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Growth strategy: Ford’s booth at a motor show in Munich, Germany. The company will use the proceeds from its green bond sale for the design, development and manufacturing of its battery electric-vehicle portfolio. — AFP

MICHIGAN: Ford Motor Co sold US$2.5bil (RM10.38bil) of bonds whose proceeds are aimed at benefiting the environment, the automaker’s first as it transitions to making electric vehicles and the largest ever such offering from a US corporation.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based company’s green bonds are expected to mature in 10 years, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The security yields 3.25%, after early pricing discussions in the 3.625% area, and net proceeds will be used exclusively for clean transportation projects and for the design, development and manufacturing of its battery electric-vehicle portfolio, the person said.

Ford said last week that it plans to sell at least US$1bil (RM4.15bil) of green bonds, as part of a broader plan to cut its borrowing costs by more than half through repurchasing US$5bil (RM20.76bil) of junk-rated debt and trying to return to investment-grade credit ratings.

“This lowers the cost of our debt substantially,” John Lawler, chief financial officer, said in an interview last week, when the company disclosed its repurchase plans.

“It provides us additional financial flexibility, not only from the standpoint of lower interest expense but also it’s strengthening the balance sheet, which is good as we work to return to investment grade.”

Companies globally are under pressure from consumers, investors and regulators to cut carbon emissions and are tapping the fast-expanding world of environmental, social and governance (ESG) debt to fund the transition.

Toyota Motor Corp found at a structured finance conference that investors asked about ESG issues in about two-thirds of the company’s meetings without being prompted, Adam Stam, director of capital markets at Toyota Motor Credit Corp, said last year.

Global sales of green bonds are at more than US$447bil (RM1.86 trillion) so far this year, a record level and nearly double the US$234bil (RM971.57bil) raised in the whole of 2020.

Ford’s sale is the largest green bond offered by a US corporation, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Ford aims to become carbon neutral no later than 2050 and a significant portion of the funds raised through its sustainable finance strategy will go toward expanding electric vehicle technology and charging infrastructure, and improving the customer experience.

“We’re again putting our money where our mouth is, prioritising and allocating capital to environmental and social initiatives that are good for people, good for the planet, and good for Ford,” Lawler said in a statement last week.

Barclays Plc, BNP Paribas SA, Bank of America Corp, Credit Agricole SA, Mizuho Financial Group Inc, Morgan Stanley and Royal Bank of Canada managed the bond sale.

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