The development bank established by the BRICS group of nations has issued its first “green” bonds in U.S. dollars (USD). Proceeds from the placement will be used to fund “green” projects supported under the banking institution’s sustainable financing policy.
BRICS Development Bank Launches 3-year ‘Green’ Bonds
The New Development Bank (NDB), founded by the BRICS bloc, has placed three-year “green” bonds on international capital markets in the amount of $1.25 billion, the bank announced in a press release on Thursday, quoted by the Tass news agency.
The benchmark bond has been issued under the $50 billion Euro Medium Term Note Program, registered by the NDB in December 2019. The net proceeds will be used to finance or refinance eligible “green” projects, as defined in the NDB’s Sustainable Financing Policy Framework.
“The issuance represents NDB’s return to the international capital markets and is also the first USD Green Bond issued by the bank, demonstrating its commitment to sustainable capital markets,” the institution said in a statement.
The NDB was created by BRICS under an agreement between the member states – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – which was signed on July 15, 2014 and entered into force a year later. It finances solutions aimed at building a “more inclusive and resilient future.”
The bank noted that the transaction has seen strong reception from “high-quality investors,” with 78% of the final allocation going to central banks and official Institutions and the remainder being taken up mostly by bank treasuries and asset managers.
NDB’s ‘Green’ Bonds Attract Investors From Several Continents
“The geographically diverse book had in excess of 50 investors from Asia, Europe and the Americas … Citi, Crédit Agricole CIB, HSBC, and ICBC acted as the joint lead managers to the issuance. CACIB also acted as the Green Structuring Advisor,” the announcement detailed. NDB Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Leslie Maasdorp was quoted as commenting:
With this transaction, NDB has successfully re-tapped into the USD bond market. Our investors have demonstrated their solid confidence in NDB’s credit … The Bank has a robust pipeline of green and sustainable projects in all our member countries to finance.
With a starting capital of $100 billion, the Shanghai-headquartered bank was set up to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in the BRICS states and other developing nations. It has already approved nearly 100 projects for $32.8 billion in areas such as transportation, water supply, clean energy, digital and social infrastructure, and urban construction.
The NDB was able to attract long-term funding in international and local capital markets after previously receiving AA+ credit ratings from Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings. Despite putting new transactions with Russia on hold right after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Fitch downgraded its rating to ‘negative’ on its long-term issuer default scale in early March, last year.
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