Pemex rolls out green bond plans
Debt to finance environmentally and socially responsible investments is taking shape from the Mexican oil company
Pemex is hoping to issue a "green bond" to diversify its
investor base in the coming months, the company's treasurer
The transaction, which is in the early stages of being
structured, would finance environmentally sustainable and
socially responsible projects, said Rodolfo Campos Villegas.
Already, the company has found interest in Europe.
"There are investors, including some of the big fund
managers, that still don't have a close relationship with
Pemex, in particular in Europe and Scandinavia, where these
type of assets are more developed," Campos told
LatinFinance. "So in the next few months we'll be
doing an effort to get closer to that community of investors
and hear their impressions."
Sales of green bonds globally could double to $20bn this
year, as borrowers target a broader range of investors and as
demand grows for sustainable investments, Standard & Poor's
said this week. The agency defines green bonds as having
proceeds ring-fenced for projects that address environmental
"Crucially for investors, the credit risk of a corporate
green bond remains on the issuer's balance sheet," the ratings
agency said in a May 20 statement. "This means that, unlike
with multilateral bank issuance, investors do not have to
sacrifice yield to gain green exposure, nor significantly
increase their risk profile in order to invest in assets that
aid environmental efforts."
Pemex is still analyzing the portfolio of projects that
would be included in the deal, Campos said. The bond could be
sold in euros.
"We're still thinking about the currency, but it looks like
there is more acceptance in the Euro market, it looks like the
investment base there is more developed, but that's something
we still need to analyze in detail," he said.
Pemex has already sold large bonds this year in
"With this green bond we would be accessing a different type
of resource from those we tap with a regular issuance, so
that's our first objective," Campos said. "Our second objective
would be to promote a portfolio of projects related to social
responsibility and sustainability." LF
further details of Pemex's green bond plans in
LatinFinance's Daily Brief.
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