China Evergrande Group raised about HK$10.6 billion ($1.4 billion) selling shares in its electric-vehicle unit, the latest effort by the nation’s most indebted developer to boost capital.
The sale amounts to about 2.7 percent of outstanding shares in China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group, the real estate firm said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Thursday.
Evergrande NEV shares tumbled as the shares were sold at a 20 percent discount.
Evergrande has been selling assets to repair its balance sheet in line with Chinese regulators’ efforts to deleverage the property sector. The company was in breach of all key metrics for reducing debt levels -- known as the “three red lines” -- at the end of last year, even as many of its peers improved.
After reporting its second straight year of declining profit in March, Evergrande unveiled plans to roughly halve the remainder of its borrowings over the next two years. To meet the goal, it needs to sustain share sales in its new businesses, analysts have said.
“Equity fundraising will make up an important source of Evergrande’s debt reduction, as discounted property sales will not be enough to meet that aggressive goal,” said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Kristy Hung. “Selling shares of its subsidiaries would be a better option” given the low valuation of the parent company, she added.
The transaction will contribute 5.6 percent of the 156.5 billion yuan ($24 billion) in debt that it plans to pay off this year, Hung said separately in a note.
The company is selling 260 million Evergrande NEV shares at HK$40.92 apiece, according to the filing. That compares with the HK$51.15 close on Wednesday. Evergrande plans to use the proceeds for general working capital, it said.
Evergrande NEV shares soared in the past year while its parent slumped