Growing interest in sustainability across all segments of society has led to innovations in sustainable finance offerings, specifically in the world of corporate financing. Issuances of bonds linked to sustainability criteria are among the latest market developments. Analysts at BBVA Global Markets Research explain the basics and share with us their view of the product.
24 Apr 2020
BBVA acted as the sole advisory bank and bookrunner in the issue of the bond, Spain’s first in support of the public health system and to combat the COVID -19 outbreak. The bond, issued by the Community of Madrid, was entirely by Spanish insurer MAPFRE, will be the underlying asset of MAPFRE Compromiso Sanitario, the three-year asset-backed fund announced earlier this week by MAPFRE AM.
16 Mar 2020
It is the first international sustainable supply chain finance line (a product also known as confirming or reverse factoring) set up by Acciona, a leader in providing sustainable solutions for infrastructure and renewable energy projects. The €15 million line will be used to streamline payments to suppliers in the ‘Ness Energy Project’, a waste-to-power plant in Scotland. As a result, a total of 25 European suppliers will benefit from the early collection of the receivables they issue in consideration for services rendered to this infrastructure.
02 Dec 2019
BBVA is expanding its range of sustainable products. Starting on December 2nd, the bank will begin selling sustainable financial contracts. BBVA will invest the amount obtained from customers in companies that are considered sustainable based on certain criteria for inclusion, which will determine the green, social or sustainable nature of the investment.
24 Sep 2019
Generali has just issued, together with BBVA and seven other banks, its first green bond amounting to 750 million euros. This is the first bond from a European insurance company and the largest to date. BBVA acted as deal manager and joint bookrunner.
11 Sep 2019
Global Finance has crowned BBVA as the world’s best bank for corporate clients in this year’s edition of its flagship Best Global Banks awards. Thus, the prestigious publication recognizes the excellence of the product and service portfolio that the bank offers to small, medium and large business through its different business units.
29 Aug 2019
Within the different types of sustainable loans, Revolving Credit Facilities (RCF), the already known financing product, have become increasingly popular in recent months. Today we know that this type of product can also be sustainable, but what exactly is a Revolving Credit Facility?
16 Aug 2019
Sustainability is a concept that we are hearing more and more frequently because it poses a growing concern for society as a whole – for both individuals and companies. Sustainability refers to satisfying current needs without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their needs, while striking a balance between economic growth, environmental protection, and social well-being. This is a guide to explain the most common acronyms we come across when talking about sustainable finance.
24 Jul 2019
BBVA served as sole sustainable agent in the first syndicated revolving credit facility in Latin America, signed with Fibra Uno, a strategic client for the bank. The transaction is also the first sustainable transaction by a real estate business in the region and the first facility to be arranged in accordance with the ‘Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles’ in Latin America. BBVA was also the joint bookrunner and lead arranger in the transaction, which involved a total of 11 banks.
31 May 2019
Redexis has made its €300 million syndicated revolving credit facility sustainable by extending its maturity profile, reducing the average cost of its debt and reinforcing its socially responsible commitment. BBVA acted as sustainable coordinator in this transaction, the first ever by the Spanish energy infrastructure company in the sustainable financing market.
15 Apr 2019
03 Apr 2019
BBVA acted as a sustainable agent, together with Santander, in ACCIONA’s first sustainable syndicated loan of €675 million. In this type of financing, the interest rate is adjusted based on the company’s performance in sustainability parameters.
The deal, structured as per the German debt instrument, is worth €220 million, which will be allocated to sustainable projects. Blockchain technology was used to manage the negotiation of the deal, and both BBVA and Madrid’s regional government used their own nodes to establish a network between the two parties.
01 Apr 2019
Digital loans (or D-loans) are a type of corporate bank financing (which could also come in the form of credit facilities) for which the price is linked to the company’s degree of digitization. The digital maturity level is determined annually by specialized independent consulting firms after a thorough analysis. If the company improves its level of digitization, the conditions of the bank financing also improve. By doing so, the company aligns its financial instruments with its corporate strategy, and has a financial incentive to improve its degree of digitization and accelerate its digital transformation over time.
28 Mar 2019
Iberdrola has successfully signed, with BBVA acting as lead arranger and sustainable agent, a new €1.5 billion multi-currency syndicated credit facility linked to sustainability criteria. This is the first transaction aligned with the ‘just transition’ concept, introduced in the Paris Agreement.
13 Mar 2019
The telecommunications industry will be the protagonist of the next wave of green bond issues in Europe. The green bond market took its first steps in 2007 and since then has bloomed into a full-blown financing alternative. “The green bond issue opportunity may not be as evident for telcos as it was for the utilities that led the first wave of green corporate issues, but it makes all the sense in the world,” says Regina Gil, Head of Debt Capital Markets Europe and Asia at BBVA, in an interview with Expansión.
