Daily News: May 30, 2019

BofA, ING, Others Renew Louis Dreyfus $750MM Sustainability-Linked Revolver


Louis Dreyfus has renewed its $750 million revolving credit facility (RCF) in North America, including a sustainability-linked pricing mechanism for the first time.

The transaction replaces its previous three-year $750 million RCF.

Through the sustainability-linked mechanism, the RCF interest rate is linked to performance against LDC’s four key performance indicators, which set reductions in CO2 emissions, electricity consumption, water usage and solid waste sent to landfill. As part of the agreement, there will be an interest rate margin reduction for each year in which LDC makes improvements in its sustainability performance, with an independent auditor providing validation.

“Our position in the food value chain puts us at the heart of some of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as the need to feed a growing world population sustainably. As a company, we are committed to fair and sustainable value creation, and with this first sustainability-linked RCF, today we are linking that commitment to our financing.,” said Federico Cerisoli, LDC’s Group CFO.

“We intend to implement similar sustainability-related targets as our other two RCFs come up for renewal in Asia and EMEA,” he added.

The transaction was led and anchored by BNP Paribas, Bank of America, ICBC, ING, MUFG, Société Générale and SunTrust as joint lead arrangers and bookrunners. ING acted as sustainability structuring agent, and BNP Paribas as sustainability coordinator.

Louis Dreyfus Company is a merchant and processor of agricultural goods.