Evergrande Auto’s "life-saving money" is gone

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  Lost "life saving money".

  A few days ago, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange announced that the strategic investment agreement signed with Newton Group was terminated. original transaction and relatedThe amendments failed to achieve further development.

  Said that, as at the date of this announcement, no further progress has been made on the proposed transaction and the amendment of its terms. The Company confirms that the proposed transaction and will no longer proceed. As the Share Subscription is no longer taking place, the Subscriber is under no obligation under Rule 26 of the Takeovers Code to make an unconditional mandatory general offer in respect of all issued Shares which it and persons acting in concert with it have not yet owned or agreed to acquire.

  ShanghaiNewspaper reporters recently interviewed and learned that Hengda, which once built high-profile cross-border cars, has been mired in crisis.

  Hengchi Automobile Tianjin Factory Production Line

500 million dollar "lifesaving money" is gone

  On August 14, 2023, Hengda Automobile announced that it received the first US $500 million strategic investment from NWTN.US, a listed company held by the UAE sovereign fund, and another RMB 600 million transition funds will arrive in the account five working days after the announcement. The proposed transaction between the two parties is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023. After the completion of the transaction, the shareholding ratio of Newton Group to Hengda Automobile will account for 27.5% of the total number of issued ordinary shares after the expansion.

  At that time, the market believed that the Newton investment would be a "life-saving money" for Evergrande. Evergrande had announced that the company planned to use all the war investment funds for Evergrande’s Tianjin plant to ensure the normal production of Hengchi 5 and the successive mass production of Hengchi 6 and Hengchi 7. Newton Group will also assist Evergrande in exploring overseas markets and achieve the annual export of 30,000 – 50,000 Hengchi cars to the Middle East market. However, the deal comes with 19 prerequisites, includingWorkout takes effect, no major adverse impact events, etc.

  On January 1, 2024, Hengda Automobile announced that the Newton Group’s share purchase agreement and the company’s debt-for-equity subscription agreement for Hengda Automobile had expired on December 31, 2023. The deadline for these two agreements is December 31, 2023, and the parties to the agreement have not agreed to extend them.

  Evergrande Motor said that the parties to the Newtown Group share purchase agreement and the debt-for-equity swap subscription agreement, as well as certain stakeholders, have been and will continue to negotiate on amending certain key terms of the proposed transaction and the debt-for-equity swap. The company will make monthly announcements until the exact intention to proceed with the proposed transaction and the debt-for-equity swap is announced or the decision not to proceed with the proposed transaction and the debt-for-equity swap is made.

  Hengchi Automobile Tianjin Factory Production Line

Evergrande Automobile’s performance has exploded, and its business has stagnated

  The latest financial report shows that Hengda Automobile listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2023 annual revenue of RMB 1.34 billion yuan, net loss of RMB 11.995 billion yuan, a year-on-year reduction of 56.64%. As of December 31, 2023, Hengda Automobile has delivered more than 1389 vehicles.

  In 2019, Hengda’s Hengchi Automobile brand was born, and it also participated in the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show with a high profile. It launched 9 pure electric models in one go, and its booth area exceeded that of the same international first-tier car companies. At that time, Liu Yongzhuo, president of Hengchi Automobile, said that in the fourth quarter of 2021, Hengchi Automobile will start full trial production, and large-scale delivery will be carried out in 2022. However, it was not until April 2022 that three Hengchi 5 cars were actually unveiled. Six months later, Hengchi 5 was finally delivered. However, Hengchi Automobile soon fell into quality doubts. Since then, due to insufficient funds, Hengchi Automobile’s Tianjin factory has suspended production of Hengchi 5.

  However, the betThe car track is still trying to help its Hengda car, which is also listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, out of trouble after falling into a liquidity crisis. At the end of May 2023, TianjinLeaders led a team to carry out research services at Hengchi Automobile’s Tianjin factory. Hengchi Automobile introduced that Hengchi’s Tianjin factory has now fully resumed production. Liu Yongzhuo said that the company will make every effort to speed up the production and delivery of Hengchi 5, and continue to promote the development and production of subsequent models to make the company bigger and stronger.

  A Hengchi Automobile employee told reporters that in mid-2023, the company also made some efforts, such as imitating other automobile companies to hold Hengchi Chongqing Chengdu car owners’ mountaintop camping activities, which were mainly targeted atOTA online upgrade with optimized management system and charging logic.

  But the good times did not last long. Hengda Automobile announced on January 8 that Liu Yongzhuo, the executive director of the company, has been detained according to law for suspected illegal crimes. In addition, Hengda Hengchi Automobile (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. recently added three pieces of information about the person being executed, with a total target of 98 million yuan.

  The reporter learned that since March 1, employees of Hengchi Automobile Tianjin have been unable to enter the office building with facial recognition, and the facial recognition machine shows that "the person is not registered". The person in charge of media relations of Hengchi Automobile also told reporters that he usually does not go to the company, does not connect with the media, and no one hands over the job. "Now there are no people in the brand department of Hengchi."

  "Evergrande’s car manufacturing industry is currently in deep crisis." Zhang Junyi, a managing partner of Oliver Wyman Consulting, told reporters that on the one hand, assets such as Hengchi Automobile’s Tianjin factory have been mortgaged many times, making it difficult to find a successor. On the other hand, with a fierce price war, the domestic new energy automobile industry has entered a stage of overcapacity. The assets of Wenzhou and Huanggang, the two production bases of Weimar Automobile, which had gone bankrupt and reorganized, have not been taken care of.