Fundraising by China Property Trust Products Slump Amid Evergrande Woes: Media

By Reuters
Reuters
Reuters
October 12, 2021 Updated: October 12, 2021

SHANGHAI—Fundraising by Chinese property trust products tumbled over 40 percent in September from a month earlier, official Shanghai Securities News reported on Monday, as China Evergrande Group’s troubles further dampen investor appetite toward the struggling sector.

Newly-launched real estate trust products raised 16.2 billion yuan from investors in September, down 44.8 percent from the previous month, the newspaper said, citing data from investment advisory Usetrust. That follows a 24 percent decline in August, and a 25 percent fall in July.

Evergrande’s financial woes deepened in September, as the developer, wrestling with debts of more than $300 billion, missed payments on wealth management products, commercial bills, and dollar bonds.

Chinese developers are already struggling amid the Chinese regime’s lending curbs and surging cost of bond issuance. A rapidly shrinking market of property trust products could further squeeze funding channels of a sector suffering from slower home sales.

In contrast, trust products that channel money into capital markets saw a jump in popularity and fundraising, the Shanghai Securities News said.