Title: Hong Kong Court Adjourns China Evergrande Group’s Winding-Up Hearing, Last Chance for Restructuring Proposal
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Source: The Daily Guardian
The Hong Kong court has granted an adjournment for the winding-up hearing of China Evergrande Group until December 4, 2022, marking the final opportunity for the troubled property developer to present a viable restructuring plan before facing liquidation. This move comes as Evergrande grapples with a staggering debt crisis amounting to over $300 billion.
In order to avoid liquidation, the court has demanded that Evergrande delivers a concrete, revised restructuring proposal prior to the adjournment date. The situation has been exacerbated by the ongoing investigation into the company’s founder, Hui Ka Yan, for suspected criminal activities, which has thrown a wrench into Evergrande’s debt restructuring plan.
As part of their revised strategy, Evergrande intends to capitalize on the value of its two Hong Kong-listed subsidiaries, Evergrande Property Services Group and Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group. Under this proposed plan, bondholders would have the option to convert their bonds into equity and bonds tied to these listed subsidiaries.
Efforts to communicate the new restructuring plan to bondholders have been underway over the past two weeks. However, the latest setback caused Evergrande’s shares to plummet by 9.8% following the news of the adjournment. The potential outcome of liquidation for the embattled company has further fueled concerns throughout global markets.
The court’s decision serves as an unmistakable message to Evergrande that this is their last opportunity to propose a viable restructuring plan that would be acceptable to creditors. Similarly, fellow property developer, Logan Group, saw its winding-up order adjourned to the same December 4 deadline by the same court. Despite initiating negotiations with offshore creditors and suspending interest payments, Logan Group has made little progress in restructuring its debt.
Both Evergrande and Logan Group are confronting significant challenges within the Chinese property sector, resulting in a detrimental impact on their financial stability. Therefore, the outcomes of the winding-up hearings for these two companies will have far-reaching consequences not only within the industry but also in the capital markets.
The Daily Guardian will continue to closely monitor the developments surrounding Evergrande’s winding-up hearing and its restructuring proposal. It remains to be seen whether the property giant can present a compelling plan to avert liquidation and potentially safeguard the interests of its creditors.
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