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Leonardo: signing of an ESG-linked Term Loan Facility

For an amount of € 600 million, with maturity in 2027

Leonardo yesterday signed a new ESG-linked Term Loan Facility, with a club of domestic and international banks, amounting to € 600 million with a maturity of 5 years and expiring at the beginning of 2027, for the purpose of refinancing bonds maturing in January 2022. The credit line is linked to specific ESG indicators – which are contained in the ESG-linked Revolving Credit Facility (RCF-ESG-) signed on 7 October – including the reduction of CO2 emissions through the eco-efficiency of industrial processes and the promotion of the employment of women with degrees in STEM disciplines. 

The objectives linked to these ESG indicators will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which are the basis of approximately 50% of the Group's investments. 

The achievement of the targets linked to the ESG indicators will also activate a margin adjustment mechanism applied to the facility. 

Alessandro Profumo, CEO, stated: “With the signing of this credit line, 50% of Leonardo's sources of financing are now ESG-linked. This confirms our commitment to Sustainability, an integral part of Leonardo’s Industrial Plan and Long Term Incentive Plan, and the importance we place on sustainable finance. We are taking advantage of current market conditions to sign this credit line in order to refinance a bond near to the maturity, a further step forward in the Group's disciplined financial strategy". 

The ESG Term Loan has been subscribed by the following banks: Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners: Banco BPM, BNP Paribas (BNL Lender), BPER Banca Corporate & Investment Banking, Crédit Agricole CIB, Intesa Sanpaolo (IMI - Corporate & Investment Banking Division), UniCredit. 

UniCredit has assumed the role of Documentation Agent and Intesa Sanpaolo (IMI - Corporate & Investment Banking Division) will assume the role of Facility Agent. 

For the signing, the club of banks has been assisted by Linklaters and Leonardo by Clifford Chance as legal advisors. 

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