Strong demand for a Covid-19-focused social bond from Crédit Mutuel Arkéa on Thursday allowed the French issuer to price its biggest senior non-preferred (SNP) transaction, a €750m nine year non-call eight deal whose proceeds are earmarked for supporting healthcare and SME development.
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.
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.
Société Générale SFH issued the first French green covered bond last Monday, a EUR1bn 10 year issue that attracted over EUR2.5bn of orders, with proceeds earmarked for refinancing mortgages against low carbon residential buildings in the fifth “positive impact” bond from the group.
La Banque Postale inaugurated a green, social and sustainability bond framework last week and attracted twice as many investors to the EUR750m 10 year green senior non-preferred bond than its last conventional SNP. Issuance in social and covered bond formats is set to follow.
La Banque Postale (LBP) is planning to inaugurate a new green, social and sustainability bond framework after a roadshow starting on Monday, with a seven to 10 year senior non-preferred green bond envisaged. ABN AMRO is meanwhile set to launch its fourth green bond.
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.
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.
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”.