The EBRD invested EUR 57.5 million in the EUR 500 million senior unsecured bond issued by GEK TERNA S.A. The bond is listed on the Athens Stock Exchange and is maturing in 2027. The participation comes under the Greek Corporate Bonds Framework - Extension.
As part of the Framework, the Project aims to support the development of the local corporate bond market in Greece and facilitate the access of Greek corporates to the debt capital markets. The EBRD proceeds will be used to refinance secured commercial loans with longer tenor and reduced financing costs, enabling the corporate transformation that will optimise, among others, the capital structure of GEK TERNA. Further proceeds from the bond issuance will support new and/or existing investments in concession, infrastructure and energy projects.
ETI score: 60
This Project is presented under the Greek Corporate Bonds Framework - Extension (the "Framework") and contributes to achieving the Framework's Transition Impact objectives. The Framework aims to build scale and critical mass for the development of the local debt capital markets and strengthen reference points for volume, tenors, pricing and standards (credit ratings). The Project is the largest bond issuance under the Framework.
GEK TERNA SA
GEK TERNA S.A. is the holding company for a group active in concessions, renewable energy, thermal energy and construction, incorporated in Greece. It is listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.
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Categorised B (2019 ESP). The project is a capital markets transaction and the Bank's due diligence has been limited to a review of publicly available documents by ESD specialists. The level of available information and due diligence has allowed for appropriate assessment of risks in accordance with the Bank's ESP 2019 for this Project. The Bank provided financing to GEK TERNA in 2018 and undertook a high level review of the Group at the time as well as developed a corporate ESAP.
The ESDD has confirmed that the company has the institutional capacity to fully implement the Bank's Performance Requirements and is implementing the agreed ESAP. No material non-compliance issues have been identified to date. The Bank has financed some of the Groups renewable energy Project and the Company has been implementing EU and best international practices on all Projects.
Overall, GEK TERNA has good compliance record and is further developing its corporate EHS management systems. It has a dedicated EHS management team and develops sustainability reports for the group and individually for some subsidiaries. The Company is involved in a number of projects including a new airport in Crete, which has been financed by the EIB. The EBRD proceeds will not be used for this project or any Category A projects. The current ESAP requires that if the Company was to develop projects in sensitive areas or of sensitive nature these would need a full ESIA in line with Bank requirements.
The ESAP has been developed in 2018 with the aim to strengthen the corporate EHS management systems, to ensure continued compliance with the best industry practices as well as to ensure appropriate reporting. The Company has been implementing this as confirmed by its reporting to the Bank.
The current ESAP has been updated based on the current ESDD and will include among others strengthening of non-financial reporting in line with best practices and EU guide on climate related information. The updated ESAP will form part of the Framework Agreement to be signed shortly before subscription. The Bank will continue monitoring the Company's performance through annual reports prepared by the Company.
Additional Information on GEK TERNA can be found on the Company web pages here (http://www.gekterna.com/sustainable-development/)
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+30 210 6968000
+30 210 6968099
85 Mesogeion Ave., Athens 11526, Greece
PSD last updated
06 Jul 2020
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