Comparison of Recent Toll Road Concession Transactions in the United States and France
XREAP Working Paper No. 2007-11
42 Pages Posted: 25 May 2011
Date Written: September 1, 2007
Recent concessions in France and in the US have resulted in a dramatic difference in the valuation placed on the toll roads; the price paid by the investors in France was twelve times current cash flow whereas investors paid sixty times current cash flow for the U.S. toll roads. In this paper we explore two questions: What accounts for the difference in these multiples, and what are the implications with respect to the public interest. Our analysis illustrates how structural and procedural decisions made by the public owner affect the concession price. Further, the terms of the concession have direct consequences that are enjoyed or borne by the various stakeholders of the toll road.
Keywords: Transport infrastructures, roads, privatization, regulation and tolls
JEL Classification: L43, L92, L33
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