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China Property Stocks Rally on Rescue Package Extension

But some analysts warned the move that sparked the share price rebound won’t be enough to turn around the country’s crippled property sector

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The PBOC announced on Monday it would allow property firms' loans due this year to be repaid before the end of 2024. Photo: Reuters


Chinese property firms’ stocks were boosted on Tuesday after Beijing regulators extended the deadline on a rescue package by another year.

The central bank said it would give developers an extra 12 months to repay loans due this year, with many private firms still struggling to access new capital despite policymakers’ aggressive support measures.

But some analysts cautioned that while the extended policy could ease the short-term financial pressure on property developers and ensure their home project completions, new measures would still be needed to tackle the cash crunch in the sector.

The sector has been hit by many company defaults amid a debt crisis since mid-2021, triggered by non-repayments of China Evergrande Group, the world’s most indebted property developer.


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By 0316 GMT, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Mainland Properties Index had gained 1.8%, while China’s CSI 300 Real Estate Index edged up 0.1%. Sunac China, Logan Group and KWG Group listed in Hong Kong were among the top gainers, rising 4%-5%.

Last November, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) put in place 16 measures to support the cash-strapped sector, including loan repayment extensions, to ease a deepening liquidity crisis.

On Monday, the PBOC said it would allow loans due this year to be repaid before the end of 2024.

Separately, it said the risk classifications of loans issued to support the delivery of unfinished projects before the end of 2024 will not be downgraded during their loan terms.

CGS-CIMB Securities estimated those loans could account for 30%-40% of developers’ total debts, so the measures could help their near-term liquidity.

“[They] are however not sufficient to solve the whole liquidity problem of developers,” the brokerage said.

Nomura said the “band-aid-style” policy support on Monday is unlikely to revive property sales, which have been weak for months, as it does little to restore home buyers’ confidence.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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