Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: KOF UBL; NYSE: KOF) (“Coca-Cola FEMSA” or the “Company”), announces today the pricing of its first ever green bond in the international capital markets. The successful public offering of US$ 705 million principal amount of notes due 2032, priced at US Treasury + 120 basis points and a coupon of 1.850%. The transaction received broad participation from investment grade dedicated investors, confirming Coca-Cola FEMSA’s financial discipline, strong credit profile and commitment with sustainability. The green bond will help the Company achieve its environmental sustainability objectives and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“This green bond is consistent with our goal of ‘refreshing our consumers, anytime, anywhere, in a sustainable way’ as we plan to continue to generate economic value and a positive contribution to society and the environment. We expect this transaction will allow us to support the achievement of our environmental targets and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals” said John Santa Maria Otazua, Coca-Cola FEMSA’s Chief Executive Officer.
The Company intends to allocate an amount equal to the net proceeds from this offering to finance or refinance eligible green projects, including in the following three areas:
On June 11, 2020, Coca-Cola FEMSA became the first Mexican corporation to have carbon footprint reduction goals approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), thereby adhering to the goal framework set out by the Paris Agreement to avoid dangerous climate change by keeping global temperature rise well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The Company plans to achieve its 2030 commitment with a pipeline of specific projects that expect to allow it to reach its plan of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 28% across its value chain, in comparison to its 2015 baseline.
The Company continuously seeks for opportunities to make a more efficient use of water and protect water sources. With a benchmark water use ratio of 1.52 liters of water per liter of beverage produced in 2019, the Company is committed to return the same amount of water that is used in its beverage production through initiatives like the Latin American Water Funds Alliance and local partnerships.
As part of the “World Without Waste” initiative, Coca-Cola FEMSA has a commitment to use 50% recycled resin in its PET bottles and to collect 100% of the beverage packages placed in the market by 2030. Consistent with the Ellen McArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, the Company is working on closing bottle-to-bottle loops by developing its own infrastructure and sharing infrastructure with other stakeholders through partnerships. Coca-Cola FEMSA is currently on track to achieve its commitments with a 50% collection rate in its main markets and an average of 23.7% use of recycled resin in PET bottles.
As part of the green bond offering, the Company published its Green Bond Framework, which is aligned with the four core components of the Green Bond Principles 2018 as administered by the International Capital Market Association. The Company obtained a Second-Party Opinion from Sustainalytics in accordance with industry best practices.
The closing of the transaction and issuance of the notes is expected to occur on September 1, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.
Coca-Cola FEMSA has engaged BofA Securities, Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC to act as joint bookrunners with respect to the offering of the Notes.
This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. Coca-Cola FEMSA has filed a registration statement, including a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Before you invest, you should read the prospectus and preliminary prospectus supplement and other documents Coca-Cola FEMSA has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Coca-Cola FEMSA and the offering of the notes. You may access these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, a copy of the prospectus and preliminary prospectus supplement may be obtained by contacting BofA Securities, Inc. at +1 (800) 294-1322, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at +1 (866) 846-2874, or Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC at +1 (866) 718-1649 (each toll-free in the United States) or, if calling from outside the U.S., by collect calling BofA Securities, Inc. at +1 (646) 855-8988, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at +1 (212) 834-4533, or Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC at +1 (801) 902-6997.