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28 April 2014

China: Debt burdens driving steel into bankruptcy

Report summary

China’s steel plants are facing increasing pressure from growing credit tightness. Many steel plants are heavily indebted and dependent on short term debt. As a result, a number of steel plants defaulted on their loans, the effect of which is felt far beyond the local economy in which the steel plant operated. In this insight, we investigate the reasons for this new trend, and the implications of the potential for more defaults.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Credit availability dries up as money supply tightens
  • Rising short term debt increasing vulnerability to a credit shock
    • Table 1: Examples of steel companies bankrupt in 2013
    • Table 2: Struggling steel companies, Q1 2014
  • Implications

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This report includes 5 images and tables including:

  • Chart 1: M2 and steel sector capacity growth, 2007-2013
  • Chart 2: Chinese steel: Rising debt, rising risk
  • China: Debt burdens driving steel into bankruptcy: Table 1
  • China: Debt burdens driving steel into bankruptcy: Table 2
  • China: Debt burdens driving steel into bankruptcy: Image 3

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