HSH Nordbank financing solar power plant in Eggebek

Hamburg/Kiel, December 12, 2011 - HSH Nordbank is successfully participating in the financing of a large solar power plant in Germany. It has structured project finance amounting to nearly EUR 100 million for investment company Aquila Capital.

Since 2009, Aquila Capital has realised more than 150 MWp (megawatt-peak) in solar plants. One of the world's largest photovoltaic plants is currently being built on the former Nato airfield in Eggebek, 20 kilometres south of Flensburg.

On completion the solar power plant will have an installed capacity of 84 MWp. It is split into three subprojects, each of which has six operating companies. The solar plants will be equipped with multi-crystalline modules manufactured by Trina.

Debt capital of nearly EUR 100 million will initially be provided by HSH Nordbank alone. By way of syndication HSH Nordbank will involve others, including local banks and savings banks, in the debt finance of just under EUR 100 million it initially took on. HSH Nordbank is one of the leading banks providing finance for renewable energy projects in Europe. Funding came for the most part via KfW banking group. Thanks to the project's conservative and low-risk structuring, the project rating is outstanding.

"We are very pleased to be able to deploy our expertise for financing large projects directly in our home region by providing the finance for the solar power plant in Eggebek - for a Hamburg-based sponsor investing in Schleswig-Holstein", said Jürgen H. Lange, Head of Energy at HSH Nordbank. He added that the Bank was planning to collaborate with Aquila Capital again in the future.

This Press Release as pdf

The information contained in this press release does not constitute an offer for the sale of any type of Hamburg Commercial Bank AG securities. Securities of Hamburg Commercial Bank AG may not be sold in the United States without registration pursuant to US securities legislation, unless such a sale takes place on the basis of relevant exceptional provisions.

This press information can contain forward-looking statements. These statements are based on our beliefs and assumptions, on information currently available to us which we consider reliable. Forward-looking statements include all statements which are not historical facts, including information concerning future growth prospects and future economic developments.

Such forward-looking statements are based on assumptions relating to future events and are subject to uncertainties, risks and other factors, a large number we cannot influence. Thus actual events can differ considerably from the forward-looking statements made. We make no warranty for the correctness or completeness of these statements or the actual occurrence of the statements made. Furthermore, we assume no obligation for updating the forward-looking statements after this information has been published.