Zaandam, the Netherlands, March 28, 2023 – Ahold Delhaize today announced that it successfully priced a €500 million Green Bond, with a term of 5 years, maturing on April 4, 2028.
The transaction marks Ahold Delhaize’s inaugural Green Bond issuance and follows its Sustainability Bond issuance in 2019, the €1bn Sustainability-Linked RCF launched in 2020 and refinanced to €1.5bn in 2022, and the Sustainability-Linked Bond issuance in 2021. All these ESG-labelled financings together reinforce the continued alignment of the company’s funding strategy to its sustainability strategy and overall ESG ambitions.
The bond proceeds will be used to finance and re-finance Ahold Delhaize’s new or existing environmentally friendly assets with a positive measurable environmental impact in the following categories:
Ahold Delhaize has published an updated Green Finance Framework (the “Framework”) structured in accordance with the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) Green Bond Principles (2021) and Loan Market Association (LMA) Green Loan Principles (2023) to detail the quality of the Eligible Green Projects and the governance process around green finance. The Framework has been reviewed by the external ESG agency Sustainalytics which has provided a positive Second-Party Opinion.
The Green Finance Framework and the relative Second Party Opinion are available here.
Jan Ernst de Groot, Chief Sustainability Officer said: “We’re excited to announce the issuance of the first Green Bond and fourth ESG financing instrument for the company. This transaction confirms Ahold Delhaize’s aspiration to taking up its sustainability challenges and mobilizing its teams to strive to create sustainable value for all its stakeholders. This step supports our updated climate plans announced last year, and allows us to accelerate our contribution to the transition to sustainable food systems.”
The issuance is priced at 99.851 per cent and carries an annual coupon of 3.500 per cent. The notes will settle on April 4, 2023 and shall be listed on Euronext Amsterdam. BofA Securities and ING acted as Green Structuring Co-ordinators. BNP Paribas, BofA Securities, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs Bank Europe SE, ING and Wells Fargo Securities acted as Joint Bookrunners.
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