camila October 26, 2021

HONG KONG (BLOOMBERG) – Modern Land China has become the latest Chinese builder to miss payment on a US dollar bond, in a further sign of stress in the nation’s indebted real estate sector.

The firm did not repay either the principal or interest on a US$250 million(S$336.8 million) bond due Monday, according to a filing to the Singapore Exchange on Tuesday morning (Oct 26).

The company is working with its legal counsel Sidley Austin and expects to engage independent financial advisors soon, the filing said.

Modern Land last week terminated a proposal to extend the bond’s maturity by three months. Fitch Ratings downgraded Modern Land to C from B following the proposed bond extension, considering it a “distressed debt exchange”.

China has clamped down on its indebted real estate sector, making it difficult for developers to refinance as they face falling home prices and sales.

Multiple developers have defaulted this month, though China Evergrande Group made a coupon payment last week before a grace period expired. Still, Evergrande’s creditors are bracing for an eventual debt restructuring that could rank among the largest ever in China.