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Wednesday, July 06 2022 - 15:44
Fosun receives S&P report: Fosun has flexibility to replenish cash and has adequate resources to manage debt maturities
HONG KONG, July 6, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Fosun International Limited (HKEX stock code: 00656, "Fosun International") 
said S&P Global Rating has published a report on 23 June, stating that Fosun 
has adequate resources to meet its upcoming debt maturities over the next six 
to 12 months.

According to Fosun International's 2021 annual report, Fosun International has 
a sound and healthy financial position. As of the end of 2021, the total debt 
to total capital ratio dropped to 53.8%; the average cost of debt was at a 
historically low of 4.6%; cash, bank balances and term deposits reached 
RMB96.78 billion. In terms of cash and debt management, Fosun has always 
adhered to the principle of proactive management of maturing debts and 
continuous optimization of debt structure, and has built financing capabilities 
with diversified financing channels and wide recognition from the market. The 
Group and its subsidiaries have established partnerships with more than 100 
Chinese and foreign banks around the world and have signed strategic 
cooperation agreements with many international banks and multiple Chinese 
banks. Facing the volatility of the public market, Fosun made full use of its 
diversified financing channels to maintain stable liquidity. 

S&P Global Rating said the current market sentiment toward high-yield 
privately-owned enterprise (POE) issuers in both onshore and offshore markets 
is weak. Fosun's tender offer on 22 June to repurchase all offshore notes due 
this year (totaling about US$800 million) reflects its efforts to ease recent 
market skepticism. S&P Global Rating believes that Fosun can use secured debts, 
bank borrowings, etc. to settle the maturities. S&P Global Rating believes 
Fosun can well manage its maturities and expects Fosun's offshore and onshore 
bank facilities will increase this year, and the company's banking 
relationships are unlikely to be hit in the near future. In addition, S&P 
Global Rating believes Fosun's considerable asset scale with a global presence, 
its diversified investment portfolio and ability to strike a balance between 
investments and divestments, could offer Fosun's flexibility to replenish cash.

On 8 June 2022, S&P Global Rating published a report, maintaining Fosun 
International outlook as "Stable"; and affirmed "BB" on Fosun International's 
long term issuer credit rating and its guaranteed senior unsecured debt. In 
view of the recent volatile market environment, S&P Global Rating maintained 
"BB Stable" credit rating to Fosun, demonstrating its affirmation on Fosun's 
efforts in debt management and endogenous growth strategy.

Fosun has been steadfastly fulfilling its mission of "creating happier lives 
for families worldwide", strengthening its presence in four business segments: 
Health, Happiness, Wealth and Intelligent Manufacturing. It is also one of the 
few companies in China which has global operation and investment capabilities 
and has built up a solid technology and innovation capabilities. In the face of 
the volatile epidemic situation and many external uncertainties, Fosun 
maintained a stable leverage ratio, high risk tolerance with its multi-currency 
debts and stable debt maturity, maintaining a healthy financial position.

In the future, Fosun will protect itself against market risk with a diversified 
business portfolio, a global asset presence, and the "Profound Industry 
Operations + Industrial Investment" strategy, and will continue to adhere to 
strict financial and capital management systems, further consolidate the 
Company's capital foundation, and grasp opportunities amid global market 
fluctuations and changes, thereby making solid yet bold progress for its growth 
and development.

About Fosun

Founded in 1992, Fosun is a global innovation-driven consumer group dedicated 
to providing high-quality products and services for families around the world 
in Health, Happiness, Wealth, and Intelligent Manufacturing segments. In 2007, 
Fosun International Limited was listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock 
Exchange (stock code: 00656.HK). In 2021, Fosun International's total revenue 
was RMB161.3 billion and total assets amounted to RMB806.4 billion. Fosun 
International ranks No.589 on the 2022 Forbes Global 2000 List, with a MSCI ESG 
rating of AA.

Source: Fosun