CTP issues dual-tranche Green Bond, raising €1 billion amidst strong investor demand
■ Average cost of debt reduced by a further 35 basis points to 1.25%
■ Order book close to €4 billion
■ More than 80% of debt now in unsecured bonds
■ Lowest ever coupon on a 4-year bond for a CEE Borrower
Amsterdam, June 21st, 2021 CTP, one of Europe’s top-five logistics property companies and the largest logistics property owner-developer in CEE, today successfully completed its largest “Green Bond” issuance to date, following the company’s March IPO and recent inclusion in the Euronext AScX index. Structured as a dual tranche, CTP raised a total of €1 billion under its €4 billion EMTN programme. The issue included a €500 million four-year tranche and a €500 million eight-year tranche. Total demand for the issue reached nearly €4 billion, evidencing the solid standing that CTP holds on the international bond markets.
At pricing, the four-year bonds’ annual coupon was fixed at a rate of 0.5%, the lowest ever coupon on a benchmark bond offering from a CEE corporate. The eight-year tranche has a fixed annual coupon of 1.25% and marks CTP’s longest tenor to date.
The new debt issue achieved broad institutional distribution, selling primarily to asset managers (53% of the €1 billion issued), with the bulk of demand coming from the UK/Ireland (42%), Benelux (18%), the DACH region (14%) and France (11%). Proceeds from the bond sales will be used to refinance a portfolio of Eligible Green Assets in accordance with CTP’s Green Bond Framework. CTP has chosen to issue execlusively Green Bonds following its 2019 commitment to certify its entire portfolio of logistics and industrial projects to the BREEAM Very Good standard and above. While some 67% of CTP’s debut issuance in September 2020 was placed with typical green investors, this increased to even 86% of the current June 2021 issuance.
The newly issued Green Bonds mature on 21 June 2025 and 21 June 2029 respectively and carry investment grade ratings from both Moody’s (Baa3, outlook stable) and S&P (BBB- Stable).
CTP is a top five industrial property developer and manager in Europe and the largest in the CEE region, holding over 6.3 million m² of GLA. The Group continues to gain more market share across all its countries of operations and is on track to have 10 million m² by 2023. With its entire portfolio BREEAM certified, CTP claims to be the most sustainable developer in the region and is on track to be verified carbon neutral in 2021. In 2020, CTP received investment grade ratings from S&P (BBB- with outlook stable) and Moody’s (Baa3 outlook stable) and in March 2021, CTP had a successful IPO on Euronext Amsterdam which stands as the largest real estate IPO in Europe since 2014. In May 2021, Sustainalytics ranked CTP NV as one of the best 1.5% companies in terms of ESG (Environment, So-cial and Governance) score.
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