London Stock Exchange today welcomes the listing of the first ever Chinese Green Covered Bond, issued by Bank of China. The bond, part of Bank of China’s wider MTN programme, creates in effect a new and innovative asset class for global investors, raised $500m. To celebrate the listing, Tian Guoli, Chairman, Bank of China and Simon Kirby MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury opened London trading.
The net proceeds of the three year, 1.875% coupon Green Covered Bonds will be allocated to Eligible Green Projects across renewable energy, pollution prevention, clean transportation and sustainable water management. The offer was 1.8 times oversubscribed and investors split between Asia and Europe.
Tian Guoli, Chairman, Bank of China said:
“Being rooted in London for 87 years, we regard it as our own mission to connect China’s promising Green Bond market with London’s vibrant capital market. This particular green covered bond connects China’s onshore green bond market with international investors, via an asset backed structure. With the support from governments and central banks, with the cooperation with our friends in the industry, we can together develop a greener financial market.”
Simon Kirby MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury said:
“Meeting the climate change targets agreed in Paris last year requires a major rethink of how we finance projects. The UK has the knowledge, expertise and capital to lead the way but meaningful progress requires international co-operation. Today’s news is proof that the close collaboration between the UK and China is paying off and helping us tackle the most defining challenge of our time.”
Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group said:
“In October 2015, during last year’s landmark visit to London by President Xi, we hosted the first ever international issuance of a green bond by a Chinese institution. Today's issuance by Bank of China is another world first for green finance and London Stock Exchange is proud to be the partner of choice. It underscores the global leadership on green finance provided by China during their G20 Presidency and London Stock Exchange Group and the City as a whole are committed to be leading partners in the internationalisation of China's capital markets.
“Taking advantage of the efficient listing process and accessing through London, the world’s deepest international investor base, this listing demonstrates that Chinese issuers can bring innovation to bear in exciting new areas such as green finance. We look forward to further building this market with Chinese partners and authorities over the long-term.”
The listing brings to the forefront the rapid development of strong financial links between London and China. In the last year alone:
London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has been supporting investors and issuers in the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy for over a decade, developing innovative products and services in close collaboration with the market. Our comprehensive sustainable finance offering is focused on green financing for issuers (both debt and equity), indexing and analytics. Our markets are home to a diversified portfolio of green bonds, ETFs, renewable investment funds and corporates whose business models encompass alternative energy. FTSE Russell, the global index leader, has long been a pioneer in the development of benchmarking tools enabling investors to integrate ESG factors in their portfolios and to track the increasing shift towards a green economy.
LSEG joined the UN’s Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative as a Partner Exchange in 2014 and has also signed The Paris Pledge for Action.
Further information can be found online at our Global Sustainable Investment Centre
Recent LSEG green finance initiatives and milestones include: