Kaisa Offshore Creditors Offer $2 Billion to Take over Stalled Projects

An offshore bondholders' group of cash-strapped Kaisa is offering up to $2 billion to acquire stalled housing projects of the Shenzhen-based developer to facilitate their completion, Reuters reported. The takeover talks are in early stages, according to the people, who declined to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media on this subject. If successful, it would be the first foreign investor takeover of Chinese developers' distressed residential assets in the latest wave of crises to hit the property sector over the past year. It also comes as authorities are scrambling to contain a mortgage boycott by homebuyers against stalled projects. Kaisa Group, the second-largest U.S. dollar bond issuer among Chinese developers after China Evergrande Group, is in the process of restructuring its $12 billion offshore debt after defaulting on some bonds last year. It is also struggling to repay its debt onshore and tap capital to complete its projects. The offshore bondholder group, which is being represented by financial advisory group Lazard Ltd, made the offer to acquire Kaisa's stalled projects to the developer's advisor CITIC Securities, said the people. Read more.