NIBC enters green bond market

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Last week NIBC further expanded its ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) profile by launching its inaugural green bond transaction. The green bond format is aimed at raising funding for ESG related financings. In the case of NIBC, the proceeds of the bond will be used for residential and commercial real estate financings that meet certain energy efficiency standards as well as for certain infrastructure financings such as renewable energy. Going forward we may include additional asset classes under our green bond framework. The issuance of green bonds is another step in NIBC’s ambition to contribute to more sustainable economic development. The green format further diversifies NIBC’s investor base, attracting dedicated ESG investors. The inaugural senior preferred transaction launched last week had a size of EUR 750 million, a 5 years maturity and was priced at swaps plus 60 basis points. It attracted investor interest from across Europe which resulted in a total orderbook in excess of EUR 1.3 billion. At allocation more than 60% of the transaction was sold to green investors.