– Company Allocated Over $356 Million in Green Bond Net Proceeds to Eligible Green Projects –
JERICHO, N.Y., August 15, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kimco Realty® (NYSE: KIM), North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers, including mixed-use assets, today announced the publication of its second Green Bond Report, outlining the use of the net proceeds and the associated estimated environmental impact of the Company’s inaugural green bond, issued in July of 2020. Of the $493.7 million in net proceeds from the green bond issuance, $356.5 million, or over 72 percent, has been allocated to finance Eligible Green Projects, as defined by Kimco’s Green Bond Framework.
Per Kimco’s Green Bond Framework, Eligible Green Projects include Green Buildings, defined, in part, as the new development, maintenance, operation, and acquisition of buildings that have received LEED Silver certifications, or the acquisition of buildings with tenant spaces that have previously received an ENERGY STAR rating of 75 or higher. Kimco has used green bond proceeds to fund and/or acquire LEED Silver certified projects including The Witmer® residential tower at Pentagon Centre in Arlington, Virginia, the Array residential building at West Alex in Alexandria, Virginia, and an office building also at West Alex. Green bond proceeds were also allocated towards the acquisition of twelve ENERGY STAR Certified tenant spaces.
Additional Eligible Green Projects funded in the past year include energy efficiency projects at 123 properties, which have resulted in an estimated total GHG savings of 7200 MTCO2e (based on estimated emissions associated with usage one year after project completion compared to one year prior), and sustainable water and wastewater management projects at 45 properties, resulting in an estimated average water efficiency gain of more than 35 percent.
"Our green bond financing allows us to make investments that enhance the sustainability of our portfolio," said Conor Flynn, Chief Executive Officer of Kimco Realty. "We believe that efforts to reduce our environmental footprint, while maximizing operational efficiency, will help to create long-term value for all of our stakeholders."
Additional information on Kimco’s industry leading ESG initiatives and its publicly stated ESG goals can be found in the Company’s 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report.
About Kimco Realty®
Kimco Realty® (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Jericho, N.Y. that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers, including mixed-use assets. The company’s portfolio is primarily concentrated in the first-ring suburbs of the top major metropolitan markets, including those in high-barrier-to-entry coastal markets and rapidly expanding Sun Belt cities, with a tenant mix focused on essential, necessity-based goods and services that drive multiple shopping trips per week. Kimco Realty is also committed to leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and is a recognized industry leader in these areas. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center ownership, management, acquisitions, and value enhancing redevelopment activities for more than 60 years. As of June 30, 2022, the company owned interests in 533 U.S. shopping centers and mixed-use assets comprising 92 million square feet of gross leasable space. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com.
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David F. Bujnicki
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy
Kimco Realty Corporation