Responsibility for Group financing is centralised at RWE AG. As the parent company, RWE AG is responsible for acquiring funds from banks or the financial markets. Subsidiaries only raise debt capital directly in specific cases, for example if it is advantageous economically to make use of local credit and capital markets. RWE AG also acts as a co-ordinator when subsidiaries assume contingent liabilities. This allows us to manage and monitor financial risks centrally. Moreover, it strengthens our position when negotiating with banks, business partners, suppliers and customers.
Tools for raising debt capital
We cover most of our financing needs with earnings from our operating activities. In addition, we have a wide range of tools to procure debt capital:
Our Debt Issuance Programme (DIP) gives us latitude in raising debt capital for the long term. Our current DIP allows us to issue bonds with a total face value of up to €10 billion. By issuing three green bonds, we exercised this financing option in 2021 for the first time in six years.
For short-term refinancing, we have a Commercial Paper Programme, which was updated in 2021. It allows us to raise funds equivalent to up to €5 billion on the money market. During the past fiscal year, we accessed a large portion of this funding volume: at times, a total of up to €3 billion in commercial paper was outstanding.
To secure our liquidity, we also have access to a €5 billion syndicated credit line extended by a consortium of 27 international banks. It consists of two tranches: one of €2 billion, which expires in April 2022, and one of €3 billion, which is available through to April 2026. At our initiative, sustainability criteria were added to the conditions of the second tranche last year. Among other things, the conditions now depend on the development of the following three indicators: the share of renewables in RWE’s generation portfolio, the CO2 intensity of our plants and the percentage of our capex that is classified as sustainable in accordance with the EU taxonomy regulation. We have set goals for all three of these criteria. If we do not achieve the targets, we will have to pay higher interest and commitment fees. Half of the additional expenses would be directed to non-profit organisations. This new structure for the credit line underlines our commitment to our emissions reduction strategy.