Gunvor Singapore Pte. Ltd. (the “Borrower”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gunvor Group Ltd (“Gunvor” or the “Company”), has closed a US $1.035 billion sustainability-linked, syndicated revolving credit facility (the “Facility”) on 16 June 2023.
The Facility, which was launched initially at US $550 million in April 2023, benefited from strong support from a total of 26 existing and new banks and closed significantly oversubscribed by over 88 percent, increasing the total facility amount from the previous year. The Borrower has further upsized the Facility by US $90 million via an accordion feature, which was structured to accommodate two banks that joined the Facility after June 2023, bringing the total Facility amount to US$1.125 billion as of 14 July 2023.
The 364-day Facility, which is guaranteed by the Company and includes two 12-month extension options, is intended to refinance the Borrower’s existing indebtedness, and for general corporate and working capital purposes.
This is the second time the Borrower is using the sustainability-linked loan structure, which was first introduced in the Company’s European flagship corporate facility in 2021 and adopted in the Asian RCF in 2022. It includes ambitious sustainability Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) covering Description: Climate change refers to long-term shifts in weather patterns and average temperatures on a global scale. It is primarily caused by human activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels... Read more and Human Rights, which will be tested annually and verified externally, to showcase Gunvor’s commitment to improve the environmental impact of its trading operations and to invest in sustainable commodities and businesses. The KPIs relate to the reduction of Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions; reduction of Scope 3 GHG emissions associated with the improvement of energy efficiency of the shipping fleet; the investment in non-fossil fuel projects; and the assessment of the impact of the Group’s assets, JVs and suppliers on Human Rights.
“The successful renewal of our Asian RCF is the result of the deep collaboration between Gunvor and its banking partners, supported by our strong performance and positive outlook. We are also glad to welcome new lenders joining our anchor facility”, said Jean Rohr, Gunvor’s Regional CFO for Asia-Pacific.
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC, China CITIC Bank International Limited, DBS Bank Ltd., MUFG Bank, Ltd., Natixis, Singapore Branch and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd were mandated to arrange the Facility and acted as the Active Bookrunning Mandated Lead Arrangers for the Facility, with Agricultural Bank of China Limited, Singapore Branch, Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), Emirates NBD Bank (P.J.S.C), Singapore Branch, First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC – Singapore Branch and State Bank of India, Singapore Branch joined as the Bookrunning Mandated Lead Arrangers. Natixis, Singapore Branch also acted as Facility Agent and Sustainability Coordinator of the Facility.
Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., Singapore Branch, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Singapore Branch and ING Bank N.V., Singapore Branch are Senior Mandated Lead Arrangers.
Indian Bank, Singapore joined as a new Mandated Lead Arranger, whereas Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd., Société Générale, a public limited company incorporated in France, acting through its Hong Kong branch, Mizuho Bank, Ltd and UBS AG, Singapore Branch remain as Mandated Lead Arrangers.
Furthermore, Habib Bank Limited, Singapore Branch joined as a new Lead Arranger, while Krung Thai Bank Public Company Limited, Singapore Branch, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Singapore Branch remain as Lead Arrangers.
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited Singapore Branch, Banque Internationale de Commerce – BRED (Suisse) SA, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, Singapore Branch, National Bank of Fujairah PJSC and United Overseas Bank Limited remain as Arrangers, with BCP Bank (Mauritius) Ltd. joining as a new Arranger.