* Fantasia says it failed to pay $206 mln due Oct. 4
* Country Garden Services says Fantasia unit failed to repay loan
* Fitch slashes Fantasia rating to CCC- (Recasts, adds Country Garden Services comment, Fitch)
SINGAPORE, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Chinese property developer Fantasia Holdings Group Co Ltd missed a debt payment deadline on Monday in the latest sign that distress is spreading from embattled China Evergrande and through the real estate sector.
Fantasia said $206 million was due on Oct. 4 and that it did not pay, in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange. The company had said as recently as Sept. 20 that it had “sufficient working capital and no liquidity issue”.
With a market value of $415 million, Fantasia is a minnow. But its missed deadline adds to worries that a credit crunch among Chinese developers could drive a broader crash in a sector that comprises about a quarter of the Chinese economy.
The country’s second-biggest developer, Evergrande, is teetering on the verge of default after missing payment deadlines of its own last month and its debts of $305 billion are big enough that a messy collapse could hit property prices.
Fitch estimates Fantasia has nearly $2 billion of international bond payments to make between now and the end of next year as well as almost $1 billion of local bond payments.
Earlier on Monday property manager Country Garden Services said a Fantasia subsidiary failed to repay a 700 million yuan ($108 million) loan also due on Oct. 4 and Fitch had slashed the company’s credit rating.
Fantasia dollar-denominated bonds slid more than 5 cents to fresh record lows on Monday.
Its announcement came after the Hong Kong stock exchange had shut.
($1 = 6.4452 Chinese yuan renminbi)
Reporting by Tom Westbrook Editing by Peter Graff and Mark Potter