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PRESS RELEASE June 9, 2020

World Bank Prices 4-Year USD 1 Billion SOFR Index-Linked Bond

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 9, 2020 – The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, Aaa/AAA) today priced a USD 1 billion 4-year benchmark bond linked to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) index. The bond matures on June 17, 2024.

A strong order book, led by demand from bank treasuries, allowed for a tightening from initial guidance of SOFR +40 area to SOFR +39 at printing. Joint lead managers for this transaction are BMO Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities.

This transaction responds to investor demand for high quality assets and helps develop the market for SOFR – a broad measure of the cost of borrowing cash overnight collateralized by the U.S. Treasury securities and an alternative reference rate to USD LIBOR. This was the World Bank’s first-ever transaction using the SOFR Index published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the third transaction for which the World Bank has referenced SOFR.

Andrea Dore, Head of Funding, World Bank Treasury said: “The World Bank has an important role to play in developing and deepening markets. We are very pleased to take another step to help develop the SOFR market and continue to provide options for investors”.

Investor Distribution

By Geography

By Investor Type



Bank Treasuries


Europe, Middle East, Africa






Asset Managers




Central Banks/Official Institutions


Joint Lead Manager Quotes

Sean Hayes, Managing Director & Head of US Syndicate, BMO Capital Markets said: “World Bank continues its leadership role in facilitating LIBOR replacement for floating rate debt securities. As a successful SOFR index-linked $1bn 4-year bond, this transaction re-opens the SSA SOFR primary market, and stands the longest dated SOFR bond referenced versus the index. With each transaction, World Bank attracts first-time investors of SOFR notes, a testament to its commitment to developing new markets”.

Carlos Perezgrovas, Head of SSA Origination, Wells Fargo Securities said: “Another successful FRN benchmark transaction for the World Bank in the constantly evolving SOFR space. This issue, the first new SOFR index-linked issue for the borrower, is evidence of the World Bank’s efforts to support the development of standards and liquidity in the market. As usual for such a well-established name, the transaction was strongly received by a diverse and top-quality investor base”.

Transaction Summary


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

Issuer rating:

Aaa / AAA (Moody’s/S&P)


USD 1,000,000,000

Settlement date:

June 16, 2020

Maturity date:

June 17, 2024

Reoffer spread:

Compounded SOFR + 39 bps

Compounded SOFR:

Calculated on the basis of the evolution of the value of the SOFR Index from the SOFR IndexStart value date to, but excluding, the SOFR IndexEnd value date with regard to the relevant interest period

Coupon payment dates:

17th of each March, June, September and December

Reoffer price:


Clearing systems:

Fedwire, Euroclear, Clearstream


Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Joined Lead managers:

BMO Capital Markets Corp., Wells Fargo Securities, LLC




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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 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 bonds in the international capital markets for over 70 years to fund its sustainable development activities and achieve a positive impact. Information on bonds for investors is available on the World Bank Treasury website:


Heike Reichelt
Head of Investor Relations and New Products
World Bank Treasury