Risks posed to the Chinese economy by China Evergrande Group’s debt crisis can be contained, according to the central bank, which has stepped up its commentary amid further evidence of economic headwinds stemming from the fallout.
The property firm’s troubles “casts a little bit of concern,” People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang said at a virtual meeting of the Group of 30 on Sunday. “Overall, we can contain the Evergrande risk.” His comments came after the central bank last week broke its silence on the crisis, saying risks were controllable and unlikely to spread.
Tighter restrictions on the property market have curbed construction activity and squeezed financing to the sector, weighing on growth. Home sales by value tumbled 16.9% in September from a year earlier, following a 19.7% drop in August, according to Bloomberg calculations based on National Bureau of Statistics data released Monday. Property stocks on the mainland dropped on the report.
Fears of contagion risks have intensified after a surprise default by Fantasia Holdings Group Co. and a warning from Sinic Holdings Group Co. that its default was imminent.
Amid signs of authorities’ growing unease, China is loosening restrictions on home loans at some of its largest banks, according to people familiar with the matter. Such action could be seen to help reduce bearishness in the debt market — prices on the nation’s dollar junk bonds rose about 3 cents on the dollar Monday, according to credit traders. That follows Friday’s gains.
Evergrande’s onshore real estate unit is scheduled to pay yuan bond interest due Tuesday.
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- Yuexiu Pulls Out of Purchase of Evergrande HK Building: Reuters
Jiangsu Construction Credit Rating Cut on Evergrande Exposure (12:58 p.m. HK)
Jiangsu Construction Engineering Group’s credit rating was cut to A from AA- by China Chengxin International Credit Rating, which cited non-payment risks stemming from its biggest client China Evergrande.
China Properties Says No Payment Made on Senior Notes (12:18 p.m. HK)
China Properties Group said it did not make payment on its 15% notes due Oct. 15, adding that the non-payment constitutes a default.
China Junk Dollar Bonds Rebound Further (10:18 a.m. HK)
The price of Chinese high-yield dollar bonds rallied further Monday following Friday’s gains. Such notes jumped about 3 cents on the dollar in Monday’s opening, according to credit traders.
Home Sales Plunge 17% as Crisis Deters Buyers (10:14 a.m. HK)
China’s economy slowed in the third quarter. A residential property slump dragged on last month, as home sales by value tumbled 16.9% in September from a year earlier, according to Bloomberg calculations based on National Bureau of Statistics data released Monday.
The sales slump may fuel a vicious cycle by worsening the cash shortage at developers and forcing them to offer bigger discounts. That in turn could reduce home prices in a country where people keep a large chunk of their wealth in real estate.
Citi Sees ‘Bumpy’ Credit Rebound in 2022 (9:37 a.m. HK)
Citigroup’s credit analysts say that the outlook for China’s credit market will improve as the government takes action to ease pressure, but traders will have to be patient. Any rebound for high-yield debt is unlikely to happen in the fourth quarter as “investors are reluctant to get involved,” according to a recent note.
“A longer term approach, out into 2022, gives a more positive result,” wrote the analysts led by Eric Ollom. Investment-grade companies, which are mainly state-owned enterprises or other “high quality” issuers, appears oversold, they wrote
China to Sell $4 Billion of Dollar Bonds, Least Since 2018 (8:30 a.m. HK)
China will sell global dollar bonds for the fifth straight year, a deal that’s attracting more scrutiny after Evergrande’s crisis roiled the offshore debt market in recent months.
The Ministry of Finance plans to raise $4 billion from the offering in Hong Kong on Tuesday, a third less than the $6 billion in each of the past two years and the least since 2018, according to Bloomberg-compiled data.
PBOC’s Yi Says China Can ‘Contain’ the Risk From Evergrande (8:30 a.m. HK)
People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang said authorities can contain risks posed to the Chinese economy and financial system from the Evergrande’s struggles. He was speaking at a virtual meeting of the Group of 30 on Sunday.
Evergrande dollar bond interest deadlines:
|Dollar bonds||Coupon due date||Amount
|EVERRE 8.25% due 2022||Sept. 23||83.53|
|EVERRE 9.5% due 2024||Sept. 29||45.17|
|EVERRE 9.5% due 2022||Oct. 11||68.88|
|EVERRE 10% due 2023||Oct. 11||42.5|
|EVERRE 10.5% due 2024||Oct. 11||36.75|
|TIANHL 13% due 2022||Nov. 6||41.93|
|TIANHL 13.75% due 2023||Nov. 6||40.56|