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In CHF million
    Notes   31.12.2021   31.12.2020
Hybrid debt       2 634   2 900
Senior bonds       1 466   1 049
Total borrowings   30    4 099   3 949

Reconciliation of liabilities arising from financing activities

In CHF million
    Hybrid debt   Senior bonds   Lease liabilities 1   Total
    2021   2020   2021   2020   2021   2020   2021   2020
Balance as at 1 January   2 900   2 902   1 049   1 049   220   152   4 169   4 104
Cash flows                                
Issuance   248     646         894  
Redemption   –450     –200     –38   –39   –688   –39
Other changes                                
New leases           52   112   52   112
Premium/discount amortisation   3   3   0   0   4   4   8   7
Other movements           –8   –8   –8   –8
Acquisitions and disposals of subsidiaries             –1     –1
Foreign currency translation differences   –68   –5   –29     –7   0   –104   –5
Balance as at end of period   2 634   2 900   1 466   1 049   224   220   4 323   4 169
1 Included in other financial liabilities
Hybrid debt

On 29 March 2021, Swiss Life Ltd issued subordinated dated callable bonds in the amount of CHF 250 million. The bonds are guaranteed by Swiss Life Holding, have their maturity date on 30 September 2041 and are first callable on 30 September 2031 or at each interest payment date thereafter at the option of the issuer, upon notice and subject to the consent of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The interest has been fixed at 2.125% p.a. until 30 September 2031. If the bonds are not redeemed on 30 September 2031, the interest resets at a rate fixed for the subsequent five years, consisting of the aggregate of the then-prevailing five-year CHF mid-market swap rate vs. SARON plus initial margin (216.7 bps) plus 100 bps step-up.

On 22 March 2018, Swiss Life Ltd issued subordinated dated callable bonds in the amount of CHF 175 million. The bonds are guaranteed by Swiss Life Holding, have their maturity date on 25 September 2048 and are first callable on 25 September 2028 or at each interest payment date thereafter at the option of the issuer, upon notice and subject to the consent of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The interest has been fixed at 2.625% p.a. until 25 September 2028. If the bonds are not redeemed on 25 September 2028, the interest resets at a rate fixed for the subsequent five years, consisting of the aggregate of the then-prevailing five-year CHF swap rate and the initial margin of 2.113% p.a.

On 27 September 2016, ELM B.V., a Dutch repackaging vehicle, issued EUR 600 million in fixed to floating rate subordinated perpetual notes (at an issue price of 99.707%) secured by loan notes granted to Swiss Life Ltd, which are guaranteed by Swiss Life Holding. Swiss Life Ltd may repay the loan notes in full on 19 May 2027 or on any interest payment date thereafter, upon notice and subject to the consent of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The interest has been fixed at 4.50% p.a. until 19 May 2027. If the notes are not redeemed on 19 May 2027, the interest will be the aggregate of the three-month Euribor and a margin of 5.10% p.a.

On 24 March 2016, Swiss Life Ltd issued subordinated dated callable bonds in the amount of CHF 150 million. The bonds are guaranteed by Swiss Life Holding, have their maturity date on 24 September 2046 and are first callable on 24 September 2026 or at each interest payment date thereafter at the option of the issuer, upon notice and subject to the consent of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The interest has been fixed at 4.375% p.a. until 24 September 2026. If the bonds are not redeemed on 24 September 2026, the interest resets at a rate fixed for the subsequent five years, consisting of the aggregate of the then-prevailing five-year CHF swap rate and the initial margin of 4.538% p.a.

On 24 March 2016, Swiss Life Ltd issued subordinated perpetual callable bonds in the amount of CHF 450 million. The bonds are guaranteed by Swiss Life Holding and are first callable on 24 September 2021 or at each interest payment date thereafter at the option of the issuer, upon notice and subject to the consent of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The interest has been fixed at 3.75% p.a. until 24 September 2021. The bonds were redeemed on 24 September 2021, their first call date.

On 16 June 2015, Demeter Investments B.V., a Dutch repackaging vehicle, issued EUR 750 million in fixed to floating rate subordinated perpetual notes (at an issue price of 99.105%) secured by loan notes granted to Swiss Life Ltd, which are guaranteed by Swiss Life Holding. Swiss Life Ltd may repay the loan notes in full on 16 June 2025 or on any interest payment date thereafter, upon notice and subject to the consent of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The interest has been fixed at 4.375% p.a. until 16 June 2025. If the notes are not redeemed on 16 June 2025, the interest will be the aggregate of three-month Euribor and a margin of 4.30% p.a.

