These are government bailouts of the hotel industry, China-style.
Chinese property developer Shimao Group said on Friday it would sell a hotel in Shanghai to state-owned Shanghai Land Group for 4.5 billion yuan ($707.83 million), as it seeks to reduce its debt amid a crisis in the country’s property sector.
The deal is part of the Chinese government’s push to buy assets from cash-strapped private developers, as Beijing steps up efforts to stabilise and tighten control over a beleaguered sector that accounts for a quarter of its economy.
Shimao, which defaulted on a trust loan earlier this month, said it will sell an entity whose principal asset is the Hyatt on the Bund hotel to the Shanghai Land Group.
The developer in 2022 has $1.7 billion maturities offshore and 8.9 billion yuan onshore, according to Moody’s.
The move comes on the same day Agile Group, another embattled Chinese property firm, sold stakes in several units worth nearly 2 billion yuan to state-owned China Overseas Land & Investment and China Conch Venture.
Regulatory curbs on borrowing have driven China’s property firms into a debt crisis, with sector bellwether China Evergrande grappling with $300 billion in liabilities.
($1 = 6.3575 Chinese yuan renminbi) (
Reporting by Arundhati Dutta in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)
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Photo credit: An early travel rebound, including sold out hotels in China, guides Hyatt's expectations for its properties around the world. A real estate developer sold its interest in a Hyatt property in China to the Chinese government. Elliott Brown / Flickr