(Yicai Global) Nov. 23 -- A number of Chinese bond funds have stopped accepting individual investors, indicating that their ownership has become dangerously lopsided as the country’s bond market reels from a number of major defaults and triggering a government regulation that protects the individual.
Some 13 bonds are no longer open to investments from individuals, online news outlet The Paper reported today, citing financial information platform Choice.
China's bond market has been hit by a slew of bad news recently. A spate of corporate debt defaults led to bond issues worth a combined CNY25.31 billion (USD3.86 billion) being cancelled or postponed between Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, the Securities Times reported on Nov. 16.
Yongcheng Coal and Electricity Holding Group is likely to default on two ultra-short-term bonds worth CNY2 billion (USD305 million) that mature next week due to insufficient working capital, the central Henan province-based energy firm said on Nov. 17. It already defaulted on a CNY1 billion bond last week.
Brilliance Auto Group has defaulted on CNY6.5 billion (USD992.5 million) in loans and amassed CNY144 million (USD22 million) in unpaid interest, the Shenyang, northeastern Liaoning province-based carmaker said on Nov. 16.
As a result, the bonds of many other companies such as Tsinghua Holdings, Yunnan Metropolitan Construction Investment Group, Jizhong Energy Group, Suning.Com, and Tsinghua Unigroup have plunged.
Given the fragile state of the market, many institutions are choosing to buy back their own debt. There are some bonds in which a single holder owns more than 50 percent, the report said, citing a bond fund manager.
Regulators ruled in 2017 that all such top-heavy bonds should cease sales to individual investors in order to protect them for any potential fall-out if prices tumble.
Those firms with better sales capability will not be greatly affected by the market’s lack of fluidity as they can gather investment together in a short time to dilute a single owner’s holdings should it get too concentrated, said a fund manager in Shanghai.
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