06 Mar 2019
The Climate Bonds Initiative recognized BBVA for its global leadership, best practices and innovation in the field of sustainable financing at the 2019 Green Bond Pioneer Awards. The bank received three awards for the publication of its framework for sustainable bonds tied to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); for being the first financial issuer of a green bond in Spain; and for issuing the first green bond from a financial institution in Mexico.
04 Mar 2019
BBVA and Gestamp have restructured an existing €280 million revolving credit facility, changing the terms so it qualifies as a sustainable operation and increasing the total value to €325 million. With this operation, the multi-national engineering company dedicated to the design, development, and manufacturing of metal components for the automotive industry becomes the first in its sector to be certified by the environmental consulting firm Vigeo-Eiris for closing a financing deal of this kind. BBVA acted as the deal’s sustainability coordinator.
13 Feb 2019
BBVA has once again made history, completing Portugal’s first sustainable commercial paper program with one of its strategic clients in the country, The Navigator. BBVA was the agent bank and bookrunner for the €65 million operation, advising the client throughout the entire process, and the sole source of financing for the operation.
04 Jan 2019
The definition of “green loans” has been further refined with the most recent revision of the Green Loan Principles. Revolving credit facilities, which have popularly been recognized as sustainable loans, can also be considered green if they qualify with at least one eligible category over the course of the their life.
29 Oct 2018
Last February, BBVA released its strategy to fight climate change and promote sustainable development, Pledge 2025. However, the bank’s commitment to green and social finance is not new. In fact, it is one of the most renowned institutions for its sustainable product capabilities.
31 Aug 2018
Last year, a product that had been practically unheard of took the world of corporate financing by storm: green loans. These are loans aimed at advancing environmental sustainability and until quite recently came under the umbrella of Green Bond Principles. As of a few months ago they now have their own guidelines known as Green Loan Principles.
28 Aug 2018
Companies, just as individuals, have financial needs related to the management of liquidity and working capital in the short term. The term ‘Working capital’ makes reference to those solutions, which include ‘factoring’, ‘confirming’, bilateral loan, commercial discount, guarantees, ‘leasing’ and ‘renting’.
19 Jul 2018
Having successfully carried out the first pilots in the world of a loan and a corporate credit facility using blockchain, BBVA has signed a new loan with ACS using this technology. The deal shows that BBVA Corporate & Investment Banking is continuing to focus on an innovative financing model for its corporate clients.
25 Jun 2018
The trade media Structured Retail Products (SRP) has recognized BBVA in six of eight categories for which the bank was nominated. In its 2018 awards publication, the organization underscores BBVA’s capabilities as a global structured products house for foreign exchange and interest rates. BBVA was singled out in the distributor category, winning best distributor performance in Peru and Mexico, best distributor in Peru, and was one of the finalists for best distributor in Mexico.
20 Jun 2018
BBVA has joined RE100, a collaborative, global initiative uniting the world’s most influential businesses committed to sourcing 100% of their power consumption from renewable sources before 2050. In doing so, businesses convey a powerful message to policymakers and investors: We need to expedite the transition towards a zero-emissions economy.
21 May 2018
BBVA Bancomer has been crowned as the most innovative bank in Latin America in this year’s edition of British publication Global Finance’s The Innovators 2018 awards, which recognize the institutions that systematically identify new businesses and design new financial tools. With this award, the magazine acknowledges the institution’s value proposal, which includes a customer-centric data-based user-friendly design, developed in collaboration with the fintech ecosystem.
26 Apr 2018
BBVA has signed a financing contract with Forestalia, Mirova, GE and ENGIE to develop the first 300 megawatts (MW) of wind power free of subsidies and incentives in Spain. The 9 wind farm complex, dubbed the Goya Project, will be built in the province of Zaragoza. The 300 MW were awarded in the first renewable energy auction in Spain, held in January 2016, in which Forestalia was the largest bidder. This is also the first green loan to be granted in Spain under the “Green Loan Principles” in which BBVA has coordinated the issue, with Altermia providing Second Party Opinion.
23 Apr 2018
As flagged in the announcement of its strategy for climate change and sustainable development in its contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, BBVA has unveiled its framework for the issue of SDG-linked sustainable bonds.
05 Apr 2018
Renovalia is the first company to secure a ‘green project finance’ loan to fund the development of a renewable energy project in Spain. BBVA acted as ‘green loan coordinator’ of this €74 million facility, which will allow the company to fund Project Wind, which envisages the construction of two wind farms, one in Lleida and one in Barcelona, with 70 MW of combined installed capacity.
