China developer Shimao poised to raise over US$470mil

Shimao says it aims to raise funds from 35 investors by a private placement of shares to “improve capital structure, ease liquidity difficulty and stabilise financial conditions.” — Reuters

HONG KONG: Chinese property developer Shimao Group Holdings Ltd plans a private placement of shares, becoming the second player in the cash-squeezed sector to tap equity fundraising options just a day after Beijing lifted a ban on such deals.

Shares of Shimao, a mid-sized developer, surged in Shanghai by their daily upward limit, or 9.9%, yesterday after the developer made the announcement in a filing late on Tuesday.

The fundraising target would not exceed 30% of the current capital base, Shimao said.

Based on the developer’s market value of 11.3 billion yuan (US$1.58bil or RM7.1bil) yesterday the deal size could be up to US$474mil (RM2.1bil).

Developer Hubei Fuxing Science and Technology Co had announced a similar move earlier on Tuesday.

The Chinese securities regulator on Monday lifted a ban on fundraising via equity offerings for listed property companies.

Beijing has in recent weeks stepped up support for the industry to loosen a liquidity squeeze that has stifled the sector, a business that accounts for a quarter of the Chinese economy and has been a key driver of growth.

China had suspended refinancing by listed property firms in August 2009 as part of its attempts to control surging home prices.

Regulators briefly lifted the suspension by granting approval to refinancing requests by a selection of property firms starting from 2013, but reimposed restrictions in 2016 to curb housing prices.

In its filing, Shimao said it aims to raise funds from 35 investors by a private placement of shares to “improve capital structure, ease liquidity difficulty and stabilise financial conditions”.

The fundraising target will not exceed 30% of the current capital base, it said.

Shimao said the proceeds from the share sale would be used to ensure it could hand over properties to buyers and to repay some debts and replenish working capital.

Many cash-strapped Chinese developers have defaulted on debt obligations and have halted construction.

Shanghai-based Shimao first missed a public offshore bond obligation in July and became the first major Chinese developer to begin negotiating restructuring terms with creditors.

Recent Beijing policies have sent a clear message that regulators will support “good quality” companies, as well as making sure of the delivery of houses, said Renyuan Zhang, a credit analyst with S&P Ratings in a research note.“The policies will help restore confidence in the market, but investors should pay attention to how and when they will be implemented and in what scope,” he said, adding not all of the property developers will benefit from support measures.

Underscoring the continued uncertainty in the sector, Sunac Holdings issued a profit warning late on Tuesday, with the developer expecting profit for last year to plunge by around 207%.

A gauge tracking the sector slipped by 1.9% by mid morning in Hong Kong. — Reuters

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Business News

A major rethink of India’s long-term fuel needs
Cash-rich companies on Bursa
Ringgit seen stabilising against greenback
Investors flock to European stocks leaving US behind, BofA says
Bed Bath & Beyond receives default notice
O&G stocks see early rally
AAX passengers soar on border reopening
Intel tumbles after forecast suggests comeback is far off
US interest rate outlook

Others Also Read