The social development bank for Europe


The Bank receives no aid, subsidy or budgetary contribution from its member states to finance its activities. The necessary resources are therefore raised on the international capital markets in the form of borrowings.

For its borrowing activity, the Bank has been rated by Moody’s since 1988, by Standard & Poor’s since 1989, by Fitch Ratings since 1996 and by Scope Ratings* since 2020. On its principal long-term debt, it enjoys the rating Aa1 by Moody’s – stable outlook , AAA by Standard & Poor’s – stable outlook, AA+ by Fitch Ratings – positive outlook and AAA* by Scope Ratings – stable outlook. On its short-term debt the Bank is rated P-1 (Moody’s) / A-1+ (Standard & Poor’s) / F1+ (Fitch Ratings) / S-1+ (Scope Ratings*).
* unsolicited

Funding Strategy

  • Objectives
    - Coverage of lending needs
    - Repayment of maturing debt
    - Maintaining a sufficient liquidity level
  • Diversification of funding sources based on 3 pillars
    - Benchmark issues in major currencies on a regular basis
    - Other public markets, taps and private placements answering specific investor demand in terms of size, currencies, maturities and structures
    - Pioneering Social Inclusion Bond franchise

Additional funding characteristics 

- USD and GBP market usually for short- to medium-term and EUR for long-dated maturities
- Other currencies to optimise funding activity on a sustainable basis
- Maturity profile correlated with the average maturity of the loan portfolio
- 0% risk-weighted, Level 1 High Quality Liquid Assets

  • Bond issue programmes
    - U.S. SEC-registered Debt Programme for USD benchmark issues
    - EMTN Programme
    - Australian and New Zealand Dollar MTN Programme
    - Japan Shelf Registration
    - Stand-alone documentation in other markets
  • Borrowing authorisation (with prefunding possibility)
    - 2020: up to EUR 4.5 bn
    - 2021: up to EUR 5.5 bn

Funding Review

In 2020, the Bank borrowed a total amount of € 4.5 billion, broken down into 14 funding operations, including five re-opening transactions of existing lines, with maturities of one year or more. In addition, and for the first time, the CEB issued a EUR 0.85 billion transaction whose proceeds go towards prefunding of the following year’s borrowing authorisation. Excluding the prefunding the amount raised in 2020 is the same as in 2019, which also stood at € 4.5 billion.

In 2020 (excluding prefunding), 48.9% of the funds raised by the Bank were denominated in euros, 36.6% in US dollars, 7.9% in British pounds, 3.2% in Swedish krone, 1.8% in Norwegian krone, and 1.5% in Hong-Kong dollars. 

The average maturity of the issues launched in 2020 was 5.8 years, almost the same as in 2019 with 5.7 years. 75.2% of the issues carried out under the borrowing programme had final maturities of close to five years or more, in order to ensure the refinancing of the Bank's loans and avoid cash gaps in the coming years.

CEB's Social Inclusion Bonds

Socially responsible investments are gaining in importance in the international capital markets and the CEB with its specific social mandate dating from the creation of the institution in 1956 is particularly well positioned for issuing social bonds and allocating the proceeds to its lending.

The relevant documentation includes the following:

  • Advisory
    Social bond teach-ins have been organised for a number of the Bank’s clients. If your organisation is considering issuing a social bond, contact Investor Relations.

Bond Buyback Policy

In response to inquiries received from its bondholders, the CEB has adopted a buyback policy. The lead managers of CEB bonds are requested to maintain a two-way liquid secondary market. Nevertheless, the Bank considers the buyback of its debt as a service to investors when two-way quotations are not available for a given bond.

Buyback transactions occur mainly in the case of non-benchmark issues such as private placements and structured notes. Upon an investor request for a predefined nominal amount, the CEB will quote a price at which it is willing to repurchase the specific bonds on a best efforts basis. Buybacks can be for the total outstanding nominal amount of an issue or for part of it.

The CEB cancels the repurchased bonds as soon as the transaction is concluded and informs the relevant market participants of the new outstanding amount of the bond issue.

Contact Investor Relations

Related publications
  • 2020_Sustainability_Report_cover
    Sustainability Report 2020
    Published: April 2021 Download
  • 2020_Financial_Report_cover
    Financial Report 2020
    Published: April 2021 Download