K-Line Secures First Climate Transition Linked Loan In Japan Worth $1Billion

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) has signed “Transition Linked Loan (TLL)” with syndicated lenders, arranged by Mizuho Bank Ltd. (MHBK), in accordance with the “Transition Linked Finance Framework (Framework)” which is based on “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050, announced September 6th, 2021.

In this TLL’s finance scheme, we have set 3 sustainability performance targets (SPTs) in line with our transition strategies for decarbonization and linked them with a prefixed loan interest matrix. This scheme brings us incentives on our decarbonization activities as well as accelerating and contributing to the global goal for decarbonization.

This TLL is our second transition finance (“Purpose Unspecified Finance”) since our 1st transition loan (“Purpose Specified Finance”) in March 2021. “K” LINE is the first company to originate two consecutive transition finances (Purpose Specified / Unspecified) in short term in Japan. Furthermore, the loan amount is one of the largest scales among ESG loans which is based on a policy by the Loan Market Association.

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In order to promote this “Transition Linked Finance” continuously, “K” LINE has received certification from Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd. (JCR) for the compliance with “Basic Guidelines on Climate Transition Finance” by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and related guidelines and policies.

This TLL is also selected as a model case for transition finance by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Outline of the finance is as follows.

Outline of the finance

Finance Scheme  Transition Linked Loan
Borrower  “K” LINE
Loan Amount  About JPY 110 Billion
Loan Term  5 Years
Loan Agreement Date  September 27th, 2021
Loan Arranger  MHBK 
Loan Co-Arranger  Development Bank of Japan (DBJ),  

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd.(SMTB) 

Lenders  Kansai Mirai Bank, Saikyo Bank, THE SAN-IN GODO BANK,  San ju San Bank, Shinkin Central Bank, Suruga Bank,  CHUGOKU Bank, THE TOCHIGI BANK, DBJ, The Norinchukin  Bank, The Hachijuni Bank, Higo Bank, The Hyakujushi Bank, 
The Hokuriku Bank, MHBK,  

Mizuho Trust & Banking, SMTB, The Yamaguchi Bank, The Bank  of Yokohama, and other lenders.

Transition Structuring Agent  Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd., MHBK
Evaluator  Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd.
Target SPTs  ①Total Emission of GHG,  

②CO2 Emission per ton-mile, ③CDP Rating

  • Details of SPTs
  • ①Total yearly GHG emissions throughout all loan term
  • ②Yearly CO2 emissions per ton-mile throughout all loan term
  • ③“A-” rating or higher by CDP rating
  • All above SPTs are connected with a matrix table of loan interest and this promotes our transition strategy.

Reference: kline.co.jp

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