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Housing New Zealand is the largest residential property owner in the country, owning or managing around 64,000 properties that house more than 185,000 New Zealanders.
Key to our vision of building lives and communities by housing New Zealanders is:
- ensuring our customers live well, with dignity and stability, in connected communities, and
- shaping investments in the portfolio to better meet public housing needs over the long term.
In addition to a strong focus on positive social outcomes, our recently-established Environment Strategy develops strategic responses that are tailored to address our environmental impacts and areas of influence.
Housing New Zealand issues the first sustainability bond for the New Zealand market
2 April 2019
Housing New Zealand (HNZ) recently issued $500 million of a new 7.5-year Sustainability Bond, the first bond issue of its type for a public sector entity and the New Zealand market.
HNZ Board Chair Adrienne Young-Cooper welcomed the issue and said the Crown agency was taking a leading role in the issuance of a Sustainability Bond which is a first for the New Zealand market, as is the alignment of this bond with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The bond was issued on 28 March 2019 at a yield of 2.247% and lifted HNZ’s total market debt to $1.45 billion (made up of $1.30 billion medium term notes and $0.15 billion commercial paper).
Offshore investors accounted for 21% of the final allocation, up from 11-14% seen in prior bond issues, and the book included new names with specific Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) mandates which adds diversification to HNZ’s investor base.
"The proceeds raised from the Sustainability Bond issue are earmarked for expenditure that has positive environmental and social outcomes, including building homes that meet certain green criteria as well as homes that incorporate mobility and accessibility considerations into their design," says Mrs Young-Cooper.
"Key environmental and social outcomes are driven by HNZ’s Environment Strategy and Customer Strategy and the issue is aligned with HNZ’s Sustainability Financing Framework (released 8 March 2019), detailing eligible expenditure categories and the process for managing proceeds."
This latest bond issue is part of a long-term borrowing programme which is contributing most of the finance for HNZ’s largest investment in its building programme for decades as it increases the scale and pace of delivering new homes.
From June 2018 to June 2022 HNZ will invest $5.6 billion in its housing stock, resulting in a net increase of 1,100 additional state homes each year for that period, with the financing also being used for a renewal programme to significantly upgrade most of HNZ’s older housing stock.
Mrs Young-Cooper says the reporting requirements for the Sustainability Bond will be integrated into HNZ’s Annual Report, in line with emerging best practice.
HNZ plans to continue issuing in this format, as well as honouring its commitment to the market to add some supply to two of the three standard bonds already issued.
Housing New Zealand made its re-entrance to debt capital markets in 2018, following a 19-year absence. This was made possible by the then National-led Government’s 2017 decision to increase the limit on market debt to $1.08 billion to help finance the Auckland Housing Programme. In 2018, the current Labour-led Government raised this limit to $3.05 billion to account for the state house build programme announced in the May 2018 Budget.
Access to debt capital markets is important for Housing New Zealand, given it provides the flexibility and appropriate level of control required for our stewardship responsibilities - over 45,000 of our homes are reaching the end of their useful lives over the next twenty years and need to be renewed.
In addition to standard domestic bond issuance, our newly-established Sustainability Financing Framework provides us with the opportunity to link financing with better outcomes for our customers and the environment. Future issuance in sustainability format will be considered alongside our commitment to continue building liquidity in standard bond maturities.
S&P Global Ratings (S&P) first rated Housing New Zealand in 1996. Credit ratings are assigned to both Housing New Zealand Limited (HNZL) and Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC). HNZL (the issuer) is 100% owned by HNZC.
The ratings are equalised with the New Zealand Government, reflecting S&P’s view that there is an ‘almost certain’ likelihood that the New Zealand government would provide timely and sufficient extraordinary support to HNZC in the event of financial distress.
HNZC and HNZL credit ratings – latest update 31 January 2019
|Local currency LT||AA+||Positive|
|Local currency ST||A-1+|
|Foreign currency LT||AA||Positive|
|Foreign currency ST||A-1+|
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A credit rating is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any securities and may be subject to suspension, change or withdrawal at any time by the assigning rating agency.
Amount on issue
|12 June 2023||2.97%||$300m||12 June 2018|
|12 June 2025||3.36%||$250m||12 June 2018|
|5 October 2026||2.247%||$500m||5 April 2019|
|18 October 2028||3.42%||$250m||18 October 2018|
Our commitment to sustainability
We are committed to sustainability through the implementation of our Customer Strategy, Environment Strategy and key measures of success outlined in the 2017-2021 Statement of Intent.
We recognise the potential for carbon emissions of buildings to contribute to global warming and acknowledge the importance of generating both positive environmental and social outcomes through our operations, build programmes and influence on our customers.
Our vision for sustainability is strategically aligned with Government commitments to international agreements, including the United Nations Paris Agreement, and Sustainable Development Goals, as well as its focus on wellbeing as a measure of living standards.
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