Mexican Government’s $4 Billion Green Bond to Finance Mexico City International Airport
September 14, 2017
Cleary Gottlieb is representing the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation and Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares, the Mexican government agencies overseeing Mexico’s airports, in a second bond offering for $4 billion to finance the construction and development of the new Mexico City International Airport.
The bond offering, which was assigned a green bond assessment based on the issuer’s commitment to allocate the proceeds to finance eligible beneficial environmental projects, is part of the third stage of the financing for the development of the airport. The new airport is expected to become the largest in Latin America and serve as a regional hub.
The transaction consists of an offering of $3 billion 5.500 percent senior secured notes due 2047 and $1 billion 3.875 percent senior secured notes due 2028. The bond offerings were conducted as private placements under Rule 144A of the Securities Act and outside of the United States in reliance on Regulation S. The transaction priced on September 13, 2017, and is expected to close on September 20, 2017. Citigroup, HSBC and J.P. Morgan participated in the transaction as global coordinators and joint bookrunners, BBVA and Santander participated as joint bookrunners and Credit Agricole, Inbursa, MUFG and Scotiabank participated as co-managers.
Cleary previously represented the Mexican government in the first and second stages of the financing for the construction of the new Mexico City International Airport, consisting of a $1 billion term loan that closed in 2014 and a refinancing of the loan with a $3 billion revolving credit facility that closed in 2015, which was reported as the largest syndicated revolving facility ever in Latin America. Cleary also represented the Mexican government in the first bond offering by this issuer, as part of the third stage of the financing, consisting of a $2 billion green bond offering of bonds due in 2026 and 2046.
The existing bonds due in 2026 and 2046, and the new bonds due in 2028 and 2047, are backed by a collateral structure based on a securitization of passenger charges collected and to be collected by the Mexican government from airlines operating at the existing airport and the new airport.