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Green Bond Pricing in the Primary Market Q3 2017

Climate Bonds Releases Third Report in Series


London - February 22, 2018 ( Newswire) Climate Bonds Initiative has released "Green Bond Pricing in the Primary Market" analysing the performance of green bonds at issue July - September 2017.

The report covers USD15.4bn, slightly over half of the combined face value of labelled green bonds issued in the Q3 2017, and continues our assessment of green bond pricing.

A preliminary 'Snapshot' briefing paper examining Q4 2016 was produced for the 2017 Climate Bonds Annual Conference. The first Green Bond Pricing Report examining eligible green

bonds from 2016 and Q1 2017 was released in August, followed by a report covering Q2 2017, published in November 2017.

Highlights from Q3 2017:

Detailed findings:

Peer Stein, Global Head Climate Finance, Financial Institutions Group IFC: "Green bonds are one of the fastest growing asset classes within debt capital markets, with increasing interest from emerging markets issuers. This research will help green bond issuers and investors alike as it sheds more light on pricing dynamics and issuer diversification."

Tony Trzcinka, CFA. SVP and Portfolio Manager, Impax Investment Management LLC: "This CBI report highlights the continued strong interest from investors in this fast-growing green asset class. It also shows that there is a diverse investor base of both green and traditional investors that are interested in a more sustainable future."

Max Bronzwaer, Treasurer, Obvion NV:

"The green bonds market has been growing incredibly fast, and now we're seeing interesting developments in pricing. The analysis remains preliminary, but shows close examination is well worthwhile. We hope the paper encourages potential green bond issuers to explore this market."

Sean Kidney, CEO of Climate Bonds Initiative:

"With seven quarters worth of data, we are now starting to see evidence of green bonds benefiting both issuers and investors. Meeting increasing investor demand in various markets, while expanding the issuer base will widen the pool available for analysis."

"If the positive growth forecasts for 2018 are reached we can expect an impact on green pricing. Climate Bonds will continue its analysis and monitoring of green bond behaviour in the primary and secondary market and expand its sample base of green and vanilla performance comparisons."

For more information:

Andrew Whiley
Head of Communications and Media,
Climate Bonds Initiative, London
+44 (0) 7914 159 838

Notes for Journalists

Report Preparation & Funding Support: Green Bond Pricing in the Primary Market July - September 2017 was prepared jointly by the Climate Bonds Initiative and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Support and funding was provided by ImPax World Mutual Funds, Obvion Hypotheken, and Rabobank. Additional funding was received from the Ministry of Finance of Japan and the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Partner Disclosure: Several organisations named in this communication are Climate Bonds Partners. A full list of Partners can be found here.

Report Methodology: This report includes labelled green bonds issued during the Q3 2017. Ninety six (96) labelled green bonds were issued in the course of the Q3, for a combined face value of USD30.3bn. This paper covers nineteen (19) green bonds from seventeen (17) issuers, amounting to a combined face value of USD15.4bn, or just over half of the total amount issued in the quarter.

The sample is restricted is restricted by currency, not domicile of issuer, and includes green bonds from developed, emerging, and frontier market countries. We have included all labelled green bonds meeting a set of parameters to capture the most liquid portion of the market, while trying not to limit diversity of issuer type.

About the Climate Bonds Initiative: The Climate Bonds Initiative is an investor-focused not-for-profit, promoting large-scale investment in the low-carbon economy. More information on our website here.


The information contained in this communication does not constitute investment advice in any form and the Climate Bonds Initiative is not an investment adviser. Any reference to a financial organisation or debt instrument or investment product is for information purposes only. Links to external websites are for information purposes only. The Climate Bonds Initiative accepts no responsibility for content on external websites.

The Climate Bonds Initiative is not endorsing, recommending or advising on the financial merits or otherwise of any debt instrument or investment product and no information within this communication should be taken as such, nor should any information in this communication be relied upon in making any investment decision.

Certification under the Climate Bond Standard only reflects the climate attributes of the use of proceeds of a designated debt instrument. It does not reflect the credit worthiness of the designated debt instrument, nor its compliance with national or international laws.

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