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Crisis-hit Evergrande suspends shares in Hong Kong

| Updated: February 03, 2022 08:44:20

Crisis-hit Evergrande suspends shares in Hong Kong

Crisis-hit Chinese real estate giant Evergrande has suspended trade in its shares on the Hong Kong as investors await news on its restructuring plan.

The statement to the stock exchange did not give a reason for the trading halt.

Evergrande has more than $300bn (£222bn) of debts and is scrambling to raise cash by selling assets and shares to repay suppliers and creditors, reports the BBC. 

Last week, the company dialled back plans to repay investors in its wealth management products.

Evergrande said on Friday that each investor in its wealth management product could expect to receive $1,257 each month as principal payment for three months irrespective of when the investment matures.

The company had earlier not mentioned any amount and had agreed to repay 10 per cent of the investment by the end of the month when the product matures.

Evergrande said in a statement posted on the wealth unit's website that the situation was not "ideal" and that it would "actively raise funds", and update the repayment plan in late March, without giving further details.

The announcement was seen as highlighting the deepening cash squeeze at the struggling property developer.

Last week, Evergrande did not make some interest payments on its offshore bonds.

The company's $19bn in international bonds were deemed to be in default by rating agencies after it missed a payment deadline last month.

Evergrande suspended its shares in early October, saying the move was ahead of "an announcement containing inside information about a major transaction".

There were reports at the time that rival real estate firm Hopson Development was set to buy a 51 per cent stake in its property services unit.

However, later that month Evergrande said the $2.6bn deal had fallen through as they were unable to agree on the terms of a deal.

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