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Evergrande shareholder Chinese Estates shelves plans to go private

Evergrande's major shareholder Chinese Estates shelves privatisation plans
Evergrande's major shareholder Chinese Estates shelves privatisation plans   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021
By Reuters

– Chinese Estates Holdings, a major stakeholder in embattled developer China Evergrande, said on Friday its plans to go private had fallen through as its shareholders had rejected the proposal.

The company, which is the third-largest shareholder of Evergrande, received a proposal to be taken private from the British Virgin Islands-based company for HK$1.91 billion ($245.30 million) in early October.

Chinese Estates, however, said the proposal did not pass in a shareholder vote that took place earlier in the day.

The company also said it had made an application to resume trade on the Hong Kong stock exchange from Dec. 20.

Chinese Estates owned about 4.7% of Evergrande’s equity capital as of Sept. 27, according to Refinitiv Eikon data.

The company has mandated a sale of all or part of the remaining Evergrande stake either on the market or through block trades.

Evergrande, which has more than $300 billion in liabilities, missed a debt payment deadline last week, putting it at risk of becoming the country’s biggest defaulter.

($1 = 7.8023 Hong Kong dollars)