Shares in Evergrande’s electrical automobile unit leap 67% after billions had been raised to compete with Tesla in China

Evergrande Group Chairman Xu Jiayin attends Evergrande New Energy Auto’s Global Strategic Partners Summit in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, on November 12, 2019.

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GUANGZHOU, China – Shares in the electric vehicle unit of Chinese real estate giant Evergrande rose up to 67% on Monday after the company raised significant funds through a new share sale.

China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group hit an all-time high of 50 Hong Kong dollars before cutting back on some of those profits. The company’s shares closed at 45.35 Hong Kong dollars.

The shares soared after the Chinese electric car company issued 952.38 million shares to six investors at a price of HK $ 27.30 for net proceeds of Hong Kong $ 26 billion ($ 3.35 billion).

The funding is another sign that China’s electric car market is warming, and Evergrande could challenge both Tesla and domestic competitors like Nio and Xpeng Motors.

Last year Evergrande showed off six new electric vehicles under the Hengchi brand in the hope of starting production this year. The company has not yet sold a single car.

In September, the company raised around $ 4 billion by selling shares to investors like Chinese internet giant Tencent and hail service Didi.

China Evergrande New Energy Vehicle Group is also preparing to be listed on the Nasdaq-style Science and Technology Innovation Board in Shanghai or the Star Market.

China’s electric car companies have aggressively raised capital to stimulate production and take a leadership role in the competitive market.

Xpeng Motors raised $ 1.5 billion in an initial public offering in the United States last year and secured a line of credit of 12.8 billion yuan ($ 1.98 billion) this month.

This month BYD – the Chinese electric car maker backed by US billionaire Warren Buffett – announced that it had raised $ 29.9 billion by issuing new shares.

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