HONG KONG, March 28 China Evergrande Group
, the nation's biggest property developer by sales
value, on Tuesday reported an 89 percent rise in 2016 core
profit due to a booming real estate market that saw a strong
increase in sales prices and volumes.
Core profit, which excludes revaluation gains, was 20.81
billion yuan ($3.02 billion).
Net profit rose 1.6 percent to 17.62 billion yuan. Perpetual
capital instruments - high-interest debt "disguised" as equity -
rose 49 percent to 112.9 billion yuan.
Evergrande shares were up 2.9 percent ahead of the results
compared with a 0.6 percent gain in the broader Hong Kong market
($1 = 6.8834 Chinese yuan renminbi)
(Reporting by Clare Jim; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and