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China’s Founder Group Owes USD16 Billion to Over 400 Financiers
Dou Shicong
DATE:  Apr 30 2020
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
China’s Founder Group Owes USD16 Billion to Over 400 Financiers China’s Founder Group Owes USD16 Billion to Over 400 Financiers

(Yicai Global) April 30 -- Peking University Founder Group, a big Chinese state-owned tech conglomerate undergoing judicial restructuring of its debt mountain, said it owes as much as CNY112.7 billion (USD16 billion) to more than 400 financial institutions, the 21st Century Business Herald reported.

CNY102.7 billion of the debt is common/unsecured, while CNY9.9 billion is secured, the Beijing-based group said today at the first creditors’ meeting on its restructuring, at which it disclosed the number of claims as of April 21. Claimants include insurers, trusts, brokerages, mutual funds and private equity funds.

Citic Securities and Shenwan Hongyuan Securities, two leading Chinese brokers, each have more than 20 asset management products with claims against Founder Group, and several have more than CNY100 million (USD14.2 million) in receivables each. Eight mutual funds from the People’s Insurance Company of China’s PICC Asset Management are also creditors, with the group owing them CNY90 million in total.

Founded in 1986 by Peking University, China’s leading higher education institution, Founder Group is the country’s largest university-run business and has six listed companies.Shares of Founder Technology Group [SHA:600601], its Shanghai-listed unit, closed 1.4 percent higher today at CNY3.54 (50 US cents) each.

Founder Group was plunged into a debt crisis late last year because of deteriorating cash flow. On Dec. 2, the group failed to repay the principal and interest on a 270-day note worth CNY2 billion (USD284 million). A Beijing court ordered it to enter restructuring proceedings in February.

A working team led by China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, was set up to lead the restructuring process, Shanghai Securities News reported. Besides conducting asset verification and evaluation, the team announced on April 21 that it would recruit strategic investors to help Founder Group complete its overhaul.

The deadline for signing up strategic investors is May 6. “Managers said at today’s meeting that recruitment of strategic investors is now under way,” a creditor who attended told the 21st Century Business Herald.

Editor: Peter Thomas

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