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

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 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

Mid-Year Letter from Ronnie Chan of Hang Lung Group

Hong Kong real estate tycoon Ronnie Chan of Hang Lung Group has a reputation for writing insightful shareholder letters.  His latest is available on pages 2-16 of his company’s 2017 Interim Report.  A bit of background about Hang Lung: Reputation for very long-term outlook.  The company completed its Harbourside luxury apartment tower in Hong Kong in 2004 and held … Continue reading Mid-Year Letter from Ronnie Chan of Hang Lung Group

August 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 report provides less coverage and less detail than the private Fang/Soufun 100 city index whose release has been suspended.  Increased government control over price data seems to be an intangible measure to cool speculation. The NBS report still provides some … Continue reading August NBS Price Data in Leading Chinese Cities With Home Price Restrictions

Xinyuan Real Estate: Record 2Q Sales Balanced by High Interest & Tax

Highlights from Xinyuan's recently reported 2Q17 results and Conference Call Record quarterly contract sales of $732mm SG&A expense declined to 9.9% of revenue (vs 11.4% for FY16) Unusually high interest expense of $20.2mm Effective tax rate of 56% Book Value rose to $14.13/ADS Conservative land acquisition budget of 5-7Bn RMB No full-year financial guidance Achieved … Continue reading Xinyuan Real Estate: Record 2Q Sales Balanced by High Interest & Tax