KBC joined the green bond market with a more than thrice-subscribed EUR500m debut on Wednesday, to give green financing power to its clients, according to a KBC official. The senior HoldCo deal was also priced with a substantially smaller premium than recent conventional supply despite markets having been choppy.
Obvion Mortgages priced its third green residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) issue flat to a post-crisis Dutch RMBS tight on 19 May, and its head of balance sheet management and funding cited its green nature as helping a EUR550m senior tranche achieve the tight pricing against a widening backdrop.
DNB Boligkreditt has established a green covered bond framework based on residential mortgages for the most energy efficient properties in Norway, after compatriot SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt tightened its criteria on the basis of feedback during its Climate Bonds Initiative certification process.
BBVA issued the largest green bond from a Eurozone bank today (Thursday), a EUR1bn seven year senior non-preferred deal that inaugurated a new SDG-aligned framework and attracted more than EUR2.5bn of demand despite coming relatively tight in a recovering market.
Landshypotek Bank is preparing to issue the first green covered bond from Sweden, a Swedish krona debut set to be backed by and finance forestry loans, thereby targeting “a very important part” of tackling CO2 emissions, its chief sustainability officer told Sustainabonds.
ABN AMRO lauded the hardiness of green bonds in difficult market conditions after issuing a EUR750m seven year green senior unsecured bond on Wednesday, its biggest green bond to date. The Dutch bank has added new project types to its framework, with the new issue partly funding offshore wind.
Berlin Hyp took what could be a last chance to secure prevailing attractive funding levels with a EUR500m 10 year green senior unsecured bond on Tuesday, but an allocation of just 20% to SRI accounts disappointed, as the deal’s maturity and spread wasn’t for all in a difficult market.
SpareBank 1 Boligkreditt is preparing to issue an inaugural, euro benchmark green covered bond – the first from outside Germany – targeting the growing SRI investor base and aiming to highlight and enhance its member banks’ commitment to sustainability, SpaBol’s Eivind Hegelstad told Sustainabonds.
A debut EUR500m green Pfandbrief for Deutsche Hypo went “perfectly” yesterday (Thursday), according to head of funding and investor relations Jürgen Klebe, who said the deal reflected green moves in the bank and helps prepare for a post-CBPP3 market, with annual issuance planned.
Barclays became the first UK bank to issue a green bond yesterday (Monday), selling a EUR500m six year non-call five HoldCo issue flat to fair value in a strong credit market, shortly after the UK government established a green finance taskforce of which the issuer is a member.