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1 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Toll Road Financing Session on Finance Sidharth Sinha Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad The views expressed here are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), or its Board of Directors, or the governments they represent.

2 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Forms of Government Support for Road Concessions Land acquisition  Expropriation of right of way for toll road construction. Cost of land acquired maybe borne either by the government or the concessionaire. Provision of development rights and third-party revenue  This measure involves the transfer of right of commercial development along the toll road to supplement project economics. The advantage is that this enhances project economics but excessive dependence on this measure may reduce incentive to make the road a success.

3 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Government Support for Road Concessions ( continued ) Construction of related facilities  The government commonly provide for the construction of connecting roads, access ramp, etc. This contributes significantly to the project since connecting roads and other facilities are critical elements for commencement of operation. However, construction delays may critically impair the commencement of operation. Revenue support  Revenue support is usually done with a minimum threshold for compensation paid by the governments  During construction  During operation

4 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Grant Supported BOTs

5 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Government Support for Road Concessions ( continued ) Revenue sharing with existing facilities  Concession agreements which combine the construction of new stretches with the rehabilitation and upgrading of an existing stretch  This would address the problem that the new stretches have low traffic densities making them commercially not viable.  Existing stretches could generate enough toll revenue to improve the cash flows of the concessionaire, especially during the construction stage.

6 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Government Support for Road Concessions ( continued ) Shadow toll  Government pays toll to the concessionaires according to the vehicle - kilometers of the traffic counted automatically. This provides for a means of introducing private financing without stimulating resistance to tolling.  Possible financial burden/ fiscal inflexibility in later years may hinder transition to real tolling.

7 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Government Support for Road Concessions ( continued ) Shadow toll ( continued )  A modification to the conventional shadow toll model is suggested, through payment of shadow tolls to the Concessionaire by the road agency in two tiers:  A base payment which is assured regardless of actual traffic on the road;  An additional payment per vehicle that actually uses the road  This provides the concessionaire incentive to improve the road condition and usage.

8 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Fixed IRR or Assured Return Guaranteed level of net return on equity/project, taking the time value of money into account.  If the actual traffic is lower than the projected level, the concession period will get extended  Although this results in improved project economics, its effect on current cash flow is negligible. Since the fixed IRR model guarantees a return over and above the costs of the toll road operator, there is less incentive for cost efficiencies.  Standard problem with rate of return regulation

9 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Least Present Value of Revenue (LPVR) Based Bidding The bidding variable is the present value of revenue throughout the life of the concession that firms are willing to accept to undertake the project. The duration of the concession is then flexible and depends on the effective traffic levels encountered. Encourages operating and capital cost efficiencies as opposed to fixed IRR mode

10 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Implications of LPVR Tolls can be adjusted without negotiation with the concessionaire They transfer political and demand-related risks to the user in the form of an endogenous concession period Calculation of compensation payments on concession termination is straightforward at any point in time during the concession period.

11 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Road Funds Ring-fenced government sponsored special purpose entities  limits amount of liabilities arising from public support to public-private partnerships projects  assists to improve governance and transparency of the allocation of government contribution. Funded by government’s contribution (tax payers), fuel cess, user charges & donors-multilateral interventions.

12 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Maintenance Road Funds ( ADB Report ) Capital bias  Even when the road budget is adequate for proper maintenance, maintenance can still be inadequate, because of capital bias. Politicians want to build new roads.  ‘The public mistakenly thinks the remedy for bad roads is renewal, not maintenance.’ Unless a culture of (preventive) maintenance can become entrenched in a country, road maintenance and new roads, should not be funded from the same pot.

13 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Second Generation Road Funds The concept of the second generation road fund and board is that of an autonomous agency  controlling the funding of road maintenance,  directed predominantly by road users,  having power to raise revenue and control funding allocations,  having a strong incentive to insist on commercially and professionally efficient management.

