Slimmed-down share sale darkens outlook for China Evergrande’s cash dash

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China Evergrande Group, the country’s most indebted property developer, on Wednesday said it has raised $555 million in a secondary share sale, settling for half its initial target and sparking a 16% drop in its share price.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of China Evergrande Group is seen in an exterior view of the China Evergrande Centre in Hong Kong, China, March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

To help pay debt, the firm sold 260.65 million shares at HK$16.50 ($2.13) each – the low end of a price range flagged by its bankers in a term sheet when the deal launched on Tuesday.

Evergrande has been scrambling to raise cash as China’s government tackles what it considers excessive borrowing in the real estate development sector with new debt-ratio caps.

Since August, the developer has raised $3 billion in pre-IPO funding for a

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