Caffil sold the first French covered bond in either green or social format on Tuesday, a EUR1bn eight year healthcare deal that drew over EUR2.6bn of orders and marginally outperformed the most recent comparable supply, according to a lead, while Moody’s said the ESG move is credit positive.
SpareBank 1 SMN has established a green bond framework and could sell the first senior unsecured green bond benchmark in euros from a Norwegian bank, while offering investors a rare opportunity to gain exposure to the “life below water” Sustainable Development Goal.
Sunndal Sparebank sold the first green bond from a Norwegian savings bank on 1 February, a NOK75m (EUR7.65m) three year senior unsecured deal with proceeds allocated to hydro power plants and loans for electric and hydrogen powered vehicles, rated “dark green” by Cicero.
Caffil is roadshowing a social bond that is set to be the first social or green covered bond from France, with the proceeds refinancing loans to public hospitals, and the group plans to follow up the debut with green covered bonds later this year and potentially social issuance from parent SFIL.
SBAB’s Swedish Covered Bond Corporation issued the largest Swedish krona green bond on Wednesday, a SEK6bn (EUR585m) covered bond backed by energy-efficient mortgages – the first in Sweden – that attracted over SEK14bn of orders and was priced inside SCBC’s secondary curve.
Italy’s UBI Banca is holding a non-deal roadshow for a new sustainable bond framework next week, with Norway’s DNB also planning a new, non-covered green bond programme for 2019 and Austria’s RLB Oberösterreich considering such issuance.
A debut EUR1bn green bond for Crédit Agricole SA attracted over EUR1.5bn of demand on Wednesday, and a syndicate official at the French bank argued that, by achieving a lower new issue premium than conventional comparables in challenging markets, the senior preferred deal offered support for the existence of a “greenium”.
ING set green bank bond records in euros and notably US dollars yesterday (Thursday) in its first green senior HoldCo transaction, a EUR2.6bn equivalent deal that the issuer expects to kick off more regular green bond issuance after a three year gap since its debut.
OP Corporate Bank will begin roadshowing a debut green bond from Finland’s OP Financial Group today (Monday), a senior unsecured euro benchmark, and its head of group funding and IR told Sustainabonds that, with OP being a cooperative, ESG is interwoven into the fabric of the group.
MünchenerHyp became the first issuer to have sold both green and social covered bonds on Tuesday, with the launch of a EUR500m “Ecological ESG” deal that should be the first of annual issues, according to its head of debt IR, although plans for social bonds may take some time to come to fruition.