Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Development Group Co., Ltd. (Initial Issuer Report)

Lianhe Ratings Global Limited (“Lianhe Global”) has assigned ‘BBB+’ global scale Long-term Issuer Credit Rating with Stable Outlook to Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Development Group Co., Ltd. (“JZBD” or “the company”)

The Issuer Credit Rating reflects a high possibility that the Jiaozhou People’s Government (“the Jiaozhou government”) would provide strong support to JZBD if needed, in light of its indirectly full ownership of JZBD, JZBD’s strategic importance as the most important local investment and development company (“LIDC”) responsible for infrastructure construction and primary land development in China-SCO Local Economic and Trade Cooperation Demonstration Area (“SCODA”), and the linkage between the Jiaozhou government and JZBD, including the appointment of the senior management, strategic alignment, supervision of major financing plan and investment decisions and ongoing operational and financial support. In addition, the Jiaozhou government may face significant negative impact on its reputation and financing activities if JZBD encounters any operational and financial difficulties.

The Stable Outlook reflects our expectation that JZBD’s strategic importance would remain intact while the Jiaozhou government will continue to ensure JZBD’s stable operation.