Investa Property Group
Investa Property Group’s green-debt strategy has matured, bringing realised cost benefits, the A$500 million (US$330 million) milestone in green loans and the prospect of all future bank-debt refinancing coming in green format. The company’s Sydney-based general manager, corporate sustainability, Nina James, and head of corporate planning and treasury, Lisa Story, discuss the merits of the strategy and its execution.
At the KangaNews-Westpac Corporate Debt Summit 2019, which took place in Sydney on 15 October, the Australian corporate market took stock of developments in the economy and capital markets at home and abroad. With another record attendance in 2019, the summit has become the leading forum for the Australian corporate debt industry.
The KangaNews Sustainable Debt Summit 2019 took place in Sydney on 18 March with a record number of delegates in attendance. The tone of discussion at the event has evolved in recent years, with the emphasis now much more clearly on delivery – the ‘how’ and ‘what’ as opposed to the ‘why’ of sustainable finance.
Investa Commercial Property Fund (ICPF) has closed a A$170 million (US$122.3 million) green loan having tagged its entire asset portfolio against the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) low-carbon-building criteria emission thresholds. The facility is bilateral with ANZ, but the borrower says green loans should be able to find new liquidity and pave the way for more downline green-bond issuance.
On 2 November, Oxford Property Group (Oxford Property) launched a conditional offer for up to A$150 million (US$108.2 million) of Investa Office Fund (IOF) notes, due April 2024. The purchase price under the offer will be 100 per cent plus accrued interest up to and including the purchase date, expected in December 2018. ANZ is sole facilitator for the offer.
On 2 August, Quartz Finance, an entity owned by Blackstone Group, launched a conditional purchase offer for up to A$150 million (US$111.1 million) of Investa Office Fund (IOF)’s green-bond line due April 2024. The purchase price under the offer will be 100 per cent plus 1.782 per cent for accrued interest up to and including the proposed implementation date, 5 September.