- Loan tied to the alignment of the carbon intensity of Seaspan's vessels with the International Maritime Organization's 2050 decarbonization trajectory
- BMO is committed to being its clients' lead partner in their transition to a net-zero world – 14th Sustainability Linked Loan structured by BMO in the past 12 months
TORONTO, Feb. 17, 2022 /CNW/ - BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO) (NYSE:BMO), acting as lead sustainability structuring coordinator in a syndicate of Canadian, U.S. and European banks, has announced a financing deal with Seaspan, a leading containership leasing company. An amendment to an existing credit facility, the deal introduces a margin adjustment incentive mechanism tied to the alignment of the carbon intensity of Seaspan's vessels with the International Maritime Organization's 2050 decarbonization trajectory. The deal also incorporates sustainability-linked provisions into charter contracts, creating a value chain approach to decarbonization.
Matt Borys, Head of Capital Markets & Treasurer of Seaspan commented, "As the leader in the industry, we feel it is Seaspan's duty, while also in alignment with our strategic objectives, to be at the forefront of environmental sustainability initiatives. Seaspan has a long history in this regard and have been designing and building vessels with industry leading fuel efficiency for over ten years. This innovative SLL structure created in partnership with BMO allows Seaspan to go beyond technology. We have set ambitious targets aimed at aligning our environmental performance with our financial objectives as well as those of our customers, creating a true supply chain approach to decarbonization."
"As sustainable lending continues to grow around the world, BMO is proud to be the leading Canadian bank for SLL structuring. Helping clients like Seaspan reach their ESG goals is an important way BMO is Boldly Growing the Good in business and life, and a great example of the progress our clients across industries can make as we work together to build a more sustainable future," said Jonathan Hackett, Head, Sustainable Finance, BMO Capital Markets.
Sustainability-linked revolving credit facility
The Sustainability-Linked 3-Year, US$250 million Revolving Credit Facility includes terms that reduce or increase the borrowing costs as targets related to carbon intensity of vessels and sustainability-linked contracts with charterers are met or missed. BMO Capital Markets and Citigroup Global Markets are mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners, with BMO Capital Markets acting as Co-Sustainability Coordinator.
A recognized sustainability leader
Carbon neutral in its own operations since 2010, BMO announced its Climate Ambition in March 2021 with a commitment to deploy $300 billion in sustainable lending and underwriting to companies pursuing sustainable outcomes by 2025. BMO is focused on being its clients' lead partner in their transition to a net zero world and, since December 2019, has completed green and sustainability-linked loans for companies in a range of sectors, with targets including sustainability, diversity, and health and safety. To support clients' pursuit of opportunities driven by the increasing momentum of the global economy's shift in production and consumption of energy, in 2021 BMO established a dedicated Energy Transition Group and the BMO Climate Institute.
BMO's leadership on sustainability has been recognized on a number of rankings, including the Wall Street Journal's 100 Most Sustainably Managed Companies in the World, Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations, Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World Index, and Ethisphere Institute's list of the World's Most Ethical Companies.
For more information on BMO's commitment to a sustainable future, please visit the bank's Sustainability Report. To learn more about sustainable finance at BMO click here. For BMO's climate ambition, visit its Climate page.
About BMO Financial Group
Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider - the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $988 billion as of October 31, 2021, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.
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