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21. Financial liabilities

The non-current financial liabilities can be specified as follows:

 

Bonds

Private placements

Total

As at 1 January 2020

1,291

300

1,591

Drawn

-

100

100

Repayments

-

-

-

Reclass to Current liabilities

-

(100)

(100)

Financing costs

-

-

-

Amortisation

1

-

1

As at 31 December 2020

1,292

300

1,592

    

Drawn

500

-

500

Discount

(7)

-

(7)

Reclass to Current liabilities

(300)

-

(300)

Financing costs

-

-

-

Amortisation

-

(1)

(1)

As at 31 December 2021

1,485

299

1,784

Debt funding

The information below is provided for explanatory purposes with regard to the Vesteda Companies’ long-term funding.

The Vesteda Companies obtain their debt funding through various sources:

  1. Bank facilities, comprising corporate unsecured bank funding provided by banks, including the European Investment Bank.

  2. Euro Commercial Paper issued by Vesteda Finance B.V. (see Current liabilities)

  3. Bonds, issued by Vesteda Finance B.V. under the EMTN programme.

  4. Private Placements under the EMTN programme as well as bi-lateral agreements placed by Vesteda Finance B.V.

Corporate unsecured funding

Vesteda Finance B.V. acts as borrower and issuer of all corporate unsecured debt on behalf of Vesteda Residential Fund FGR. As per 31 December 2021, Custodian Vesteda Fund I B.V. acts as a guarantor for all obligations of the corporate unsecured debt that is borrowed or issued by Vesteda Finance B.V.

The current financial liabilities can be specified as follows:

 

Bank facilities

ECP

Private placements

Bonds

Totaal

As at 1 January 2020

9

215

-

-

224

Drawn

2,204

1,425

-

-

3,629

Repayments

(2,206)

(1,430)

-

-

(3,636)

Reclass from financial liabilities

-

-

100

-

100

As at 31 December 2020

7

210

100

-

317

      

Drawn

422

1,204

-

-

1,626

Repayments

(429)

(1,414)

(100)

-

(1,943)

Reclass from financial liabilities

-

-

-

300

300

As at 31 December 2021

-

-

-

300

300

1) Bank facilities

In April 2021 Vesteda agreed with its banks to amend the €700 million Revolving Facility Agreement (RFA), to make it a sustainability-linked RFA. For the purposes of this amendment, the financing embeds four KPIs that measure Vesteda’s sustainability performance. The KPIs are GRESB score, solar panel installation, percentage of green energy labels and the reduction of the emissions from our fleet of cars. These KPIs incentivise Vesteda to improve its sustainability performance. The four KPIs match the sustainability goals in Vesteda’s Business Plan 2022-2026. If the majority of these KPIs are met, Vesteda obtains a reduction in the interest margin. On the other hand, the interest margin will be increased by the banks if Vesteda fails to meet these KPIs.

In September we welcomed JP Morgan (“JPM”) as a new lender in the sustainability-linked RFA. JPM replaced a lender that didn’t make use of the extension options. As JPM extended its participation to 2025, we have now a sustainability-linked RFA of €700 million up to 2025. At year-end 2021 the remaining legal term was 3.4 years and the facility was undrawn.

Pricing of the revolving credit facility is subject to a margin grid, whereby a LTV below 27.5% equates to a margin of 0.50%. Utilised commitment less than 33.3% equates to an utilisation fee of 0.10% and utilised commitments exceeding 33.3% but less or equal to 66.7% equate to an utilisation fee of 0.20%. Utilised commitments exceeding 66.7% equate to an utilisation fee of 0.40%.

Vesteda has an €150 million term loan agreement in place with the European Investment Bank (“EIB”). Drawdowns can be made up to May 2023, with a tenor of 10 years and allow fixed rate and floating rate drawdowns. This facility is fully assigned to committed projects in the affordable housing segment and is currently undrawn.

Vesteda has an uncommitted overdraft facility with bank SMBC for €200 million. Being an uncommitted facility it can be terminated at any time, with a Review Date of 31 July 2022. The facility is funded on SMBC’s cost of funds plus a margin of 0.60%. At year end 2021 the facility of €200 million was undrawn.

2) Euro Commercial Paper

For the short term funding need, Vesteda makes us of an Euro Commercial Paper programme up to €1 billion. At year-end 2021 this programme was not in use.

3) Bonds

In 2021, Vesteda Finance B.V. continued its borrowing of senior unsecured notes that were issued under its program for the issuance of Euro Medium Term Notes (EMTN). Standard & Poor’s rated the notes BBB at the time of issuance. The credit rating of the notes was upgraded to BBB+ in 2016 and further upgraded to A- in 2021, in line with Standard & Poor’s credit rating upgrade of Vesteda Residential Fund:

  • The first tranche of €300 million senior unsecured notes with an interest rate of 1.75%, issued in July 2014 and due on 22 July 2019 was repaid early, on 23 April 2019.

  • A second tranche of €300 million senior unsecured notes was issued in October 2015. The notes pay an annual fixed coupon of 2.50% (marked-to-market interest rate of -0.33%) and are due on 27 October 2022. The remaining term to maturity of the notes is 0.8 years.

  • A third tranche of €500 million senior unsecured notes was issued in July 2018. The notes pay an annual fixed coupon of 2.00% (marked-to-market interest rate of 0.34%) and are due on 10 July 2026. The remaining term to maturity of the notes is 4.5 years.

  • In May 2019 Vesteda issued its first Green Bond for an amount of €500 million in senior unsecured notes. The notes pay an annual fixed coupon of 1.50% and are due on 24 May 2027 (marked-to-market interest rate of 0.40%). The remaining term to maturity of the notes is 5.4 years.

  • In October 2021 Vesteda issued its second green bond for an amount of €500 million in senior unsecured notes. The transaction was more than four times oversubscribed. The notes pay an annual fixed coupon of 0.75% and are due on 18 October 2031 (marked-to-market interest rate of 0.89%). The remaining term to maturity of the notes is 9.8 years.

4) Private Placements

The first private placement is an €100 million private placement borrowing with funds provided by PRICOA Capital Group under a note purchase agreement. The senior notes have a fixed annual coupon of 1.80% (marked-to-market interest rate of 0.41%), payable on a semi-annual basis and are due on 16 December 2026. The remaining term to maturity of the notes is 5.0 years.

The second private placement is a green private placement and consists of two note purchase agreements. There is a 10 year tranche of €50 million with NYL at a fixed semi-annual coupon of 1.03% (marked-to-market interest rate of 0.87) and a fifteen year tranche of €50 million with AIG at a fixed semi-annual coupon of 1.38% (marked-to-market interest rate of 1.42). The remaining term to maturity of the notes are 9.0 and 14.0 years respectively.

A third tranche of €100 million private placement borrowing in senior unsecured notes under its program for the issuance of Euro Medium Term Notes (EMTN). Standard & Poor’s rated notes BBB+ at the time of issuance, and in April 2021 this was upgraded to A:

  • A tranche of €35 million senior unsecured notes pay an annual fixed coupon of 1.899% (marked-to-market interest rate of 0.54%) and are due on 15 December 2027. The remaining term to maturity of the notes is 6.0 years;

  • A tranche of €65 million senior unsecured notes pay an annual fixed coupon of 2.478% (marked-to-market interest rate of 1.06%) and are due on 15 December 2032. The intended remaining term to maturity of the notes is 11.0 years.