AENA and a group of banks led by BBVA have closed an €800 million ESG-linked revolving credit facility (an “ESG-linked RCF”). With this sustainable credit facility - intended to fund general corporate needs - AENA becomes the world’s first airport operator to resort to this type of funding arrangement. BBVA led the transaction as lead arranger and sustainable facility agent.
The credit facility’s key feature is that the interest rate is set taking into account both AENA’s credit score and the evolution of the company’s sustainability parameters. Thus, subsequent improvements in AENA’s sustainability score will lead to a lowering of the applicable interest rate. For this purpose, an independent consultant—in this case, Sustainalytics— has been commissioned to draw up an annual report analyzing AENA’s performance in environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. Apart from BBVA, the operation has also drawn support from some of Spain’s leading lenders.
In this way, AENA is reaffirming its commitment to sustainability across all areas of the organization as well as its pledge to be a socially responsible company, invested in society and the communities in which it operates. This deal is aligned with its Corporate Responsibility Action Plan, aimed at controlling and managing the economic, social and environmental impact of its activity as well as strengthening its relationship with the company’s key stakeholders by raising awareness about its initiatives.
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