Now Available: Croatia Infrastructure Report 2017

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Now Available: Croatia Infrastructure Report 2017 2017-01-09 19:53:26

Transport and energy infrastructure will remain the biggest contributions to overall construction sector value, backed by EU financing and Chinese investment. Residential and non-residential will struggle amid low demand, weak investment and political upheaval, despite an improving economic outlook.

Forecast & Industry Developments

The dissolving of parliament in June and the forming of a left-right split government in September does not bode well for policy continuity and political risk will be one of our key concerns over the next few years.

The recession laid the construction industry low by limiting government investment and weakening domestic demand. FDI has been hampered by an uncompetitive business environment in need of structural reforms aimed at lowering labour costs and shrinking bureaucracy. Croatian banks will struggle in the corporate loan market, with internal and external demand remaining low, as businesses put projects on hold or seek alternative funding.

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Croatian infrastructure will rely heavily on EU funding, with the country set to benefit from two particular project financing vehicles: the EUR64.3bn Cohesion Fund and EUR14.9bn Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). These will support the funding of the TEN-T transport corridors and TEN-E energy networks, which have a heavy weighting towards the less developed networks in Eastern and Central Europe. Chinese investment is also gaining a strong foothold across the CEE, particularly in transport and energy infrastructure, and could provide Croatia with alternative and cheap project financing.

The Croatian government aims to restructure the country’s roads sector as it seeks to reschedule EUR1.8bn of debt held by state-owned Croatian Motorways, Croatian Roads and Rijeka-Zagreb Motorway. The government is negotiating with the World Bank, as well as the EBRD, with loan agreements expected by the end of November 2016 and the first bonds issued in Q217. The restructuring is proposing a new standardisation and categorisation of roads, especially state roads; a new institutional framework for companies; improvements to the maintenance system; a new model of toll collection, as well as long-term planning of large investments.

Risk/Reward Index

Heightened political risk after parliament was dissolved in June, followed in September by an election resulting in a left-right split coalition will drag on the construction industry and the economy, even despite surprising GDP growth in H116.

The country requires structural change and improvements to its competitiveness, which w ould improve the business environment.

Croatia scores only 35.0 out of 100.0 for Industry Rewards, indicative of the small scale of the industry and limited growth prospects.

Nevertheless, the reforms the country put in place in preparation for its EU accession have bolstered its low risk credentials, which in turn sustain its scores to the middle of the regional table.

The Croatia Infrastructure Report features BMI Research’s market assessment and forecasts covering public procurement and spending on all major infrastructure and construction projects, including transportation and logistics by land, sea and air; power plants and utilities, and commercial construction and property development. The report analyses the impact of regulatory changes and the macroeconomic outlook and features competitive intelligence on contractors and suppliers.

BMI’s Croatia Infrastructure Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Croatian infrastructure and construction industry.

Key Benefits

Benchmark BMI’s independent infrastructure industry forecasts for Croatia to test other views – a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the Croatian infrastructure market.

Target business opportunities and risks in the Croatian infrastructure sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Croatia.

Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI�s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering infrastructure and construction, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments. These are broken down into construction (social, commercial and residential), transport (roads, railways, ports, airports, etc), and energy & utilities (powerplants, pipelines and so on).

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