- Strong support: 23 banks offered a total of €7 billion in financing, an oversubscription of more than twice the target amount
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ACCIONA and ACCIONA Energía today signed financing agreements linked to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria, for €800 million and €2.5 billion, respectively. Both transactions, underwritten by a broad syndicate of 23 banks, provide both companies with the necessary financial structure for the IPO of the renewable energy subsidiary, expected to be completed in the first half of the year.
The financing contracts totaling €3.3 billion will allow ACCIONA Energía to become financially independent once it is a listed company. They will also allow the ACCIONA Group to reorganize its financial structure in advance of the repayment of a significant portion of its bank debt with the net funds it will receive in due course following the placement in the market of a minority stake in ACCIONA Energy.
The draw of both syndicated loan agreements is conditional upon, among others, the admission to trading of ACCIONA Energía.
ACCIONA announced in February its intention to float at least 25% of its energy business on the Spanish market. In April, a General Shareholders' Meeting, in an extraordinary session, authorized the sale of shares in ACCIONA Energía, with the intention to float.
ACCIONA Energía's credit facility is structured in three tranches: the first two are three-year term loans of €1 billion each; the third tranche is a five-year revolving credit line with a ceiling of €500 million.
ACCIONA's financing is structured in two tranches: a €200 million term loan and a €600 million revolving credit line, both with a five-year maturity, extendable to seven years.
The financing is designed with competitive pricing that can be substantially reduced after the first year if certain leverage, rating and ESG criteria are met.
Both facilities have been structured using an innovative ESG "double impact" scheme that links reductions in their cost to the achievement of corporate sustainability goals and -for the first time in an instrument of this type- to generating a positive local impact.
ACCIONA Energía’s ESG target is to align 95% of its investments with the European taxonomy of low-carbon activities. For the ACCIONA Group financing, the target is a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
In relation to the additional positive local impact, targets include tree planting and conservation to compensate emissions from business operations for ACCIONA Energía, and training vulnerable groups and providing clean energy for isolated rural communities in the case of ACCIONA.
The introduction of quantifiable local impact objectives marks an innovative approach to ESG financing. Together, the two loans represent the largest social impact facilities in the Spanish market, and are the first to include corporate and local targets.
UniCredit and CaixaBank are the coordinators and sustainability agents for ACCIONA and ACCIONA Energía, respectively. The opinion of alignment with ESG financing principles was prepared by DNV. Banco Santander and Banco Sabadell act as agent banks in ACCIONA's financing and CaixaBank and Banco Santander in ACCIONA Energía's.
The ESG financing instrument received final approval from 23 financial institutions for an amount of €7 billion, which represents an oversubscription of more than double the target amount.
The participating entities are BBVA, BNP Paribas, Bank of America, Caixabank, Citibank, Crédit Agricole, Goldman Sachs, ING, Intesa, JP Morgan, Kutxabank, Mizuho, Morgan Stanley, Natwest, Royal Bank of Canada, Banco Sabadell, Banco Santander, Société Générale, UniCredit, Bankinter, HSBC, ICO and MUFG.
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