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PRESS RELEASE June 1, 2016

World Bank Raises USD 668 Million through Largest Italian Retail Network

Washington DC, June 1, 2016 -The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, rated Aaa/AAA) has raised USD 667.816 million through its Notes due May 31, 2026. The Notes offer investors a fixed rate coupon for the first year and floating rate coupons thereafter. The trade launched in early May and priced on May 25, 2016.

This 10-year USD Note has a one-year fixed coupon of 2.33% per annum, and thereafter a floating annual coupon of USD Libor 3-months flat, capped at 2.33% per annum and floored at 0.00%. The Notes were distributed to private banking and retail investors through Fideuram Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking, the largest private banking network in Italy.

Banca IMI, the investment bank of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, was the sole bookrunner for this transaction.

“This is a fantastic result - I am extremely pleased with the exceptionally strong response from Italian retail investors. The success of this transaction shows that investors are very interested in high-quality investment opportunities that focus on achieving a positive impact for society. I applaud the Italian investors who contributed to this bond allowing us to fund our development programs working towards a goal that benefits us all,” said Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank.

“We’re proud to have arranged this very successful transaction for the World Bank: Italian retail was given the opportunity to invest in such a unique issuer and demonstrated strong appetite. This placement is a testimony of the effectiveness of the  synergies between the investment banking and private banking arms of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group in accessing the Italian retail savings pool,” added Pantaleo Cucinotta, Head of Debt Capital Markets, Banca IMI.


Transaction Summary


 World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD)

Issuer rating:





USD 667,816,000

Settlement date:

May 31, 2016

Fixed coupon:

2.33% per annum for the first year

Floating coupon:

USD Libor 3 months flat, capped at 2.33% per annum and floored at 0.00% from year 2 to the maturity date

Fixed coupon payment date:

May 31, 2017

Floating coupon payment dates:

May 31 of each year from and including May 31, 2018 to and including the maturity date

Maturity date:

May 31, 2026

Issue price:



Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Clearing systems:

Euroclear, Clearstream



The present transaction is consistent with the World Bank’s longstanding practice of deploying its franchise as an issuer in the international capital markets to offer investor’s high-quality, liquid instruments. This approach has direct benefits for World Bank member countries as well, since as a cooperative institution it is able to fund its activities as a provider of financial services to its members on highly attractive terms.

About the World Bank
The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD), rated Aaa/AAA (Moody’s/S&P), is an international organization created in 1944 and the original member of the World Bank Group. It operates as a global development cooperative owned by 189 nations. It provides its members with financing, expertise and coordination services so they can achieve equitable and sustainable economic growth in their national economies and find effective solutions to pressing regional and global economic and environmental problems. The World Bank Group has two main goals: to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. The World Bank (IBRD) seeks to achieve them primarily by providing loans, risk management products, and expertise on development-related disciplines to its borrowing member government clients in middle-income countries and other creditworthy countries, and by coordinating responses to regional and global challenges. The World Bank has been issuing sustainable development bonds in the international capital markets for over 60 years to fund its activities and achieve a positive impact. Information on bonds for investors is available on the World Bank Treasury website: