Business news from Ukraine

NATIONAL BANK EXPECTS UKRAINE TO PLACE $2.5 BLN IN EUROBONDS IN 2018 AND $1.5 BLN IN 2019

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) expects the country’s Finance Ministry will place $2.5 billion in eurobonds in 2018, $1.5 billion in eurobonds in 2019. “In 2018 and 2019, we expect that eurobonds worth $4 billion will be placed: $2.5 billion this year and $1.5 billion next year,” Deputy NBU Governor Dmytro Solohub said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

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UKRAINE’S LARGEST SUGAR PRODUCER ASTARTA WANTS TO KEEP EUR 61.84 MLN PROFIT UNDISTRIBUTED

Agro-industrial holding Astarta, Ukraine’s largest sugar producer, wants to keep EUR 61.84 million in net profit for the financial year 2017 undistributed. This decision is on the agenda of a meeting of the holding’s shareholders scheduled for May 25.
In addition, the shareholders will consider the re-appointment of Viktor Ivanchyk, Viktor Hladky and Marc Van Campen as board members, along with the appointment of Gilles Mettetal as non-executive director and resignation of Vladyslav Bartoshevsky as non-executive director and deputy chairman of the board of directors.
Another issue on the agenda is the appointment of Zeljko Erceg as Chief Operating Officer of Astarta Kyiv LLC. He will temporarily head the company in case the entire board is temporarily unable to perform duties.
In addition, the shareholders may decide on the prolongation of the buyback program for another 18 months (from the date of the shareholders’ meeting). The company can buy out no more than 2.5 million shares at a price not higher than PLN125 per share.
The agenda also includes the issue of authorizing the board of directors to organize the issue of shares to the amount of up to 10% of current issued and paid-in share capital, as well as the restriction or cancellation of any existing pre-emption rights in shares. All actions are carried out within one year, starting from the date of the annual meeting of shareholders whose permission cannot be withdrawn.

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