OREANDA-NEWS. October 13, 2015. Fitch Ratings has published the October 2015 edition of its semi-annual Infra-Read newsletter.

The newsletter consolidates all its recently published views on key infrastructure and project finance sector and sub-sector issues into one document as well as data on rating trends at the portfolio level and links to relevant criteria and special reports.

This edition includes articles on the following topics:
-- Well-designed PPP contracts, important to attracting institutional investors
-- 2015 Mid-Year Outlook Reports - A Look Ahead - Stable Outlooks for most global infrastructure and project finance ratings for the remainder of 2015.
-- Assessing Political Risk in Infrastructure
-- On the Road: Toll Road Performance in Brazil-- Peer Positioning - Attribute Assessments, Metrics and Ratings: U.S. Airports and Ports, Mexican Toll Roads, EMEA Seaports
-- Evaluating Merchant Exposure in Project Finance
-- Measuring Canadian and US Airport Performance
-- UK WBS Pub Sector Review 2015

Various rating actions are also discussed, including new ratings on Autoridad del Canal de Panama in Panama, Kentucky Wired Infrastructure Company in the US and Aena, S.A. in Spain; rating upgrades for Miami-Dade Expressway Authority Nakilat's junior bonds; Outlook revision to Positive on RoadChef's and Meridian Hospital Company's bonds and rating downgrades for SBM Deep Panuke S.A.'s senior secured notes and Titan Europe 2007-1 notes.