HOUSTON – National Energy Services Reunited Corp. (“NESR” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: NESR) (NASDAQ: NESRW), an international, industry-leading provider of integrated energy services in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) region, has announced that the company has secured a sustainability-linked loan (SLL) with HSBC Bank Middle East – the first SLL of its kind within the MENA Oilfield Services (“OFS”) sector.
The loan terms are linked to three key performance indicators (“KPIs”) that are tied to the following environmental, social, and governance (ESG) indicators, and will be tracked within the agreement span:
- Environmental – Wastewater Reduction: NESR has set ambitious targets to reduce water waste, which incorporates both water stewardship in traditional OFS product lines and in water treatment projects within the newly formed ESG Impact segment.
- Social – HSE Training: NESR will drive growth in employee health, safety & environment (“HSE”) training hours, which underpins the company’s strategy of MENA localization and the empowerment of talent within the region. Training growth is also expected to enhance the safety, quality, and reliability of NESR service delivery.
- Governance – Supplier Compliance: NESR will increase its network of local suppliers that qualify with the Company’s supplier governance policies. This not only aligns with MENA localization efforts but also should improve the durability and flexibility of the NESR supply chain.
In addition to the quantitative KPIs above, NESR has also pledged to establish a formal company carbon reduction strategy. As part of its inaugural ESG Report and broader decarbonization strategy, NESR is currently evaluating a Science-Based Target initiative (“SBTi”) and expects to finalize targets in the coming year.
“As the National Champion of MENA, we are proud to be the first of our MENA-centric oilfield services peers to enter into an ambitious, sustainability-linked loan of this type with our valued partner lenders,” said Sherif Foda, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of NESR. “The loan also underscores our commitment to action, not just talk, within the broader framework of upstream decarbonization and energy transition. Our participation and conversations at the recent regions high level conferences punctuate the fact that all serious players in the energy value chain are moving quickly to drive the industry forward into a cleaner, more sustainable paradigm. These efforts not only encompass additional commercial opportunities, like we are seeing across our emerging ESG Impact segment, but also include internal efforts to bolster the Company internally across the E, S & G areas.”
Dan Howlett, Regional Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC Middle East North Africa and Turkey, said: “HSBC is delighted to work with NESR on this sustainability linked loan, the first of its kind in MENA. HSBC is prioritising financing and investment that supports the transition to a net zero global economy, and NESR’s ESG ambitions – as this transaction shows – dovetail with our financing commitments and expertise.”
HSBC globally has committed to align its financed emissions – the carbon emissions of its portfolio of customers – to the Paris Agreement goal to achieve net zero by 2050 or sooner. To support customers in their transition to lower carbon emissions, HSBC aims to provide up to US$1 trillion of financing and investment globally by 2030.
About National Energy Services Reunited Corp.
Founded in 2017, NESR is one of the largest national oilfield services providers in the MENA and Asia Pacific regions. With over 5,000 employees, representing more than 60 nationalities in over 15 countries, the Company helps its customers unlock the full potential of their reservoirs by providing Production Services such as Hydraulic Fracturing, Cementing, Coiled Tubing, Filtration, Completions, Stimulation, Pumping and Nitrogen Services. The Company also helps its customers to access their reservoirs in a smarter and faster manner by providing Drilling and Evaluation Services such as Drilling Downhole Tools, Directional Drilling, Fishing Tools, Testing Services, Wireline, Slickline, Drilling Fluids and Rig Services.
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About HSBC in the MENAT region
HSBC is the largest and most widely represented international banking organisation in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT), with a presence in nine countries across the region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. In Saudi Arabia, HSBC is a 31% shareholder of Saudi British Bank (SABB), and a 51% shareholder of HSBC Saudi Arabia for investment banking in the Kingdom. Across MENAT, HSBC had assets of US$68.9bn as at 31 December 2020.
HSBC’s climate commitments
In 2020 HSBC announced an ambitious plan to prioritise financing and investment that supports the transition to a net zero global economy: (https://www.hsbc.com/media/media-releases/2020/hsbc-sets-out-ambition-to-build-a-net-zero-economy)
- Committing to align its financed emissions – the carbon emissions of its portfolio of customers – to the Paris Agreement goal to achieve net zero by 2050 or sooner.
- Supporting its customers in all sectors with between US$750bn and US$1 trillion of finance and investment by 2030 to help with their transition.
- Applying a climate lens to financing decisions.
- Unlocking new climate solutions by creating one of the world’s leading natural capital managers, creating a US$100m venture debt fund for CleanTech innovation, and launching a philanthropic programme to donate USD100m to bring new solutions to viability and scale
- Aiming to be net zero in its operations and supply chain by 2030.
HSBC’s history of sustainable finance
The bank’s ambitious climate declaration builds on its leadership in sustainable finance and addressing climate change.
In 2017, HSBC pledged to provide US$100bn in sustainable financing and investment by 2025.
In 2020 and 2021, HSBC was named the World’s Best Bank for Sustainable Finance by Euromoney and the Middle East’s Best Bank for Sustainable Finance, which noted that “across every sector and region HSBC stands out for its commitment to developing partnerships and products that will bring finance at scale to create a more sustainable and resilient planet.”
HSBC has been ranked a leading research house in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) for the past five years, according to external surveys that include Extel and Institutional Investor.
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