STT GDC issues a Sustainability-Linked Perpetual

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On 8 Jan 2024, STT GDC issued a Sustainability-Linked Perpetual (SLP), a structure rarely seen in the sustainability-linked debt market. The security’s KPI, measuring the percentage of energy consumption from renewable sources, will be observed on 31 Dec 2026.

SLPs are just 1% of the unrated Euro SLB market, and so this new deal is significant in an embryonic market. However, the way that rating agencies treat these securities has likely impeded the take-up of sustainability-linked hybrids, and we believe any major global rating agency confirming eligibility of equity treatment could catalyse the growth of this product.

Broadly, we conclude that this issuance offers a chance to improve transparency and dialogue with a privately-owned company, and that this bond has much to commend it. The renewables KPI is relevant for the issuer, and the target requires ongoing improvements against a backdrop of a growing business. Furthermore, this bond is not just rare as a perpetual, it also extends the market in SGD-denominated securities and amongst wireless telecoms issuers. This helps broaden the offering of sustainability-linked products for investors.

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