The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) on Thursday approved the issuance of Kenya’s first unlisted green bond, to be issued by Acorn Project (Two) Limited Liability Partnership. This follows the launch of the Policy Guidance Note on Green Bonds in February 2019.

The green bond seeks to raise Sh5 billion to finance sustainable and climate-resilient student accommodation and is structured as a restricted public offer for sophisticated investors.

In a statement, the capital markets regulator said, being a restricted public offer, the issuer will raise the funds from only targeted sophisticated investors.

“The issuance is a critical step in advancing the development of an effective ecosystem to support the establishment of green capital markets in Kenya in line with the Marrakech Pledge 2016, now that the necessary legal instruments are in place to facilitate such issuance,” CMA chief executive Paul Muthaura said.

The Authority was one of the pioneer signatories to the 2016 Pledge. The approval will enable the issuer to raise funds to undertake sustainable and climate-resilient development.

As per the issuer’s Information Memorandum, the fixed-rate bond is certified as a green bond by Climate Bonds Initiative.

Sophisticated investors participating in the bond will benefit from a 50 per cent guarantee from Guarantco on principle and interest payments.

Muthaura added that the Authority will continue engaging with potential issuers in order to create a pipeline of green bond issuers to facilitate the effective matching of demand and supply of green-centric capital and climate-resilient investing opportunities.

Source The Star