Latvenergo AS implements placement of 5-year green bonds
Riga, 2022-04-28 16:36 CEST --
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Today, on 28 April 2022 Latvenergo AS (Baa2/stable, Moody`s) implemented a placement of five-year green bonds in total nominal value of EUR 100 million with a fixed annual interest rate and a yield to maturity of 2.42% (final terms of issuance of notes attached).
The total amount of the submitted purchase orders reached more than EUR 160 million. The purchase orders were received from 17 investors, including asset management funds, insurance companies and banks in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Austria, and international financial institutions – European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Nordic Investment Bank.
"Currently, the energy sector is undergoing significant changes throughout Europe, and it is very important that investors, even in such changing market environment, show high confidence in the growth direction chosen in Latvenergo's strategy. Many thanks to investors for their interest in Latvenergo's green bonds," says Guntars Baļčūns, Chief Financial Officer of Latvenergo AS.
It is intended that the notes will be listed on Nasdaq Riga AS.
The issuance of notes is being implemented under Latvenergo AS EUR 200 million third programme for the issuance of notes. The arrangers of the issuance are Luminor Bank AS un Swedbank AB (publ). Legal advice was provided by COBALT.
The proceeds from the issuance of notes will be allocated to environment-friendly investment projects in accordance with Latvenergo AS Green Bond Framework, which has received the Dark green shading issued by the independent research center CICERO Shades of Green. This is the highest category shading in the CICERO’s methodology. That indicates the compliance of the planned projects with long-term environmental protection and climate change mitigation objectives, as well as good governance and transparency.
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Latvenergo Group is one of the leading energy suppliers in the Baltics operating in electricity and thermal energy generation and trade, natural gas trade and electricity distribution services. Latvenergo AS has been acknowledged as the most valuable company in Latvia for several times. International credit rating agency Moody's has assigned Latvenergo AS an investment-grade credit rating of Baa2/stable.
Latvenergo Group is comprised of the parent company Latvenergo AS (generation and trade of electricity and thermal energy, trade of natural gas) and subsidiaries - Sadales tīkls AS (electricity distribution), Elektrum Eesti OÜ (trade of electricity and natural gas in Estonia), Elektrum Lietuva UAB (trade of electricity and natural gas in Lithuania), Enerģijas publiskais tirgotājs AS (administration of mandatory electricity procurement process) and Liepājas enerģija SIA (generation and trade of thermal energy in Liepaja, electricity generation). All shares of Latvenergo AS are owned by the state and held by the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia.