Mall operator Hammerson launches 700 million euro sustainability-linked bond

By Reuters

<div> <p> (Corrects to say co is shifting existing debt profile, not cutting debt, in paragraph 1)</p> <p> -Mall operator Hammerson on Thursday launched a real estate sustainability-linked bond of 700 million euros ($853.30 million) as it shifts the profile of its existing debt.</p> <p>The offering follows Hammerson’s exit from the UK retail parks sector with a $459 million assets sale to Brookfield last month after reporting a 1.7 billion pound loss for 2020. It had also issued a longer-term debt warning.</p> <p>Last week, British shopping centres returned to full operations after months of lockdowns and pandemic-related curbs knocked the value of malls amid widespread retail rent deferrals and declines.</p> <p>“The linking of the bond to our sustainability targets brings a stronger alignment between our financial and sustainability goals,” Chief Financial Officer Himanshu Raja said in a statement.</p> <p>Global green bond issuance reached a record high of $270 billion at the end of 2020 and could reach $450 billion this year, according to Climate Bonds Initiative.</p> <p>Hammerson has set the target to get net positive for carbon, water, resource use and social impacts by 2030.</p> <p>($1 = 0.8203 euros)</p> </div>