Deutsche Hypo will next month become only the second issuer of a green benchmark covered bond, after having today (Wednesday) announced a roadshow ahead of a debut backed by commercial real estate, in a boost to the sustainable covered bond segment, which has lagged other asset classes.
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group became the first Japanese issuer to sell a green bond in accordance with Ministry of the Environment guidelines on 4 October, and SMFG officials said the move highlights a growing focus on the asset class in Japan, while being a green TLAC/MREL euro first.
Mizuho Financial Group issued its first green bond on Tuesday, a EUR500m seven year senior bond that is its only outstanding benchmark in euros, and a spokesperson for the Japanese bank told Sustainabonds that the green euro helps diversify its issuance currencies and investor base.
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) sold the first green HoldCo transaction in euros on Wednesday, a EUR500m seven year fixed rate trade that attracted over EUR1.6bn of demand, pre-reconciliation, to achieve tight pricing, while Japanese peer Mizuho is due with a senior trade after a roadshow ending today (Friday).
SBAB served the Swedish environmental cause and its local investor base with a SEK1.75bn (EUR183m) five year green bond on Wednesday, according to the bank’s head of funding, while the senior unsecured deal was seen coming some 6bp through its curve.
Hypo Vorarlberg reflected its state’s environmental ambitions with the first Austrian green bank bond on 12 September, a EUR300m five year deal that was also the first senior unsecured issue from the country since the Heta crisis, with its green status deemed a factor in smooth execution.
Berlin Hyp is planning its second senior green bond, a long dated euro issue expected after a roadshow starting Friday, which would make it the most prolific issuer of green benchmarks. The mandate comes after oekom upgraded the bank’s sustainability corporate rating to put it top of its peer group.
Deutsche Kreditbank head of treasury Thomas Pönisch attributed impressive pricing on its second green bond on Tuesday to the “green factor”, while the German lender extended its commitment to the market with a longer oekom agreement and a larger pool that could see a private placement follow.
Green bonds do not yet offer cheaper funding than conventional comparables, according to a report from the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), even if momentum reflected in moves from IPTs and secondary performance – notably on an Apple bond – suggests a positive future.
The European Green Securities Steering Committee – an industry-wide committee jointly convened by the Climate Bonds Initiative and the European Covered Bond Council, with the support of the UNEP Inquiry – mapped its priorities for the coming 12 months at an inaugural meeting last Thursday (29 June).