ADB Sells $1.3 Billion in Global Green Bonds to Spur Climate Financing

MANILA, 11th August, 2016 (WAM) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has raised $1.3 billion to help finance climate change mitigation and adaptation projects with the issue of dual-tranche 3-year and 10-year green bonds, following its inaugural green bond issue in 2015.

"Scaling up climate financing is essential for the region to keep its commitments to the Paris Agreement, adopted at last year’s climate change summit," said ADB Treasurer Pierre Van Peteghem. "Through robust climate finance to both the public and private sectors, ADB has demonstrated its commitment to a low-carbon future. Today’s green bond issue also shows ADB’s responsiveness to investors, who increasingly see the importance of green investment and sustainable development for Asia and the Pacific."

Last year, ADB announced that it will double its annual climate financing to $6 billion by 2020, up from $3 billion in 2015. ADB’s spending on tackling climate change will rise to around 30 percent of its overall financing by the end of this decade. Out of the $6 billion, $4 billion will be dedicated to mitigation through scaling up support for renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, and building smart cities, while $2 billion will be for adaptation through more resilient infrastructure, climate-smart agriculture, and better preparation for climate-related disasters.

Proceeds of the green bonds will support low-carbon and climate resilient projects funded through ADB’s ordinary capital resources and used in its non-concessional operations.

The 3-year bond has an issue size of $800 million, a coupon rate of 1percent per annum payable semi-annually and a maturity date of 16 August 2019. It was priced at 99.779 percent to yield 22.75 basis points over the 0.75 percent US Treasury notes due July 2019. The 10-year bond has an issue size of $500 million, a coupon rate of 1.75 percent per annum payable semi-annually and a maturity date of 14 August 2026. It was priced at 99.745 percent to yield 21.9 basis points over the 1.625 percent US Treasury notes due May 2026.

The bonds were sold to about 70 investors including AGI, Banque Syz & Co SA, Black Rock, Calsters, Calvert Investments, Compass AM, Mirova, and State Street Global Advisors.

The issues achieved wide primary market distribution. For the 3-year bond, 58 percent of the bonds were placed in the Americas, 37 percent in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and 5 percent in Asia. By investor type, 44 percent of the bonds went to fund managers, 32 percent to central banks and official institutions, 16 percent to banks, and 8 percent to insurance, pension and other types of investors. For the 10-year bond, 49 percent of the bonds were placed in Asia, 32 percent in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and 19 percent in the Americas. By investor type, 46 percent of the bonds went to insurance, pension and other types of investors, 30 percent to fund managers, 13 percent to banks, and 11 percent to central banks and official institutions.

The Manila-based ADB plans to raise around $20 billion from the capital markets in 2016.


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