Volvo Cars today successfully placed its first green bond, raising EUR 500m from a diverse group of institutional investors and further increasing the company’s financial flexibility.
The proceeds of the bond will be used to fund the design, development and manufacturing of fully electric cars in line with the company’s recently established Green Finance Framework. A report will be issued annually to provide full transparency to investors.
The bond issue was oversubscribed five times, illustrating both the current market demand for green investment products and the financial community’s strong confidence in Volvo Cars’ strategy.
“I am very pleased that we successfully placed our first green bond,” said Carla de Geyseleer, Volvo Cars Chief Financial Officer. “The financial community has a critical role to play in supporting sustainable development, including the transition to a low-carbon economy. In this respect, it’s very encouraging to see so much investor interest in helping us electrify our fleet and deliver on our climate ambitions.”
Volvo Cars’ Green Finance Framework was reviewed by Cicero, a leading provider of independent, research-based evaluations of green bond investment frameworks, and received its highest possible rating, Dark Green.
Last year, Volvo Cars launched a comprehensive climate plan which addresses carbon emissions across all its operations and products, as it strives to become climate neutral by 2040.
The plan goes beyond addressing tailpipe emissions through electrification; the company will also tackle carbon emissions in its manufacturing network and wider operations, its supply chain and through recycling and reuse of materials.
As a first tangible step towards its 2040 vision, the company aims to reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint per car by 40 per cent between 2018 and 2025.
This includes a 50 per cent reduction in tailpipe emissions per car, a 25 per cent reduction per car in operational carbon emissions (including from manufacturing and logistics) and a 25 per cent reduction per car in supply chain carbon emissions.
The EUR 500m bond was issued under Volvo Cars’ Euro Medium Term Note programme. The bond matures in October 2027 and pays a fixed coupon of 2.5 per cent. The settlement date is expected to be 7 October 2020 and the bonds will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. The bookrunners for the transactions were BNP, SEB and ING.
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Volvo Car Group in 2019
For the 2019 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 14.3 BSEK (14.2 BSEK in 2018). Revenue over the period amounted to 274.1 BSEK (252.7 BSEK). For the full year 2019, global sales reached a record 705,452 (642,253) cars, an increase of 9.8 per cent versus 2018. The results underline the comprehensive transformation of Volvo Cars’ finances and operations in recent years, positioning the company for its next growth phase.
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 of 705,452 cars in 2019 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding since 2010.
In 2019, Volvo Cars employed on average approximately 41,500 (41,500) full-time employees. Volvo Cars’ head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars’ head office for APAC is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), South Carolina (US), Chengdu and Daqing (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China), and body components in Olofström (Sweden).
Under its new company purpose, Volvo Cars aims to provide customers with the Freedom to Move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. This purpose is reflected in a number of business ambitions: for example, by the middle of this decade it aims for half of its global sales to be fully electric cars and to establish five million direct consumer relationships. Volvo Cars is also committed to an ongoing reduction of its carbon footprint, with the ambition to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.