Bogdan Motors uniting the production assets of Bogdan Corporation in 2017, according to preliminary data, saw a net loss of UAH 635.078 million, which is 2.3 times more than in 2016. According to the agenda of a general shareholders’ meeting scheduled for April 24, the uncovered loss of Bogdan Motors by the beginning of this year amounted to UAH 5.878 billion. The current liabilities of the company for the past year increased by almost 74%, to UAH 3.116 billion, long-term liabilities by 8.4%, to UAH 4.101 billion. The number of the company’s personnel over the year grew by 12 people, to 1,043 people.
PJSC Bogdan Motors unites the production assets of one of the leading Ukrainian automakers – Bogdan Corporation (a bus and trolleybus plant in Lutsk and a car factory in Cherkasy). The company in 2016 saw loss fall by almost 3 times from 2015, to UAH 275.2 million, net income decreased by 3.7%, to UAH 644.88 million.
Astarta, a large agroindustial holding in Ukraine, saw EUR 61.84 million of net profit in 2017, and this is 25.2% less than in 2016. According to an annual report of the company posted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fell by 21%, to EUR 120.24 million, while consolidated revenue grew by 24.3%, to EUR 458.6 million.
“The main reasons for this included deterioration of the market environment and an increase in costs due to inputs price inflation,” the company said. The current intention of the Board of Directors is to recommend to the general meeting of shareholders that no dividends are declared for the year ended December 31, 2017 and leave the profit undistributed. The key financial ratios of the company are at a healthy level. Operating cash generation is strong and the balance sheet remains robust, providing flexibility to support sustainable growth.
Astarta is well hedged against volatility of local currency as exports contributed 59% of revenues. According to the report, net profit in hryvnias also fell by 25.2%, to UAH 1.759 billion with revenue growth by 31.8%, to UAH 13.717 billion. Net debt in 2017 fell by 10.7%, to EUR 130.3 million.
The sugar segment, traditionally the largest contributor to the consolidated revenues, generated EUR 201 million (15% up year-over-year) on strong sales volumes. In particular, in 2017, volumes of sugar sales were about 444,000 tonnes, that is almost 14% higher year-over-year and included the highest level of exports in the group’s history, nearly 186,000 tonnes (34% up year-over-year). Sales of granulated pulp increased by 18% to about 31,000 tonnes and sales of molasses grew by 11% to around 99,000 tonnes.
Key export destinations included the EU, Asian and African countries.
Astarta boosted volumes of crop sales by 82%, resulting in the segments’ revenue growth by 67% to EUR 141 million. Export sales in the segment stood at a record level of 89%. Key export destinations included the EU countries, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, and others. The soybean processing segment generated revenues of EUR 73 million, demonstrating a correction of 3% year-over-year. Almost 100% of oil was exported with key destinations in Asia and Africa and nearly 80% of meal was exported as well, mainly to the European Union. The share of export sales were 82%.
Astarta is a vertically integrated agro-industrial holding operating in Poltava, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Ternopil, Zhytomyr, Chernihiv, Cherkasy and Kharkiv regions.
Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has passed at first reading a bill introducing the new rules of binding addresses to construction sites and insurance of responsibility of constructors to protect the rights of investors. Bill amending some Ukrainian laws in the sphere of town planning was backed by 249 lawmakers. “Bill No. 7085 provides for the legalization of the procedure for binding postal addresses to construction sites, as this matter is now regulated by local governments and local administrations at their own discretion. This requirement is important for the deregulation of the industry and improving Ukraine’s position in the Doing Business,” Deputy Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Economy Minister of Ukraine Lev Partskhaladze said on his Facebook page.
According to him, the bill also provides for the introduction of liability insurance for construction workers, necessary to minimize risks and protect the property and personal interests of home buyers. “Insurance of professional activities in construction will help protecting the rights and interests of investors and other construction participants, minimizing risks and increasing the responsibility of contractors and improving the quality of design in construction,” Partskhaladze said.