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Property Developer Times China Receives Winding-up Petition in Hong Kong

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Publish date: Wed, 17 Apr 2024, 09:18 AM
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(April 16): A Hong Kong bank has filed a request for a court to liquidate Chinese developer Times China Holdings Ltd, the latest example of creditors trying to recoup money from defaulted builders amid the nation’s property crisis.

The so-called winding-up petition was filed by Hang Seng Bank Ltd at Hong Kong’s high court in connection with financial obligations in the amount of about US$173.2 million (RM828.3 million) and HK$731.4 million respectively, Times China said in a statement filed to the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Once the country’s 51st-largest builder by contracted sales, Times China defaulted more than a year ago on two dollar bonds and halted offshore debt payments, a striking development given China had already rolled out a flurry of government steps to ease the property sector’s liquidity crunch.

This is at least the second winding-up case against major Chinese developers this month, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Defaulted Shimao Group Holdings Ltd. faced the same legal threat from creditor China Construction Bank (Asia) Corp as creditors are growing increasingly impatient with the slow pace of debt talks.

The court has set the first hearing date for July 3. The firm intends to continue to communicate and work with its offshore creditors on the restructuring plan, with the objective of announcing terms to the market as soon as practicable, Times China added.

Source: TheEdge - 17 Apr 2024

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