14 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Evaluation of Road Funds Road Funds Revisited: A Preliminary Appraisal of the Effectiveness of the “Second Generation” Road Funds, World Bank, 2002 The paper is based on detailed reviews of experience in seven African countries in which the World Bank has had some involvement in the establishment of second generation road funds  Most countries are still not able to fully fund their desired levels of road maintenance because of residual controls of the Ministry of Finance over the level of the fuel tax levy  Many countries are unable to disburse even those funds that are allocated because of the low absorptive capacity of the maintenance contracting sector.

15 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Evaluation of Road Funds ( continued )  Despite this limitation on overall funding, there is already evidence of increased efficiency in implementation associated with greater security of funding and extended private sector contracting.  There is no strong and systematic link between the form of the fund (user majority on boards, private sector chair, etc) and their performance (reduction in costs, improvement in road condition). Even continued reliance on the budget for a substantial part of funding has not been a particular impediment.

16 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Evaluation of Road Funds ( continued ) “The elements which link and reconcile these conclusions in our sample of countries is a commitment of government to  facilitate a more businesslike approach to road maintenance, and  ensure that road maintenance receive high priority in budget allocation.” The importance of the creation of the funds has been as much an indicator of the willingness of the country and a focus for change of process as an essential mechanism for efficient maintenance policy.

17 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Toll Roads - Case Study: Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited (NTBCL)

18 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Background The river Yamuna that runs north-south forms a natural barrier that restrains expansion of Delhi to the east. The New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh established a new integrated industrial township in close proximity to Delhi. Noida located east of Yamuna is a township that is under development since 1976. Today it has become one of the satellite towns of Delhi.

19 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Background ( continued ) The traffic that is generated by this satellite town is substantial and the interaction with Delhi is also substantial. The traffic between the east of river Yamuna including Noida and Delhi was of the order of 3,70,000 PCUs daily in 2002 and was serviced by three existing toll free bridges.

20 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Project Alignment

21 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Background ( continued ) 30% of Delhi’s population lives across the river Yamuna NOIDA is inhabited by 700,000 people - 50% of whom commute to Delhi for work Population of Noida/Greater Noida will increase manifold over next few years

22 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Project Development Infrastructure leasing and financial services (IL&FS), NOIDA & the Delhi Administration (DA) reached an in- principle agreement for the implementation of a fourth bridge across the Yamuna, the Delhi Noida Toll Bridge, on build, own, operate & transfer (BOOT) basis. A tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between IL&FS, NOIDA, & DA on April 7, 1992 for establishing the new bridge and defining the scope and mutual obligation of the various partners.

23 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Formation of Project Company A steering committee consisting of representatives of  Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP),  Delhi Government (DG),  Ministry of Urban Affairs and Employment, Government of India,  Delhi Development Authority (DDA),  NOIDA and  IL&FS

24 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Formation of Project Company ( continued ) Noida Toll Bridge Company limited (NTBCL) was incorporated on April 8, 1996. NTBCL, is a special purpose company promoted by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) for the purpose of development, construction, operation and maintenance of a bridge across the river Yamuna connecting Delhi and Noida on a build-own-operate- transfer (BOOT) basis.

25 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit The Project Bridge specifications  An 8 lane link across the river Yamuna  A 552 meter long main bridge, 3 minor bridges  8 lane approach roads on embankments  A 27 lane automated toll plaza Time saving: Travel time from south Delhi to Noida reduced to 5 minutes as against 30/45 minutes via alternative routes

26 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit The Project ( continued ) Distance saving: 6-7 kilometers which implies petrol saving much in excess of toll rate (presently Rs 17/ trip for cars) Least polluted route Reduction in pollution/congestion in alternate routes due to traffic diversion

27 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Stakeholders Government of India Governments of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and NCT Delhi (entered into a support agreement to the concession agreement) NOIDA - concession grantor IL&FS - sponsor The World Bank - line of credit to IL&FS Kampsax International, Denmark - project consultants Mitsui Marubeni Corporation, Japan - EPC contractor Intertoll, South Africa - O&M operator Users of the bridge

