Evergrande Now Nevergrand! Evergrande Declared in Default by S&P For Failed Coupon Payments

It was bound to happen given the growth rate of Chinese real estate construction.

(Bloomberg) — China Evergrande Group was labeled a defaulter by S&P Global Ratings, the second credit-risk assessor to do so.

S&P Global cut Evergrande to “selective default” over its failure to make coupon payments by the end of a grace period earlier this month, a move that may trigger cross defaults on the developer’s $19.2 billion of dollar debt. S&P Global also withdrew its ratings on the group at Evergrande’s request.

Fitch Ratings was the first to declare the property developer in default on Dec. 9. Long considered by many investors as too big to fail, Evergrande has become the largest casualty of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s campaign to tame the country’s overindebted conglomerates and overheated property market. Concern has since spread to higher-rated firms like Shimao Group Holdings Ltd. as liquidity stress intensifies

A cautionary tale of government pushing real estate construction.