of this project, ARCOS has taken out “soft mini perm” loans amortizable
over 27 years for a total amount of €359 million, breaking down as follows:
- €186 million from a banking syndicate consisting of Banca IMI S.p.A, CaixaBank, KBC, CSOB, Caisse Régionale de Crédit Agricole Alsace Vosges and AUXIFIP.
- €173 million from the European Investment Bank, which is providing senior debt and an innovative credit enhancement instrument for the senior debt via the European Fund for Strategic Investments. This pioneering financing deal is approved under the Investment Plan for Europe or “Juncker Plan”. The A355 is France’s first motorway project with traffic-level risk to benefit from this facility.
The transaction allows ARCOS to take advantage of favourable market conditions to improve the credit terms and financial structure of the project.
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