Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) issued the first green senior non-preferred sterling benchmark on 22 January, a £500m five year deal in which a maturing ESG UK investor base considered both LBBW’s green bond and issuer credentials, according to those involved in the deal.
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.
The broader sustainability strategies of green and social bond issuers and the impact of their issuance across a range of metrics are increasingly being focused on. Meanwhile, new varieties of sustainable bonds could yield benefits, but complicate the picture. Sustainabonds gathered leading public sector issuers and ESG-focused investors for a roundtable, hosted by SFIL, to discuss key developments.
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group issued the first bond from a UK financial institution aligned with the Social Bond Principles on 8 November, a €750m six year non-call five social bond with proceeds earmarked for SME lending in deprived parts of the UK.
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.
DKB sold a four times subscribed €500m five year “blue” social Pfandbrief focused on water and waste water services on Wednesday, with the Eurosystem and SRI investors among those helping the German issuer achieve an “outstanding” deal, according to its head of funding and IR.
Berlin Hyp issued its first green bond in senior preferred format and eighth overall on Monday, a €500m no-grow 10 year deal that attracted more than €1.2bn of demand, and head of funding and IR Bodo Winkler said the issuer had reached the point where its issuance was almost “self-explanatory”.
Rabobank sold its first green senior non-preferred bond last week, a €750m seven year priced some 3bp through fair value, with the deal’s impressive outcome attributed largely to its green nature. The Dutch cooperative has also sought to make its transaction the first aligned with the latest draft of the EU Green Bond Standard.
Sparebanken Sør Boligkreditt sold its first green covered bond on 17 October, a €500m seven year trade that inaugurates the first green and sustainability bond framework from a Norwegian bank, which takes in social activity in emerging markets, and a new green mortgage highlighted by an official at the issuer.