RBI issues Green Bond – First benchmark issue by an Austrian bank
The bond has a notional amount of EUR 500 million and a maturity of three years.
Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) yesterday successfully placed the first Austrian benchmark sized Green Bond. The bond has a notional amount of EUR 500 million and a maturity of three years. The coupon is mid swap plus 40 basis points.
The issue was preceded by an extensive roadshow throughout Europe. With orders in excess of EUR 1.3 billion, the orderbook was significantly oversubscribed.
"The demand for green investment opportunities is growing continuously. With our Green Bond we can meet this demand and at the same time finance sustainable projects in our home market", Martin Grüll, CFO of RBI, said about the issuance. "The high demand and very positive investor feedback show that we are on a very good path with our sustainability initiatives," Grüll said.
RBI regards Austria, where it is a leading corporate and investment bank, as well as Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. 14 markets of the region are covered by subsidiary banks. Additionally, the RBI Group comprises numerous other financial service providers, for instance in leasing, asset management or M&A.
In total, around 50,000 employees service 16.6 million customers through more than 2,400 business outlets, the majority thereof in CEE. RBI's shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange. The Austrian Regional Raiffeisen Banks own around 58.8 per cent of the shares, the remainder is in free float. Within the Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, RBI is the central institute of the Regional Raiffeisen Banks and other affiliated credit institutions and renders important services in this function.
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