An exterior view of China Evergrande Centre in Hong Kong

Evergrande’s liquidation order affects foreign investors’ sentiment more than the economy

Alicia García Herrero (Natixis) | As the landmark case of China’s property turmoil, Evergrande’s liquidation order marks a new beginning of the industry’s downsizing, or in polished terminology, rightsizing. We argue that the direct macroeconomic impact is limited, but it may come with a snowball effect on the already worsened sentiment on foreign investors, if not properly handled. While Evergrande’s liquidation order may look astonishing, it is more a symptom…

An exterior view of China Evergrande Centre in Hong Kong

Watch Evergrande: Chinese Real Estate Giant’s Debt Means 2% Of The Country’s GDP

China’s country’s largest real estate company, Evergrande, which is on the verge of bankruptcy with more than $300 billion in debt (about 2% of China’s GDP), has announced that it will not be able to pay interest next week. Weak home sales, especially in the last year, have put it in this cash-strapped position. Therefore, the situation is becoming increasingly tense. The group is described by Beijing as a “grey rhinoceros”, i.e., a large company with an alarming debt load representing a systemic financial risk.