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PRESS RELEASE July 21, 2020

World Bank Launches New Fiscal Year Funding Program with USD 5 Billion Sustainable Development Bond

Washington, D.C., July 21, 2020 – The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, Aaa/AAA) today priced the first global benchmark of its new fiscal year that commenced on July 1. The USD 5 billion 5-year global benchmark Sustainable Development Bond matures on July 28, 2025.   

Extremely strong demand from global investors for the USD benchmark led to an orderbook of over USD 6 billion, with more than 100 investor orders, anchored by central banks and official institutions. Other investors included bank treasuries, asset managers, as well as pension and insurance funds. 

The 5-year benchmark pays a semi-annual coupon of 0.375% per annum and has an issue price of 99.866% and a final spread of 13.85bps over the 0.25% US Treasury due June 2025 reference bond, offering investors a yield of 0.402%. Joint lead managers for this transaction are Citi, Goldman Sachs International, Morgan Stanley, and TD Securities.

“This US dollar benchmark is a terrific start to our fiscal year,” said World Bank Vice President and Treasurer, Jingdong Hua. “In this challenging period, investors from around the globe continue to value the World Bank’s safety, liquidity, and purpose to finance sustainable development in its member countries. We are grateful for the support of market participants and look forward to working together in the year ahead.”

Investor Distribution 

By Geography

By Investor Type



Central Banks/Official Institutions




Banks/Bank Treasuries/Corporates




Asset Managers/Insurance/Pension Funds


Joint Lead Manager Quotes

“The World Bank has once again shown they’re a preferred issuer among the world’s biggest fixed income portfolios. Citi feels privileged to have played a role in this stellar start to IBRD’s funding year with this USD 5 billion global benchmark which priced with the lowest coupon ever for an IBRD 5-year transaction,” said Philp Brown, Head of SSA DCM, Citi.

“Many congratulations to the World Bank team for a great start of the new fiscal year with this USD 5 billion Sustainable Development Bond. The World Bank continues to impress with unparalleled market access and resilient support from investors, achieving the tightest 5-year spread since the start of COVID-19-related volatility. We were very pleased to be involved and to contribute to the World Bank’s broader sustainable development mandate with this successful transaction,” said Maud Le Moine, Head of SSA Origination, Goldman Sachs.

“Today's transaction was an outstanding result to mark the beginning of the new fiscal year for World Bank. At this important juncture for the global economy, investor support for the World Bank's purpose and triple-A rating is steadfast. The quality of the final orderbook reflects the global reach of the World Bank name in this part of the yield curve. Congratulations to the World Bank team,” said Laura O'Connor, Director, TD Securities.

“The World Bank has initiated the funding program for their 2021 fiscal year with a fantastic new 5-year USD benchmark, which further underscores the strength of the World Bank’s credit quality. In particular, the granular and high-quality orderbook demonstrates the World Bank’s continued appeal to investors across the globe as a safe-haven asset. Morgan Stanley is delighted to have been part of this success!” said Ben Adubi, Head of SSA Syndicate, Morgan Stanley.

Transaction Summary


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

Issuer rating:



USD 5 billion

Settlement date:

July 28, 2020

Maturity date:

July 28, 2025

Issue price:


Issue yield:

0.402% semi-annual


0.375% semi-annual


USD 1,000


Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Lead managers:

Citi, Goldman Sachs International, Morgan Stanley, TD Securities

Senior co-lead managers:

BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial, Wells Fargo

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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:


Net proceeds of the bonds described herein are not committed or earmarked for lending to, or financing of, any particular projects or programs, and returns on the bonds described herein are not linked to the performance of any particular project or program.

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.


Heike Reichelt
Head of Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance
World Bank Treasury