04 Apr 2018
What is transaction banking? It is the side of banking that addresses the operational needs and day-to-day transactions of business, corporate and institutional customers. It also provides cash management services where the short-term management of a company’s liquidity is a key, using instruments and services designed for the management of incoming and outgoing cash flows, international commerce, and asset management.
15 Mar 2018
A private company goes public when it lists its stock for the very first time in a stock exchange, where it can be bought and sold by the general public. This type of transaction is known as an Initial Public Offering, or IPO.
29 Jan 2018
Iberdrola has signed two new sustainable syndicated loans for a total of 5.3 billion euros, the largest ever signed globally. BBVA has led these transactions by acting as a sustainable agent.
21 Dec 2017
BBVA has acted as a Green Agent for a green credit in the amount of 800 million euros for Red Eléctrica España S.A. (“REE”). This is the first syndicated green revolving credit facility in Spain, and also the first of its kind in the electric utilities sector.
14 Nov 2017
BBVA has been widely recognized for its capabilities in structured products in Latin America. Specialized publications such as Structured Products, Structured Retail Products and mtn-i have confirmed BBVA’s regional leadership in this business area, presenting the bank with numerous awards.
02 Nov 2017
A swap is an agreement for a financial exchange in which one of the two parties promises to make, with an established frequency, a series of payments, in exchange for receiving another set of payments from the other party. These flows normally respond to interest payments based on the nominal amount of the swap.
17 Oct 2017
28 Sep 2017
The transition to a more sustainable economic and financial system is key to boost the union of capital markets in Europe and ensure competitiveness, job creation and stable economic growth maintained Antoni Ballabriga at the European Banking Summit 2017 organized today in Brussels by the European Banking Federation (EBF).
22 Sep 2017
BBVA has adhered to the Foreign Exchange (FX) Global Code of Conduct, a voluntary code that aims to promote a robust, fair, liquid, open and transparent market in which wholesale market participants can trade securely and effectively at competitive prices that reflect available market information.
12 Sep 2017
BBVA has acted as Green Loan Coordinator of a €176 million green loan granted to Sociedade Concesionaria Novo Hospital de Vigo S.A., the concessionaire responsible for non-hospital services at the instititution, which has been renamed Hospital Álvaro Cunqueiro. Servizo Galego de Saúde, Galicia’s healthcare service, awarded the 25-year construction and operation to the concessionaire, a consortium formed by Acciona, Grupo Puentes, Veolia España and Concesia.
04 Aug 2017
BBVA Trader is an easy-to-manage and accessible market monitoring platform for users with a trader and heavy-trader profile. Its Trader Pro version goes one step further. In line with its principle of immediacy and ease of use, this version of the tool is more customizable and offers more possibilities for operating in the markets.
14 Jul 2017
BBVA has signed the first green loan in the project finance format with the Italian energy company Terna. The funding has been structured into a loan A for 56 million dollars awarded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and a loan B for 25 million dollars entirely subscribed by BBVA, which has also headed the green structuring of the funding and acted as the Green Loan Coordinator.
06 Jul 2017
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first green bond, in which BBVA participated. The bonds were issued by the European Investment Bank. Since then, a wide range of financial and non-financial corporate issuers have turned to the markets to issue this type of debt securities, accelerating growth of the market to its current volume of $210 billion. This year, important changes have been made that could increase green issues to $120 billion.
07 Jun 2017
Yesterday, Tradebe obtained the world’s first green syndicated financing in term loan format, for a total of €265 million. The transaction was signed by 11 national and foreign financial institutions with strong oversubscription under BBVA’s leadership as Facility and Green Agent, Coordinator and Sole Bookrunner.
30 May 2017
The Corporate Finance business at BBVA started 2017 in as good as shape as it ended last year. In 2016, BBVA closed 18 deals in Spain, 10 in Mexico and six in Latin America. The start of 2017 was very busy, and the Bank “hopes to once again be the bank with the most closed deals in its core markets, especially in Spain and Mexico.”
03 Apr 2017
Global Finance called BBVA the best investment bank in both Spain and Mexico for the sixth and third year in a row, respectively, recognizing the service the bank provides in this sector and its innovative financial proposals.
13 Mar 2017
The key to have the best professional team requires attracting, training and retaining talent. Aware of this, BBVA Corporate & Investment Banking, BBVA’s wholesale banking area, is announcing the fifth edition of its Graduate Training Programme, aiming at recruiting and developing the best junior talent available.
07 Mar 2017
One of the stellar features of BBVA Trader, BBVA’s platform for trading stocks, warrants and ETF, is its compelling training offering.
01 Mar 2017
In a year marked by the reactivation of the high-yield bond market, and growing investor interest on ultra-long issue maturities, and despite a string of global macroeconomic developments that had a severe impact on the fixed income market, BBVA performed remarkably well in the bond origination market, even managing to surpass the total volume it placed in the market in 2015.