The company regards the capital market as an excellent complement to bank financing and at year-end, it amounted to 43 per cent of total debt, including commercial papers.
Interest-bearing liabilities at year-end totalled SEK 24,841m (21,978), with an average interest rate of 2.10 per cent excluding and 2.20 per cent including commitment fees on the undrawn portion of committed credit facilities. Undrawn committed credit facilities amounted to SEK 2,718m.
Demand for Fabege’s green bonds has been extremely healthy during the year. In the third quarter, the framework for the green MTN programme was extended from SEK 2,000m to SEK 5,000m, and at 31 December outstanding bonds totalled SEK 2,700m. The green MTN programme allows the company opportunities to issue non-covered green bonds. Interest on bond loans is calculated without a Stockholm Interbank Offered Rate (STIBOR) floor, which with the current negative STIBOR rate means the financing cost at present will be extremely advantageous. In addition, Fabege also had outstanding covered bonds of SEK 3,068m via SFF, of which SEK 2,386m related to green bonds.
The proportion of green financing totalled 47 per cent of outstanding loans at the end of the period. As the company’s properties gain environmental certification, the objective is for financing to be sustainable as well, and Fabege welcomes and encourages the new responsible financing opportunities that are being established on the market. During the last quarter of the year, new green bank loans totalling SEK 2,605m have been raised with two different banks. All Fabege’s Swedish bank financiers are now providing opportunities for green financing, as are the capital market and European Investment Bank.
Fabege also has a commercial paper programme of SEK 5,000m, which was fully subscribed at year-end, as it has been for most of the year. The company has available credit facilities covering all outstanding commercial papers at any given time.
At 31 December, the average maturity was 4.0 years and the loan-to-value ratio was 43 per cent (46). The level of capital tied up in certificate loans is calculated on the basis of underlying loan commitments.
The average fixed-interest term for Fabege’s loan portfolio was 2.5 years, including the effects of derivative instruments. During the fourth quarter, new ten-year interest rate swaps were agreed, totalling SEK 800m. At 31 December, Fabege’s derivatives portfolio then comprised interest rate swaps totalling SEK 10,500m with terms of maturity extending through 2027 and carrying fixed interest at annual rates of between 0.24 and 2.73 per cent before margins. Fabege also holds callable swaps totalling SEK 3,000m at interest rates of between 3.95 and 3.98 per cent before margins, maturing in June 2018. Interest rates on 54 per cent of Fabege’s loan portfolio were fixed using fixed-income derivatives. The derivatives portfolio is measured at market value and the change in value is recognised in profit or loss. At 31 December, the recognised negative fair value adjustment of the portfolio was SEK 291m (559). The derivatives portfolio is measured at the present value of future cash flows. The change in value is of an accounting nature and has no impact on the company’s cash flow. At the due date, the market value of derivative instruments is always zero.
Net financial items included other financial expenses of SEK 25m, mainly pertaining to accrued opening charges for credit agreements and costs relating to bond and commercial paper programmes. The total loan volume at the end of the quarter included SEK 5,229m (2,553) in loans for projects, on which interest of SEK 58m (55) had been capitalised.