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Shimao Bondholders Group to Vote Against Debt Revamp Plan

The creditors’ opposition to the proposal could be a major problem for the ailing property giant and China’s crisis-hit real estate sector

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The flag of property developer Shimao Group flutters next to a Chinese flag in Shanghai, China January 13, 2022. Photo: Reuters


A group of major bondholders of defaulted Chinese developer Shimao Group have threatened to scupper the firm’s proposal to revamp $11.5 billion of offshore debt.

Three Shimao creditors told Reuters they were not happy about the steep haircut in the proposal, as well as a lack of upfront payments and cash payments in the next four to six years.

Their opposition to the revamp is an unwelcome obstacle for the ailing property giant and the country’s wider crisis-hit real estate sector.

“The ad hoc creditor group firmly opposes Shimao’s restructuring proposal, [and] will unequivocally vote against it and other scheme creditors ought to do the same,” the offshore creditor group’s financial adviser Houlihan Lokey said in a statement.

Shimao, which defaulted on its offshore debt in 2022 after an unprecedented liquidity crisis hit the sector in mid-2021, on Monday laid out detailed restructuring terms to revamp its offshore debt with an aim to cut its debt by 60%.


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Shimao would require approval from more than 75% in creditor value to pass its restructuring proposal. The ad-hoc bondholder group holds more than 25% of Shimao’s outstanding $6.8 billion dollar bonds.

A separate bank creditor group, advised by Deloitte, holds around $4.7 billion of loans.

A source close to the bank group said the group was also not happy with the latest terms, which they think give worse treatment to the group than when they first started negotiation in 2022.

Separately, Deutsche Bank is preparing a liquidation lawsuit in Hong Kong against Shimao, Reuters reported early this month.

Creditors in both the bondholder and bank groups said after Shimao’s proposal this week that a winding-up petition could be useful to the negotiation process.

Shimao’s creditors would receive a total of 1.1% consent fee based on the outstanding principal of their debts if they agreed to support the restructuring by end of April, and 0.6% by end of May.


  • 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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