China debt woes to weigh on Asia high-yield issues in first half of 2022, bankers say By Reuters

China debt woes to weigh on Asia high-yield issues in first half of 2022, bankers say By Reuters
China debt woes to weigh on Asia high-yield issues in first half of 2022, bankers say© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Chinese national flag is seen in Beijing, China April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

By Scott Murdoch

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s property sector debt turmoil is set to keep a lid on Asian high-yield corporate bond deals in the first half of next year after a string of defaults by real estate firms left global investors licking their wounds, bankers said.

Chinese property developers account for the biggest portion of high-yield, also known as junk bonds, deals in the region.

Volume of such issues has been badly dented by concerns over the financial health of Chinese developers, with issuance of high-yield corporate bonds in the Asia-Pacific region falling in 2021 to its lowest in three years.

China Evergrande Group and Kaisa Group both missed bond payments…

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