© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The company logo is seen on the headquarters of China Evergrande Group in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China September 26, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo
By Clare Jim
HONG KONG (Reuters) -Shares of China Evergrande (HK:) Group shed 86.7% early on Monday when trading resumed following a 17 month suspension, after saying it had “adequately” fulfilled all guidance issued by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Evergrande, the world’s most-indebted property developer, is at the centre of a crisis in China’s property sector that since late 2021 has seen a string of debt defaults.
Its shares listed in Hong Kong traded as low as HK$0.22 on Monday, with its market capitalisation shrinking to HK$3.2 billion ($408.02 million).
The stock had been suspended since March 21, 2022. Its Hong Kong-listed units, China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group and Evergrande Property Services Group have both resumed trading in the past month after a 16 month halt.
The resumption of trading in all three companies is crucial for Evergrande Group because its offshore debt restructuring plan includes swapping part of the debt into equity-linked instruments backed by them.
Evergrande would have faced delisting if the suspension had reached 18 months.
The trade resumption also came after the developer on Sunday reported a narrower net loss for the first half of the year due to a rise in revenue.
($1 = 7.8427 Hong Kong dollars)