Access Bank completes N15bn green bond listing on Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

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Access Bank says it has completed the listing of its N15bn green bond on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

A statement said the 15.50 per cent fixed rate, unsecured climate-credential green bond represented a major milestone in the development of the local green finance market.

The bond was first listed on The Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2019, Access Bank stated.

The Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, stated that the cross-listing of the bond was done to make a material contribution to addressing climate change, and provide institutional investors with a means of accessing sustainable investments using a familiar, low-risk vehicle.

He said  the bonds would deliver increased visibility for issuers, as cross-listing improved the green bond issuers’ access to a deep pool of green capital domestically and internationally.

The net proceeds from the issue, which had a maturity period of five years, it stated, would be directed towards financing new loans and refinancing existing loans, per Access Bank’s Green Bond Framework.

Stating the Bank’s position on the milestone listing, the Head, Sustainability, Access Bank Plc, Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, said , “Access Bank supports the global climate change mitigation and adaptation agenda which seeks to promote responsible green lending globally, across its banking network.

“Being a pioneer, both in domestic and international capital markets, Access Bank views the global drive for responsible and sustainable green financing as an opportunity for the bank to raise capital for the creation of assets through climate financing.”

The statement said the cross-listing was in line with Access Bank’s sustainability leadership as the bank initiated and led the development of the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles.

“Access Bank was also part of a core group of 28 founding banks, that helped facilitate the launch of the Principles for Responsible Banking on September 22, 2019, during the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York,” it stated.

To facilitate the growth of the green finance industry in Nigeria and ultimately deepen the Nigerian capital market through the mobilisation of the foreign green capital, it stated, the NSE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the LuxSE in October 2019.

The Luxembourg Stock Exchange operates the Luxembourg Green Exchange, a platform exclusively dedicated to sustainable finance instruments, it stated.

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