Smoke and mirrors practices among Chinese business and government may have surfaced again as Chinese builders get dangerously close to defaulting on bonds.
To summarize, Chinese developers have been aggressively strengthening their land holdings of Chinese real estate through acquisition of debt. Companies, such as China Vanke and China Evergrande Group have relied on support of stock investors to make this happen. However, this support is now on the decrease as China’s economic growth slows and policymakers pursue a financial deleveraging campaign.
In the past year, 75 percent of Chinese developers have seen their default risk climb. Zhonghong Holding Co. is now has overdue debt of $3.5 billion yuan. Earlier this year, Zhonghong had defaulted on more than US$174 million in debt.
In total, it is estimated that Chinese builders will have to pay back US$96 million worth of bonds domestically and internationally through 2019.
Paul Lukaszewski of Abertdeen Standard Investments, told Bloomberg that he expects delinquencies to increase moving forward. Especially, companies that have financed themselves on a shorter-term basis are increasingly at risk of potential defaults.
Investors are nervously watching these Chinese developer stocks and for good reason.
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