The total amount of € 200 million is divided into various tranches with maturities of five, six, eight and ten years, with the proceeds scheduled to accrue to Dürr AG in July. In this way, the Group will be able to reinforce its liquidity and fund its operations on a long-term basis. In addition, the Sustainability Schuldschein will be used as early follow-up funding for the € 300 million corporate bond with a coupon of 2.9 % that expires in 2021.
By adopting this sustainability approach, Dürr AG has specifically targeted investors who attach importance to both economic performance and sustainable business activity. Thus, the coupon rises or falls depending on whether the Dürr Group’s sustainability rating improves or deteriorates. Calculated by rating agency EcoVadis, the rating factors in ecological indicators such as CO2 emissions and water consumption, while also taking account of such aspects as fair working relations and conditions along the supply chain.
Carlo Crosetto, CFO of Dürr AG: “Our Sustainability Schuldschein combines attractive conditions with an innovative, sustainability-oriented approach. To this end, we have taken advantage of the favorable interest rate environment and secured our corporate funding on a long-term basis. We are convinced that sustainable business activity will secure the Company’s long-term business success.”
The transaction was arranged and structured by ING and LBBW. Parts of the Sustainability Schuldschein were subscribed via the innovative Debtvision digital platform. Dürr was advised by ING on the selection of the sustainability rating agency. Reflecting the strong interest on the part of German and international banks, the order book was oversubscribed several times. Dürr AG was advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on legal matters.