City of Bucharest bond issuance

Location:

Romania

Project number:

53476

Business sector:

Municipal and environmental infrastructure

Notice type:

State

Environmental category:

B

Approval date:

06 Apr 2022

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

28 Apr 2022

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

The EBRD invested EUR 5.5 million (RON 27.33 million) in the City of Bucharest's (the "City") EUR 112 million (RON 555 million) bond issuance.  The bond has a 10-year maturity and was launched to refinance the City's 7-year bond tranche, maturing on 4 May 2022. It is part of the City's Bond Programme in which the EBRD is an existing investor.

As part of the Bank's decision to invest, the Bank will mobilise technical assistance to support the City of Bucharest in developing a Green City Action Plan ("GCAP") as set forth in a Framework Agreement. The GCAP will articulate the City's vision, strategic objectives and priority actions and investments to address its priority environmental challenges.

The bonds will be listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange by the end of April 2022.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 65

The Project demonstrates the Resilience and Green transition qualities through its support for capital market development and contribution to reduction of GHG emissions.  The Bank's participation in the refinancing given current market uncertainty generated by the war in Ukraine further supports the Resilience quality, by enabling the Bank to ensure a successful refinancing, thereby helping to maintain confidence in local capital markets. The Project will also serve as a trigger for the City of Bucharest to join EBRD Green Cities and the development of a GCAP. The GCAP is expected to serve as a tool for the City to prepare for a future green or sustainable linked bond issuance.

Client Information

CITY OF BUCHAREST

The Municipality of Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania, with around 1.8 million

inhabitants, split into six sectors, each with its own administrative body. It is also the political and economic hub of the country, being home to the legislative body and generating over 20 per cent of the country's GDP, with local GDP more than three times that of the national average.

 

In November 2021, Fitch reaffirmed ratings for Bucharest City at "BBB-", with negative outlook.  Fitch said that the affirmation reflects Bucharest's continuing sound operating performance, moderate debt levels relative to the City's operating balance and current revenue, and sound debt ratios.

EBRD Finance Summary

RON 27,750,000.00

Total Project Cost

RON 555,000,000.00

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised B (ESP 2019). This is a capital market transaction with due diligence being limited to publicly available information. The proceeds of the new bonds would be used to refinance the City's existing municipal bonds (initially issued in 2015 as a refinancing of an existing Eurobond), and are not envisaged to be directed at specific physical assets or any new CAPEX investments. Therefore, Environmental and Social Due Diligence ("ESDD") was focussed on assessing the risks and impacts associated with the Bucharest City's existing environmental and social ("E&S") management systems, practices and compliance record, and review of the risks associated with the existing operations. This has been done through review of documentation and the reporting which the client has produced on previous Projects. Past annual E&S reporting from Bucharest City has been satisfactory. Overall, the City has capacity and capability to implement the Performance Requirements ("PRs") and operates an integrated management system, with ISO 14001 certification for environmental management in place. Further corrective measures required at the corporate level, such as management of occupational health and safety in line with international best practice to meet EBRD PRs), will be addressed through the Framework Agreement. Based on the information from the City and the bond issue prospectus, the indicative portfolio of Enabled Green Economy Transition ("GET") investment projects of the City is likely to be driven by their long-term sustainability plan, focused on green investments with ambitious environmental targets (in particular public transport). The Framework Agreement with the City clearly specifies that the Client will implement these enabled GET investments in compliance with the PRs and the Enabled GET Checklist in the GET Handbook. This bond will be listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange that has recently introduced best practice environmental, social and corporate governance ("ESG") reporting guidelines with EBRD support. Given the anticipated focus of the City on predominantly green investments, this bond Project serves as a 'trigger' project to develop a GCAP and enable Bucharest to join the EBRD Green Cities. The proposed 'enabled GET' investments are considered Paris Agreement aligned.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

The Bank will assist the City to prepare a GCAP and Bucharest will formally join EBRD Green Cities. The GCAP will help the City prioritise its green investments and prepare for future sustainable or green bond placements. It will also serve as template for regional peer municipalities.

Company Contact Information

nullrelatiipublice@pmb.ro
(+4) 021 305.55.55
https://www.pmb.ro/
B-dul Regina Elisabeta, Nr. 47, Sector 5, cod postal 050013, Bucuresti

PSD last updated

28 Apr 2022

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

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