Evergrande Halves Losses Amidst Property Market Surge Despite Share Plunge

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In a surprising turn of events, Evergrande Group, the globe’s most indebted real estate developer, has reported a significant contraction in its net losses for the first half of the year. This positive development comes on the back of an unexpected "short boom in the property market" earlier this year, which considerably boosted the company’s revenue. Despite this, Evergrande’s shares took a severe hit, plunging 87% at Monday’s open, after a tumultuous 17-month trading suspension.

The Shenzhen-based behemoth, once celebrated as one of China’s largest property developers by sales, has been grappling with a massive debt crisis. The company’s aggressive borrowing strategy to fuel its expansion led to a default on its debt in 2021, setting off shockwaves in China’s real estate sector—a critical pillar of the country’s economy, contributing nearly 30%. Casting a further shadow over its future, Evergrande recently filed for bankruptcy in the United States.

Evergrande’s First Half Losses Narrow Amid Short Property Boom

World’s most indebted real estate developer, Evergrande Group, reported a significant reduction in its net losses for the first half of this year. The Shenzhen-based company attributed this development to the temporary property market boom that occurred early this year.

A Rollercoaster in the Stock Market

Following a 17-month suspension in trading, Evergrande’s shares took a nosedive, plummeting 87% at Monday’s open. Despite this, the company reported a 50% drop in losses attributable to shareholders. According to a Sunday filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange, losses for the January to June period amounted to 33 billion yuan ($4.5 billion), a significant decrease from the 66.4 billion yuan loss ($9.1 billion) recorded during the same period in 2020.

Rising Revenue Amidst Crisis

Interestingly, Evergrande reported a 44% surge in revenue from a year ago, bringing the total to 128.2 billion yuan ($17.6 billion). The company claims to have "actively planned for the resumption of sales and successfully seized the short boom of the property market that emerged at the beginning of the year.”

Bankruptcy and a Crisis in the Real Estate Market

Once one of China’s largest property developers by sales, Evergrande had heavily relied on borrowing to fuel its growth. However, the company defaulted on its debt in 2021, triggering a crisis in China’s real estate sector, which contributes to as much as 30% of the country’s economy. Earlier this month, Evergrande filed for bankruptcy in the United States.


Evergrande’s financial woes and subsequent bankruptcy filing underscore the precarious nature of China’s property market, which significantly contributes to the country’s economy. The reduction in losses and surge in revenue, albeit driven by a temporary property market boom, reflect the company’s resilience and adaptability in trying times. However, with the company’s shares plummeting, it remains to be seen how Evergrande and the broader Chinese real estate market will navigate the turbulent waters ahead.

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