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China’s Evergrande Offloads HengTen Internet Outfit Stake for $418m

Under-pressure property developer to sell part of holding to Tencent; Fitch had downgraded Evergrande’s credit rating on Wednesday


Evergrande's head office in Guangzhou is seen in this image from July 2020 by Reuters.

• Under-pressure property developer to sell part of holding to Tencent

• Fitch had downgraded Evergrande’s credit rating on Wednesday

 

China’s most indebted property developer Evergrande Group has agreed to sell stakes in its internet unit HengTen Networks Group Ltd worth a total of HK$3.25 billion ($418.2 million), an exchange filing showed on Sunday.

Shares of Evergrande declined more than 2% in early trading on Monday over continued worries about its financial health, while HengTen jumped more than 30%. Shares of HengTen resumed trading on Monday after a suspension on Thursday. 

 

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Worries over the developer’s debt and the potential for systemic financial risk have intensified after Evergrande said in June its project companies had not paid some commercial paper on time, but it said it was arranging payment.

Fitch downgraded its credit rating on Wednesday, signalling its concern of a potential default.

To ease the pressure, Evergrande will sell a 7% stake at HK$3.20 per share to a unit of Tencent Holdings Ltd. for HK$2.07 billion and a 4% stake to an unidentified buyer for HK$1.18 billion. The filing did not give a timing for the sale.

 

TENCENT HOLDING

Before the transaction, Evergrande held a 37.55% stake in the company, while Tencent held 16.9%. Evergrande’s stake will go down to 26.55% and Tencent’s holdings will increase to 23.9% after the sale, the filing showed.

Evergrande has agreed to provide a 5-year loan of HK$2.07 billion to HengTen to support its business development, the company added in the filing.

 

  • Reporting by Reuters

 

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