Evergrande sells stake in Shengjing Bank

Troubled real estate developer Evergrande Group is to sell 1.75 billion shares in Shengjing Bank, 20 percent of the bank’s issued share capital, to Shenyang Shengjing Finance Investment Group, a state-owned company, for 10 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion).

Shengjing Bank has demanded that all proceeds from the transaction be used to repay Evergrande’s debt to the bank. Evergrande acquired 36.4 percent of the bank in 2016 and sold a two-percent stake for one billion yuan in August to cover the debt. Shengjing Bank reported a net profit of one billion yuan (US$155 million) in the first half of 2021. Shenyang Shengjing’s stake in the bank will increase to 20.8 percent, making it the largest shareholder.

Evergrande said that a state-owned enterprise would stabilize operations at Shengjin Bank and increase the value of the 14.6 percent stake it would continue to hold.