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Shares of China Developers Soar on News of Bond Support

Shares of Longfor, CIFI and Country Garden all jumped by more than 15% in morning trading on Tuesday. The Hang Seng Mainland Properties Index climbed 9.2%.


Surveillance cameras are seen near residential buildings under construction in Shanghai, July 20, 2022. Photo: Aly Song, Reuters.

 

Shares of several Chinese property developers soared on Tuesday on reports that state regulators ordered China Bond Insurance to guarantee support for bonds they issue in the domestic market.

The private developers include Longfor Group and CIFI Holdings, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter.

The support from the state comes amid mounting concerns that a deepening debt crisis and defaults in the sector could impact property developers that have been regarded as financially sound.

Shares of Longfor, CIFI and top developer Country Garden all jumped by more than 15% in morning trading on Tuesday. The Hang Seng Mainland Properties Index firmed 9.2%, compared to a 0.6% gain in the main Hang Seng Index.

The gains were trimmed in subsequent trading with Longfor and CIFI up almost 11% at 7.45am BST, Country Garden rising almost 10% and the Hang Seng Mainland Properties Index holding onto an increase of  4.8%.

 

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Country Garden, Gemdale

State-owned China Bond Insurance Co, which provides financial guarantee services, will provide “full amount, unconditional and irrevocable joint liability guarantee” to these medium-term notes, the sources said. The guarantee provides more protection than credit risk management tools, they said.

Two of the sources said Longfor has already sold 3-year and 5-year medium term notes totalling up to 1.5 billion yuan with a guarantee from China Bond Insurance Co.

Financial information provider REDD first reported the plan to provide a guarantee for issuers on Monday evening. Its report said policymakers had drawn up a list of half a dozen developers regarded as financially stronger, including Gemdale Corporation and Country Garden Holdings, whose bond issues would receive guarantees.

REDD also said policymakers were considering asking state investors to subscribe for new notes issued by developers. The issuers would have to provide collateral for the state guarantee but the use of proceeds would be flexible, it said.

CIFI, Country Garden and Longfor declined to comment. China Bond Insurance and Gemdale were unavailable for comment.

Authorities also helped some financially sound developers to boost liquidity in May, when it encouraged Country Garden, Longfor and Midea Real Estate to issue bonds, while also requesting securities firms to provide credit risk management tools for potential investors in the bonds.

 

  • Reuters with additional reporting by Jim Pollard

 

 

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Shares of China’s Longfor Rebound as Developer Denies Default

 

China’s Country Garden Shares Plunge on Discounted Share Issue

 

China Property Crisis to Boost Corporate Defaults: JPMorgan

 

• This version of the story was updated at 7.45am BST with latest share prices in the fifth paragraph.

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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