The World Bank targets Italy with Sustainable Development Bond
The World Bank has launched a new floating rate ten-year US Dollar-denominated Sustainable Development Bond for the Italian market.
The bonds will be traded from the EuroMOT market of Borsa Italiana on a continuous basis thanks to BNP Paribas, which has partnered with the Bank providing the liquidity.
The USD-denominated Sustainable Development Bond, aimed at eradicating poverty and promoting shared prosperity, is part of the World Bank’s strategy to widen its presence in Italy – where the institution has raised over $555m (€470.92m) through green bonds (linked to an equity index) and sustainable development bonds issued in a range of EM currencies.
The new bond will pay a yearly floating coupon (equal to USD LIBOR 3 months) since inception until maturity on december 2027, time when investors will be entitled to get 100% of their invested money back.
The World Bank raises funds in the international capital markets with the ethos of supporting the financing of sustainable development projects, focusing on poverty reduction and inclusive growth across a wide range of sectors including education, healthcare, agriculture, food security, and essential infrastructure.