Business news from Ukraine

NINE INSURERS LEAD IN TERMS OF PREMIUM COLLECTION IN UKRAINE’S REGIONS

Nine insurance companies led Insurance Top ranking in terms of collection of insurance premiums in Ukraine’s regions in January-March 2018. TAS Insurance Group became leader in ten regions.
According to the ranking, TAS Insurance Group in Volyn region (raised UAH 16.5 million and paid UAH 4.3 million), in Zhytomyr region (UAH 9.3 million and UAH 3.3 million respectively), in Ivano-Frankivsk region (UAH 10.2 million and UAH 4.2 million), in Kirovohrad region (UAH 6 million and UAH 1.5 million), in Luhansk region (UAH 2.1 million and UAH 614,000), in Mykolaiv region (UAH 11.8 million and UAH 3.4 million), in Sumy region (UAH 5.4 million and UAH 2.1 million), in Ternopil region (UAH 20.3 million and UAH 6.2 million), in Khmelnytsky region (UAH 7.6 million and UAH 1.6 million), in Cherkasy region (UAH 10 million and UAH 5 million).
Alliance Insurance Company led in Dnipropetrovsk region (raised UAH 105 million and paid UAH 21 million), Asko-Donbas Pivnichny – in Donetsk region (UAH 12.8 million and UAH 3.8 million respectively), Globus Insurance Company – in Zakarpattia and Chernivtsi regions (UAH 13 million and UAH 6 million; UAH 2.8 million and UAH 886,000), Credo Insurance Company – in Zaporizhia region (UAH 216.4 million and UAH 46 million), AXA Insurance – in Poltava and Kherson regions (raised UAH 15 million and UAH 7.6 million respectively), Oranta – in Chernihiv region (UAH 12 million and UAH 2.8 million), Kniazha Insurance Company – in Vinnytsia region (UAH 15 million and UAH 7 million).
PZU Ukraine raised the largest amounts in premium collection in January-March 2016 in Lviv region (raised UAH 27.2 million and paid UAH 30.6 million), Kharkiv region (UAH 6.8 million and UAH 5.2 million respectively), and Rivne region (UAH 5 million and UAH 2 million).
Arsenal Insurance led in terms of premium collection in Kyiv and Kyiv region (raised UAH 434 million and paid UAH 42 million). It was followed by AXA Insurance with UAH 264 million and Ukrainian Insurance Group with UAH 160 million.

JAPANESE SUMITOMO WILL ACQUIRE 51% STAKE IN UKRAINE’S MINERAL FERTILIZERS SUPPLIER

Japanese corporation Sumitomo will acquire a 51% stake in Spectr-Agro LLC (Kyiv region), a supplier of mineral fertilizers, seeds and equipment to Ukrainian agricultural enterprises. A corresponding agreement was signed between the corporation, Spectr-Agro and Spectr-Agrotechnika LLC on July 11, the Ukrainian company said on Facebook.
“Over 30 years ago, Sumitomo founded the agri-scientific business line (ASBL), starting with the export of plant protection products from Japan, Sumitomo is actively engaged in expanding the supply chain, constantly developing wholesale and retail distribution channels. Today, this activity is carried out in 30 countries around the world. The acquisition of Spectr-Agro is a continuation of the development of Sumitomo’s business in trading in agricultural resources,” the report said.
Spectr-Agro is expected that the acquisition transaction will contribute to the expansion and growth of the company’s activities in Ukraine.
Spectr-Agro was founded in 2009, currently it operates throughout Ukraine. It supplies such agricultural resources as plant protection products, mineral fertilizers, seeds and agricultural equipment to more than 3,500 agricultural producers in the country.
As of October 2017, the company was co-owned by Vasyl Skarlat with a 50% stake, Maria Lavreniuk with 25%, and Volodymyr Lobach with 25%.
In the third quarter of 2017, the company posted UAH 28.205 million in net profit, its revenue was UAH 2.999 billion.

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AGRARIAN FUND IN Q2 SELLS 18,700 TONNES OF GRAIN, 34,200 TONNES OF FLOUR

PJSC Agrarian Fund sold 700 tonnes of grain, 34,200 tonnes of flour and 103,000 tonnes of mineral fertilizers in April-June 2018, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food reported on the website. In the second quarter of this year, the Agrarian Fund’s revenue amounted to UAH 1 billion, the company’s net profit after the payment of corporate profit tax was UAH 2.2 million against an expected loss of UAH 28 million, it said.
The ministry says that flour was sold by the Agrarian Fund in wholesale and retail batches, including in retail outlets under its own brand.

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DRAGON CAPITAL INVESTMENTS ACQUIRES 17,000 SQ M BUSINESS CENTRE

Dragon Capital Investments Limited, a member of the Dragon Capital group of companies, has acquired Eco Tower, a 17,000 sq m business centre in the city of Zaporizhia.
The company acquired the business centre from Conwert Group (Austria), the buyer said in a statement on its website.
The deal value is not disclosed.
“I am very pleased to mark our first real estate acquisition in eastern Ukraine. This investment illustrates our confidence in the stability and business potential not only of Kyiv and Kyiv region, but also of key economic regional hubs of the country, of which one is Zaporizhia,” CEO of Dragon Capital Tomas Fiala has said.
Eco Tower is the largest Class A business centre built in 2011. Its building has 19 floors and two levels of underground parking for 92 cars. It is located at 160 Soborny Avenue in the centre of the city.

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