Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINE, INDIA SIGN NEW CONTRACTS IN DEFENSE SECTOR

Ukraine and India have signed new contracts worth $20 million to expand bilateral military and technical cooperation as part of the 10th international defense exhibition Def Expo 2018, which is taking place in Chennai (India) on April 11-14, the press service of the Ukroboronprom State Concern reported on Thursday. According to the report, following its participation in the first two days of the exhibition, Spetstechnoexport, part of Ukroboronprom, signed contracts worth about UAH 500 million.
“Representatives of the state-owned enterprise Spetstechnoexport, as part of Def Expo 2018, signed an agreement on cooperation with Indian state-owned company Bharat Electronics Limited. The agreement outlines cooperation between the parties as part of programs for the modernization and localization of the production of components for armored vehicles. Representatives of the Ukrainian and Indian defense industries are to be involved in the creation of a new a tank for the needs of the Indian Defense Ministry, the modernization of radar and air defense systems produced by the former Soviet Union, and joint research and engineering development, including in the sonar and radar directions,” reads the statement.
Bharat Electronics Limited is one of the largest Indian suppliers of defense products for the Indian Defense Ministry. Spetstechnoexport is one of the leading special exporters of Ukraine. It has been part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern since December 2010.

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GOVERNMENT APPROVES FINANCIAL PLAN OF BORYSPIL AIRPORT

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a financial plan of state-owned enterprise (SOE) Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv), the largest airport of the country, for 2018 with the projected net profit of UAH 1.388 billion. This is outlined in a government resolution passed at a meeting on April 11, 2018, a copy of which is available to Interfax-Ukraine.
According to the document, net revenue in 2018 is planned in the amount of UAH 3.93 billion, gross profit – UAH 2.156 billion, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) – UAH 2.473 billion, and EBITDA margin – 69.9%.
Pretax profit could be UAH 1.695 billion, payments to the state – UAH 1.923 billion and capital investment – UAH 2.263 billion.
Boryspil International Airport is the main airport of Ukraine. The airport has two runways: one with a length of 4,000 meters and a width of 60 meters, and the second with a length of 3,500 meters and a width of 63 meters. Four passenger terminals, postal and cargo complexes are located on the territory of the airport.

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UKRAINE, INDIA WANT TO LAUNCH JOINT PRODUCTION OF POWER EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPS

Ukraine and India are working out plans to expand military and technical cooperation in the field of military shipbuilding and are considering the possibility of organizing joint production of power equipment for ships of the Indian Navy, the press service of the Ukroboronprom State Concern has reported. According to the report, the promising directions of the expansion of Ukrainian-Indian military and technical cooperation in the field of military shipbuilding were discussed during negotiations between Ukroboronprom Head Pavlo Bukin and Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, Admiral Sunil Lanba, as part of the tenth international defense exhibition Def Expo 2018, which is taking place in the city of Chennai (India) on April 11-14.
“The sides discussed the further participation of the Ukrainian defense industry’s enterprises in the modernization and development of the Indian Navy. In particular, they spoke about continuing supplies and establishing joint production of gas turbine engines, and the servicing by Ukrainian specialists of the Vikramaditya aircraft carrier, which was built by the shipbuilders of the Mykolaiv shipyard,” the report says.
It notes that during the talks Bukin also voiced the interest of the Ukrainian side in the joint production of ship and coastal radar systems, sea buoys, as well as the supply of spare parts for Indian ships and submarines.
“The commander of the Indian Navy expressed support and interest in cooperation with Ukrainian enterprises on a number of existing projects,” the press service said.

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MHP DECIDES TO PAY $80 MLN DIVIDENDS

The Board of Directors of Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP), the largest poultry producer in Ukraine, has approved the payment of interim dividends in the amount of $0.7492 per share, which is equal to $80 million. According to a company report on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) on Thursday, the decision was made after having carefully considered the performance of the company during the financial year 2017 and two months period ended February 28, 2018.
MHP said that the interim dividend will be paid on April 26, 2018 to the company’s shareholders whose name is entered in its register of members as of April 20, 2018. The Board of Directors approved that no dividend will be paid on the company’s shares held in treasury.
The Board of Directors of MHP SE also acknowledged the consent of WTI Trading Limited (the Company’s major shareholder) to be paid later than the dividend payment date (but not later than November 01, 2018) with no interest accrued on the amount of dividend paid later.
As reported, MHP increased its net profit 3.3-fold in 2017 compared to 2016, to $230 million with revenue growth of 13.4% to $1.288 billion.

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NUMBER OF CREDIT UNIONS IN UKRAINE SHRINKS TO 378

The number of credit unions in the state register of financial institutions of Ukraine decreased by 18.2%, or 84 institutions, in 2017 year-over-year, to 378, according to the website of the National Commission for State Regulation of Financial Services Markets. According to the regulator, the largest number of credit unions was registered in Kyiv and the Kyiv region (39, or 10.3% of the total number), Luhansk region (33, or 9%), Donetsk region (29, or 7.7%), and Kharkiv region (24, or 6.3%).
According to the regulator, last year, the number of participants in credit unions shrank by 12.3%, to 564,100, the number of participants with current loan agreements by 9.6%, to 134,300, while the number of members with contributions on deposit accounts by 47.2%, to 21,700.
The leaders in terms of the number of participants in credit unions are Lviv region (75,900), Kyiv and the Kyiv region (52,800), Ivano-Frankivsk region (54,700) and Zakarpattia region (46,100). At the same time, as before, most credit unions (155, or 55.8%) are united by a small number of participants – up to 1,000, and more than a third of credit unions (111, or 39.9%) are united by 1,000 to 10,000 participants.
The total volume of loans granted to members of credit unions as of December 31, 2017 reached UAH 1.902 billion (up 5.7%), whereas contributions of members of credit unions on deposit accounts amounted to UAH 937 million (up 12.6%). The total amount of debt on loans is UAH 345.8 million (down 6.2%).

UKRAINE AND GERMANY PLAN TO HOLD BUSINESS FORUM

Ukraine and Germany have reached an agreement on holding a bilateral business forum in Ukraine in the near future, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said. “We’ve reached an agreement during the meeting with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on a strong German governmental delegation, which should visit Ukraine in the near future, to hold a powerful business forum,” Poroshenko said at a joint briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday. The president also specified that Germany is one of the leaders in investing in Ukraine.
“Both the Chancellor and I are satisfied with the growth rates of mutual trade, which has increased by more than 20%,” Poroshenko added.

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