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Evergrande Shares Drop After Boss Hui Ka Yan Slashes Stake

Fantasia Holdings suspends trading in company shares pending release of information after the developer said on Thursday a winding-up petition was filed against a unit over an outstanding loan


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A general view of Funian Plaza, a complex developed by Fantasia Holdings, in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters

 

Shares in China Evergrande Group fell as much as 4.8% on Monday morning, after its chairman pared his stake in the cash-strapped property developer to raise about $344 million.

The group’s electric vehicle unit, China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group, also dropped more than 5% after it said the company was still exploring ways to pump capital into the unit with different investors.

Evergrande has been scrambling to raise capital as it grapples with more than $300 billion in liabilities and Chinese authorities have told its chairman, Hui Ka Yan, to use some of his personal wealth to help pay bondholders, sources have said.

Evergrande failed to pay coupons totalling $82.5 million due on November 6 and investors are on tenterhooks to see if it can meet its obligations before a 30-day grace period ends on December 6.

 

Hui Ka Yan Sold 9% Stake

The developer disclosed late on Friday that Hui had sold 1.2 billion shares in the company at an average price of HK$2.23 each, lowering his stake in the Shenzhen-based real estate developer to 67.9% from 77%.

Once China’s top-selling developer, Evergrande’s troubles have hit the broader Chinese property sector with a string of debt defaults and credit rating downgrades of its peers in the last couple of months.

Fantasia Holdings suspended trading in company shares on Monday pending release of information. On Thursday, the developer said a winding-up petition was filed against a unit related to an outstanding loan.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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