Burberry announces final terms of inaugural, medium-term, sustainability bond
Further to its announcement of 9 September 2020, Burberry Group plc (‘Burberry’ or the ‘Company’) is pleased to announce that it has now priced its inaugural Sustainability Bond. The final terms are for a £300,000,000 1.125% bond due 21 September 2025.
This will be the first sustainability labelled bond issued by a luxury fashion company and will diversify Burberry’s sources of funding, introducing long-term financing into the Company’s capital structure. The proceeds will be used to finance and/or refinance eligible sustainable projects as described by Burberry’s Sustainability Bond Framework.
As previously announced, the bond is expected to be rated Baa2 (stable outlook) by Moody’s Investors Services, and will be issued pursuant to Burberry’s Sustainability Bond Framework, which has received a ‘second party opinion’ from Sustainalytics.
Julie Brown, Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer said: “We are delighted to announce the final terms of our inaugural Sustainability Bond. Burberry has a longstanding commitment to sustainability and we are dedicated to using our position and influence to drive social and environmental improvements. The addition of medium-dated financing to the capital structure will support liquidity and allow us to secure proceeds for investment in our sustainability agenda over the life of the bond”.
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