This facility marks the first bilateral sustainability-linked loan between DBS Hong Kong and HSH Financial Services, for which the bank will serve as sole lender. The Key Performance Indicators (“KPIs”) set by HSH Financial Services include reduction in carbon intensity and energy intensity, increase in waste diversion rate, and increase in number of hotels receiving sustainability certification by EarthCheck.
Last year, DBS was among one of the nine banks who signed a GBP£675 million (HK$5.95 billion) three-year term green loan facility with HSH Financial Services, which will continue to fund the construction and operating cost of The Peninsula London project.
Clement Kwok, Managing Director and CEO of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, commented: “We are delighted to partner with DBS on this new sustainability-linked revolving credit facility. This reflects our company’s strong commitment to incorporate sustainability elements in our business and financing strategy, as set out in our Sustainable Luxury Vision 2030. We appreciate the knowledge and expertise of our partner DBS and look forward to working closely with them to create long-term value for our stakeholders.”
Wallace Lam, Managing Director and Head of Institutional Banking Group of DBS Hong Kong, said, “We are pleased to support HSH Financial Services with our first bilateral sustainability-linked loan. As a purpose-driven bank, DBS is committed to promoting responsible banking practices that align with our sustainability mission. We look forward to continuing our partnership with HSH and supporting them in their future developments.”
DBS has an established track record in supporting our real estate clients to meet their financing needs and has been active in structuring, leading and executing landmark and complex real estate financing transactions. As the best bank in real estate, DBS Hong Kong had inked first social performance guarantee for Hong Kong public housing development with Gammon Construction Limited, and had secured sustainability-linked financings with Yuexiu REIT and Prosperity REIT in the past 12 months.
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About The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
Incorporated in 1866 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (00045), The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development, and management of prestigious hotels and commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of tourism and leisure, club management and other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Peninsula London, The Peninsula Paris, The Peninsula Istanbul, The Peninsula Bangkok and The Peninsula Manila. The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and 21 avenue Kléber in Paris, France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California; Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services, Peninsula Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.