Shimao Property is a Chinese real estate group with a portfolio of residential, commercial and
hotel properties. As of August 2012, it had approximately 70 projects at different stages of development in more than 34 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Anxious to avoid the civil unrest that would almost certainly follow a collapse in the housing market, local authorities are relaxing their stranglehold on the property sector. But will it be enough?
China’s April new home prices grew at a slightly slower pace from a month earlier as lockdown kept homebuyers away.
The resignations may reignite concerns about the financial transparency and accountability of China’s highly leveraged property developers, with US$33 billion of debt maturing offshore, according to Fitch Ratings.
Shanghai Shimao’s slump in contracted sales piles further pressure on parent Shimao Group Holdings, which faces US$3.2 billion of debt repayments this year.
Six of the 13 property chairmen attending the meetings will be representing developers that have either officially defaulted on their debts or have asked creditors for more time.
Zhenro and Jingrui are seeking to delay repayment on US$1.2 billion of bonds maturing in March. They are also seeking default waivers on a long list of bonds to stave off a chain of cross-default events.
Shimao Group Holdings is seeking buyers for nearly 40 projects to shore up liquidity, as 20 billion yuan (US$3.1 billion) of bond repayments loom this year.
Beijing may be preparing to loosen some of its restrictive measures that have constrained borrowing by property developers, but the beleaguered housing sector could face more pain in the coming months as sentiment remains challenged.
Lower loans rate gives developers much-needed relief, while a cheaper mortgage rate attracts buyers and rekindles transactions in a property market that has gone into deep freeze after five years of clampdown.
The new rules would help developers meet debt obligations, pay suppliers and finance operations by letting them use the funds in escrow that are controlled by municipal governments with no central oversight.
Shimao is seen as one of China’s more conservative borrowers, in a property industry where most developers rely on bank loans to finance their land purchases and constructions, amid a tight cap on prices and sales.
The start of 2022 has been turbulent for Chinese developers as mountains of debt come to maturity, adding to their financial woes.
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As the threat of Covid-19 infection keeps more people indoors, indebted developers are increasingly relying on the so-called butler services of their property management units to bring in some much-needed cash.
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