Siemens Gamesa arranges sustainability-linked syndicated guarantee

Source: press release, 18 May 2020

Siemens Gamesa offshore turbine
Siemens Gamesa offshore turbine (photo: SGRE)

Siemens Gamesa has signed a bank guarantee line for up to EUR 600 million to cover the construction of components for Hornsea 2, the largest offshore wind farm to be announced to date. Located in the North Sea and owned by Danish utility company Ørsted, the farm will consist of 165 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines (1.4 GW), capable of producing enough clean energy to power 1.3 million UK households. BNP Paribas lead managed the deal, in which BBVA, Mizuho and Santander also participated.

Siemens Gamesa’s commitment to sustainability extends to all areas of the company, including finance; as a result, its funding is tied to ESG (environment, social and governance) criteria. Under this agreement, the company will pay a premium in the event that it fails to achieve the defined ESG targets; otherwise, the premium will be paid by BNP Paribas, together with BBVA and Santander.

In either case, the established premium on the deal will be used to finance a cancer research project directed by Eduardo López Collazo, Scientific Director of Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research (Madrid, Spain), that seeks to identify sources of metastasis in breast cancer with a view to preventing tumour cells from spreading. “We are in the midst of an emergency – one in which science has taken on a very prominent role, in both political and social terms. After COVID-19, there will still be other health problems that were here before and will not have gone away. My group has been seeking an explanation for metastasis for the last two decades; it’s a task that needs funding, and one whose success is synonymous with life,” says Dr López Collazo.

“This deal is a continuation of Siemens Gamesa’s focus on sustainability in finance and strengthens it at a difficult time for all of society, in which we must go that extra mile in supporting medical research. It is very gratifying to be able to make a contribution,” says Thomas Spannring, acting CFO of Siemens Gamesa.

Maria Fernanda Picón, Head of Global Trade Solutions, BNP Paribas Spain says, “Putting ESG objectives at the centre of this guarantee mechanism for Siemens Gamesa highlights how sustainable finance can be a driver for channelling capital towards positive impact. In this current environment, it is important that the financial industry and corporates embrace innovation in solidarity to support healthcare, whilst accelerating a green recovery.”