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Evergrande Offers to Repay Wealth Product Investors With Property

Evergrande, with over $300 billion in liabilities, is in the throes of a liquidity crisis that has left it racing to raise funds. It has a bond interest payment of $83.5 million due on Thursday.

Promotional footage on a property development of China Evergrande Group is shown at a news conference on the company's interim results in Hong Kong, in this file photo from 2016. Photo: Reuters/ Bobby Yip.

Cash-strapped developer China Evergrande Group has begun repaying investors in its wealth management products with real estate, a unit of its main Hengda Real Estate Group Co Ltd. unit said.

Investors interested in redeeming wealth management products for physical assets should contact their investment consultants or visit local offices, the company said in a WeChat post dated Saturday.

Evergrande, with over $300 billion in liabilities, is in the throes of a liquidity crisis that has left it racing to raise funds to pay its many lenders and suppliers. It has a bond interest payment of $83.5 million due on Thursday.

Financial news outlet Caixin reported on Sunday that an estimated 40 billion yuan ($6 billion) in Evergrande wealth management products are outstanding. Such products are typically held by retail investors.

Specific payment methods and details are subject to local conditions, a customer service representative said on Sunday.

Wealth management product investors can choose from discounted apartments, office, retail space or car parks for repayment, according to a proposal seen earlier that Evergrande did not confirm.

Earlier this month, a stock exchange filing showed that Evergrande had repaid  219.5 million yuan in overdue debts due to supplier Skshu Paint Co Ltd in the form of apartments in three unfinished property projects.

On Sept. 10, Evergrande had vowed to repay all of its matured wealth management products as soon as possible.

By Reuters and Kevin Hamlin

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Kevin Hamlin

Kevin Hamlin is a financial journalist with more than 40 years of experience covering Asia. Before joining Asia Financial, Kevin worked for Bloomberg News, spending 12 years as Senior China Economy Reporter in Beijing. Prior to that, he was Asia Bureau Chief of Institutional Investor for ten years.

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