HONG KONG, Jan 27 (Reuters) - China Evergrande Group shares
slumped on Thursday after the developer's thinly detailed
roadmap for restructuring left investors dissatisfied and its
indebted peers also fell on concerns higher interest rates would
raise financing costs.
Regulatory curbs on borrowing have driven China's property
sector into crisis, highlighted by Evergrande, the
world's most indebted property firm. The contagion has engulfed
other Chinese developers, roiled global financial markets in the
past year and contributed to a slump in China's property market,
which accounts for a quarter of its economy.
Evergrande closed 3.4% lower at HK$1.71 ($0.2195) on
Thursday, narrowing from a 9.6% loss in early trading, on
investor skepticism in the developer's plan to have a
preliminary restructuring proposal in place in six months.
The Hang Seng Mainland Properties Index shed 2.6%,
while the benchmark Hang Seng Index dropped 2%.
The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Wednesday it is likely to
hike interest rates in March and reaffirmed plans to end its
"Chinese real estate companies are highly leveraged, with a
lot of overseas debt, so U.S. Fed signaling large room for rate
hikes will put even more pressure on their financing," said
Alvin Cheung, associate director of Prudential Brokerage Ltd.
The long-awaited communication between Evergrande and
creditors occurred as Beijing plans to tighten control over the
property developer, while taking measures to stabilize China's
Evergrande's assets are expected to be taken over by
state-owned firms in a restructuring led by the Guangdong
provincial government, where Evergrande is based, Reuters has
Those plans appears to be in place with Bloomberg, citing
sources familiar with the matter, reporting on Thursday that the
provincial government submitted a proposal to Beijing to sell
most of Evergrande's assets except for its separately listed
property management and electric vehicle units
A group led by China Cinda Asset Management Co, a
state-owned bad debt manager and major Evergrande creditor,
would take over any unsold property assets, the Bloomberg report
The Guangdong provincial government did not immediately
reply to a request for comment.
Evergrande set up a risk management committee last month,
mostly comprising senior officials from state entities including
Cinda, and earlier this week it named Liang Senlin,
chairman of China Cinda (HK) Holdings Company, a unit of Cinda,
as a new board member.
Evergrande's stock slump on Thursday came after the company
told investors in a call late on Wednesday that it hoped to work
with them to achieve a risk management solution, and it would
treat all categories of creditors "fairly and follow
international practice." The company also urged creditors not to
take any "aggressive legal actions."
But some bondholders were disappointed by the 25-minute
call, which included prepared answers to questions, saying it
failed to give any insight on Evergrande's plans.
Adding to the pressure on Evergrande, the Financial Times
said on Thursday that asset manager Oaktree Capital, who is a
lender to Evergrande to develop a vast land plot in Hong Kong,
moved this week to seize control of the asset by appointing a
receiver after Evergrande defaulted on the loan.
The move could cause Evergrande's offshore debt
restructuring plan to fail as the 2.2-million-square-foot
(204,000-square-meter) luxury housing development was a crucial
piece of collateral, the report said.
Evergrande has liabilities of $300 billion including nearly
$20 billion of international bonds all deemed to be in default
after a run of missed payments late last year.
Amid Evergrande's plunge, other Chinese property companies
suffered losses as well.
Shares of Times China Holdings plunged 26.8% to
HK$3, after the Guangzhou-based developer said it would raise
HK$400.2 million ($51.38 million) by placing shares at HK$3.4
apiece, a 17.1% discount to Wednesday closing price.
The company sold 117.7 million shares, representing 5.6% of
its enlarged capital, for debt repayment and working capital, it
said in a filing.
Shenzhen-based Logan Group also said on Thursday
it raised HK$1.95 billion through 6.95% equity-linked securities
due August 2026 to refinance debt.
Its shares fell 15.7%.
($1 = 7.7913 Hong Kong dollars)
(Additional reporting by Donny Kwok and Xie Yu, Samuel Shen in
Shanghai; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Christian Schmollinger)