Knorr-Bremse Issues First Sustainability-Linked Bond

Source: Knorr-Bremse announcement

MUNICH — Knorr-Bremse AG implements its focus on sustainability now also within its capital-market financing. A global market leader for braking systems and a leading supplier of other safety-critical rail and commercial vehicle systems, recently issued its inaugural sustainability-linked bond at the European debt capital markets. The bond has a volume of €700 million and a tenor of five years. The annual coupon amounts to 3,25 percent.

Frank Markus Weber, Executive Board Spokesman and Chief Financial Officer of Knorr-Bremse AG, said, “With the Sustainability-Linked Bond we are strengthening our liquidity and refinancing, among other things, our current M&A transactions. Through the link to sustainability objectives, we underline the importance of our Climate Strategy 2030 and commit ourselves to continue to develop our sustainability approach. As the second sustainability-linked instrument in our capital structure we further send a strong message, to continue to facilitate the integration of aspects of sustainability in all areas of the company.”

The interest rate of the bond is linked to the achievement of a predetermined sustainability target. Knorr-Bremse has defined the target within a framework for sustainability-linked financing, called the Sustainability-Linked Bond Framework .

Knorr-Bremse is committed to publish a Scope 3 emissions reduction target focusing on its value chain, approved by the Science-Based Target initiative. The framework was evaluated by ESG agency ISS Corporate Solutions (ISS) in form of a Second Party Opinion (SPO)  ISS confirms the ambitions and materiality of Knorr-Bremse’s targets and the alignment with common market standards.

In case Knorr Bremse will not achieve the target, the interest rate will be increased by 20 bps. p.a., until the maturity of the bond. The proceeds of the issue are intended for general corporate purposes.

At the beginning of 2022 Knorr-Bremse already integrated sustainability elements into the syndicated credit and is now expanding its financing instruments in this area by issuing a sustainability-linked bond.

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