Funding Crisis in China’s Property Market

By | January 27, 2017


Based on our interviews, we believe the property sector will face a liquidity crisis when the peak of debts come due in the second half of 2017 and beginning of 2018. According to the Centaline Group, China’s property developers raised Rmb1.14trn in 2016 through privately raised company bonds, corporate bonds, medium term notes and related sources. This was a 26% increase YoY, for the first time breaking Rmb1trn. However, both domestic and foreign financing channels have been blocked since last October due to tightening regulations on capital raising, along with a strong U.S. dollar As a result, property developers are confronting a significant increase in the cost of financing that could cause them to reach crisis levels in the near future. We estimate Rmb544 billion in corporate bonds alone will come due in 2H 2017 and early in 2018.

China’s Property Crisis