Assessing China’s Corporate Sector Vulnerabilities

Author/Editor:

Mali Chivakul ; Waikei R Lam

Publication Date:

March 30, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper documents and assesses the risk stemming from rising corporate indebtedness in China using a firm-level dataset of listed firms. It finds that while leverage on average is not high, there is a fat tail of highly leveraged firms accounting for a significant share of total corporate debt, mainly concentrated in the real estate and construction sector and state-owned enterprises in general. The real estate and construction firms tend to face lower borrowing costs and could withstand a modest increase of interest rate shocks despite their high leverage. The corporate sector is however vulnerable to a significant slowdown in the real estate and construction sector. Our sensitivity analysis suggests that the share of debt that would be in financial distress would rise to about a quarter of total listed firm debt in the event of a 20 percent decline in real estate and construction profits.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/72

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 30, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484308783/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015072

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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