Natixis Investment Managers together with Fubon Bank have provided a 10.5-year HKD 400 million (USD 50 million) debt facility to Widex Group Holdings Limited and Widex Solar Asset Holding Ltd. The loan will be used to finance and/or refinance a portfolio of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects deployed in corporate, industrial and public buildings across Hong Kong.

Natixis Investment Managers (Natixis IM) private debt real assets team was acting on behalf of a Hong Kong based insurance company. Fubon Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fubon Financial Holding Co., Ltd., one of the largest financial holding companies in Taiwan. Widex Group Holdings Limited and Widex Solar Asset Holding Ltd are both controlled by PAG, a leading APAC-focused alternative investment manager.

The facility is structured as a non-recourse project finance loan to be secured against one of the largest rooftop solar portfolios in Hong Kong, with over 100 existing rooftop solar PV projects, approximately 20MW of capacity qualified under Hong Kong’s Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Scheme, and plans for significant further expansion. The financing supports the growth of renewable energy and green finance in the city, both of which are key strategies in Hong Kong’s Climate Action Plan 2050, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The loan complies with the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association’s Green Loan Principles and has received a pre-issuance stage certificate issued by the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency under the Hong Kong Green and Sustainable Finance Scheme.

This transaction represents a key milestone for Natixis IM, arranging an infrastructure project finance loan in Asia on behalf of an Asian institutional client. “Our strong banking background allows us to originate and structure loans and this is a first in the area of green finance in Hong Kong for our team. We are delighted to be building our green credentials with clients at this time,” commented Angus Davidson, Head of Private Debt Real Assets at Natixis IM.

“We are very pleased to be delivering these types of assets for our local clients while developing relationships with a growing renewables investor like PAG,” said Evelyn Chan, Director of APAC Infrastructure Private Debt Real Assets at Natixis IM.

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About Natixis IM Private Debt Real Assets (Natixis IM PDRA)
Natixis IM PDRA has been active in infrastructure debt asset management since 2016. To date it has invested EUR 719 million and now has EUR 2.7 billion in committed capital , managing 7 funds or mandates*. The Hong Kong office was set up in 2019 to provide closer access and expertise to the Asia Pacific markets.
* Natixis IM as of November 2022.

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