A Strong Rebound! Initial Success of China's Real Estate Stimulus Measures


Country Garden reached an agreement to delay 3.9 billion yuan ($537 million) in debt payments, which boosted its stock performance and offered breathing space to China's struggling real estate sector.

Country Garden has reached an agreement with creditors to postpone the payment of 39 billion yuan ($5.37 billion) in debt, not only boosting the company's stock performance but also giving a much-needed breather to China's real estate industry, which has been beleaguered by debt risks and slumping sales.

Country Garden and its creditors have agreed to delay the payment of 39 billion yuan ($5.37 billion) in debt, a move that not only invigorated the company's stock market performance but also provided a lifeline to the struggling Chinese real estate sector, fraught with debt challenges and flagging sales.

Even though Country Garden has made an agreement with its creditors, easing some of the immediate pressures on its investors, the effectiveness of a series of stimulus measures adopted by the Chinese government—aimed at boosting real estate demand, alleviating financial strain on the sector, and reducing uncertainty in the financial system—remains to be seen.

On Monday, the Chinese government approved the establishment of a special agency designed to foster the development and growth of the private economy, which accounts for 80% of new jobs. However, affected by a lackluster economic recovery in the first half of the year, the private sector has struggled to attract investment and faces weak demand for its goods.

Since 2021, the Chinese real estate industry has been confronting multiple challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, economic instability, and regulatory measures targeting the property market. These factors have not only dealt a significant blow to the entire sector but also led to deteriorating financial conditions for some developers, particularly Country Garden, underscoring the market's volatility.

Compared to its peers, Country Garden's financial status has remained relatively solid, with no history of defaulting on onshore or offshore debts. However, weakened demand since the beginning of the year has harmed its cash flow, resulting in liquidity issues and defaults on some of its dollar-denominated debts. Nonetheless, since its financial troubles began, the Chinese government has introduced a series of stimulus measures for the real estate sector, including lowering rates on existing mortgage loans and offering loan incentives to first-time homebuyers in major cities.

Tara Hariharan, managing director at global macro hedge fund NWI Management, mentioned that Country Garden and other developers are facing considerable debt repayment pressures this year. Investors need to closely watch whether recent stimulus measures can revive homebuying demand, a factor crucial to the fate of Chinese developers and their ability to handle upcoming debt maturities.

While the Chinese real estate industry might have caught a temporary reprieve, some market participants plan to steer clear of the sector until they see a rebound in home sales. Wang Qi, CEO of MegaTrust Investment (HK), said his company liquidated all its stocks in Chinese real estate developers in March 2020.

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