Hong Leong Bank First Bank in Malaysia to Conclude Maiden Issuance of Green Capital Securities of RM900 Million in Nominal Value
Hong Leong Bank (HLB) announced the issuance of its first Green Additional Tier 1 (AT1) Capital Securities (Green Capital Securities) amounting to RM900 million in nominal value, issued under HLB's existing multi-currency Basel-III compliant AT1 capital securities programme of up to RM10.0 billion (or its equivalent in other currencies) in nominal value (AT1 Programme).
The issuance of the Green Capital Securities also achieves the milestone of being the first issuance of a green AT1 bond by a bank in Malaysia, HLB said in a press release.
In addition to fulfilling the Bank's AT1 capital requirements, HLB's inaugural issuance of Green Capital Securities is to raise funds for the purpose of financing or refinancing new or existing green assets, projects or companies that meet the eligibility criteria outlined in HLB's Green Bond Framework (the Framework).
Domenic Fuda, HLB's Group Managing Director and CEO shared that the issuance of the Green Capital Securities is an important enabler in supporting the Bank's efforts to spur greater market adoption of sustainable growth through environmental, social and governance ("ESG") complying financing.
"This issuance cements our commitment to green financing and forms part of our sustainable funding strategy. With clear eligibility considerations outlined in the Framework, this is a significant step forward in increasing lending to businesses and individual customers that want to invest in eco-friendly initiatives. We hope this can help unlock the financing needed for climate-friendly projects, while shaping and supporting Malaysia's transition to a greener and low-carbon economy," said Fuda.
Established in accordance with the transparency and disclosure requirements of the ASEAN Green Bond Standards and the globally recognised Green Bond Principles issued by the International Capital Market Association, the Framework has been reviewed by RAM Sustainability Sdn Bhd, which has assigned Environmental Benefit (EB) ratings to eligible assets or projects under the framework, including the highest EB rating of Tier-1 for assets/projects involving renewable energy (solar, wind and hydropower), energy efficiency, green building and electric vehicles.
The Green Capital Securities, which are perpetual and non-callable for 5 years, were priced at a spread of 72.2 basis points above the 5-year Malaysian Government Securities with a distribution rate of 4.45% p.a. for the first 5 years. The Green Capital Securities are rated A1 by RAM Rating Services Berhad.