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Bank of America Exceeds $20 Billion Environmental Business Initiative

Company Provides $21.6 Billion to Address Climate Change and Demands on Natural Resources, While Advancing Lower-carbon Economy; New $50 Billion Environmental Business Initiative Launched

Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:00 pm EDT

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"By helping our clients achieve their own unique goals for environmental sustainability, we’re growing our business, supporting our communities and promoting a low-carbon global economy."

Bank of America today announced it exceeded its original 10-year, $20 billion environmental business initiative – more than four years ahead of schedule – delivering more than $21.6 billion in lending, equipment and carbon finance, capital markets and advisory activities to clients around the world. 

Effective January 1, 2013, Bank of America renewed its commitment to growing its environmental business opportunities by embarking on a new 10-year, $50 billion business initiative, bringing the company’s total goal to $70 billion over the course of 16 years – the largest of any financial institution.

“Our environmental business is the perfect example of how we connect capabilities across the company to benefit our clients and our shareholders,” said Cathy Bessant, Global Technology and Operations executive and Bank of America’s Environmental Council chair. “By helping our clients achieve their own unique goals for environmental sustainability, we’re growing our business, supporting our communities and promoting a low-carbon global economy.”

To hone its business initiative and ensure transparency as well as incorporate stakeholder feedback around its efforts, Bank of America is partnering with Ceres, an organization dedicated to mobilizing investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy. Ceres President Mindy Lubber has seen firsthand the impact the bank’s efforts have had in the market place.

“We are seeing the unprecedented impacts of global climate change in our lifetime. Given expected population growth and expanding urbanization, there needs to be far more attention toward energy efficiency and low-carbon energy and transportation solutions. For a company like Bank of America to set these kinds of financial goals and exceed them demonstrates the kind of marketplace leadership we need to ensure economic growth in a carbon-constrained world.”

In 2012 alone, Bank of America provided more than $4.5 billion toward underwriting, advising on and financing a number of innovative transactions under its environmental business initiative. 

The chart below breaks down by sector where the company’s business activities took place. 

 Bank of America's business activities

In one of the last transactions to be completed under the $20 billion initiative, Bank of America Merrill Lynch completed tax equity financing for EDF Renewable Energy on the 100.8 megawatt Spearville 3 Wind Project in Kansas. The project is expected to generate enough electricity to supply approximately 40,000 average homes. Other recently completed transactions that represent the diversity of the clients and industries served through the environmental initiative include: 

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch provided $80.6 million in financing to Honeywell International, Inc. to help optimize four steam power plants across Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma's largest single-site employer and the largest Air Force facility energy consumer. The improvements are expected to cut Tinker’s natural gas consumption by 30 percent – saving enough energy to power more than 12,000 households annually, and saving the military an estimated $6.4 million per year. 
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation approved up to $310 million in financing for a project that is anticipated to double the generating capacity of the Olkaria Geothermal Plant, located in the Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya and owned by Nevada-based Ormat Technologies, and is expected to deliver at least 5 percent of Kenya’s total power demand. Bank of America Merrill Lynch was the sole underwriter of the bonds, selling $220 million of OPIC US Government Guaranteed Certificates of Participation to fund the underlying OPIC loan for the project. The project is expected to generate 55 jobs in Kenya, and support more than 100 jobs and $82 million of business procurement in the U.S.
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as joint bookrunner for the initial public offering of common stock for SolarCity Corporation, a provider of clean distributed energy. Previously, Bank of America Merrill Lynch  worked with SolarCity to finance Project SolarStrong, a multi-year plan to build more than $1 billion in solar power projects for up to 120,000 military homes across the U.S. – the largest residential solar financing platform in history – and create thousands of jobs for military veterans and their families.
  • In Hong Kong, Bank of America Merrill Lynch served as the joint global coordinator, joint book runner and joint sponsor on a US$319 million IPO for Huadian Fuxin Energy Corporation, a leading diversified clean energy company based in Eastern China. The deal was priced at HK$1.65 per share, above the bottom end of the price range and at a premium to the average valuation of Hong Kong-listed clean energy companies.

The company’s $20 billion environmental business initiative included a $50 million commitment from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to invest in nonprofit organizations dedicated to addressing critical environmental issues. That goal also was exceeded, with the foundation delivering more than $54.3 million to global nonprofit organizations including groups such as Water.org, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Green Building Council, Ocean Conservancy, C2ES, the Greenforce Initiative and Habitat for Humanity.

Bank of America’s new $50 billion environmental business initiative will consist primarily of lending, equipment finance, capital markets and advisory activity, carbon finance, and advice and investment solutions in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, water and waste, as well as $100 million in grants and program-related investments to nonprofit organizations, community development financial institutions and other NGOs promoting low-carbon and resource conservation solutions.  This landmark global initiative focuses on and promotes a broad array of social and environmental benefits:  

  • Reducing energy and water consumption and diverting waste.
  • Increasing energy production from renewable sources.
  • Driving job creation and economic development.

The company will work with traditional businesses such as agriculture, forestry, transportation, technology, retail and healthcare to help advance their low-carbon activities. Bank of America also expects to grow its business activities around the world as governments, companies and individuals worldwide shift spending and investing patterns in response to energy security, resource efficiency and broader environmental awareness.

 

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