Shimao Set to Repay Yuan Bond Due Saturday After Cash Inflow
Shimao Plans to Repay Yuan Bond Due Saturday After Cash Inflow
(Bloomberg) -- Shimao Group Holdings Ltd. is set to repay a local bond maturing Saturday after the embattled Chinese developer received higher-than-anticipated cash inflows from property sales in December, according to people familiar with the matter.
Onshore subsidiary Shanghai Shimao Co. has set aside funds to repay the 4.65% local bond with outstanding principal of 1.9 billion yuan ($300 million), said the people, who asked not to be identified as the matter is private. The company plans to wire money ahead of the due date, the people said.
Part of the liquidity comes from cash proceeds from property sales, which exceeded expectations in December after banks accelerated mortgage approvals, according to the people. Shimao declined to comment on its payment plans and cash inflows when contacted by Bloomberg on Tuesday, referring instead to its regulatory filings.
Shimao is among developers facing stress following a government crackdown on excessive borrowing and speculation in the housing market. The payment plan comes after Shimao’s credit ratings -- which until recently were investment grade -- were cut on mounting concerns over its financial health.
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Shimao needs to repay or refinance some $392.6 million in bond maturities and coupons that come due this month, Bloomberg-compiled data show.
The group’s bond maturing Saturday was down less than 1% at 96.01 yuan on Wednesday morning, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Its dollar note due July 2022 fell about 0.7 cent on the dollar.
Fitch Ratings became the latest credit rating company to downgrade Shimao on Tuesday, citing its “lower margin of safety in preserving liquidity.”
Long considered one of the healthier builders, Shimao’s stumble in recent weeks has stood out in a credit market already stung by debt failures at firms including China Evergrande Group.
Shimao is trying to sell assets to reduce its debts. It’s in talks with potential buyers and may consider selling certain properties if the terms are appropriate, it said Tuesday.
China’s top leaders have signaled an easing of their clampdown on the real estate to bolster home sales, starting with supporting mortgages. Outstanding personal mortgage loans increased by 401 billion yuan in November, the central bank said last month.
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