Paris, 04 September 2023
Orange successfully completes its inaugural sustainability-linked bond issuance for EUR 500M
Orange has successfully issued its first sustainability-linked bond, for a nominal amount of EUR 500 million, linked to the company’s target to reduce by -45% its absolute greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1, 2 & 3) by 2030 (vs. 2020) and its commitment to provide digital support and training to external beneficiaries (6 million beneficiaries cumulatively between 2021 and 2030).
This GHG reduction target is aligned with the objective to keep global warming at 1.5°C and has been submitted to SBTi for validation.
m/s + 72bps
This issuance follows Orange's recently published Sustainability-Linked Financing Framework. This Framework is aligned with the Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles published by the ICMA, and has received a Second Party Opinion from Moody’s Investors Services with a qualification of “Significant contribution to Sustainability”. Moody’s notably underlined that the magnitude of the chosen Sustainability Performance Targets is “significant, based on a combination of benchmarking approaches” and that “their expected impact […] on sustainability objectives is considered significant", reflecting the Group’s overall ambition.
The issuance illustrates Orange’s ongoing integration of sustainability initiatives into its financing strategy. With an oversubscription of 5 times, it also enables Orange to extend the maturity of its debt and diversify its sources of financing on optimal terms.
Laurent Martinez, Group Chief Financial Officer, said: “This landmark sustainability linked inaugural transaction was very well received, demonstrating the markets’ confidence in the Group’s financial strength, strategy and ability to deliver on its ESG ambitions.”
Elizabeth Tchoungui, Executive Director in charge of Group Corporate Social Responsibility added: “Orange’s strategic plan “Lead the Future” and its ESG by design orientation puts CSR at the heart of the Group’s strategy. This translates into clear and ambitious objectives both in terms of controlling our environmental impact and for further promoting digital inclusion.”
The Sustainability-Linked Financing Framework and the Second-Party Opinion are available on Orange’s website (Debt and rating | Corporate (orange.com)).
Crédit Agricole CIB acted as Sole Sustainability Structuring Advisor.
Crédit Agricole CIB, ING and SMBC acted as Global Coordinators.
Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, La Banque Postale and Standard Chartered acted as Bookrunners.
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with revenues of 43.5 billion euros in 2022 and 136,000 employees worldwide at 30 June 2023, including 74,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 291 million customers worldwide at 30 June 2023, including 246 million mobile customers and 24 million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies under the brand Orange Business. In February 2023, the Group presented its strategic plan "Lead the Future", built on a new business model and guided by responsibility and efficiency. "Lead the Future" capitalizes on network excellence to reinforce Orange's leadership in service quality.
Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).
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