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Evergrande shares suspended in Hong Kong

September 28, 2023

The embattled property giant China Evergrande had only just resumed trading a month ago after a 17-month hiatus.

The company logo is seen on the headquarters of China Evergrande Group in Shenzhen
The company was once China's biggest real-estate firmImage: Aly Song/REUTERS

Trading of shares in Chinese property giant Evergrande and its two subsidiaries was suspended in Hong Kong on Thursday.

A market statement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange did not explain why trading in Evergrande Group's securities, and share certificates of Evergrande Property Services Group and Evergrande Electric Vehicle Group was halted.

However, the suspension came after Bloomberg News reported that Evergrande's Hui Ka Yan, also known as Xu Jiayin, was being held by police under "residential surveillance."

The company's shares ended down 19% on Wednesday in the Hong Kong market, taking their losses to 81% since the resumption of trade in late August.

Evergrande crisis mounts

The property giant only resumed trading 17 months after the Hong Kong Stock Exchange suspended it in March 2022 for failing to publish its 2021 financial results.

It was once China's biggest real-estate firm but defaulted in 2021.

At the end of June, Evergrande had an estimated debt of $328 billion (€312 billion), making it the world's most heavily indebted real estate developer. It filed for bankruptcy protection in New York in August to protect its US assets.

Over the weekend it reported it was unable to issue new debt due to an ongoing investigation into its main domestic subsidiary, Hengda Real Estate Group Co Ltd.

Earlier in September, police in Shenzhen, a southern Chinese city, said they had detained some staff at China Evergrande Group's wealth management unit.

China's economic growth is being dragged down by the property market crisis centered around Evergrande.

lo/ab (AP, AFP, dpa)