Draft EU Taxonomy standards threatens to stymie green bond issuance to finance green buildings by limiting eligibility to those with EPC A labels, with one pioneering covered bond issuer floating a switch to KPI-linked bonds, although there are suggestions the Commission may be open to compromise.
Berlin Hyp achieved the highest bid-to-cover ratio of any German Pfandbrief this year on Tuesday when it reopened the post-summer covered bond market with its 10th benchmark green bond, a €500m 10 year deal launched in the wake of “ambitious” new sustainability targets, and followed it up with a Swiss franc debut on Thursday.
Sparebanken Vest Boligkreditt’s “360 degree” sustainability strategy was cited as helping attract investors to the Norwegian’s €500m seven year debut green covered bond on Wednesday (1 July), which was priced with a lower new issue premium than recent supply in the asset class.
Norway’s SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt sold the largest ever green covered bond new issue in the Swedish market yesterday (Tuesday), a SEK7.5bn five year FRN made feasible by the QE-inspired strength of the krona market and the attraction of the green element, which contributed to a SEK9bn-plus order book.
Interest in the energy transition purpose of a €1.25bn 10 year debut green covered bond helped France’s BPCE achieve the biggest book on a euro benchmark covered bond since 2013 on Tuesday, according to an official at the issuer, allowing it to achieve “more normalised” pricing amid the crisis-hit market backdrop.
Caffil took advantage of an existing social bond framework to be the first-mover in Covid-19-related covered bonds on Tuesday, tapping into improving conditions to raise €1bn for lending to public hospitals ahead of an anticipated broader rise in French public spending and SFIL group funding.
Berlin Hyp has opened up its green bond issuance to private placements ahead of the fifth anniversary of the launch of its pioneering green Pfandbrief today (Monday), with the German issuer having hit one year ahead of schedule a target of 20% of its lending being green by the end of 2020.
NordLB Luxembourg Covered Bond Bank (NordLB CBB) attracted both ESG-focused and regular covered bond buyers to the first ever renewable energy covered bond last week, a €300m five year legislative deal that, the issuer told Sustainabonds, came surprisingly tight to its traditional issuance.
NordLB Luxembourg Covered Bond Bank is set to launch the first renewable energy covered bond in the coming fortnight, a €300m five year, and the issuer told Sustainabonds it is confident the uniquely green legislative product will prove a timely addition to the market.
Caffil attracted over €3bn of demand to the first ever green public sector covered bond on Tuesday, a €750m 10 year issue that Philippe Mills, CEO of Caffil parent SFIL, said is “close to the heart” of its mission, with green bonds complementing its social issuance.