Business news from Ukraine

GOVERNMENT APPROVES LIST OF LARGEST FACILITIES FOR PRIVATIZATION FOR LATE AUTUMN

The Ukrainian government at a meeting on May 10 is to approve a list of largest facilities for privatization in 2018, which will launch the process of preparation of them for privatization which could start at the end of this autumn, acting Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) Vitaliy Trubarov has said. “If we have the timing of all the procedures in a single thread, then we get actual privatization – this is the end of the autumn, relatively speaking, from the middle of October through December,” he said on Channel 5 TV.
Trubarov said that the SPF as soon as possible after the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers will launch all the required procedures, including selection of advisers.
“There is a danger that the procedures that we will launch this year will not be finished before the end of the year. We will transfer some of the facilities to the beginning of 2019,” he said.
Answering the question about the term of the privatization of the Odesa Port-Side Plant, which tenders in 2017 ended twice as a failure, Trubarov called this facility “the most problematic” and urged not to hurry with a new attempt of selling it because of the unsolved debt problem. “The most important problem is its debts, which are fixed by the court decision. Unfortunately, at the moment we are just approaching the decision together with our international advisors to the issue related to the possibility of debt restructuring,” he said. “So far we have not found a solution to what to do with the debt. We do not need to put it up for sale now. We still have time, in this situation it is better not to rush,” the head of the SPF said.

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PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY FARMAK MULLING ACQUISITION OF COMPANY IN EUROPE

Public joint-stock company Farmak, the pharmaceutical company of Ukraine of the top three largest companies in the country, is mulling the possibility of acquiring a pharmaceutical company in Europe, acting CEO Volodymyr Kostiuk has said. “Now we are looking for a company which could be bought,” he told reporters.
Kostiuk said that this is the acquisition of an industrial company or a company with a product portfolio in Europe.
“Poland was the first step. Now we are looking at Hungary and Croatia. There is a concrete targeted profile. We are trying to meet it and select companies-candidates,” he said.
Kostiuk said that Farmak does not set the terms for acquiring the company and behaves thoughtfully regarding the cost of the asset.
“We are not in a hurry. We want to find the company that meets our plans as fully as possible,” he said.
In turn, Farmak Technical Director Andriy Hoi did not rule out that production of cancer treating medicines will be organized at the facilities of Farmak.
“These are very expensive medicines. They have a high production cost. These are highly active medications. Having several cancer treating medicines in our portfolio, including from post-Soviet solutions, we are working with leading Western companies regarding the localization of production of these medicines. We are thinking on starting a separate production line in the medium term outlook and a separate line of highly active medications,” he said.

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