China’s second-largest construction equipment maker Zoomlion Bonds Fall, Stock Trading Halted After Media Report accusing it of falsifying sales

Zoomlion Bonds Fall, Stock Trading Halted After Media Report

Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co., China’s second-largest construction equipment maker, halted stock trading and saw its bonds decline after a report on Sina.com accused it of falsifying sales. The Shenzhen-listed shares were halted because of the report and trading will resume after the company posts a filing on the issue, Changsha-based Zoomlion said in a statement. The Hong Kong-traded stock was also suspended. Zoomlion’s $600 million of 6.125 percent bonds due December 2022 slumped 2.1 cents on the dollar to 95.4 cents as of 11:21 a.m. in Hong Kong, the lowest level since March 6 and heading for the biggest daily decline since Feb. 4, Bloomberg prices show. Zoomlion’s Hong Kong-traded stock has slumped 31 percent this year as its first-quarter profit plummeted 72 percent. Construction-equipment makers, including bigger rival Sany Heavy Industry Co. (600031), face a drop in orders as slowing economic growth and government curbs on the property market sap demand. Hong Xiaoming, a Zoomlion vice president in charge of the finance department, said in a mobile-phone text message that the company will issue a clarification today. She didn’t elaborate.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jasmine Wang in Hong Kong at jwang513@bloomberg.net; Rachel Evans in Hong Kong at revans43@bloomberg.net

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