Verizon issues its sixth $1 billion green bond

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NEW YORK - On February 23, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) settled its sixth green bond offering of $1 billion, with the net proceeds expected to be allocated entirely toward renewable energy investments to accelerate the transition to greener electrical grids across the U.S. This follows Verizon’s announcement earlier this month that the company fully allocated the net proceeds of its fifth green bond to renewable energy investments. Verizon has now issued six green bonds for a total of $6 billion since 2019.

"Verizon closed the U.S. telecom industry's first green bond five years ago. Since then, we've become one of the leading corporate buyers of renewable energy in the U.S.," said Tony Skiadas, Verizon's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "I'm proud of the steps that we continue to take toward our environmental and social impact goals, as we remain a leader in green finance and DEI in the capital markets."

In 2021, Verizon deepened its commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in economic opportunities in the capital markets by including a pledge in its Green Financing Framework to engage underwriters for its green bond transactions that share our commitment to sustainability and DEI. Consistent with these criteria, the company is proud to partner with Citigroup Inc., Morgan Stanley and three minority- and women-owned firms as lead underwriters for its sixth green bond: Loop Capital Markets, Ramirez & Co., Inc. and Siebert Williams Shank. The five firms shared equally in fees paid and responsibility for bringing this offering to the market. 

This capital market transaction aligns with Verizon’s long-standing commitment to drive both environmental and social progress as part of its responsible business plan, Citizen Verizon, empowering the technology leader to deliver on its mission to move the world forward by addressing pressing societal issues.

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