Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), a utility firm in the Middle East and North Africa region, has issued a $1.5bn dual-tranche bond. These are the company’s first green bonds following the launch of its new green finance framework.
TAQA has recently established the green finance framework for the issuance of green bonds, loans, and other key debt instruments.
Under the framework, the 10-year notes maturing on 24 April, 2033 is sized at US$1 billion and were issued at a coupon rate of 4.696%. The proceeds of the same will be used to finance, refinance and invest in relevant eligible green projects, as outlined in the company’s Green Finance Framework. The five-year notes, sized at US$500 million and maturing on 24 January, 2029, were issued as conventional bonds at a coupon rate of 4.375%. The net proceeds from these bonds will be used for general corporate purposes.
With a very strong demand from domestic, regional and international investors the final order book reached US$ 15 billion. The transaction was almost 10 times oversubscribed The Notes are expected to be rated Aa3 by Moody’s and AA- by Fitch, in line with the corporate credit ratings of the company.
A syndicate of joint lead managers and book runners comprising of BNP Paribas, Emirates NBD Capital, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC, ICBC, IMI-Intesa Sanpaolo, Scotiabank, SMBC Nikko and Standard Chartered, arranged and offered the issuance through establishing its Green Finance Framework.
TAQA received support from Citi, Standard Chartered Bank, MUFG and HSBC as Joint Sustainability Structuring Banks alongside First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) as Sustainability Finance Framework Advisor.
Jasim Husain Thabet, TAQA’s Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, said,“TAQA has yet again achieved competitive funding in our latest bond offering which has attracted strong demand from investors across several capital markets. In addition to this, TAQA’s clear ESG Strategy and decarbonisation agenda has enabled us to complete our first ever green bond, following the launch of our new Green Finance Framework and allows us to cater to the growing demand for investors seeking credible green investment opportunities. In the ‘Year of Sustainability’, TAQA is demonstrating how utility companies can have ambitious growth targets and prioritise solid returns, whilst working towards a net zero future.”
Stephen Ridlington, TAQA’s Group Chief Financial Officer, commented, “The successful completion of this latest dual-tranche bond offering, which was several times oversubscribed, reinforces investors’ confidence in the financial fundamentals of TAQA. The Company has once again achieved very competitive funding rates and locked in interest rates largely in line with our existing corporate interest cost. We are pleased with these results, particularly considering the trend of rising interest rates since last year. In addition to this, we have successfully completed our first green bond issuance. This follows the recent release of our Green Finance Framework, which was awarded a SQS2 (very good) sustainability score by Moody’s. We remain committed to maintaining our investment grade credit ratings to ensure we can continue to competitively fund future growth.”