HeidelbergCement links financing to the sector's most ambitious climate targets for the first time
HeidelbergCement has concluded a new syndicated credit line - for the first time taking into account sustainability objectives in accordance with the Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles (SLLP) of the Loan Market Association. The credit line has a term of five years with two one-year extension options. This replaces the existing revolving credit line.
The voluntary SLLP link credit lines to sustainability criteria, which are measured via defined key performance indicators (KPIs). The credit margin is based on the achievement of HeidelbergCement's climate targets and is adjusted depending on the CO₂ emissions per tonne of cementitious material and the alternative fuel rate.
"With the conclusion of the new syndicated credit line, we have taken the first step towards sustainable financing. In addition, we were able to improve the terms and conditions compared with the previous credit line," explained René Aldach, Chief Financial Officer of HeidelbergCement. "We want to increase the proportion of sustainable financial instruments to over 70% by 2025."
The solid financial base enabled HeidelbergCement to reduce the syndicated credit line from €3 billion to €2 billion and to avoid financial covenants. The credit line serves as a liquidity reserve and can be used for cash drawdowns as well as for letters of credit and guarantees in euro and other currencies.
The following twelve banks were mandated as bookrunners and Mandated Lead Arrangers in this transaction: Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Commerzbank, Danske Bank, Deutsche Bank, Helaba, ING, Intesa Sanpaolo, Morgan Stanley, SEB and Standard Chartered. Deutsche Bank acted as Coordinator, BNP Paribas as Sustainability Coordinator. Deutsche Bank will continue to act as documentation and facility agent.
HeidelbergCement is one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of building materials and solutions, with leading market positions in aggregates, cement, and ready-mixed concrete. More than 51,000 employees at nearly 3,000 locations in over 50 countries deliver long-term financial performance through operational excellence and openness for change. At the center of actions lies the responsibility for the environment. As forerunner on the path to carbon neutrality, HeidelbergCement crafts material solutions for the future.