EnBW has launched its first two green hybrid bonds on the capital markets with a total issue size of €1 billion
Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW), a publicly-traded electric utility company headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, has launched its first two green hybrid bonds on the capital markets with a total issue size of €1 billion.
Making the utility the first German green hybrid bond issuer. Rating agencies Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch classify 50 percent of each of the hybrid bonds as equity for EnBW. The proceeds from the Green bonds are to be used exclusively to fund climate-friendly projects. Increasing numbers of institutional investors prefer sustainable investments. This growing financial weight alone further enhances the strategic importance of climate-friendly activities.
CFO Thomas Kusterer said that the company is investing increasingly in climate-friendly growth projects. The second issuance of green bonds is, therefore, a logical next step for us. EnBW launched its first green bond with an issue size of €500 million on October 24, 2018. The proceeds from the two new hybrid bond issues are earmarked for expanding offshore and onshore wind power and photovoltaics.
“The new bonds were several times oversubscribed within a very short time. That demonstrates the capital markets’ confidence in us and the recognition of our strategy. The equity component of the hybrid bonds also has a positive impact on our credit profile.”
With the issuance of green bonds, the company aims to help direct capital flows towards climate-friendly financial products that support the development of sustainable business models.
“Sustainability is an integral part of EnBW’s business model today. This also includes a sustainable financing strategy. EnBW is represented in expert bodies such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) – an initiative of the Financial Stability Board – the European Commission Technical Expert Group (TEG) and the German government’s Sustainable Finance Advisory Council. Outcomes from these bodies are successively incorporated into the company’s own activities. EnBW’s green hybrid bonds are thus already based on the current draft model of the EU Green Bond Standard, the company issued in a statement.
The two bonds, each with an issue size of €500 million and a settlement date on 5 August 2019 will mature in some 60 years. For the bond issue with an initial coupon of 1.125 %, EnBW has a right of early redemption that it can first exercise on 5 August 2024 and thereafter at any coupon date. The bond issue with an initial coupon of 1.625 % can first be redeemed on 5 May 2027.