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Indebted HNA Says It Has ‘Very Healthy’ Financial Position, Banks’ Cooperation

By Teng Jing Xuan
The HNA Plaza is seen in Beijing on Friday. HNA said it is
The HNA Plaza is seen in Beijing on Friday. HNA said it is "very healthy" financially after S&P Global Ratings lowered its informal credit rating on HNA from B to CCC+. Photo: VCG

HNA Group, the heavily indebted airlines-to-property conglomerate, said on Wednesday it is in a “very healthy financial position,” and that some of its directors and top executives have bought offshore U.S. dollar bonds guaranteed by the group due to their “full confidence” in its business prospects.

The statement follows the disclosure that S&P Global Ratings lowered its informal credit rating on HNA from B to CCC+ to reflect its deteriorating liquidity position. The group is facing “significant debt maturities” and liquidity pressure due to “uncertain access to capital markets,” S&P said in a research update published on Tuesday to downgrade the ratings of Pactera Technology International, an IT-services subsidiary of the Hainan-province-based conglomerate. The agency does not have an official credit rating for HNA, providing instead an assessment of its credit profile.

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