Chinese property giant Evergrande warns again that it could default on its enormous debts

香港 (CNN业务)Evergrande is once again warning that it could default on its huge debts as it struggles to cut costs or find anyone to buy some of its assets.

embattled Chinese property giant has already 警告 in recent weeks of its cash crisis, 清单 $ 300 billion in total liabilities and saying that it could default if it’s unable to raise money quickly.
Should that happen, the effects would be felt across China’s banking system and the wider economy. The group has already suspended work on some projects as it tries to conserve cash, a move that’s poised to hit China’s property sector.
    Markets in the region shook on Tuesday. 的 Shanghai Composite (SHCOMP) closed down 1.4%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index (HSI) 跌倒了 1.2%.
      Evergrande disclosed on Tuesday that it had madeno material progressin its search for investors to buy part of its stakes in its electric vehicle and property services businesses.
          If the group is unable to meet its guarantee obligation or to repay any debt when due or agree with the relevant creditors on extensions of such debts or alternative agreements, it may lead to cross-default,” 它说.
          The company also announced in a stock exchange filing in Hong Kong that it had enlisted financial advisers toevaluate the liquidity of the group and explore all feasible solutionsas quickly as possible. But the company cautioned that nothing was guaranteed.
          The disclosure came hours after Evergrande, which is one of China’s largest real estate developers, had sought to reassure the public about its business. 在一个 声明 星期一晚上, the Shenzhen-based conglomerate addressedrecent commentson the internet, saying that any bankruptcy rumorsare completely untrue.
          The company has indeed encountered unprecedented difficulties at present, but it is determined todo everything possible to restore operations as usual, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of customers,” it said in the Monday statement.
          But on Tuesday, Evergrande acknowledged its difficulty in finding buyers for its assets, saying thatit is uncertain as to whether the group will be able to consummate any such sale.
          Evergrande shares plunged almost 12% 星期二 至 2.97 Hong Kong dollars ($ 0.38), its lowest level since December 2014. The stock has shed 80% of its value this year.
          The company also disclosed on Tuesday that the proposed sale of its office building in Hong Kong, 巨大的 属性 in a major commercial district on Hong Kong Islandhad not been completed within the expected timetable.
          Evergrande agreed to purchase the tower for 12.5 billion Hong Kong dollars (关于 $ 1.6 十亿) 在 2015, 根据一个 stock exchange filing by its former owner.
          Evergrande’s problems were underscored this week when protests reportedly broke out at its headquarters in Shenzhen.
          Hundreds of investors showed up at Evergrande’s offices on Sunday to demand a meeting with a company executive, according to Chinese news outlet Caixin. 路透社 reported similar scenes on Monday, 与约 100 protesters on scene.
          People gathering to demand repayment of loans and financial products at Evergrande's headquarters in Shenzhen on Monday.

          Evergrande did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.
          Analysts have suggested that the Chinese government would have to intervene to limit the fallout if Evergrande were to default. There’s no sign of that happening just yet.
          Evergrande’s collapse would be the biggest test that China’s financial system has faced in years,” Mark Williams, Capital Economicschief Asia economist, wrote in a note last week. He predicted that the country’s central bankwould step in with liquidity supportif fears of a major default intensified.
            Financial restructuring specialist Houlihan Lokey and Hong Kong-based Admiralty Harbour Capital are now serving as the firm’s advisers.
            — Julia Horowitz contributed to this report.

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