China's Evergrande files for bankruptcy protection in the US amid property crisis

Amidst the deepening real estate crisis in China, property giant Evergrande has taken a significant step by seeking bankruptcy protection in the US. This move aims to safeguard its US assets while it engages in negotiations with creditors over its substantial debts.

In 2021, Evergrande’s default on its massive debts caused significant turbulence across global financial markets. This latest development reflects the escalating concerns regarding China’s property market issues, which are adding to broader worries about the health of the world’s second-largest economy.

China Evergrande Group has initiated a Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection filing in a New York court. This legal process safeguards the US-based assets of a foreign company as it undertakes efforts to restructure its debt obligations.

The conglomerate’s real estate division boasts an extensive portfolio with over 1,300 projects spanning more than 280 cities within China. In addition to its real estate ventures, Evergrande is involved in other business sectors, including electric vehicle manufacturing and ownership of a football club.

Since its debt default, Evergrande has been actively engaged in renegotiating its agreements with creditors in a bid to address its financial challenges. The company’s debt load, estimated to surpass USD 300 billion, had previously earned it the dubious distinction of being the most heavily indebted property developer globally. Trading of Evergrande shares has remained suspended since the previous year.

In recent times, the company disclosed a substantial combined loss of 581.9 billion yuan (USD 80 billion) over a span of two years.

Adding to the industry’s concerns, another major player in China’s property market, Country Garden, issued a warning of a potential loss reaching up to USD 7.6 billion for the initial half of this year.

China’s real estate sector is grappling with the challenge of securing funds to finalize ongoing projects. The completion of these developments is pivotal to maintaining a certain level of financial inflow, as unfinished projects lead to discontinued mortgage payments from buyers, further straining developers’ financial stability.

In a recent development, it was announced that China’s economy had entered a state of deflation, driven by a decline in consumer prices in July the first such decline in over two years. While this has shielded China from the rising prices affecting other countries, it has also prompted China’s central bank to unexpectedly lower key interest rates for the second time in three months, aiming to stimulate economic growth.

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