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Asia’s Stock Markets Struggle as China’s Stimulus Efforts Fall Short

Hot off the press: Evergrande’s long overdue financial results are about to hit the scene, and they’re expected to pack a punch. Brace yourselves for steep losses in 2021 and 2022 from the world’s most indebted property developer. This unveiling will have market watchers on the edge of their seats, eagerly seeking clues about the company’s liquidity.

Since stumbling into default territory in late 2021, Evergrande has been wrestling with unfinished projects and a mounting list of suppliers and creditors demanding their dues. Back in March, they tried to find solid ground with an offshore debt restructuring plan, and now they’re rallying support to make it happen.

With a whopping $300 billion in total liabilities, Evergrande’s debt conundrum has sent shockwaves through China’s property sector—the very foundation of the world’s second-largest economy. This unfortunate domino effect has resulted in a series of defaults and countless incomplete homes across the country.

In these long-awaited 2021 and 2022 results, folks will be keeping a close eye on Evergrande’s liquidity, liabilities, and the overall state of their operations. Sandra Chow, the co-head of Asia Pacific research at CreditSights, revealed that these numbers will offer some insights. But the real deal will only emerge when we get a glimpse of their first-half 2023 performance—set to light up the stage in due time.

By the end of August, companies are required to unveil their results for the first six months of the year, as per regulatory rules. It’s a pivotal moment for Evergrande, but Charles Macgregor, head of Asia at Lucror Analytics, isn’t exactly painting a rosy picture. According to him, results mean zilch if the very foundation of the business model is cracked.

As the suspense builds, analysts are expecting Evergrande to report substantial losses for 2021 and 2022. Those were tough years, marked by contracted sales plummeting to 443 billion yuan and 31.7 billion yuan, respectively, compared to the whopping 723 billion yuan recorded in 2020.

On top of that, creditors are anxiously waiting for updates on the firm’s offshore debt restructuring plan. They’re dying to know the latest figures on creditor support after the deadline for incentives was pushed to May. You see, Evergrande needs more than 75% of creditor value in each debt class to give the thumbs up to the plan. Back in April, they spilled the beans, stating that 77% of class-A debt holders and 30% of class-C debt holders had lent their support, among others.

But here’s the kicker: Evergrande’s shares, listed in Hong Kong, have been off the trading floor since March 21 last year. They pressed pause, awaiting these very financial results and an investigation into a massive 13.4 billion yuan of seized deposits from one of their units. Talk about a nail-biting situation! If their shares remain in the shadows for a total of 18 months, there’s a looming risk of being shown the exit door from the exchange, leading to potential delisting.

But hey, there’s a twist: it’s still unclear whether the curtain will lift on Tuesday. You see, Evergrande needs to satisfy other requirements from the stock exchange. They need to prove they have proper internal controls and procedures in place to meet the obligations outlined in the listing rules.

Keep your eyes peeled for the aftermath of this financial rollercoaster, my friends. It’s going to be a wild ride.

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