Apple Supplier Jabil Debuts Green Bond in Clean Energy Push
(Bloomberg) -- Jabil Inc. raised $500 million in bonds earmarked for the environment for the first time as its customer Apple Inc. continues to push suppliers to transition into renewable electricity.
The company, which makes iPhone casings, sold green bonds in the U.S. investment-grade market, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The five-year security yields 1.48 percentage points above Treasuries, after initial discussions of around 1.7 percentage points, said the person, who asked not to be identified as the details are private.
Jabil will use the proceeds from the sale to repay its outstanding $500 million 4.7% senior notes due in September, the person said. It will also use a part of the proceeds for eligible green expenditures.
The firm intends to finance a variety of projects as well as vehicle electrification, solar, wind and green hydrogen, according to its green financing framework published this month. It has set a 2025 target to reduce its carbon output from operational greenhouse gas emissions by 25% from a fiscal year 2019 baseline.
Big corporations are under pressure to slash carbon emissions from their operations and from their supply chains, known as Scope 3 emissions. They’re also increasingly paying attention to greenhouse gases when choosing suppliers.
To fund this transition, companies and governments worldwide are rushing to the green bond market. Global issuance of green bonds reached a record $514 billion last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Annual sales could reach between $900 billion and $1 trillion by the end of this year, and as much as $5 trillion by 2025, Climate Bonds Initiative, a London-based organization that sets green-bond standards, estimates.
Apple plans to transition its entire supply chain to 100% renewable energy by 2030, according to its 2022 environmental progress report. Electricity usage in its supply chain is the single greatest contributor to its carbon emissions, according to the report. The firm’s worldwide corporate operations are already carbon neutral.
While Jabil customers include Apple and Amazon.com Inc., it is also focused on secular growth opportunities in different markets including 5G, electric vehicles, cloud computing and clean energy, CreditSights analysts Jordan Chalfin and Joshua Anokye-Boateng wrote in a note on Wednesday.
BNP Paribas SA, Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. managed the bond sale, the people said.
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