(Bloomberg) -- China’s stressed developers are taking advantage of spiraling prices to repurchase their dollar bonds at discounted levels.
Times China Holdings Ltd., Powerlong Real Estate Holdings Ltd. and Agile Group Holdings Ltd. disclosed a combined $132 million of additional buybacks in filings late Monday with Hong Kong’s stock exchange. The involved notes all mature in March or April.
Chinese builders’ dollar notes have undergone months of price declines as the industry deals with a liquidity crisis that’s helped fuel a record level of defaults. Meanwhile, slumping new-home sales have pressured a key cash source. But some builders have been using the bond selloff to pare debt levels at prices well below face value.
Buybacks in general have done little to bolster sentiment for the sector. According to Nomura International (Hong Kong) Ltd. analysts Jizhou Dong and Stella Guo, Powerlong’s repurchases are “one of the best ways to address any potential market concerns on the company’s financial status, as well as strengthen the market’s confidence” in the firm.
- Times China announced Monday it repurchased $82.8 million of two dollar bonds from Jan. 10-Feb. 28
- Agile said it’s bought $44.1 million of its 7.6% note due March 7
- Powerlong disclosed another $5 million buyback of its 3.9% bond due April 13
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