In a 2-line statement, offering very few details, ICBC’s China Credit Trust Co. said it reached an agreement to restructure the CEG#1 that ha sbeen at the heart of the default concerns in recent weeks. The agreement includes a potential investment in the 3 billion-yuan ($496 million) product but didn’t identify the source of funds, or confirm whether investors would get all of their money back. The media is very excited about this entirely provisional statement and we note, as Bloomberg reports, investors in the trust product must authorize China Credit Trust to handle the transaction if they want to recoup their principal which will involve the sale of investors’ rights in the trust at face value (though no mention of accrued interest). As BofAML notes, however, “the underlying problem is a corporate sector insolvency issue… there may be many more products threatening to default over time,” and while this ‘scare’ may have raised investors’ angst, S&P warns “a bailout of the trust product [leaves] Chinese authorities with a growing problem of moral hazard,” and they have missed an opportunity for “instilling market discipline.”
1) ICBC issues a 2 line statement on a CEG#1 restructuring – no details and no comments from anyone involved
China Credit Trust Co. said it reached an agreement to restructure a high-yield product that sparked concern over the health of the nation’s $1.67 trillion trust industry…
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The most volatile part of the system is the financial market and the weakest link of the financial market is shadow banking. Within the shadow banking sector, we believe that the trust market faces the biggest default risk because credit quality here is among the lowest. The stability of the shadow banking sector is based on public confidence and any meaningful default will chip away some of the confidence. We suspect that trust defaults by private borrowers may work on public sentiment gradually while any LGFV trust default may immediately trigger significant market volatility. 2Q & 3Q this year will be another peak trust maturing period.