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Tuesday, 15 December 2020

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Chinese Clothing Giant Defaults on Second Domestic Yuan Bond

Bloomberg News
Employees make suits at a factory operated by the Shandong Ruyi Technology Group in Jining, China in 2016.
Employees make suits at a factory operated by the Shandong Ruyi Technology Group in Jining, China in 2016. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

A troubled Chinese clothing firm has defaulted on two domestic bonds in 24 hours, in the latest sign of financial stress among the country’s weaker private companies.

Shandong Ruyi Technology Group Co. hasn’t wired funds for coupon payment on a 1 billion yuan ($153 million) bond due Tuesday, according to a filing to the Shanghai Clearing House. The company cited tight liquidity for missing the payment.

The latest default followed the firm’s failure to repay principal and interest on a separate 1 billion yuan note due Monday.

Shandong Ruyi, which has been struggling with its finances after a $4 billion global acquisition spree, had delayed the coupon payment twice earlier this year for the 7.5% note due Tuesday.

The luxury clothing firm’s debt failures are shifting investors’ attention back to risks in China’s private sector following a spate of bond defaults by several high-profile state-linked firms since last month. Led by private firms, onshore defaults in the country have surpassed 100 billion yuan for a third straight year in 2020.

Concern about the company’s finances has grown this year after a local government financing vehicle withdrew from a pact to become its second-largest shareholder. 

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