The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) reduced its property portfolio by 7.7%, to 455,700 square meters in 2019, which allowed saving more than UAH 10 million, according to the NBU’s annual report.
According to the report, to achieve the goals of the NBU’s property management strategy for 2019-2025, it is necessary to reduce the real estate package by another 12.2%, to 400,000 square meters by 21 facilities selling at auction, via privatization and free transfer to other government agencies.
The NBU said that the portfolio was reduced by 34 buildings and structures and six land plots in 2019, at the end of the year it included 409 facilities, namely, some 75 land plots, some 334 buildings and engineering structures.
The National Bank received repayment of debt on non-performing loans of banks and manages 36 land plots with a total area of 112.5 hectares received as debt payment and seven real estate facilities with a total area of 44,700 square meters.
According to the report, the central bank received such property worth UAH 218 million in its ownership in 2019 compared to UAH 85 million in 2018, while its sale as collateral amounted to UAH 181 million and UAH 6 million, respectively.
As reported, in 2019, the National Bank approved the NBU’s property management strategy for 2019-2025, which aims at optimizing the property of the regulator and ensure its effective use.
The NBU’s press service told Interfax-Ukraine that the regulator since 2015 has been disposing property that is not used. Within this period, the central bank transferred 50% of the property to the control of other bodies and ensured its disposal by sale and via privatization, including eight complexes of administrative buildings in the regions, seven social facilities, five garage complexes and a fire station.
“This has saved millions of public funds on the maintenance of property,” the NBU said.