Transition to a more sustainable economy is increasingly driving investment and business decisions. While climate has been a key focus, market participants are now moving to add natural capital to their calculations and pressing ahead with more socially focused projects, according to speakers at the KangaNews Sustainable Debt Summit, which took place in Sydney in late May.
Discussions at the KangaNews Sustainable Debt Summit 2021 virtual event in June suggest market engagement with environmental, social and governance issues continues to deepen. Norms in sustainability-linked instruments are quickly solidifying while developments in accounting, disclosure and stakeholder engagement are also contributing to momentum.
Incitec Pivot has completed a sustainability-linked loan (SLL) facility, a development the borrower and its sustainability structurer say demonstrates how this type of financing can be relevant even for companies in hard-to-abate sectors. In a further development for the Australian SLL market, G8 Education also recently signed a new facility with KPIs primarily linked to social outcomes.
On 10 November, Incitec Pivot and its subsidiary, Dyno Nobel, announced a tender offer to buy back A$200 million (US$145.6 million) in aggregate of the former’s A$450 million outstanding March 2026 maturity and the latter’s US$400 million outstanding August 2027 line.
Incitec Pivot priced its first Australian dollar deal in more than five years on 8 March. The issuer cites the increased availability of seven-year debt as a key factor in its return while deal sources say the rarity of the credit led to significant demand for the transaction.