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NYK Inks Two Sustainability Linked Loans  

NYK signed two sustainability linked loan (SLL) agreements aligned with the Sustainability Linked Loan Principles set forth by the Loan Market Association* and other organizations. These two agreements bring NYK’s total number of SLLs to four.

The objective of the SLL is to promote and support environmentally and socially beneficial economic activities by linking corporate loan terms with a customer’s performance against mutually agreed sustainability performance targets (SPTs) consistent with a customer’s ESG strategy.

The SPTs in both agreements are to maintain a high CDP** climate change disclosure score. As long as high CDP ratings are achieved, the interest rate terms will remain unchanged until the repayment deadline.

On February 3, NYK announced the NYK Group ESG Story,*** which aims to further integrate ESG into the company’s management strategy, and this is the first ESG finance project since that announcement. To strongly promote ESG management, NYK will promote new value creation as a sustainable solution provider through a business strategy that responds to climate change.

Overview of first loan

Execution date of agreement March 31, 2021
Agent MUFG Bank Ltd.
Contract period 5 years
Total amount  USD 204 million
Use of proceeds Business fund
Type Term loan  
Participating financial institutions The Iyo Bank Ltd.
The Bank of Saga Ltd.
The Shikoku Bank Ltd.
The Nomura Trust and Banking Co. Ltd.
The Hachijuni Bank Ltd.
MUFG Bank Ltd.

Overview of second loan

Execution date of agreement March 31, 2021
Lender   Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Total amount   USD 600 million
Use of proceeds   Business fund
Type Revolving credit facility (Commitment line)

- This loan has obtained third-party opinions from Japan Credit Rating Agency Ltd. (JCR) for the loan’s rationality and compliance with the Sustainability Linked Loan Principles published by the Loan Market Association (LMA). The detailed report by JCR can be found at the following web link: https://www.jcr.co.jp/en/

* An association dedicated to improving the liquidity, efficiency, and transparency in the primary and secondary syndicated loan markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Based in the UK, this association has about 760 member institutions in over 69 countries, mainly in Europe and the Middle East. Website: https://www.lma.eu.com/

** An international non-profit organization working with companies, investors, cities, states, and regions to prevent dangerous climate change, ensure water security, and avoid deforestation. To manage risks that climate change poses to companies, CDP uses questionnaires to collect information on carbon dioxide emissions and climate change initiatives of major companies around the world and analyzes and evaluates the data collected. Website: https://www.cdp.net/en

*** NYK Group ESG Story
A guideline detailing concrete efforts to integrate ESG into management strategies of the NYK Group. Details can be found at the following web link: https://www.nyk.com/english/esg/esg-story/ .

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