In November 2012, Swiss Life Insurance Finance Ltd. offered to existing lenders under the subordinated perpetual step-up loan placed in 1999 by Swiss Life Ltd, to purchase their loan holdings against a consideration consisting of both a cash component and a credit component. Altogether, EUR 265 million and CHF 290 million were purchased from lenders. The cash component amounted to a total of CHF 139 million. The credit component consists of a tranche of a subordinated dated step-up loan newly issued by Swiss Life Ltd. The subordinated dated step-up loan placed in connection with the offer amounts to CHF 471 million, is guaranteed by Swiss Life Holding, has a tenor of thirty years and is first repayable on 30 November 2022 at the option of the issuer, upon notice and subject to the consent of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The interest rate is six-month Libor plus a margin of 4.20% p.a. until 30 May 2022. Since CHF LIBOR settings are no longer in place, compounded SARON plus ISDA adjustment spread (0.0741%) will replace LIBOR for the last coupon fixing until first call date on 30 November 2022 and thereafter, if not redeemed. If the loan is not redeemed on 30 November 2022, the margin increases by 1%.

In March 1999, Swiss Life Ltd privately placed a subordinated perpetual step-up loan comprising three simultaneous advances of EUR 443 million (at a rate of interest of Euribor plus a margin of 1.05% p.a., increased by 100 basis points as from April 2009), CHF 290 million (at a rate of interest of Libor plus a margin of 1.05% p.a., increased by 100 basis points as from April 2009) and EUR 215 million (at a rate of interest of Euribor plus a margin of 1.05% p.a., increased by 100 basis points as from October 2009). In 2009, Swiss Life Ltd renounced the right to call the loan on its first call date. Following the purchase offer by Swiss Life Insurance Finance Ltd. in 2012, EUR 193 million remain outstanding. Swiss Life Ltd renounced the right to call the loan on the call dates falling in April 2014 and 2019, and can next call it in 2024, or at five-year intervals thereafter, at its discretion, upon notice and subject to the consent of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority.

Amounts in CHF million (if not noted otherwise)
    Nominal value in year of issue   Nominal value at 31.12.2021   Interest rate   Year of issue   Optional redemption   Carrying amount   Carrying amount
Borrower                       31.12.2021   31.12.2020
Swiss Life AG   CHF 250   CHF 250   2.125%   2021   2031   248  
Swiss Life AG   CHF 175   CHF 175   2.625%   2018   2028   174   174
Swiss Life AG   EUR 600   EUR 600   4.500%   2016   2027   619   645
Swiss Life AG   CHF 150   CHF 150   4.375%   2016   2026   149   149
Swiss Life AG   CHF 450   CHF 450   3.750%   2016   2021     449
Swiss Life AG   EUR 750   EUR 750   4.375%   2015   2025   773   805
            Libor                
Swiss Life AG   CHF 471   CHF 471   +4.200%   2012   2022   470   470
            Euribor                
Swiss Life AG   EUR 443   EUR 193   +2.050%   1999   2024   200   208
Total                       2 634   2 900
Senior bonds

On 15 September 2021, SL Finance I Ltd (subsidiary of SL Holding AG), issued a EUR 600 million senior green bond with a tenor of 10 years and coupon of 0.5% p.a.

On 6 December 2019, Swiss Life Holding issued three tranches of senior green bonds totalling CHF 600 million: one CHF 200 million tranche with a tenor of 2 years and floating rate coupon (floored at 0.00% capped at 0.05%), one CHF 250 million tranche with a tenor of 5.5 years and 0% coupon, and one CHF 150 million tranche with a tenor of 9.25 years and coupon of 0.35% p.a. On 6 December 2021, the CHF 200 million tranche matured and was redeemed.

On 13 March 2019, Swiss Life Holding issued a CHF 250 million senior bond with a tenor of 4.6 years and coupon of 0.25% p.a.

On 21 June 2013, Swiss Life Holding issued two tranches of senior bonds totalling CHF 425 million: one CHF 225 million tranche with a tenor of 6 years and coupon of 1.125% p.a. and one CHF 200 million tranche with a tenor of 10 years and coupon of 1.875% p.a. On 21 June 2019, the CHF 225 million tranche matured and was redeemed.

Amounts in CHF million (if not noted otherwise)
    Nominal value   Interest rate   Year of issue   Redemption   Carrying amount   Carrying amount
Issuer                   31.12.2021   31.12.2020
Swiss Life Finance I AG   EUR 600   0.500%   2021   2031   617  
Swiss Life Holding AG   CHF 150   0.350%   2019   2029   150   150
Swiss Life Holding AG   CHF 250   0.000%   2019   2025   249   249
Swiss Life Holding AG   CHF 250   0.250%   2019   2023   250   250
Swiss Life Holding AG   CHF 200   3m CHF Libor 1   2019   2021     200
Swiss Life Holding AG   CHF 200   1.875%   2013   2023   200   200
Total                   1 466   1 049
1 floored at 0.00% and capped at 0.05%