Volvo Cars today successfully placed an inaugural green bond transaction in the SEK market, raising a total of SEK 1500m, divided into a fixed and a floating rate tranche, from a diverse set of Nordic investors.
All proceeds are earmarked for funding and accelerating the company's transformation towards becoming a fully electric carmaker by 2030 and becoming climate neutral and circular by 2040. 100% of the proceeds will fund the research and development of new platforms and adjacent technology for the next generation pure electric Volvo cars.
The SEK 650m 3-year fixed and the 850m 3-year floating rate senior unsecured green bonds were issued under Volvo Cars' Euro Medium Term Note programme, and mature on 2nd March 2026. The fixed rate tranche pays a fixed coupon of 5.375%, equivalent to 185 basis points above mid-swap, and the floating rate tranche a rate equivalent to 185 basis points above 3 month Stibor. Both will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
The Notes will be offered pursuant to Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). There is no assurance that the offering will be completed or, if completed, as to the terms on which it is completed. The Notes to be offered have not been registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or unless pursuant to an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and any other applicable securities laws. This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes, nor shall it constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
This announcement does not constitute and shall not, in any circumstances, constitute a public offering nor an invitation to the public in connection with any offer within the meaning of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the "Prospectus Regulation"), including as it forms part of the domestic law of the United Kingdom by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. The offer and sale of the Notes will be made pursuant to an exemption under the Prospectus Regulation, as implemented in Member States of the European Economic Area and the United Kingdom, from the requirement to produce a prospectus for offers of securities.
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Volvo Cars in 2022
For the full year 2022, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 22.3 billion SEK. Revenue in 2022 amounted to 330.1 billion SEK, while global sales reached 615,121 cars.
About Volvo Car Group
Volvo Cars was founded in 1927. Today, it is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales to customers in more than 100 countries. Volvo Cars is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange, where it is traded under the ticker “VOLCAR B”.
Volvo Cars aims to provide customers with the Freedom to Move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. This is reflected in its ambition to become a fully electric car maker by 2030 and in its commitment to an ongoing reduction of its carbon footprint, with the ambition to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.
As of December 2022, Volvo Cars employed approximately 43,200 full-time employees. Volvo Cars' head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars' production plants are located in Gothenburg, Ghent (Belgium), South Carolina (US), Chengdu, Daqing and Taizhou (China). The company also has R&D and design centres in Gothenburg, Camarillo (US) and Shanghai (China).