Xior Student Housing NV (Xior), the Belgian real estate investment trust (BE-REIT) specialized in student housing in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, has successfully issued its first debt capital markets transaction by means of a EUR 100m Green US Private Placement.
The notes have maturities of 6 and 12 years, with coupons of 1.92% and 2.32% respectively, which means that Xior is able to significantly extend its average debt maturity at a financing cost similar to its current average. The bonds were placed through a US private placement with three institutional investors belonging to a large international insurance group. Xior is proud to announce this new milestone in its funding strategy, a process which was started before the COVID-19 crisis and the successful completion of which underscores the confidence in our credit profile. Together with its existing committed financing lines it has now secured its funding needs through the middle of 2022, granting it an extremely secure position in these uncertain times.
The notes have a notional amount of EUR 100m split between a EUR 34m tranche with a 6 year tenor and a EUR 66m tranche with a 12 year tenor, bearing a coupon of 1.92% (for the 6 year notes) and 2.32% (for the 12 year notes). The notes are issued under Xior’s newly established Green Finance Framework, dated 13 March 2020, on which Xior obtained a positive Second Party Opinion provided by Sustainalytics.
This first issue of notes through a US Private Placement will further strengthen Xior’s debt maturity profile at an average coupon comparable to its current cost of financing, diversify its funding and proves the company’s credit profile is well supported, especially in the current turbulent times.
Proceeds will be used exclusively to (re)finance green buildings, renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management, clean transportation and water management projects which are also aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All Eligible projects and assets have to provide direct environmental benefits and are required to meet the eligibility criteria reported in the Green Finance Framework.
This transaction confirms Xior’s commitment to take care of the future by doing business in a sustainable manner. For Xior, sustainability is a mission, a way of thinking, doing and living. Raising dedicated green financing is in line with this commitment.