SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) announced that it determined the following terms and conditions for the issuance of its Sustainability Bond (17th series and 18th series Unsecured Bond, also referred to as the “HAPS Bond”) announced on November 24, 2021. For the purpose of realizing a society where everyone is connected, proceeds from the “HAPS Bond” will be used for SoftBank’s High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) business that aims to provide wide-area and stable telecommunication networks from the stratosphere.

17th series Unsecured Bond
(with inter-bond pari passu clause)
(Sustainability Bond)
18th series Unsecured Bond
(with inter-bond pari passu clause)
(Sustainability Bond)
Term7 years10 years
Amount of issue15,000 million JPY15,000 million JPY
Denomination per bond100 million JPY
Interest rate0.51%0.62%
Terms and conditions determination dateJanuary 21, 2022
Issue dateJanuary 27, 2022
Maturity dateJanuary 26, 2029January 27, 2032
Use of proceedsHAPS business research and development and other HAPS-related costs
Credit ratingsAA- (Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd.)
A+ (Rating and Investment Information, Inc.)
UnderwritersMitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd.
Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.
Structuring agents*Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd.
Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.

[Note]

  1. *Parties that support the issuance of sustainability bonds by establishing the issuer’s sustainability bond framework and advising on the acquisition of external second party opinions

In conjunction with the issuance of the “HAPS Bond”, SoftBank drew up a Sustainability Bond Framework that set policies for use of raised funds, the project evaluation and selection process, management of raised funds and results reporting based on International Capital Market Association (ICMA) guidelines. This framework has received a supportive second party opinion from the independent external organization Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd. (JCR). JCR is of the opinion the framework is compliant with the Green Bond Principles 2021 (ICMA), the Green Bond Guidelines, 2020 (Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan), Social Bond Guidelines (Financial Services Agency, Government of Japan, published October 2021) and the Sustainability Bond Guidelines 2021 (ICMA).

The “HAPS Bond” is recognized as a SDG Bond in Japan. Proceeds from SDG Bonds are used for businesses that solve environmental and social issues.

For more on SoftBank’s sustainability initiatives, please visit this website.

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