(Bloomberg) -- Chinese developer Country Garden Holdings Co., one of the biggest symbols of the nation’s broader property debt crisis, won approval to push back payments on three yuan bonds, people familiar with the matter said, staving off its first local default for now.

Noteholders finished voting this week to extend coupon and principal installment payments to September, said the people, asking not to be identified. The company had missed initial deadlines from March 12 through April 12 for the payments. Grace periods of 30 trading days were set to soon expire, after which creditors could have declared defaults if they hadn’t agreed to the extensions.

The builder didn’t immediately comment when reached.

Country Garden already defaulted on dollar bonds last year, becoming one of the biggest casualties of a real estate crisis that’s rattled financial markets and hurt the economy. Its financial strains are piling up, with an 83% slump in home sales last month exacerbating a cash crunch.

This is the second time for Country Garden to stretch payments on the three bonds, which were issued by its main onshore unit and have combined principal amounts of about 4 billion yuan ($552 million).

“Another extension on yuan bonds suggests Country Garden’s liquidity remains weak while sales slump,” said Jeff Zhang, an analyst at Morningstar Inc. “Its other onshore bonds may see a second extension too.”

Based on the previous extension plans, the company was obliged to pay a coupon on March 12, and a 2% principal installment on April 12 for its 4.8% note. It also had to pay a coupon and 2% principal installment on March 17 for another security. None of the payments were made, however, triggering the 30 trading day grace periods.

The builder was also slated make payments from June for one more onshore bond. 

All these payments will now be delayed to September.

The company recently warned it will miss a deadline for reporting annual results, causing its shares to be suspended from trading in Hong Kong.

It’s also fighting a winding-up petition filed by a creditor in a Hong Kong court. The first hearing is scheduled for May 17, when it will have to show progress on its offshore restructuring to fend off a potential liquidation order. 

--With assistance from Yuling Yang, Shuiyu Jing and Jing Jin.

(Updates with comment from analyst in the sixth paragraph)

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