The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invested in senior unsecured, Zloty (PLN) denominated Green Bonds with 7 year maturities issued by Cyfrowy Polsat S.A., a leading Polish telecommunications and media company.
With its investment of PLN 200 million the EBRD supported the first corporate Green Bond issuance in Poland.
ETI score: 65
The Transition Impact stems from the following transition qualities:
- Resilient: By supporting the introduction of a new financial product, the project contributes to the development of the local corporate bond market.
- Green: The issuance will re-finance Cyfrowy's capital expenditure in a large range of energy efficient projects, thereby contributing to the Green Economy Transition.
CYFROWY POLSAT SA
Cyfrowy Polsat operates across the full spectrum of telecommunications services and offers free-to-air television broadcasting and content production, satellite pay television, mobile telephony, fixed and mobile broadband, mobile television and online video. The company has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since 2008.
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EBRD's additionality stems from supporting Cyfrowy's effort to tap the Green Bond market with a tenor and size which significantly exceeds market averages in the Polish bond market.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (ESP 2014). Participation in the Green Bond subscription by the listed media-telecommunication company, the Bank's existing client, has limited environmental and social impacts which can be readily addressed. Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) has been carried out by the examination of the publicly available information as well as for the preceding project in 2018. ESDD showed that there are no significant environmental and social issues associated with the project. The first annual report for the preceding project has not yet been due. For this project, the Company will be required to continue to comply with EBRD PRs as well as submit an annual environmental and social report. These requirements are incorporated into a Framework Agreement. It is noted that an independent verification of the bond proceeds in line with Green Bond Principles has been conducted.
The Company has a sustainability policy as well as implements an electronic equipment recycling scheme. The Company is in compliance with relevant Polish law as well as pertinent EBRD PRs. It is also accredited with ISO14001 and IDSO9001.
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PSD last updated
22 Dec 2020
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