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IDC to issue green bond, divest shares

By Reuters | 2012-04-24 14:56:19.0

South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a state-owned financing institution, will raise 5 billion rand ($636 million) to invest in domestic green economy initiatives

Economic development minister Ebrahim Patel told parliament during his budget vote speech on Tuesday that the IDC will issue a green bond that will be taken up by the Public Investment Corporation with a 14-year tenure “to raise the resources to invest actively in the green economy”.  

A green bond is exempt from tax and will usually fund an under-developed site.  

The IDC also said it would over the next five years divest some shares from its holdings in listed and unlisted companies.  

IDC did not say how much it plans to divest from its 80 billion rand portfolio or release details on what shares are on its chopping block. It will keep its strategic stakes in petrochemical company Sasol and iron ore miner Kumba.  

“The divestment from mature investments is very much part of the IDC’s business model,” Gert Gouws, the IDC’s chief financial officer separately told journalists.  

The IDC, which invests in green energy industries, mining and the manufacturing sectors of Africa’s largest economy, has a 13% stake in Kumba and just under 8% in Sasol.  

Gouws said the value of the IDC’s shares in listed companies was in excess of 50 billion rand, while in unlisted companies it was “north” of 30 billion rand.