Insider Buying at Selected Chinese Property Developers

Most real estate developers in China have reported strong contract sales in 2017 and enjoyed significant share price appreciation.  It is somewhat surprising to see that insiders have recently been adding to their holdings. Recap of share valuation and returns: In several cases (CIFI, SCE, and Yuzhou) it appears that purchases were intended to signal … Continue reading Insider Buying at Selected Chinese Property Developers

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K Wah International: A Premier Value Compounder At a Bargain Price

This Hong Kong & China real estate company generated a return for shareholders (NAV appreciation + dividends) of 845% from 12/31/03 to 6/30/17, an annual IRR of 18% Shares trade at a 58% discount to book value and the fair value of the company's assets is higher than book The company's real estate sales earn … Continue reading K Wah International: A Premier Value Compounder At a Bargain Price

October NBS Price Data in Leading Chinese Cities With Home Price Restrictions

China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released its monthly report on home sale prices (LINK).  The segregation of “15 First-tier Cities and Hot Second-tier Cities” in the NBS report implies that they will be the primary focus of government policy: Intense market restrictions have kept prices flat in 2017 and the 12 month price change has … Continue reading October NBS Price Data in Leading Chinese Cities With Home Price Restrictions

Performance of Chinese ADRs After Withdrawn Buyout Offers

Management buyout offers are made at a time chosen by insiders and when they may have valuable non-public information about a company's future potential.  Shareholders in companies with currently pending buyout offers (such as China Automotive Systems and China XD Plastics) should consider that some past offers that did not close were followed by significant … Continue reading Performance of Chinese ADRs After Withdrawn Buyout Offers

Xinyuan Real Estate: Notes on 3Q Results

  Highlights from Xinyuan’s recently reported 2Q17 results and Conference Call: China contract sales of $598mm, second highest ever Poor sales at the Oosten Project in New York SG&A Expense was 10.6% of revenue Interest Expense dropped to $10.4mm, a normal level following the unusually high expense in 2Q17 Effective tax rate was 58% due to the non-deductible … Continue reading Xinyuan Real Estate: Notes on 3Q Results

Comments on Xinyuan Real Estate Ahead of 3Q17 Earnings

Xinyuan will release earnings on Friday 11/10 (announcement and webcast link).  This article covers some background information that may be of interest to investors: Notes on 1H17 financials What to look for in 3Q results Benchmark valuations Financial Notes (project costs, gross margins, interest, tax, and book value per share): Xinyuan released 2Q earnings in August … Continue reading Comments on Xinyuan Real Estate Ahead of 3Q17 Earnings

September NBS Price Data in Leading Chinese Cities With Home Price Restrictions

China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released its monthly report on home sale prices (LINK).  The segregation of “15 First-tier Cities and Hot Second-tier Cities” in the NBS report implies that they will be the primary focus of government policy: Intense market restrictions have kept prices flat in 2017 and the 12 month price change has … Continue reading September NBS Price Data in Leading Chinese Cities With Home Price Restrictions

Xinyuan Science & Technology (NEEQ:870929) coverage initiated by Shanxi Securities

Xinyuan Real Estate's property management business, Xinyuan Science & Technology (XST), was approved for listing on China's National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ) "New Third Board" in March (LINK).  Broker coverage is a strong signal that a public offering of shares by  is planned.  Benefits of an offering to Xinyuan Real Estate (XRE) would be: … Continue reading Xinyuan Science & Technology (NEEQ:870929) coverage initiated by Shanxi Securities

Xinyuan 3Q17 Contract Sales Estimate from CRIC

China Real Estate Information Corporation (CRIC – a subsidiary of E-House) released estimated 9M17 sales data for the country’s top 100 property developers (LINK).  Xinyuan China is shown at #75 with estimated sales of 15.8Bn RMB year-to-date, which means 6.56Bn RMB for 3Q. CRIC does not have access to any official company records and compiles … Continue reading Xinyuan 3Q17 Contract Sales Estimate from CRIC

ZhongAn Insurance IPO Draws Attention to Low Valuation of Fanhua

ZhongAn has just completed an IPO and the money-losing company closed ts first day of trading with a market cap of US$12Bn, 4.9X book value. ZhongAn's revenues are almost entirely from online sales of non-traditional products (e.g. Shipping Return insurance) and novelty products (e.g. Phone Screen Crack insurance) Fanhua acts as an agent for sales … Continue reading ZhongAn Insurance IPO Draws Attention to Low Valuation of Fanhua