Business news from Ukraine

STATE PROPERTY FUND NAMES TERMS OF TENDERS TO SELECT INVESTMENT ADVISORS FOR PRIVATIZATION

The State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) has made announcements on holding tenders to select investment advisors to prepare PJSC Azovmash, OJSC Oriana, PJSC Sumykhimprom, NJSC Ukragroleasing, Kherson combined heat and power plant (CHPP), Dniprovska CHPP, PJSC Kryvy Rih CHPP and Severodonetsk CHPP for privatization.
The announcements were published in the Vidomosti Pryvatyzatsii newspaper.
The tenders will be held in two stages. The first stage is to complete on September 7.
The second stage of the tenders to select investment advisors for Azovmash (50% shares), Kherson combined heat and power plant (99.8328% of the share capital), Dniprovska CHPP (99.9277%), Kryvy Rih CHPP and Severodonetsk CHPP will take place on September 17.
The second stage of the tender to select investment advisors for Sumykhimprom (99.9952%), Oriana (99.9988%) and Ukragroleasing (100%) will take place on September 18, 2018.

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STATE-CONTROLLED OSCHADBANK LAUNCHES APPLE PAY SERVICE

State-controlled Oschadbank (Kyiv) has launched the Apple Pay payment service, chairman of the financial institution Andriy Pyshny has reported.
“Oschadbank the fastest in Europe several months ago integrated Google Pay. It has already launched Apple Pay. The future is in smartphones!” he wrote on his Facebook page.
He said Apple Pay is based on security and confidentiality.
“If you add a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the card number itself is not stored in either the device or Apple servers. You are assigned a unique account number for the device, while it is encrypted and stored in a secure mode in the microchip “Secure Element” of your device. Each transaction is due to the generation of a unique one-time dynamic security code,” he said.
According to Pyshny, to use the possibility of paying with an iPhone, it is not necessarily to have an Oschadbank card: just call the contact center of the bank and get an instant digital prepaid card. It can be connected to Apple Pay and they you can use the application.
According to the press release of Oschadbank, one can pay with Apple Pay in stores using iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and newer models, and also with Apple Watch.

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INTERPIPE PIPE AND WHEEL COMPANY PRESENTS PLAN FOR RESTRUCTURING $1.25 BLN LIABILITIES

Interpipe pipe and wheel company (Dnipro) at a meeting with the creditors in London on July 17 presented a preliminary plan for restructuring its liabilities worth $1.25 billion, Concorde Capital investment company has reported, with reference to a report by Reorg Research. The debtor, in particular, proposes to convert this debt into six-year eurobonds for $310 million with a coupon of 9.35% per annum, as well as two credit tranches of $45 million to Ukrainian banks and $45 million to international ones. The rest of the debt will be written off.
Eurobond holders and international banks will also receive securities, payments on which will be tied to Interpipe’s EBITDA. Ukrainian banks will not receive the relevant securities, at the same time they will have less debt forgiveness.
The terms of restructuring also imply imposing a $40 million fine on Interpipe if it allows non-payment under new eurobonds or loans to international banks.
Interpipe intends to pay creditors a substantial commission fee if the restructuring plan for liabilities is approved.
The adviser to the debtor is Stephenson Harwood (the UK), to the creditors Alvarez & Marsal and Allen & Overy (the UK).

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LARGE UKRAINIAN FRUITS AND BERRIES PROCESSOR TO BUILD THIRD PLANT FOR PROCESSING APPLES AND BERRIES IN POLAND

T.B.Fruit, one of the largest processors of fruits and berries in Ukraine, plans in 2019-2020 to start the construction of the third plant for processing apples and berries in Poland with an estimated cost of more than EUR40 million. “We plan to build the third factory in Mazowieckie Voivodeship. We are now at the stage of designing production lines. There is already a ready-made construction project, a building permit has been obtained from state authorities. The planned start of construction is 2019-2020. The third plant will have a capacity of 3,000 tonnes of apples a day with the possibility of increasing up to 4,500 tonnes, and up to 700 tonnes of berries per day,” Director for Production at T.B.Fruit Oleh Mochaliuk told Interfax-Ukraine. Investments in the specified enterprise will roughly amount to more than EUR40 million.
According to Mochaliuk, T.B.Fruit owns two plants in Poland (the first was bought in 2010, the second one in 2012) with a total processing capacity of 3,000 tonnes of apples per day. In addition to apples, strawberry, raspberry, currants, cherry, aronia, red currants, gooseberry are processed at Polish plants. He said juice production and sales in the first half of 2018 decreased by 30-40% compared to the same period in 2017 due to a poor fruit harvest.

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ROMANIAN COMPANY HELPS UKRAINE’S SEA PORTS AGENCY TO DREDGE OF IZMAIL AND RENI SEAPORTS

The Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority has signed an agreement with SC Complex Delta SRL (Romania) on carrying out operational dredging in the water areas of Izmail and Reni seaports following a tender conducted in then ProZorro electronic system of public procurement. “For the first time in the history of the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, Romanian companies came out for dredging tenders, and one of them won the tender. This indicates the quality of the procedure, its transparency and competitiveness. Now the winner company can mobilize the fleet and proceed with the work required to maintain navigational dimensions in Izmail and Reni,” head of the agency Raivis Veckagans said.
The administration said dredging will help improve the processing conditions of existing cargo flows and attract new ones, increase accepting ship and develop the business as a whole.
The cost of work under the contract will be about UAH 32 million. The total estimated volume of soil to be treated is 200,000 cubic meters, including up to 156,000 cubic meters in the water area of Izmail seaport, and up to 44,000 cubic meters in the water areas of Reni port. The planned time for dredging is not more than four months.

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