28 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Govt. of NCT of Delhi Govt. of Uttar Pradesh NOIDA NTBCL Support Agreement Concession Agreement Banks/FIs Mitsui Marubeni Corp. Japan Intertoll South Africa Investors Indpt. Engineer Indpt. Auditor Loan Agreement Shareholders Agreement EPC Contract O&M Contract

29 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Milestones Apr 1992:Signing of MOU Jun 1993:Appointment of Kampsax Jan 1996:World Bank review & approval Dec 1996:Delhi Development Authority Technical Committee approval Nov 1997: Concession agreement signed Nov 1997:Delhi Urban Arts Commission approval Jan 1998:Support agreement Jan 1998:EPC contract awarded to MMC

30 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Milestones ( continued ) May 1998: Land acquisition completed Aug 1998: Regulation authorising toll collection Dec 1998: Appointment of O&M contractor Dec 1998: Financial close Dec 1998:Commencement of construction Feb 2001:Commencement of commercial operations Oct 2001:Completion of connecting flyover

31 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Principal Challenges The Delhi Noida Bridge Project was the first large private sector initiative in the surface transport sector. NTBCL had to contend with several governments, multiple departments, and ever changing political and bureaucratic interfaces. As the first project of its kind, it did not have the advantage of precedence, either in documentation or with respect to financing. The project was also implemented during a fragile political and economic environment in the country and state/s.

32 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Concession Agreement - Toll Determination Recovery of costs through fees/tolls:  Right of NTBCL to recover the project costs and operation and maintenance costs through the levy of fees over the concession period. Fee review mechanism:  One representative each of NOIDA, the concessionaire and a duly qualified person appointed by the representatives of NOIDA and concessionaire who shall be the Chairman of the committee.  The fees shall be determined by the FRC based on the CPI for urban non-manual employees.  The fees will be revised on February 1 of each year.

33 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Assured Returns The concession agreement allows NTBCL to earn an assured return of 20% net of taxes, calculated on the total capital employed in rupee terms. The capital employed, calculated by the independent project engineer and independent auditor, includes  project costs  cost of major repairs  shortfall in recovery of assured returns in the preceding year.

34 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Assured Returns ( continued ) The Concession could also be extended by two years at a time beyond the 30-year stipulated period, in case the assured returns are not achieved. NOIDA has the discretion of granting land development rights to support any shortfall in revenues required to earn the assured returns of 20%. Once the targeted return has been achieved, the project facilities would revert to NOIDA for a nominal value of Re.1.

35 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Current Toll Rates ( valid till 31 Jan 2007 ) The toll rates were arrived at using: willingness to pay surveys user benefits & VOC savings user acceptability achievement of contracted returns over concession period Vehicle categoryToll Rate (Rs./Trip) 2 Wheelers8 Cars/3-Wheelers17 LCVs35 Buses/Trucks 40 to 75

36 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Support Agreement “Support agreement” was signed between the Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP) and the Government of NCT Delhi (DG) on 14 January 1998. The salient features of the Support Agreement are:  Leasing of the lands pertaining to the project site and adjacent areas.  Obtain all necessary clearances from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

37 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Support Agreement ( continued )  Not to allow construction of any other passage across the Yamuna which is toll free or charges lower toll than the Noida Bridge within a radius of 5 kms from the Delhi Noida Bridge site for a period of 10 years or till the Noida Bridge achieves full rated capacity, whichever is later, without the written consent of NTBCL. In the event of any breach of the support agreement GoUP and/or DG shall compensate NTBCL and/or NOIDA for any costs incurred by them and the lenders pertaining to the project.

