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PRESS RELEASE January 28, 2020

World Bank Prices Successful GBP 7-Year Global Benchmark Bond for Sustainable Development

Washington, D.C., January 28, 2020 – The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, Aaa/AAA) priced a 7-year GBP global benchmark, raising GBP 1.5 billion from investors around the globe.  World Bank bonds support the financing of sustainable development projects and programs in member countries.

The high-quality order book exceeded GBP 2.1 billion and attracted nearly 70 investors. The bond offers an annual coupon of 0.750% and a semi-annual yield of 0.776%.  It was priced at +39 basis points over the 1.5% UK Gilt due July 2026. HSBC, NatWest Markets and RBC CM were joint lead managers for this transaction.

George Richardson, Director, Capital Markets, World Bank said, "We are very pleased with the strong investor demand for the World Bank’s sterling benchmark - our first bond of the year in this strategic market.  As we work to carry out our important sustainable development mandate we are encouraged by their support.” 

Investor Distribution by Investor Type

Investor Distribution by Region

Banks/Bank Treasuries/Corporates


United Kingdom


Asset Managers/Insurance/Pension Funds


Europe (excl. U.K.)


Central Banks/Official Institutions






Asia & Middle East  


Joint Lead Manager Quotes

"Today’s new GBP 1.5 billion December 2026 benchmark is a formidable achievement for the World Bank, cementing the World Bank’s premier status in the sterling market with one of the largest prints ever from a supranational, sovereign and agency (SSA) and by far the largest in the rare 7-year tenor," said Elena Farrell, Director SSA origination, HSBC.

“With their first sterling trade of 2020, the World Bank has printed the largest and tightest 7-year trade to date. This deal is testament to the World Bank’s unparalleled access to global investors and is a credit to their funding team. We are very proud to be involved at NatWest Markets,” said Damien Carde, Managing Director, Head of FBG DCM, NatWest Markets.

“The World Bank’s first sterling benchmark of 2020 highlights the unique qualities of their credit, including the singular ability to attract flight to quality flows in the face of volatile markets.  At GBP 1.5 billion it clearly sets a new benchmark for the market as the largest single tranche 7-year bond and reflects the growing importance of GBP for the SSA issuer universe, ” said Jigme Shingsar, Managing Director, Debt Capital Markets, RBC CM.

Transaction Summary


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

Issuer rating:

Aaa /AAA (Moody's/S&P)


GBP 1.5 billion

Settlement date:

February 4, 2020

Maturity date:

December 15, 2026

Issue price:


Issue yield:

0.776% semi-annual 


GBP 1,000 + GBP 1,000


0.750% per annum


Luxembourg Stock Exchange



Clearing system:

Euroclear / Clearstream Luxembourg

Joint lead managers:

HSBC, NatWest Markets and RBC CM

With annual issuances between US$50-US$60 billion, World Bank bonds support the financing of programs that support the Sustainable Development Goals. World Bank bonds are aligned with the sustainability bond guidelines published by the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA). The World Bank is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Green Bond and Social Bond Principles. A key priority for the World Bank’s capital markets’ engagement is building strategic partnerships with investors to promote the importance of private sector financing in sustainable development.


This press release is not an offer for sale of securities of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development ("IBRD"), also known in the capital markets as "World Bank". Any offering of World Bank securities will take place solely on the basis of the relevant offering documentation including, but not limited to, the prospectus, term sheet and/or final terms, as applicable, prepared by the World Bank or on behalf of the World Bank, and is subject to restrictions under the laws of several countries. World Bank securities may not be offered or sold except in compliance with all such laws.

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, it is the original member of the World Bank Group and operates as a global development cooperative owned by 189 nations. The World Bank provides loans, guarantees, risk management products, and advisory services to middle-income and other creditworthy countries to support the Sustainable Development Goals and to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. It also provides leadership to coordinate regional and global responses to development challenges. The World Bank has been issuing sustainable development bonds in the international capital markets for over 70 years to fund programs and activities that achieve a positive impact. More information on World Bank bonds is available at www.worldbank.org/debtsecurities.


Heike Reichelt, Head of Investor Relations and New Products

World Bank Treasury