China Evergrande Makes 10 Percent Payment to Wealth Management Products Investors

By Rita Li
Rita Li
Rita Li
Rita Li is a reporter with The Epoch Times, focusing on China-related topics. She began writing for the Chinese-language edition in 2018.
September 30, 2021 Updated: September 30, 2021

Troubled China Evergrande issued a small portion of repayment of wealth management product (WMP) to investors, the developer announced on Sept. 30.

The notice, posted on its website, said the wealth management unit has paid a first installment of 10 percent toward its wealth management products (WMPs) that are due by the end of September.

It came after a missed payment sparked nationwide protests earlier this month, as panicked home buyers and employees gathered outside its headquarters in China.

Wealth management products are uninsured securities and investments sold by banks and other financial institutions in China

Currently, an estimated $6 billion in Evergrande wealth management products payments are outstanding, while the overall liabilities are as high as $305 billion.

The cash-strapped property giant asked its employees to contribute a short-term, high-yield, loan to the company—otherwise, they would lose their bonuses. Protesters told The Epoch Times that many workers also turned to friends and family for investment.

The company offered three options on Sept. 13 to repay retail investors in the WMPs, including cash installments, discounted property, or offset investors’ payables remaining on residential units they have purchased.

China Evergrande, in common with other heavily indebted conglomerates, issued high-interest WMPs to investors—a popular way of borrowing that sidesteps government lending restrictions.

Besides the money owed, China’s former top-selling developer is now struggling with unfinished apartment complexes, unpaid bills, and vanishing stock value.

Rita Li
Rita Li is a reporter with The Epoch Times, focusing on China-related topics. She began writing for the Chinese-language edition in 2018.