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1.4 Data Definitions

The data standard described in this section covers the different categories of information that can be reported for individual infrastructure companies. Table 1 describes the static characteristics of uniquely identified individual infrastructure companies that can be the object of equity or debt investments.

Table 2 describes a standardised nomenclature of relevant events (investment milestones; credit, technical, acquisition, or regulatory events) that can be reported for these firms. These events are reported dynamically: they can be known today but be expected to happen in the future. These include the firm name, production capacity or the firm's business model, and the type of regulation. These classifications follow the TICCS® standard.

Table 3 lists the potential attributes of individual firms. Likewise, they may change over time e.g. the business-model attribute of the firm can be reported again if its changes in time. For instance, as a result of the expiry of an off-take contract (a dynamically reported event), the firm's business-model classification can be changed from 'contracted' to 'merchant.'

Table 4 describes the attributes of individual financial instruments found on the company's balance sheet, while table 5 proposes a taxonomy of debt covenants that can be attributed to instruments or companies.

Finally, table 6 lists and defines the financial values corresponding to the companies and instruments previously identified. Firm-level profit and loss, balance sheet, and cash-flow items are also dynamically reported. Indeed, while the forecast may be considered static at a point in time, as more information becomes available and the forecast is updated and provided, it can be considered dynamic.

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