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By AFP Published October 20, 2021,
Chinese developer Evergrande will resume trading in Hong Kong on Thursday, it said in a filing, but warned there was “no guarantee” it would be able to meet its financial obligations.
The company suspended trading on October 4 as it struggles in a sea of debt and faces a default, with investors’ fearing the fallout from its predicament could impact the wider Chinese economy.
On Wednesday, Evergrande said it had applied for a trading resumption to take effect the following day, although cautioned that “there is no guarantee that the group will be able to meet its financial obligations”.
Evergrande’s announcement came as China’s new-home prices fell for the first time in six years last month, according to data on Wednesday, as the property sector struggled after a government clampdown.
Figures on Wednesday showed that the cost of new homes in 70 large and medium-sized cities saw a small decrease in September, the National Bureau of Statistics said without giving a precise percentage, though Bloomberg calculations found they dropped by around 0.08 percent.
That represents the first drop since April 2015.
Prices in the secondary market slipped 0.19 percent, a second monthly fall, Bloomberg said.
The latest readings will be considered especially worrying as September is usually seen as a peak season for the home market, and emerge as property firms come under the spotlight after the government began clamping down on their borrowing.
This has in turn limited their ability to press on with building and selling projects, putting even more pressure on their bottom lines.
The biggest casualty of the crackdown has been Evergrande, which is teetering on the brink as it struggles under debts of more than $300 billion.
The firm has missed several payments on its bonds and a 30-day grace period on an offshore note is up on Saturday, leaving investors concerned about what will happen. Still, it has managed to meet its domestic obligations.
Fears that the firm could collapse and send shockwaves through the Chinese economy — and possibly globally — rattled markets earlier this month, though Beijing has said any fallout would be containable.
Several domestic property rivals have in recent weeks already defaulted on debts and have seen their ratings downgraded.
Hong Kong-listed Sinic Holdings became the latest to miss a payment, S&P Global Ratings said Wednesday.
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