Stora Enso issues a new SEK 1 700 million green bond

STORA ENSO OYJ STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 23 April 2020 at 9.00 EEST

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Stora Enso has successfully issued a new SEK 1 700 million green bond under its EMTN (Euro Medium Term Note) programme and under Stora Enso’s Green Bond Frame work published in May 2018. The bond has two tranches as follows: 

1)  SEK 1 000 million matures in April 2025 and pays a floating coupon of STIBOR +2.20%.

2)  SEK 700 million matures in April 2025 and pays a fixed coupon of 2.375%. The issue price is 99.744 and is equal to SEK-swap +220 basis points.

There are no financial covenants for the bonds. The bonds will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

The bookrunner for the transaction was Nordea.

Stora Enso had EUR 756 million cash and cash equivalents at the end of Q1 2020. Additionally, the Company has a fully undrawn EUR 600 million Revolving Credit Facility and access to EUR 950 million statutory pension premium loans in Finland. Furthermore, during April, Stora Enso has signed bilateral loan and credit facility agreements for EUR 400 million to increase liquidity.

“We’re pleased with the transaction that further increases our liquidity buffer during these uncertain times of Covid-19 crises. Further we are pleased with issuance of our second green bond in SEK market. This issuance fits our sustainable finance strategy well. It’s a good continuation for the SEK 6 billion green bond issued in 2019,” says Group Treasurer Pasi Kyckling.

For example, the proceeds from the new bond will finance the acquisition of certified forestland in Sweden, an investment at Gruvön Mill which produces cross-laminated timber (CLT) for high performance green buildings, and an investment in a steam turbine at Maxau Mill that enhances renewable energy production and reduces our CO2 emissions.

“This second successful green bond is further evidence that our Sustainability Agenda underpins core business processes, such as the raising of new finance to strengthen our position to lead the shift to a sustainable bioeconomy,” says Noel Morrin, EVP Sustainability.

 

For further information, please contact:
Carl Norell
SVP, Financial Communications and Media Relations
+46 72 2 410 349

Investor enquiries:
Ulla Paajanen
SVP, Investor Relations
tel. +358 40 763 8767

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 25 000 employees in more than 30 countries. Our sales in 2019 were EUR 10.1 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com

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Contacts

For further information, please contact:
Carl Norell
SVP, Financial Communications and Media Relations
+46 72 2 410 349

Investor enquiries:
Ulla Paajanen
SVP, Investor Relations
tel. +358 40 763 8767