- Largest UK PPP infrastructure project in 2019 connecting the London Blackwall Tunnel to the Royal Docks industrial area.
- The Project raised a total of GBP 1.2bn across five fixed/floating debt tranches from 14 banks and institutional lenders
- JCRA benchmarked the underlying swap rates for each debt facility both pre- and post BAFO and supported KPMG and Transport for London up to Financial Close
- The chosen bidder at BAFO was the Riverlinx consortia (made up of ASI, BAM PPP, PGGM, Cintra & SK Engineering) advised by Macquarie Capital
- The project experienced several delays to achieve financial close, during a time of heightened volatility driven predominantly by political events
- At pre-preferred bidder stage, JCRA ensured that both parties’ pricing in their financial models was based on the same underlying data
- By benchmarking each of the bidder’s risk solutions at the pre-preferred bidder stage, JCRA was able to negotiate competitive pricing for the execution and credit spreads ahead of FC. JCRA ran this process while bidders were still competing to be mandated for the concession.
- Given Riverlinx’s complex funding structure, which consisted of multiple funders and debt tranches, including banks and institutional investors, JCRA continued to benchmark pricing for the proposed hedging solution throughout the process
- JCRA agreed an acceptable Financial Close protocol with Macquarie Capital
- Benchmarking with both consortia pre-BAFO ensured that TfL and KPMG knew ahead of time how the chosen bidder would price the hedging at Financial Close
- JCRA discussed optimal execution windows with TfL and advised on the benefits risks and considerations of entering the market at different times
- The execution of the project was successful, achieved its objectives and delivered a competitive result for TfL
- Financial Close was smooth with several dry runs held in the run up
- TfL achieved competitive and fair pricing as a result of JCRA benchmarking rates during and up to Financial Close