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Chinese property bonds firm after Kaisa and Sunac make coupon payments

Chinese property bonds firm after Kaisa and Sunac make coupon payments
File photo of property projects under construction.

HONG KONG: Chinese property bonds remained firm on Tuesday (Oct 19) after two major developers made coupon payments, though the market remained focused on the potential for default by China Evergrande Group this week.

The bond market has responded positively to comments from China's central bank on Friday and Sunday saying that spillover effects from Evergrande's debt problems on the banking system were controllable and that China's economy was "doing well".

Sunac China, which has a US$27.14 million payment due Tuesday, has paid its bondholders, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The source was not authorised to speak to the media and declined to be identified. A Sunac representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kaisa Group said on Monday it has paid a coupon due Oct 16 and it plans to transfer funds for a coupon worth US$35.85 million due Oct 22 on Thursday.

The liquidity crisis at Evergrande, China's No. 2 developer, which has US$300 billion in debt and has missed a series in bond payments, has roiled global markets. High-yield bonds issued by Chinese property developers have been especially hammered.

An Evergrande bond due March 23, 2022, will officially be in default if the company does not make good after a 30-day grace period for a missed coupon payment that had been due on Sep 23.

Bonds from Chinese developers that gained on Tuesday included Modern Land's 2022 bonds which bounced over 8 per cent to 40.250 cents on the dollar, while Central China Real Estate's 2024 bonds climbed over 5 per cent to 44.843 cents.

On Monday, smaller developer Sinic Holdings defaulted on US$246 million in bonds as expected. It had warned of the default last week, saying it did not have sufficient financial resources.

 

Source: Reuters

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