Best stock to invest in – Nordex Issues First Green Schuldschein



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by the Climate Bonds Team

German green debt instrument raises €550m ($621m) for wind
energy and gains Climate Bonds Certification.

German wind company Nordex
(NRDXF)
is the first Schuldschein
issuer to label its issue as green.

The green issue is verified under the Climate Bonds Standard and
sector specific Wind Standard. Assets include wind power
manufacturing and infrastructure around the world. Nordex employed
DNV GL to verify the green Schuldschein against the Climate Bonds
Standard.

The deal was split across four tranches with 3, 5, 7 and 10 year
tenors. The joint underwriters were Unicredit, Bayerische
Landesbank, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank and HSBC.

You may be wondering at this point – “but what is a Shuldschein?”

Green Schuldschein are similar to Green Bonds…


Schuldschein are privately placed debt instruments similar to bonds
and loans, except investors almost always hold them to maturity.
They can have either a fixed or a variable coupon (interest rate).

 …But there are differences:

  • Schuldschein loans, which traditionally originate from the
    German market (hence the Germanic label), are not traded in a
    market nor listed on a stock exchanges; that makes them more
    like a loan than a bond.
  • Since they are usually unrated and unlisted, hence making them
    cheaper to issue.
  • Because Schuldschein are not marked-to-market
    they avoid exposure to volatility in the bond market.
  • They’re usually – except in really bullish bond markets –
    priced lower than comparable bonds trading in the secondary
    market. In fact they’re not eligible for deposit in clearing
    systems and cannot be listed on stock exchanges.

    (However, it is worth noting that a Schuldschein
can be traded in the private and bilateral market where there’s a
buyer and willing seller.)

Because of these differences an issuer may opt for financing via a
Schuldschein rather than bonds.

Who are the issuers of Schuldschein loans?

Historically, German government institutions were the main issuers
of Schuldschein loans followed by financial institutions. In recent
years’ German corporates have increasingly been getting in on the
act followed by international
issuers
.

Who buys them?

Banks, insurance companies and increasingly institutional investors
are the main buyers of Schuldschein.

Going green is a great step for the multibillion EUR corporate
Schuldschein market

This certified green Nordex
issue
is the first green Schuldschein to date.

And with a total issuance of corporate Schuldschein loans of more
than EUR19bn in 2015 there is plenty of potential for additional
green issues in the market in the near future.

Gut Gemacht Nordex!

——— The Climate Bonds Team includes Sean Kidney, Tess Olsen-Rong,
Beate Sonerud, and Justine Leigh-Bell. 

 The Climate Bonds Initiative
is an “investor-focused” not-for-profit promoting long-term debt
models to fund a rapid, global transition to a low-carbon
economy. 

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