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Dow announces completion of inaugural green bond offering

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Dow Chemical Company, a subsidiary of Dow, closed a green bond offering of $600 million and $650 million to support its Decarbonize & Grow and Transform the Waste strategies. The offering aligns with Dow's Green Finance Framework, focusing on sustainability, climate protection, and a circular economy.
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The $1.25 billion green bond offering by The Dow Chemical Company signifies a strategic move towards sustainability, which is increasingly becoming a focal point for investors. The bonds, with interest rates of 5.150% and 5.600% for terms ending in 2034 and 2054 respectively, reflect a commitment to environmental stewardship that could potentially lower the cost of capital for Dow in the long run. Investors might view this as a positive signal, aligning with the growing trend of responsible investing.

However, the relatively high-interest rates compared to historical averages suggest a premium for green bonds in the current market, which could indicate investor skepticism about the financial returns of sustainability projects or a broader market trend of rising interest rates. Stakeholders should monitor the allocation of proceeds to ensure they effectively contribute to Dow's sustainability targets, as this will be crucial for the credibility of the bond and the company's environmental claims.

Dow's green bond issuance is an important step in funding their 'Decarbonize & Grow' and 'Transform the Waste' strategies. The environmental impact of such funding could be significant, potentially reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting a circular economy. The long-term benefits include not only reduced environmental impact but also potential cost savings from energy efficiency and waste reduction.

However, the success of these strategies hinges on the effective implementation of projects like the Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Path2Zero project. The transparency in reporting and rigorous adherence to the Green Finance Framework will be essential in evaluating the actual environmental benefits achieved through these investments. Moreover, Dow's ability to meet its sustainability targets will likely influence investor confidence and the perceived value of the green bonds in the secondary market.

The integration of Dow's Green Finance Framework into its bond offering reflects a structured approach to sustainability financing. The Framework's alignment with the International Capital Market Association's Green Bond Principles enhances the credibility of the bonds. By earmarking funds for specific projects with clear eligibility criteria, Dow provides investors with transparency and accountability, which is critical in the green bond market.

It is essential to assess the potential impact of these projects on Dow's overall sustainability performance. Projects like the Path2Zero initiative could potentially serve as benchmarks for industry best practices if successful. Investors and stakeholders should look for regular updates on the progress and outcomes of the funded projects to ensure that the environmental benefits are tangible and measurable.

  • Bond offering to support execution of the Company's Decarbonize & Grow and Transform the Waste strategies
  • Green bond aligned to recently published Green Finance Framework 

MIDLAND, Mich., Feb. 9, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dow Chemical Company ("TDCC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow (NYSE: DOW), announced today the closing of its green bond offering of $600 million aggregate principal amount of 5.150% notes due 2034 and $650 million aggregate principal amount of 5.600% notes due 2054.

The notes represent the Company's inaugural green financing instrument, in alignment with Dow's Green Finance Framework ("Framework") published on our website on January 25, 2024. The Framework was established to support the execution of Dow's sustainability strategy and achieve its targets focused on climate protection and a circular economy. Dow intends to allocate proceeds from this offering toward projects that meet eligibility criteria contained within the Framework, including expenditures and investments related to our Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Path2Zero project. Additional details on eligibility criteria and use of proceeds are available in the Framework.

"This green bond offering marks a foundational opportunity for investors to participate in Dow's strategy to decarbonize and drive circularity while growing earnings over the cycle," said Jeff Tate, Dow's chief financial officer. "We expect the proceeds of this instrument to primarily support our project to build the world's first net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions ethylene and derivates complex in Alberta, which achieved the critical milestone of final investment decision from our Board in November 2023."

In 2020, Dow announced its intention to be carbon neutral for Scopes 1+2+3 plus product benefits by 2050. The commitment included a mid-term target to reduce by 2030 the Company's Scope 1 and 2 net annual carbon emissions[1] by 5 million metric tons versus its 2020 baseline. Achieving this 2030 target represents a total 30% emissions reduction versus Dow's 2005 level.

Additionally in 2022, Dow announced its Transform the Waste strategy – which will enable the development of circular ecosystems by transforming plastic waste and alternative feedstock to commercialize 3 million metric tons per year of circular and renewable solutions by 2030.

Carbon emissions refers to GHG emissions in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) is one of the world's leading materials science companies, serving customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Our global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation, leading business positions and commitment to sustainability enable us to achieve profitable growth and help deliver a sustainable future. We operate manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employ approximately 35,900 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $45 billion in 2023. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. Learn more about us and our ambition to be the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world by visiting www.dow.com.

For further information, please contact:

Rachelle Schikorra
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ryschikorra@dow.com

Cautionary Statement about Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements often address expected future business and financial performance, financial condition, and other matters, and often contain words or phrases such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "opportunity," "outlook," "plan," "project," "seek," "should," "strategy," "target," "will," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result," "would" and similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words or phrases.

Forward-looking statements are based on current assumptions and expectations of future events that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that are beyond Dow's control, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements and speak only as of the date the statements were made. These factors include, but are not limited to: sales of Dow's products; Dow's expenses, future revenues and profitability; any global and regional economic impacts of a pandemic or other public health-related risks and events on Dow's business; any sanctions, export restrictions, supply chain disruptions or increased economic uncertainty related to the ongoing conflicts between Russia and Ukraine and in the Middle East; capital requirements and need for and availability of financing; unexpected barriers in the development of technology, including with respect to Dow's contemplated capital and operating projects; Dow's ability to realize its commitment to carbon neutrality on the contemplated timeframe, including the completion and success of its integrated ethylene cracker and derivatives facility in Alberta, Canada; size of the markets for Dow's products and services and ability to compete in such markets; failure to develop and market new products and optimally manage product life cycles; the rate and degree of market acceptance of Dow's products; significant litigation and environmental matters and related contingencies and unexpected expenses; the success of competing technologies that are or may become available; the ability to protect Dow's intellectual property in the United States and abroad; developments related to contemplated restructuring activities and proposed divestitures or acquisitions such as workforce reduction, manufacturing facility and/or asset closure and related exit and disposal activities, and the benefits and costs associated with each of the foregoing; fluctuations in energy and raw material prices; management of process safety and product stewardship; changes in relationships with Dow's significant customers and suppliers; changes in public sentiment and political leadership; increased concerns about plastics in the environment and lack of a circular economy for plastics at scale; changes in consumer preferences and demand; changes in laws and regulations, political conditions or industry development; global economic and capital markets conditions, such as inflation, market uncertainty, interest and currency exchange rates, and equity and commodity prices; business or supply disruptions; security threats, such as acts of sabotage, terrorism or war, including the ongoing conflicts between Russia and Ukraine and in the Middle East; weather events and natural disasters; disruptions in Dow's information technology networks and systems, including the impact of cyberattacks; and risks related to Dow's separation from DowDuPont Inc. such as Dow's obligation to indemnify DuPont de Nemours, Inc. and/or Corteva, Inc. for certain liabilities.

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Dow's green bond offering aims to support its Decarbonize & Grow and Transform the Waste strategies.

The aggregate principal amount of the 5.150% notes due 2034 was $600 million.

Dow's Green Finance Framework focuses on sustainability, climate protection, and a circular economy.

Dow intends to allocate the proceeds towards projects that meet eligibility criteria within the Framework, including the Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Path2Zero project.
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