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Toyota Motor Credit Sells Year’s First U.S. Company Green Bond

Caleb Mutua and Michael Gambale

(Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp. borrowed $2.5 billion through its finance company to help support the sale of clean cars, marking the first U.S. corporate green bond deal this year.

Toyota Motor Credit Corp. sold the debt in three parts, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Only the 10-year security will be green, and it will yield 65 basis points above Treasuries, after initially discussing in the high 70s-basis point range, the person said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. Toyota capped the green portion of the deal at $750 million, the person said.

The proceeds of the other securities, a floating rate note due 2021 and five-year fixed rate bond, will be used for general corporate purposes, the person said.

Toyota has outlined a green bond program that will help finance new loans and lease contracts for eligible Toyota and Lexus vehicles, such as gasoline-electric hybrids like the Prius. Monday’s issuance adds to the $5.3 billion of green bonds that Toyota Motor Credit had issued through the end of 2019.

The deal marks the first U.S. corporate green bond of the year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Corporations and governments globally borrowed a record $204 billion worth of green bonds last year, from about $136 billion in 2018, the data show. Combined with sustainability debt, issuance is expected to climb to $400 billion this year, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

BNP Paribas SA, Citigroup Inc., Credit Agricole SA, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Mizuho Financial Group Inc. managed Toyota Motor Credit’s bond sale, the person said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Caleb Mutua in New York at dmutua@bloomberg.net;Michael Gambale in New York at mgambale2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Nikolaj Gammeltoft at ngammeltoft@bloomberg.net, Molly Smith, Andrew Kostic

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