Before diving into the latest green bond offerings let’s not forget that green bonds were created because “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change” (thanks to President Obama for the eloquent statement). Shifting capital to climate investments through green bonds is one way of addressing the challenge.
Here is a quick summary of two interesting repeat issuances from the last few weeks.
World Bank issued a USD 50m 2 year callable green bond to meet investor demand from California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS). The coupon is floating at 3-month USD LIBOR + 0.10% per annum. The sole underwriter for the deal was Barclays.
We are generally a proponent of “vanilla bonds”: simple bond structures that can most easily fit into institutional investor portfolios.
The world of retail bonds can be different; in fact it can look like a whole different planet with interest rate complexity seen as a selling point rather than a barrier.