India’s L&T closes US$107m sustainability loan from SMBC

SMBC appointed as sole Sustainability Coordinator and Lender for three-year sustainability-linked loan

Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the Indian multinational construction group, has said that it successfully closed a three-year, US$107 million sustainability-linked loan from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) on November 30, 2022.

In a statement, L&T said that SMBC has been appointed as the sole Sustainability Coordinator and Lender and that the loan underscored its continued commitment to its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

Commenting on the successful closure of the SLL, R Shankar Raman, Group CFO and Whole Time Director of L&T, said: “L&T continues to focus on achieving Water Neutrality by 2035 and Carbon Neutrality by 2040. Our long-term strategic plan also clearly outlines the ESG roadmap towards this goal. 

“This SLL transaction with SMBC is an important step in that journey and underlines our intent on the ESG front.”

Sustainability targets

The facility incorporates interest rate reductions linked to the achievement of two of L&T’s predetermined sustainability targets – the reduction of greenhouse gas emission intensity and water consumption intensity against the target levels. 

These targets have been selected on the basis that they are relevant and material to the company’s overarching sustainability position and strategy. 

The loan fulfilled the core requirements under the Sustainability Linked Loan Principles and DNV Business Assurance Singapore Pte. Ltd. has provided Second Party Opinion on L&T’s SLL, the statement continued.

Toshitake Funaki, CEO of SMBC India, added: “This transaction supports SMBC Group’s initiatives to contribute to a sustainable society through its financial services. We are delighted to be the Sustainability Coordinator and Lender for this SLL facility to our core client, L&T.”

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