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World Bank Expands Leadership in USD SOFR Market with Second Transaction of 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2024 – The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, Aaa/AAA) today priced a USD 1.5 billion Sustainable Development Bond linked to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR), maturing on May 15, 2028.

The transaction attracted over 55 orders with an order book of nearly USD 2.1 billion from a diverse set of investors seeking a high credit quality investment while supporting sustainable development. The 4-year SOFR-index linked note pays a coupon of Compounded SOFR +30 basis points.

BMO Capital Markets, CIBC, and Deutsche Bank AG are the lead managers for the transaction. The bond will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

Andrea Dore, Global Head of Funding, World Bank, said, “We are really pleased to offer investors another SOFR benchmark in 2024 enhancing liquidity and meeting demand for high-quality investment in floating rate format while also bringing an investment that supports sustainable development. We are grateful for the robust support investors have shown for World Bank SOFR FRN issuance, which has allowed us to print several sizeable transactions and continue to support development of the SOFR market.

Investor Breakdown by Type

Banks/Bank Treasuries/Corporates


Asset Managers/Insurance/Pension Funds


Central Banks/Official Institutions


Investor Breakdown by Geography



Europe/Middle East/Africa




Lead Manager Quotes

Sean Hayes, Managing Director & Head of US Syndicate, BMO Capital Markets, said, “In a market backdrop where the trajectory of anticipated rate cuts has become less clear, World Bank prints the largest floating rate note (FRN) since its own in January 2023. The 4-year maturity was met with a strong investor response, allowing World Bank to both tighten the spread and print larger size than the FRN market standard.”

Christina Cho, Managing Director, Government Solutions Group, CIBC Capital Markets, said, “CIBC is proud to support the World Bank by delivering an oversubscribed and well-distributed US dollar benchmark transaction. The 4-year SOFR FRN issuance in the sovereign, supranational, and agency (SSA) sector with a formidable deal size of USD 1.5 billion reiterates the World Bank’s status as the leading USD SOFR issuer, and its continuous involvement in sustainable development. Congratulations to the World Bank on another successful FRN transaction.”

Katrin Wehle, Managing Director, Head of SSA DCM Origination, Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, said, Congratulations to the World Bank for successfully pricing their second USD FRN benchmark in 2024. On the back of a stable market backdrop, the World Bank moved quickly to take advantage of a clear execution window, placing a USD 1.5 billion Sustainable Development Bond. The orderbook was of high investor quality and granularity, which is a testament to the World Bank’s position as a market leader. Thank you to the World Bank Team for trusting us with this prestigious USD FRN benchmark transaction.”

Transaction Summary


World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Issuer rating:

Aaa / AAA (Moody’s/S&P)


USD 1,500,000,000

Settlement date:

May 15, 2024

Maturity date:

May 15, 2028


Compounded SOFR + 30 bps

Coupon payment dates:

February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15 of each year

Issue Price:



USD 1,000



Clearing systems:

Fedwire, Euroclear, Clearstream


Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Joint lead managers:

BMO Capital Markets, CIBC, and Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch

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

World Bank bonds support the financing of programs that further the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). World Bank bonds are aligned with the Sustainability Bond Guidelines published by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and as such support the financing of a combination of green and social, i.e., “sustainable development” projects, programs and activities in IBRD member countries as described in the World Bank Sustainable Development Bond Framework. The World Bank is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Green Bond, Social Bond, and Sustainability 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. The World Bank’s Sustainable Development Bond Impact Report describes how the World Bank engages with investors on the SDGs and raises awareness for specific development challenges.


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. The World Bank Sustainable Development Bond Framework, the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Bond Impact Report, and the information set forth therein are not a part of, or incorporated by reference into, the offering documentation.

Net proceeds of the bonds described herein are not committed or earmarked for lending to, or financing of, any particular projects or programs. Payments on the bonds described herein are not funded by any project or program.


Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance, World Bank Treasury,


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