Business news from Ukraine


State-owned Ukreximbank (Kyiv) is considering a scenario to repurchase its eurobonds from the market with their replacement with cheaper and longer-term resources, chairman of the financial institution Yevhen Metsger has said.
“As one of the working scenarios, the repurchase of our eurobonds from the market is considered, the rate at which is about 10% in dollars, and replacing them with cheaper and longer-term resources from the International Monetary Fund, he said.
In addition, Metsger said that the bank is holding a dialogue on additional capitalization with the Finance Ministry as a representative of the owner and with the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
“Formally, the management will first discuss the situation and forecast of activities with the supervisory board, then ask it to apply for additional capitalization to the government. For the entire cycle, we assume that it will take us time until the end of the second quarter,” he said.
The chairman of the board of Ukreximbank said that the bank needs additional capital to enable it to develop.
He said that without additional capital, the bank will also not be able to provide the necessary support during a pandemic to a number of clients and key sectors of the economy.
“To rely on itself, make a profit, then invest it in net worth is a long way to go, given that the bank’s financial results for 2019 do not allow to reinvest profits in capital. Our former management declared over UAH 600 million of income. However, in reality, I am afraid that we will get a much more modest figure,” the banker said.
According to him, the bank now has quite negative dynamics in operating income, resulting in, there is no way to quickly accumulate financial results to cover one-time effects, and it will take time for the new management team to reproduce the working business model and reverse the trend.

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PJSC State Export-Import Bank (Ukreximbank, Kyiv) and McKinsey and Co. Ukraine LLC on December 16, 2019 signed an agreement on advising regarding the drafting of the bank’s development strategy for 2019-2023, according to information in the ProZorro e-procurement platform.
The price of the services, which according to the documentation must be provided before December 31, 2021, is EUR 960,000. The cost of advising services for developing the strategy, in particular, is EUR 84,000, and if the bank’s supervisory board approves the strategy developed by the company, the amount will increase by another EUR 120,000.
Ukreximbank, the sole owner of which is the state, was created in 1992. The net profit of the financial institution in January-September 2019 amounted to UAH 2.27 billion, which is 2.2 times more than in the same period in 2018 (UAH 706.24 million).
According to the National Bank of Ukraine, as of October 1, 2019, the bank ranked third among 76 banks operating in the country in terms of total assets (UAH 205.439 billion).

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The supervisory board of Kyiv-based state bank Ukreximbank has announced a competition to select a candidate for the position of board chairman and hired international recruitment company Odgers Berndtson, the Finance Ministry of Ukraine reported on its website.
According to the statement, the supervisory board approved this decision on November 15. Applications from candidates will be accepted from November 18 until December 2, 2019. On December 3, the bank’s nomination and remuneration committee in cooperation with Odgers Berndtson will form a list of not more than 10 candidates admitted to the next stage of the competition. On December 4-6, interview with the candidates will be held after which three candidates will be admitted to the final stage of the competition.
On December 6, the final stage of the competition will be held.
A candidate for the position must have at least five years of experience in the financial sector in total, including at least three years on senior managerial positions as well as have impeccable business reputation.
As reported, on November 16, 2019, the Security Service of Ukraine acting in charge of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO) detained Board Chairman of Ukreximbank Oleksandr Hrytsenko in the framework of a criminal proceeding on the grounds of committing crimes under Part 1 of Article 255 (creation of a criminal organization), Part 5 of Article 191 (misappropriation, embezzlement of property or possession by abuse of office), Part 3 of Article 209 (legalization (laundering) of proceeds of crime).
Pechersky District Court of Kyiv chose a measure of restraint to Hrytsenko in the form of a UAH 3 million bail without keeping in custody.
According to the PGO, Hrytsenko is under investigation into case No. 12013220540000400 dated January 31, 2013, for being a part of a criminal organization, created by former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his companions in February 2010, and is charged with assistance in lifting seizures from deposits and collateral for a $160 million loan for the purchase of the Ukrainian Media Holding.
Hrytsenko was appointed as Board Chairman of Ukreximbank in August 2014.
Ukreximbank, the sole owner of which is the state, was created in 1992. According to the National Bank of Ukraine, as of October 1, 2019, in terms of total assets (UAH 205.439 billion), the bank was third among 76 banks operating in the country.

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Kyiv-based state-owned Ukreximbank’s net profit in January-June 2019 amounted to UAH 862.153 million, which is 27% more than for the same period in 2018 (UAH 679.127 million), the bank said in a statement on its website.
According to the report, the bank’s net interest income for the first half of 2019 decreased by 10.5% compared to the corresponding period last year, to UAH 1.003 billion, while commission income increased by 13.7%, to UAH 530.914 million.
Assets since the beginning of 2019 have shrunk by 6.2%, to UAH 151.661 billion, loans issued to customers decreased by 7.5% to UAH 67.008 billion.
Bank liabilities from the beginning of this year decreased by 6.3%, to UAH 143.582 billion.
The bank’s charter capital in the first half of the year remained at UAH 38.730 billion, while its total equity capital decreased by 4.3%, to UAH 8.078 billion.
Ukreximbank, wholly owned by the state, was created in 1992.
It ranked third among 77 banks operating in the country in terms of total assets (UAH 232.798 billion) as of April 1, 2019, according to the National Bank of Ukraine.



Ukreximbank (Kyiv) and China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure) on April 17 signed a framework agreement on cooperation in Kyiv, a press release from the bank said. The agreement foresees that Sinosure will provide insurance support for those projects for the which applications were filed through Ukreximbank and contracts were concluded by Chinese enterprises in Ukraine. In particular, the matter concerns the implementation of construction projects in Ukraine and other countries, in which Ukreximbank is involved, as well as projects in the field of infrastructure, agriculture, energy, transportation, oil, gas and chemical industries.
The total limit of Sinosure financial insurance for use by Ukreximbank will be $500 million. The loan term will be set depending on the parameters of each contract and could reach 15 years, the report said.
“An agreement on cooperation for the first time signed between the Ukrainian bank and China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation is a landmark event, as it opens up great potential for expanding external financing channels for the key sectors of the national economy,” the press service of Ukreximbank said, citing chairman of the bank board Oleksandr Hrytsenko.
Sinosure is the official export credit agency of China, founded in 2001. Sinosure is the only state-financed insurance organization.

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Ukraine has started a tender to select candidates for the posts of independent members of the supervisory boards of state-owned PrivatBank, Oschadbank and Ukreximbank. According to a posting on the website of the Finance Ministry, the tender was started on April 5 and will be completed before May 10.
As reported, the Finance Ministry early April 2019 selected Pedersen & Partners recruiting company to search for candidates to the post of independent members of the supervisory board of state-owned Oschadbank, Ward Howell Ukraine to search for candidates for state-owned Ukreximbank and Talent Advisors, part of Odgers Berndtson Ukraine, to search for candidates for state-owned PrivatBank.
According to the ministry’s report, candidates who want to take part in the tender must apply to these recruiting companies by April 25.
As reported, the Verkhovna Rada early July 2018 adopted a law on the reform of the supervisory boards of state-run banks, according to which the supervisory board of state-owned banks should consist of nine members. Six of them should be independent, three – representatives of the state, one each from the president, the Cabinet of Ministers and the parliament.

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