An equity investment of EUR 67.5m in the initial public offering ("IPO") of AB Ignitis Grupe ("Ignitis Grupe", the "company"), a leading utility and renewable energy company in the Baltics region. The EBRD's subscription accounted for 15% of the shares newly issued in the IPO, equivalent to 4% of the company's total stake. The company's shares are now dual-listed on the Vilnius Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange.
The goal is to support the largest IPO in the Baltics region, a milestone for regional capital markets development. The proceeds of the Bank's subscription will be used to finance the company's distribution network investment programme.
ETI score: 61
The operation will deliver climate mitigation benefits through energy efficiency, network modernisation and new green investments ("Green" transition quality).
The operation will also make an important contribution to the local equity capital markets development, a key objective of the Bank in the Baltics ("Resilient" transition quality).
IGNITIS GRUPE AB
EBRD Finance Summary
3,000,000 subscription into the Company's common shares.
Total Project Cost
Financing Structure: The Bank's financing is to provide a valuable signal to the market, support the transaction as key anchor investor, enhance the corporate governance and facilitate a successful placement in the current environment given the COVID-19 outbreak.
Risk mitigation: The Bank's involvement provides comfort to clients and investors, by mitigating non-financial risks.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B (2019 ESP). The Transaction is an equity investment as part of an IPO aimed at supporting capital markets in Lithuania and the Bank's due diligence has been limited to a review of publicly available documents, questionnaire and discussion with the Company's EHS management by the ESD specialists which allowed the ESD to undertake an adequate assessment of environmental and social risks and impacts of this Transaction in accordance with the Bank's 2019 ESP.
The Bank's use of proceeds are aimed at strengthening the electricity distribution network needed for the development of renewable energy projects and improving energy efficiency. The Bank undertook a corporate audit as well as reviewed these investments as part of the ESDD. The Group has a dedicated EHS management team, which is developing corporate EHS management systems and has the institutional capacity to implement the Bank's Performance Requirements. It develops sustainability and non-financial reports for the Group and individually for some subsidiaries. These reports show that, overall, the Company has a good compliance record and no material non-compliance issues have been identified. The ESDD has also confirmed that the Company has good HR Polices in line with best practice and is implementing COVID-19 response measures. There are no plans for retrenchment or restructuring at present.
The EBRD proceeds will not be used for any Category A projects and the Company will not invest in any coal fired units in the future. The Company does not plan any A category project and any future Projects will be screened in line with EBRD requirements and information published in line with National, EU and the Bank's requirements.
An ESAP has been developed and agreed based of the findings of the ESDD and in addition to the above, it will include requirements relating to, among others, strengthening of non-financial reporting in line with best practices and EU law and associated guidance on climate related information. The Company commits to implement TCFD and report in line with the recommendations by 2023. The ESAP further requires that if the Company was to develop projects in sensitive areas or of a sensitive nature, those would need a full ESIA in line with the Bank's requirements.
The Bank will monitor the Company's performance through reviewing annual reports prepared by the Company and site visits as deemed necessary.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Company Contact Information
+370 620 74043
Ignitis Grupe, Zveju str. 14, LT-09310, Vilnius, Lithuania
PSD last updated
25 Nov 2020
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