Chinese developer Shimao shares rise nearly 5% after more asset disposals


HONG KONG, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Shares of cash-strapped Shimao Group 0813.HK rose on Monday after the Chinese developer and its chairman sold a Shanghai hotel and a stake in a Hong Kong development, respectively, for a total of $836 million, in their latest efforts to raise funds.

The disposals come after Shimao put up its assets worth 77 billion yuan ($12.11 billion) for sale to raise cash to repay its debts, offloading two other assets in the past two weeks for 3 billion yuan.

The Shanghai-based developer said late on Friday it sold Hyatt on the Bund to state-owned Shanghai Land (Group) Co for 4.5 billion yuan.

Its chairman Hui Wing Mau also sold his 40% stake in a Hong Kong high-end residential development to Hong Kong investors CSI Properties 0497.HK and C C Land Holdings 1224.HK for HK$1.05 billion ($134.68 million), according to separate statements from the buyers late on Friday.

Chinese state-owned property firms are expected to acquire more assets from private developers facing tight liquidity, analysts said, as Beijing steps up efforts to stabilise and tighten control over a crisis-hit sector that accounts for a quarter of its economy.

Financial media outlet Cailianshe reported over the weekend a state-owned healthcare real estate firm in the northeastern province of Shandong may become China Aoyuan Group's 3883.HK controlling shareholder, and it has completed the preliminary due diligence.

Shares of Shimao gained 4.8%, while Aoyuan rose 6.8%. The Hang Seng Mainland Properties Index .HSMPI was up 2.2%.

($1 = 6.3605 Chinese yuan)

($1 = 7.7962 Hong Kong dollars)

(Reporting by Clare Jim; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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