Evergrande ‘makes key offshore interest payment’

China’s troubled property giant Evergrande has made a key offshore interest payment a day ahead of a weekend deadline, mainland media said on Friday, averting a devastating default.

Fears that Evergrande could collapse and send shockwaves through the Chinese economy have rattled buyers and markets, and shares plunged as the group resumed trading on Thursday after a two-week halt.

But on Friday, the Securities Times said the embattled developer has wired a US$83.5 million payment first due on September 23, citing “relevant channels”.

It said bondholders would receive the payout before Saturday — the end of a 30-day grace period.

In a statement this week, the Shenzhen-based group said it had made no further progress on asset disposals to raise capital, after a potential deal to sell a 50.1 percent stake in its property services arm fell through.

Evergrande sold a US$1.5 billion stake in a regional Chinese bank in September.

Beijing has insisted any fallout from the Evergrande crisis can be contained.

Evergrande is believed to have missed several offshore bond payments but agreed a deal in September to pay interest on a domestic bond. (AFP)