Through sustainable financial management, TransLink creates the stability required for successful long-term planning and delivery of the transportation services and programs to meet the needs of 2.5 million people in Metro Vancouver.
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With a service area spanning more than 1,800 square kilometres, we’re dedicated to developing a transportation system that meets the needs of residents, businesses, and goods movers, and promotes the ecological, economic, and social well-being of our region and beyond.
We provide the financial strength and discipline to support our long‐term vision, enable expansion, and maintain access to capital markets in the most cost-effective manner.
Responsible for a critical transportation system in a global gateway region
Region with excellent market growth
Leader in corporate sustainability
Strong fiscal management and investment-grade ratings
Diversified and dedicated revenue sources
Government-legislated entity with taxing authority and a debt service safeguard
Only issuing transportation authority in Canada
TransLink’s robust borrowing program provides the ability to go directly to capital markets with a solid reputation as a good investment, meaning greater cost certainty for debt management. It gives assurance to credit rating agencies and investors while providing flexibility to TransLink to use both short-term and long-term financing.
TransLink’s debt management policy includes self-imposed debt coverage and debt service coverage limits. TransLink continues to remain within these limits.
Our Green Bond Program supports our efforts to connect the region and enhance livability by providing a sustainable transportation network. Through this program, we offer fixed-income securities where the proceeds are exclusively applied to projects and activities with environmental benefits.
In October 2019, we issued our second Green Bond for $200 million. The transaction was met with strong demand, with final books oversubscribed by 2x. Preference was given to Green Investors, and a total of 17 Dark Green investors participated, accounting for around 75% of allocations. Nine new investors participated in the transaction.
Green Bond Framework
TransLink’s Green Bond Framework sets out the guidelines for our Green Bond issuances. By investing in Green Bond offerings, we deliver tangible and sustainable outcomes, both financially and environmentally, including reductions to our carbon footprint.
The net proceeds are used to finance or refinance capital projects that advance environmental and climate goals. Eligible projects include clean transportation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, pollution prevention and control, green buildings, and climate change adaptation.
The Framework aligns with the International Capital Market Association Green Bond Principles, which promote integrity in the market through transparency, disclosure, and reporting. It also received a Second Party Opinion from Sustainalytics.
Green Bond Impact Report
In 2018, we published our first Green Bond Impact Report, which was independently audited and outlined in KPMG's Independent Auditors' Report on the Schedule of Use of Green Bond Proceeds.
Solid fiscal management has reaffirmed TransLink's strong and stable credit ratings by Moody's and DBRS.
|Agency||Commercial Paper||Senior Debt||General Obligation||Outlook|
|DBRS Limited||R-1 mid||AA||AA||Stable|
|Moody's Investors Service||Not rated||Aa2||Aa2||Negative|
Moody's and DBRS Credit Rating Reports
TransLink is the only non-corporate transit agency that directly raises funds through Canadian debt capital markets to finance capital projects in a timely, efficient manner. Since 2010, TransLink has raised more than $2.78 billion from longer-term issuance in the bond market.
Investors can learn more in our current Investor Presentation and our Green Bond Investor Presentation.
TransLink’s Annual Reports highlight the accomplishments of each fiscal period.
The Board of Directors meets publicly four times a year and shares their Meetings and Reports.
TransLink’s 10-Year Investment Plan identifies the transportation services, key initiatives, and proposed capital investments and outlines how these expenditures will be funded.
Our 30-year Regional Transportation Strategy outlines how we will keep people and our economy moving, strengthen our communities, and protect the environment.
A summary of our Bond offering is available in the Information Memorandum.