World Bank Inaugurates Fiscal Year with 5-Year USD 4 Billion Sustainable Development Bond

WASHINGTON – The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, Aaa/AAA) launched its 2023 fiscal year with the pricing of a 5-year benchmark bond that matures in June 2027.  The Sustainable Development Bond raised USD 4 billion to support the World Bank’s mission to combat poverty and boost shared prosperity in developing countries.

The transaction, executed in a period of heightened market volatility, attracted 100 orders totaling more than USD 5.6 billion by appealing to investors seeking high credit quality and a sustainable investment.  The globally diverse investors included central banks, bank treasuries and asset managers, among other groups, and also included several first-time investors.

Citi, Nomura, TD Securities and Wells Fargo are the lead managers. The bonds will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, offers a spread versus the reference US Treasury of +15.5 basis points and has a semi-annual yield of 3.137%.

“Multiple, overlapping global shocks are creating deep direct human and economic impacts and creating adverse spillovers in developing countries, threatening to reverse decades of development gains,” said Jorge Familiar Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank. “We are thankful for the investors in today’s US dollar benchmark bond, who through their partnership are helping us support a sustainable response to these challenges.”


Investor Breakdown by Type

Central Banks/Official Institutions 47%
Banks/Bank Treasuries/Corporates 41%
Asset Managers/Insurance/Pension Funds 12%

Investor Breakdown by Geography

Asia 31%
United States 29%
EMEA 28%
Americas (ex USA) 12%


Lead Manager Quotes

“Congratulations to the World Bank funding team on delivering such a successful transaction to kick off its benchmark funding program for the new fiscal year.  In a challenging market environment, the World Bank was able to achieve a high quality and geographically diverse orderbook, a testament to the World Bank’s ability to engage with investors from across the world to mobilize capital for sustainable development. Citi is delighted to have been appointed bookrunner,” said Ebba Wexler, Managing Director, Public Sector DCM, Citi.

“Against one of the most challenging USD market backdrops for years, the World Bank has again demonstrated leadership with an extremely successful benchmark, marking a great start to their new fiscal year and program. To garner an orderbook of this size, quality and granularity is impressive in normalized markets but extraordinary today. Congratulations to the World Bank team, it has been Nomura’s pleasure to have worked together with you on such a memorable transaction,” said Spencer Dove, Managing Director, Head of DCM SSA, Nomura.

“We congratulate the World Bank for demonstrating market leadership amidst a volatile market backdrop. The 5-year maturity fitted investor demand perfectly and resulted in broad support from the full global reach of the World Bank investor base that recognizes the safe-haven status of the World Bank name. This USD Sustainable Development Bond benchmark is a superb start to the new fiscal year for the World Bank and comes at a critical time for the economies of developing countries. Congratulations to the World Bank treasury team,” said Laura O’Connor, Managing Director, Fixed Income Origination & Syndication, TD Securities.

“In this market it’s all about timing, and the World Bank team got it right–what a strong performance! The Sovereign, Supranational and Agency (SSA) space needed a success story after all of the recent market volatility, and no better result than an oversubscribed deal with a high-quality book that tightened 2 basis points from Initial Price Talks. The choice of tenor was crucial, as it tapped the pent-up demand in the middle part of the curve while avoiding the challenging volatility in shorter tenor swap spreads. Wells Fargo Securities is honored to be part of the World Bank’s first USD benchmark of their new funding year,” said Carlos Perezgrovas, Head SSA Origination, Wells Fargo Securities.


Transaction Summary

  5-Year Bond
Issuer: World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD)
Issuer rating: Aaa /AAA
Amount: USD 4 billion
Settlement date: July 19, 2022
Maturity date: June 15, 2027
Issue price: 99.948%
Issue yield: 3.137% semi-annual
Denomination: USD 1,000 and multiples thereof
Coupon: 3.125% p.a., payable semi-annually in arrear
ISIN: US459058KJ14
Listing: Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Clearing system: Fedwire, Clearstream, Euroclear
Lead managers: Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Nomura International plc, TD Global Finance Unlimited Company, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Senior co-lead managers: BMO Capital Markets Corp., CastleOak Securities, L.P., National Bank Financial Inc., Scotiabank Europe plc