Falling land prices may prompt Chinese property developers to write down the value of their assets, forcing a sober reassessment for those with vast land holdings, according to a survey released Monday by Credit Suisse.
Most at risk are those mainland Chinese and Hong Kong developers who added aggressively to their land banks in 2009 and 2010, the prices of which could come under pressure amid Beijing’s ongoing credit tightening, the investment bank said.
The findings were part of a poll of both listed and unlisted companies conducted by an independent research company and commissioned by Credit Suisse.
Prices for land sold at auction were down 20% so far this year, the report cited one industry expert as saying. Other data indicated price declines of up to 50% for the year to date, although the figures were affected by slumping transaction volumes in cities such as Beijing, possibly overstating the true rate of declines, the report said.
I’ve written before about the Chinese bubble. Nobody knows when this bubble will burst or deflate, but it will. And now that China is such a major player, it will drag down economies around the world.