38 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit O&M Agreement O&M contract awarded to M/s Intertoll, South Africa on the basis of competitive bidding. Key contract features:  US$ 2.3 million equity participation  US$ 2.2 million performance guarantee  Intertoll shares traffic risk with NTBCL – the O&M fee for first 10 year is directly related to the revenue generation  Revenue leakage capped at 0.1% with strong penalties After 10 years the O&M fee will comprise of :  Variable fee @ Rs 0.725 (US$ 0.015) per vehicle  Fixed fee @ Rs 31.9 million (US$ 750,000) per annum

39 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Allocation of Risks Commercial and revenue risks -  NTBCL Sovereign and political risks -  Governments of UP and Delhi Time overruns -  EPC contractor Operation & maintenance -  O&M contractor Natural force majeure -  Insurance

40 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Risk Mitigation Framework - 1 RiskMitigation Delay in completion Robust project scheduling Liquidated damages/Incentives on contractor Increase in costs Detailed engineering prior to start of work Value engineering during construction phase Revenue risks Alternative sources of revenue - development rights Extension of concession period if assured rate of return not achieved Technology risks Selection of state-of-art tolling technology designed to cater for at least 8-10 years Periodic upgradation Interest rateAll debt contracted are based on fixed rate of interest

41 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Risk Mitigation Framework - 2 RiskMitigation Revenue leakage Internationally reputed toll management company Self auditable toll management system with automatic vehicle classification (AVC) Revenue of operator linked to toll collection Operator to make good any loss of revenue Regulatory risk (delay in toll revision) Pre-determined formula for revision in tolls Independent fee review committee Revisions do not require approval of NOIDA/Gov’t. Natural force majuere risks Insurance policy

42 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Risk Mitigation Framework - 3 RiskMitigation Political risksConcession agreement provides compensation formula for various types of direct and indirect political risks NOIDA to pay lender’s dues as well as cumulative equity returns in case of termination due to political risks Competing routes Delhi Government has undertaken not to build an toll free facility until project achieves full capacity for a continuous period of 6 months InflationToll rates linked to consumer price index

43 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit EquityAmount (Rs Million) IL&FS 360.0 NOIDA 100.0 IFCI 50.0 FCD Issue 207.8 International Funds 400.0 Intertoll (O&M Operator) 106.2 Total Equity1224.0 Debt Deep Discount Bond issue 500.0 IL&FS (World Bank L/C) 600.0 RTL from FIs/Banks1758.0 Total Debt 2858.0 Financing Plan

44 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Public Issue First green-field infrastructure project to raise equity and debt from capital markets through  Secured deep discount bonds (DDBs) aggregating Rs. 500 million  Secured fully convertible debentures (FCDs) aggregating to Rs. 207.8 million This was also the first initial public offering with take out financing arrangement

45 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Take-Out Financing Take-out financing facility offered by IDFC and IL&FS in the 5th and 9th years at the following rates : EventAmountYield End of 5 th YearRs. 9,500/-13.70% End of 9 th YearRs. 16,500/-14.19%

46 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Class-Wise Traffic Performance No. of Vehicles Per Day

47 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Financial Performance

48 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit NTBCL Share Price History

49 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Debt Restructuring Original project debt was contracted at an average cost of 15% pa. In view of the downward interest rate trends and revised cash flow projections, the effective cost of term loans was reduced to 8.5% pa. DDBs were restructured w.e.f. Nov 2004 with revised interest yield of 8.5% pa and are proposed be refinanced in the current financial year. The debt restructuring exercise has been fully completed and the current carrying cost of debt is 8.5% pa with complete repayment by 2017.

50 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Valuation of Company Market capitalization  =Rs. 35*122.4 million= Rs.4,284 million Debt book value = Rs.3,700 million Approximate enterprise value  Rs.8,000 million Discounted cash flow value  15 year cash flows Rs.7,000 million  Terminal value Rs.9,426 million

51 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Learnings Problem of long-term funding to realize value. The back-ended revenue profile coupled with high interest rates lead to restructuring of NTBCL’s debts. The concession extension approach assumes that investors are indifferent about the time period over which they earn their return.

52 Cross-Border Infrastructure: A Toolkit Learnings ( continued ) Financial markets may not offer funds with uncertain debt service and maturity. In that case, sponsors may be unwilling to participate in a concession in which the concession term is uncertain because they would be unable finance the project. This approach is akin to a rate of return regulation and does not provide incentives for cost minimization.

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