Organic producer AUGA group confirmed the final terms of the first tranche of its green bonds programme, which will be offered for subscription on December 2-12 this year. Being the first fully privately-owned entity in the Baltic states to issue green bonds, the company will seek to raise up to EUR 20 million via a public offering in Lithuania and Estonia.
As stated in the prospectus for the programme of the offering of bonds, approved by the Bank of Lithuania the company can issue the bonds in the amount of up to EUR 60 million. The bonds will be issued in tranches and offered to private and public investors.
The final term sheet of the first tranche of bonds indicates that the offering of up to EUR 20 million will be issued, and the nominal value of one bond will be EUR 1000. Maturity date is 17 December 2024, annual interest – 6 per cent. The bonds have 100% collateral coverage by the land owned and cultivated by the group companies in Lithuania.
Taking into consideration that some investors may invest material amounts into bonds, the possibility was established to determine a possible different issue price of bonds to such investors. If the amount invested shall be at least EUR 3 million the issue price may be set lower than EUR 1 000 by the company, in consultation with the global lead manager.
The exact issue price to this category of investors will be decided by the Board of the company and announced together with the announcement on final allocation of bonds.
LHV bank is a global lead manager, bookrunner and arranger of the programme, Šiaulių bankas – a syndicated sales agent in Lithuania. Nevertheless, the subscription orders may be submitted through any financial institutions that are members of AB Nasdaq Vilnius. All issued bonds will be admitted to trading on the Baltic Bond List of Nasdaq Vilnius.
The bond programme of the company was evaluated by the Center for International Climate Research (CICERO), which provides second opinion for the majority of green bonds issued around the world. Independent reviewers acknowledged that company bonds are in line with the stated definition of green bonds within the International Capital Market Association Green Bond Principles. The fact that the company received green rating from the independent auditors confirms that its projects actually contribute to the reduction of the environmental impact in the long term.
„After successful execution of secondary public offering of shares last year and the implementation of unique governance model in Lithuania with independent board, the use of this new financial instrument to attract investment into development of sustainable agricultural business is a natural step for the company. Despite of the fact that agriculture generates almost one quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, we don’t see companies of this sector in the green bonds market. AUGA group is also the only listed private capital company in the Baltic States that received green bonds rating. We expect that the investor community as well as private individuals will contribute to the implementation of our ideas, even more so in the context of today’s low interest rates we offer especially attractive return on investment “, – says Dalius Misiūnas, Chairman of the Board of AUGA group.
AUGA group has set itself a goal of minimizing greenhouse gas emissions from its operations.
To accomplish this, the company is applying a closed-loop organic farming model that seeks synergies among different brands of agriculture and secondary use of organic waste in the farms. The company uses min-till technologies in most of its cultivated lands. These technologies protect soil from erosion, preserve biodiversity and reduce fuel consumption, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Certified green energy produced from renewable energy sources is used in all production and administrative facilities.
The company measures greenhouse gas emissions from its operations. At present most of the emissions are from the use of fossil fuels, emissions from cultivated soil and cattle enteric fermentation. In order to reduce emissions in these areas, AUGA group is developing biogas application technologies to replace the fossil fuels used in agricultural machinery once the biogas tractor is developed. Crop rotation will be improved to achieve the increased proportion of crops with carbon sequestration and nitrogen accumulation properties, thus, absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The company is also developing specialised feed technology to ensure forage preparation and feed composition in order to substantially reduce methane emissions from bovine enteric fermentation.
AUGA seeks that the food it produces is not only good for consumers but also good for the planet – grown in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.
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