The solar developer is preparing to sell off its most profitable operation and is reliant on the goodwill of creditors as it plans to divest more of its Chinese solar projects.
Shunfeng International is already overdue on debts of $381 million and a deadline for investors holding GCL-Poly senior notes worth $500 million to agree to postpone payment is due to expire today as the company prepares to vote on a $309 million, 430 MW solar project sell-off.
The auditor cited the threat posed to the debt saddled business as the reason for resigning its role, effective from today.
Latest tirade may simply be a crude bid to up the ante with a high-profile Chinese deputation due to visit the U.S. in the latest round of trade talks this week but its timing is worrying for the Chinese solar companies struggling under huge debts.
Straining under a $2 billion debt mountain, the solar manufacturer is pinning its hopes on the proposed sale of its Jiangsu Shunfeng subsidiary to prevent it suffering the same fate as the original parent company of the Wuxi Suntech unit that makes up part of the Jiangsu division.
The Chinese company said the transaction will enable a larger deployment of resources for its downstream clean energy business. The potential buyer is Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Ltd.
The parent company of Chinese solar module maker, Suntech saw its net loss almost quadruple in the first half of this year, while net revenue grew year-on-year by just 0.7%. Sales of solar products in the period reached around 1.9 GW, and the group’s total installed operational PV capacity reached 1.5 GW at the end of June.