Monday 27 March 2017

Hong Kong. Shàke Down

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There is a Shake down on Hang Seng , and Bloomberg has the story. For the record, Hang Seng is down 170 points, and if the Dow Jones tumbles tomorrow, get ready for a killing fields.

The Bloomberg story, then :

Huishan Dairy Fallout Spreads as Chinese Lender Slumps 11%

Jiutai Bank shares fall by record as Huishan stock halted

Lender is Huishan’s second-largest creditor, Caixin says

Jilin Jiutai Rural Commercial Bank Corp. shares slumped by a record amid concern over its exposure to the embattled dairy-product manufacturer China Huishan Dairy Holdings Co.

Shares of Jiutai Bank, based in the northeastern Chinese city of Changchun, tumbled 11 percent in Hong Kong trading to HK$4.72 as of 1:58 p.m. local time, its biggest drop since it listed 2 1/2 months ago.

A mysterious collapse in Huishan Dairy’s shares on Friday that erased about $4 billion of its market value and prompted a trading halt has hurt other firms linked to the dairy company.

Jiutai Bank is Huishan Dairy’s second-biggest creditor with 1.83 billion yuan ($266 million) of loans, Caixin reported Saturday. Champ Harvest Ltd., Huishan Dairy’s largest shareholder, owns 17.9 percent of the lender’s Hong Kong-listed shares, data from the city’s exchange show. Champ Harvest is controlled by Huishan Dairy’s Chairman Yang Kai.

Investors are concerned about “how much exposure does Jiutai Bank have, and as Champ is a 15 percent-plus holder of Jiutai Bank, what are the terms of the exposure,” said Andrew Clarke, Hong Kong-based director of trading at Mirabaud. “Are they more favorable than a normal commercial loan?”

Jiutai Bank considers the drop in its share price as a “normal fluctuation,” an external spokeswoman for the lender said by phone from Hong Kong. “The share price is affected by various factors,” she said, adding that the bank had no further comment.