Embattled Following the departure of two executives, Chinese real estate behemoth Evergrande is anticipated to present a preliminary restructuring plan this week.
The company reports that its chief executive and finance director have resigned after an internal investigation revealed that they misappropriated almost $2 billion (£1.7 billion) in loans.
Evergrande missed a payment late last year and has obligations of more over $300 billion.
Traders are alarmed by the turmoil and worry that the property market in China may catch on.
Evergrande announced on Friday that it had discovered chief executive Xia Haijun and chief financial officer Pan Darong were responsible for transferring 13.4 billion yuan ($2 billion; £1.7 billion) in loans secured by its property services subsidiary to the larger firm.
Mr. Xia and Mr. Pan resigned, the company claimed in a statement with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, due to their “participation in the arranging of the promises.”
The money “was transferred and redirected back to the organization via third parties and was utilized for the general operations of the gang,” it was claimed in a second statement.
Evergrande also stated that it was negotiating a payback schedule with its property services division.
The sale of the unit’s majority ownership to a competing developer for $2.6 billion fell through in October.
The most indebted real estate developer in the world, Evergrande, has been having trouble paying its over $300 billion in liabilities and in December missed a major deadline to settle its offshore loan.
In Hong Kong, its shares have decreased by more than 75% in the past year, and trade in them has been halted for months.
Before the end of the next week, the corporation is expected to reveal a preliminary debt restructuring strategy.
According to estimates, China’s property crisis reduced the sector’s worth by more than a trillion dollars in 2017.
Some observers have speculated that Beijing would intervene as a because of the extremely dire possible consequences of Evergrande’s collapse.
Since the Evergrande catastrophe, “an increasing number of developers have failed to repay their loans and complete their development efforts,” according to Japanese banking behemoth Nomura.
Additionally on Monday, it was revealed that China was preparing to launch an investment fund for real estate to assist more than a dozen property developers, including Evergrande.
Reports claim that the fund might be valued up to 300 billion yuan.
According to official figures, China has experienced a decline in home sales for 11 straight months. Since China established a private property market in the late 1990s, that is the longest recession.
Due to worries about cash flow, a number of Chinese developers have put a stop to the building of homes that have already been sold.
Some homebuyers have threatened to cease making mortgage payments in recent weeks until the work picks back up.
According to the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institution, more than 200 projects by at least 80 developers have been impacted.
According to state media, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission promised to assist local governments in “guaranteeing the delivery of dwellings.”