​First ‘green Schuldschein’ worth EUR 550 million successfully issued by Nordex

DGAP-News: Nordex SE / Key word(s): Financing

2016-03-31 / 11:19
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First “green Schuldschein” worth EUR 550 million successfully issued by Nordex

  • Schuldschein (promissory note) of EUR 550 million placed with terms of three to ten years
  • Proceeds primarily to be used to finance the acquisition of Acciona Windpower
  • Certification as a “green” financial instrument allowing ESG investors to subscribe

Hamburg, 31 March 2016. The Nordex Group (ISIN: DE000A0D6554) has successfully placed a promissory note (“Schuldscheindarlehen”) worth EUR 550 million with national and international investors. The banking syndicate comprises Bayerische Landesbank, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, HSBC and UniCredit. Nordex will be using the proceeds of the issue primarily to finance the acquisition of Acciona Windpower, meaning that this transaction is funded on a medium and long-term basis. In addition, part of the proceeds will be used to repay the corporate bond maturing in April.

With this transaction, Nordex is widening its debt capital portfolio with the issue of the world’s first “green” Schuldschein. On the basis of an expert opinion submitted by DNV GL Business Assurance, the Climate Bond Standard Executive Board confirmed that the proceeds were being used solely for purposes with a positive impact on climate and environmental protection. Previously, only conventional “green” bonds had received this certification.

In this way, it was possible for investors required to follow environmental and social standards to subscribe to the investment. These ESG investors account for around 25% of the subscribers to the bonded loan. All told, just under one half of the funds raised were provided by German investors, particularly savings and cooperative banks. More than 50% of the proceeds came from international investors.

“Thanks to the strong demand, it was possible to more than double the originally planned volume of the Schuldschein. In addition to its solid balance-sheet structure, Nordex’s sustainable and stable business model met with great interest. This applies equally to conventional and ESG investors,” says Antonio Keglevich, head of Green Bond Origination at UniCredit Bank, which acted as a green structuring advisor.

The bonded loan is being issued in tranches of 3, 5, 7 and 10 years with fixed or variable coupons. Depending on the tranche, the coupon on the issue date is between 1.5% and 3.0%.

About Nordex
As one of the technological leaders in multi-megawatt wind power systems, Nordex is benefiting from the trend in favour of large-scale turbines. The Generation Gamma range comprises the N90/2500, N100/2500 and the N117/2400, which is one of the most efficient series turbines for non-coastal regions. To date, over 3,600 of these turbines have been produced. With Generation Delta, Nordex is now offering the fourth generation of its proven multi-megawatt platform (N100/3300, N117/3000, N131/3000 as well as the N131/3000 for the German market). Nordex has installed a total of around 7,000 turbines with an aggregate capacity of more than 13,000 MW all around the world. With exports accounting for around 70 percent of its business, Nordex SE also plays a key role in international high-growth regions. The Company has offices and subsidiaries in more 20 countries around the world The Group currently has around 3,300 employees around the world. In October 2015, the Nordex Group announced that it would be merging with the Spanish turbine producer Acciona Windpower.

For more information, please contact:
Nordex SE
Ralf Peters
Telephone + 49 40 300 30 – 1000

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