Business news from Ukraine

CYGNET TO EXPAND LAND BANK BY 5,500 HA IN UKRAINE

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has permitted Cygnet Center LLC, part of the Cygnet Group, to acquire a stake in the charter capital of private enterprise Ruzhynsky Krai (both based in Zhytomyr region), which would grant over 50% of the votes in the management body of the agricultural company, the committee has reported on its website. “The committee permitted the company to acquire a private enterprise. After this acquisition the land bank of the Cygnet Group would expand by 5,500 ha, to 29,000 ha,” CFO of Cygnet Group Volodymyr Bondarenko told Interfax-Ukraine.
Cygnet was founded in 2011. The group cultivates around 24,000 ha in Zhytomyr and Vinnytsia region where it plans corn, soybeans, wheat and sugar beets.
The group also has dairy business (around 700 cows). The silo capacity is 60,000 tonnes. The group unites Cygnet Holding LLC, Cygnet Center LLC and Cygnet Milk LLC.

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SLOVENIAN PRESIDENT BORUT PAHOR PLANS TO VISIT UKRAINE

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will hold on May 11 a meeting with Slovenian President Borut Pahor, who will make an official visit to Ukraine at the invitation of the head of the Ukrainian state. “The leaders of the two states will discuss joint efforts to counter Russian aggression and exchange views on a wide range of topical issues of bilateral and international cooperation, including in the context of Slovenia’s further support for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine,” the press service of the presidential administration reported on Monday.
The report says that a number of bilateral documents are to be signed after the meeting between the presidents.
“Pahor’s visit will be his first visit to Ukraine after re-election as Slovenia’s president in November 2017,” the report says.

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KHARKIV INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT INCREASES PASSENGER FLOW BY 20% IN 2018

Passenger flow of the Kharkiv international airport in April 2018 totaled 65,300 people, which is 5% more than in April 2017 (61,900). The press service of the airport reported that total passenger flow in January-April 2018 grew to 236,900 people, which is 20% more than a year ago (196,800).
In April, Wizz Air low cost airline returned to the airport. From April 5, 2018, the airline launched direct flights to Dortmund (Germany). In April, the UIA airline also started flying on the Kharkiv-Milan (Italy) route. In addition to new flights, seasonal flights to Antalya (Azur Air Ukraine, UIA and Windrose) were launched. Traditionally popular destinations were Istanbul (Pegasus, Turkish Airlines and Atlasglobal), Kyiv (UIA), Sharm El-Sheikh (Azur Air Ukraine, Windrose and Bravo Airways), Warsaw (LOT), Tel-Aviv (UIA) and Minsk (Belavia).
Kharkiv airport has a runway 2,500 meters long and 50 meters wide. There are two passenger terminals with the capacity of 100 and 650 people on its territory. DCH manages the airport through New Systems AM.

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NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SALES IN UKRAINE GROW BY 25% IN JAN-APR, CITROEN IS A LEADER

Sales of new commercial vehicles in Ukraine in January-April 2018 grew by almost 25% year-over-year, to 4,060, the Ukrautoprom association has reported. In April, 1,187 vehicles were sold (30% up on April 2017 and almost 20% more than in March 2018).
The association said that the leader of the April market was Citroen with 223 vehicles sold (8.6-fold rise compared with April 2017 and 65% up on March 2018). Another French brand Renault was second with 191 vehicles sold (12% up on April 2017). Ford is third with 161 vehicles sold (2.2 times more than in April 2017), Fiat is fourth with a 10% decline in sales year-over-year, to 97 vehicles. Volkswagen was fifth with 76 vehicles sold (65% up).
AUTO-Consulting Group said that in contrast with the passenger car market, the truck segment showed a good pace.
Ford Trucks was the leader with 28% of the Ukrainian market. Ford Trucks signed a deal with Automagistral-Yug to buy 122 Ford dump trucks.
MAZ occupied 58% of the medium truck market. Scania was third with the market share of 10%. MAN and Volvo followed the Swedish concern.

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USA CANCELS DUTY-FREE IMPORT OF 155 TYPES OF UKRAINIAN GOODS DUE TO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, LIST INCLUDES FOOD PRODUCTS, WOODWORKING INDUSTRY, ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

The effect of the Generalized System of Preferences, which allows for duty-free import of more than 3,500 types of goods from Ukraine to the United States, has been suspended for 155 types of Ukrainian goods from April 26, the Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Ministry reported on Saturday, May 5. “A total of 155 types of goods fall under the restrictions, in particular, some products of the food, light, woodworking industry, engineering, and some electrical appliances,” the ministry said.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative enacted these restrictions from April 26 this year, 120 days after the publication of the respective presidential proclamation of December 22, 2017.
“The Economic Development and Trade Ministry has been in constant dialogue with the U.S. government and is working to resolve the problem. At the same time, the lifting of the restrictions largely depends on the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of bill No. 7466, known as the bill on the organization of collective management,” the report says. It recalls that the bill drafted by the ministry is aimed at establishing an effective and transparent system of collective management of property rights in the field of copyright and related rights in Ukraine. The document was adopted at first reading on March 1. On April 19, MPs began its consideration at second reading.

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CREDIT AGRICOLE INCREASES NET PROFIT BY 43% IN UKRAINE IN Q1

Credit Agricole Bank (Kyiv) in January-March 2018 saw UAH 439.944 million in net profit, which is 43.9% more than a year ago (UAH 305.55 million). According to a quarterly financial report of the bank, net interest income over the period amounted to UAH 532.854 million, which is 16.7% more than year-over-year (UAH 456.707 million).
In addition, the bank saw commission income in the amount of UAH 230.538 million (14.8% up year-over-year).
Assets over the period fell by 2.1%, to UAH 30.303 billion, while the charter capital grew by 10.3%, to UAH 3.601 billion.
The bank said in a press release that the bank’s performance in the first quarter of 2018 was the best in the entire history of its operations.
“Universal banking model allows Credit Agricole Bank to diversify its main sources of revenues and to maintain an excellent financial performance. The bank is in a position to compensate adverse trends that are associated with narrowing of market spreads, and to continue further its positive dynamics in 2018. In Q1 2018, Credit Agricole Bank has posted the highest quarterly net result ever achieved which gives good expectations for the whole year 2018,” Management Board Member, Financial Director of Credit Agricole Bank Regis Lefevre said.
Credit Agricole Bank was founded in 1993. Credit Agricole S.A. on January 1, 2018 owned a 99.9961% stake in PJSC Credit Agricole Bank. Credit Agricole Bank ranked 13th among 84 operating banks in the country on January 1, 2018 by total assets (UAH 33.325 billion), according to the National Bank of Ukraine.

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