The EBRD invested EUR 72.5 million in the Zagrebacki Holding's (the "ZGH") EUR 305 million sustainability-linked bond ("SLB"). The bond has a 5-year maturity and was issued to refinance the ZGH's existing EUR 305 million bond issued in 2016 and 2017, in which the EBRD also invested.
The bond will be listed on Zagreb Stock Exchange.
With its investment, EBRD supported the first SLB issuance by municipality / public sector in Croatia. The bond is aligned with the International Capital Market Association's (ICMA) guidelines for sustainability-linked bonds as verified independently by second party opinion provider. The bond will also support ZGH in improving the waste management practices and increasing a share of renewable energy consumption. The key performance indicators of the SLB are found to be relevant to the SLB principles and material. The Project supports local capital market development as well as ZGH's balance sheet restructuring, improving ZGH's resilience to external shocks and investment potential.
ETI score: 60
The Project's transition impact derives from the following qualities:
Green: As a part of the Project, ZGH committed to implementation of the Sustainability Framework and Strategy, with the focus on two KPIs related to improvement in waste management and increase in share of renewable energy consumption.
Resilient: The Project contributes to the development of Croatian capital market by introducing a new instrument - the first municipality / public sector issuance of the SLB instrument on the local market. Given current market uncertainty, the Bank's participation further supports the Resilient quality by ensuring a successful placement of the bond, thereby helping to maintain investors' confidence in the local capital market.
ZAGREBACKI HOLDING DOO
Zagrebacki Holding, a limited liability company, is the largest utility company in Croatia providing water supply and wastewater collection services, solid waste management, roads maintenance, public surfaces maintenance, gas distribution, parking and other communal services to the City of Zagreb's population through a network of its branches and subsidiaries.
EBRD Finance Summary
EUR 72,500,000.00 invested.
Total Project Cost
The EBRD's participation is additional as it contributes to closing the funding gap by investing in an innovative instrument, provides comfort to other potential investors, and supports relevant market standard for the ESG components of the SLB.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised B in line with the EBRD's 2019 Environmental and Social Policy. The Project is a capital markets transaction (sustainability-linked bond). The Bank's in-house due diligence was based on publicly available information, review of the past due diligence and reporting by Zagreb City where Zagreb Holding was also assessed as a beneficiary, and additional documentation provided by ZGH. The available information allowed for an assessment of the ZGH's E&S capacity and environmental and social risks of this Project in accordance with the Bank's Performance Requirements (PRs). The use of proceeds is focused exclusively on refinancing of the previous bond used for municipal purposes and will explicitly exclude any new high-risk or category A projects. ZGH's Sustainability Linked Bond Framework is in line with the requirements of the ICMA's 2020 Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles (SLBP), as verified independently by second party opinion from S&P Global. In this SLB framework, ZGH is committing to future improvements in sustainability outcomes within a 5-year period through (i) improving separate municipal waste collection and preventing it from going to the landfill, and (ii) increasing use of renewable energy such as biogas and distributed solar.
The ESDD has reviewed the status of compliance and the Client's approach to environmental and social governance (ESG) principles and E&S capacity to implement the Bank's PRs and focussed on a corporate-level review of the Client's management systems, ZGH's Sustainability Strategy and decarbonisation efforts, and its current compliance status. ZGH has corporate management systems in place for environmental management and occupational health and safety in line with international standards, and it is working towards gradual greening and decarbonisation. The Client also is committed to corporate social responsibility and is proactively aligning their practices with ESG requirements and sustainability reporting in line with EU CSRD framework. Internal institutional capacity of ZGH will be further strengthened by establishing and staffing a separate unit responsible for overall ESG sustainability management by the end of 2023. Overall, ZGH's operational practices are in compliance with the national regulations.
The Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) has been developed and agreed based on the findings of the ESDD, to structure the project in line with EBRD PRs and includes requirements relating to corporate-level management systems, some improvements in existing working practices such as traffic safety, designing and implementing a Paris Agreement-aligned decarbonisation strategy in line with existing leading practice and guidelines, and SLB KPIs related measures. ESAP will be included in the Framework Agreement with ZGH and the City of Zagreb. The Bank will monitor ZGH's performance through reviewing annual reports prepared by the Client and published on its website.
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Company Contact Information
Marta Magic / Petra Arambasic
+385 (0)1 6420 000
Ulica grada Vukovara 41, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
PSD last updated
12 Jul 2023
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