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  1. SMEs seek more loan guarantees

    Posted Dec 30th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Struggling small enterprises want the government to guarantee more loans, and banks to impose lower interest rates amid growing fears of more failed businesses after the Lunar New Year, the SMEs Survival Alliance says. Warning of a difficult ye ...

  2. HSBC raises interest rate on credit cards to 31.86pc

    Posted Dec 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... behind the changing economic environment, and rising bad debts will likely appear at the end of the fourth quarter or next year,' CLSA analyst Kevin Chan said. Cash cow Banks are raising ...

  3. Zhou sees more rate cuts amid deflation pressure

    Posted Dec 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai Central bank chief hints at action into next year as CPI drops Central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan yesterday indicated the possibility of more interest-rate cuts on the mainland as the latest data drew a deflationary cloud over the economy, and ...

  4. Bad loans threaten to jolt smooth run

    Posted May 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Industry players warn of likely payment defaults by small companies feeling credit pinch, writes Natalie Chiu The mainland's big banks posted impressive earnings growth in the first quarter of the year, but the good run may be coming to an end. With ...

  5. CCB weighing in with 500b yuan in loans

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Natalie Chiu China Construction Bank Corp, the country's biggest mortgage lender, will advance loans worth up to 500 billion yuan (HK$563.25 billion) next year as it joins other state lenders in supporting a government-driven stimulus package. The ba ...

  6. Bankruptcy fears hit Nine Dragons shares

    Posted Dec 31st 2008, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Shares of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) slumped for a second day yesterday as the company failed to dispel speculation that it was in financial trouble. Analysts said although the debt ... to 1.5 billion yuan [of bank debt] earlier than scheduled to demonstrate their confidence in the business outlook.' Nine Dragons' net debt-equity ratio was 98.9 per cent on June 30, ...

  7. Debt financing surges as stocks slide

    Posted Jul 08th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Adam Chen in Beijing Debt financing has become a mainstream way for listed companies to raise money as an alternative to equity shares on domestic markets, according to an independent mainland data service. Information released by data provider Wind indicates that funds raised by listed firms through debt financing totalled 400 billion yuan (HK$454.32 billion) in the first half, ...

  8. CNPC lines up debt issue to fund buying of PetroChina shares

    Posted Oct 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Adam Chen China National Petroleum Corp, the mainland's largest state-owned enterprise, plans to issue notes to raise funds to increase its stake in its publicly listed arm, PetroChina. CNPC has said it will issue 20 billion yuan (HK$22.62 billion) o ...

  9. Citic Pacific suspended after shares surge

    Posted Nov 01st 2008, 12:00am by Carol Chan

    ... Shares in Dah Chong Hong rose 19.82 per cent to HK$1.33 yesterday. Ratings on debt issued by Citic Pacific were cut and its share price plummeted after the company disclosed on October 20 ...

  10. HK$10b lifeline unveiled for small firms

    Posted Nov 11th 2008, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... in the city. The estimated bad debt rate for the scheme was 10 per cent, which meant the government stood to lose HK$700 million. To avoid abuse of the scheme, the spokesman said firms could not use it for paying or restructuring debts, while proprietors or majority shareholders of the firms would have to carry personal liability for the loan. Companies registered and operating in Hong Kong ...




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