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Evergrande contagion menace hits China and Hong Kong property shares

Chinese language equities updates

Shares in Chinese language and Hong Kong property teams fell to their lowest ranges in half a decade as an escalating liquidity disaster at developer Evergrande confirmed indicators of spreading past the sector.

Evergrande, the world’s most indebted property developer, faces obligations of greater than $300bn to collectors and different companies and an important curiosity cost deadline on its offshore bonds on Thursday.

The corporate’s Hong Kong-listed shares fell as a lot as 18.9 per cent on Monday. The drop underscored issues in regards to the broader well being of China’s actual property sector and triggered a wider sell-off, sending the Hold Seng Property index, which tracks a dozen listed builders, down virtually 7 per cent, to its lowest stage since 2016.

Hong Kong’s broader Hold Seng index fell 3.7 per cent, taking the benchmark down virtually 12 per cent for the yr.

Evergrande, whose share value has tumbled because it warned of the chance of default final month, mentioned senior executives would endure “extreme punishment” after securing early redemptions on funding merchandise it later informed retail traders that it couldn’t repay on time.

Buying and selling in Hong Kong indicated that the deepening fears for the property sector have been dragging on different builders and monetary establishments. The actual property trade, which accounts for greater than 1 / 4 of China’s financial exercise, has come underneath strain to cut back debt.

“Evergrande is simply the tip of the iceberg,” mentioned Louis Tse, managing director at Rich Securities, a Hong Kong-based brokerage. Chinese language builders have been underneath substantial reimbursement strain on dollar-denominated bonds, he added, whereas markets had turn out to be nervous that Beijing would push listed actual property teams to chop the prices of housing in mainland China and Hong Kong.

“That impacts the banks as nicely — if in case you have decrease property costs what occurs to their mortgages?” Tse mentioned. “It has a series impact.”

Shares in Ping An, China’s largest insurer, fell as a lot as 8.4 per cent on Monday, after closing down 5 per cent on Friday because it was pressured to reveal that it held no publicity to Evergrande debt or fairness. Ping An has Rmb63.1bn ($9.8bn) of publicity to the nation’s actual property shares throughout its Rmb3.8tn of insurance coverage funds.

The insurer took a $3.2bn hit within the first half of the yr after the default of China Fortune Land Improvement, a developer that specialises in industrial parks within the northern Hebei province.

Different Chinese language builders together with Fantasia Group, which was downgraded final week by Fitch, the score company and Guangzhou R&F, have additionally been underneath strain over current weeks. On Friday, Reuters reported Beijing had informed Hong Kong’s property tycoons in closed-door conferences to do extra to ease the town’s continual housing scarcity.

Indicators of a slowdown throughout China’s property sector have additionally hit iron ore costs, which reached a report this yr however slumped final week after markets digested the impression of presidency curbs on metal manufacturing.

On Monday, iron ore futures in Singapore fell as a lot as 11.5 per cent to beneath $100 a tonne for the primary time in over a yr. Iron ore costs had tumbled 20 per cent final week, their worst weekly efficiency because the monetary disaster in 2008.

Exchanges in mainland China have been closed for a public vacation, however FTSE China A50 index futures traded in Singapore fell as a lot as 4.3 per cent.

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