Actually USD 995 million in three separate bonds, but close enough to a billion. FinanceAsia has the first story.
First bond is $400m 3yr ; second is $500m 5yr; third is CNY600m ($95m) 2yr. Underwriters were ABC International, Barclays, HSBC, JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited and Wells Fargo Securities.
The first offshore CNY green bond from a chinese issuer - a trial balloon for Renminbi (CNY) issuance. China's central bank has said it will give fast-track approval for banks issuing CNY bonds in the international market; the internationalisation of the Renminbi is going to have a green flavour!
ABC & China: welcome to the global green bonds market!