Business news from Ukraine

OVOSTAR UNION POSTS 81% FALL IN NET PROFIT

Ovostar Union, one of the leading producers of eggs in Ukraine, saw its net profit fall by 81.1% in January-September 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, to $2.6 million.
According to the company’s report on the Warsaw Stock Exchange’s website, its revenue decreased by 18%, to $77.63 million, which was due to lower egg sales and negative price dynamics in the reporting period.
Gross profit of Ovostar in January-September 2019 decreased by 2.6 times, to $9.18 million, operating by 4.7 times, to $3.22 million. EBITDA in the reporting period showed a decrease of 3 times, to $5.9 million, EBITDA margin from 18% to 8%.
As of September 30, 2019, total debt amounted to $12 million, net debt to $6.1 million.
As reported, Ovostar in Ukraine in January-September 2019 reduced egg sales by 15.9% compared to the same period in 2018, to 888 million pieces. Egg production during this period decreased by 0.9%, to 1.191 billion pieces.
Ovostar Union is a vertically integrated public holding company, one of the leading producers of eggs in Europe. The manufacturer is a certified exporter to the EU since 2015.

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INTERPIPE RAISES CAPITAL INVESTMENT BY 14%

Interpipe international vertically integrated pipe and wheel company increased capital investments by 14.3% in January-June 2019 compared to the same period last year, to $24 million from $21 million.
According to Interpipe’s presentation for its first conference call with investors, in the reporting period $17 million of investments were used for the company’s pipe sector and about $4 million to the steelmaking complex (Interpipe Steel), as well as up to $4 million for the sector for production of railway wheels.
At the same time, the presentation notes that in January-June 2018 some $12 million were invested in the pipe sector of the company, $5 million in the steel sector and $3 million in the sector for production of railway wheels.
In January-June 2019 Interpipe increased EBITDA by 37% compared to the same period in 2018, to $125 million, revenue by 3%, to $557 million. At the same time, the company’s sales in the first half of the year decreased by 6.2%, to 423,000 tonnes, in particular sales of railway wheels increased by 1.1%, to 96,000 tonnes, while pipes decreased by 8.1%, to 317,000 tonnes.
It is also reported that in January-June the company increased production of welded pipes by 5.7%, to 56,000 tonnes, but reduced production of seamless pipes by 10.6%, to 261,000 tonnes. In monetary terms, production of welded pipes increased by 27.5%, to $51 million, but output of seamless pipes was down by 10.6%, to $311 million.

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DEBT OF OLEH BAKHMATIUK’S BANKS TO STATE IS UAH 29.3 BLN

The total debt of insolvent VAB Bank and bank Financial Initiative of Oleh Bakhmatiuk to the state is UAH 29.3 billion, including a UAH 11 billion debt to the Deposit Guarantee Fund, a UAH 10.6 billion debt to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) and a UAH 7.7 billion debt to three state-run banks. According to a posting of the NBU press service on Facebook on Friday, the debt of the former owner of VAB Bank and Financial Initiative Bank to the central bank was secured by his personal guarantee to repay a total amount of UAH 8.6 billion and property guarantees of Bakhmatiuk’s companies.
“In order for these guarantees to turn into a real refund, the NBU filed more than 50 lawsuits against him and his companies,” the regulator said.
The central bank said that as of October 15, 19 court decisions on Bakhmatiuk’s guarantee agreements regarding the bank Financial Initiative were made in favor of the National Bank and entered into legal force, while there are no decisions regarding the VAB bank.
“Nineteen victories have not yet allowed for the repayment of debts: the sale of property by the State Enforcement Service is surprisingly sluggish,” the regulator said.

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PARLIAMENT’S COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS TO TRANSFER BUDGET RECEIPTS 2020 FROM GAMBLING FOR RURAL SPORT CENTERS, WATER SUPPLY

The Parliamentary Budget Committee recommended that the Verkhovna Rada consider the redistribution of gambling proceeds for the construction and reconstruction of swimming pools, the development of sports and water supply in the villages when considering the state budget for 2020, according to the committee’s conclusions to draft state budget No.2000.
According to the conclusions, members of the parliamentary committee recommend to increase financing of the program “Development of physical culture, sports of the highest achievements and reserve sports” by UAH 431.3 million, including UAH 411.3 million meant for a special fund at the expense of payments for gambling licenses.
Besides, the committee members also proposed to establish a budget subsidy program for the construction of new and reconstruction of existing 50-meter and 20-meter swimming pools in the amount of UAH 200 million for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports with financing provided with the proceeds from these licenses.
Another UAH 150 million from these funds proposed to allocate for the budget program “Priority provision of rural settlements with centralized water supply”.
In addition, the document envisages reduction of expenses for the support of the National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine by UAH 300 million, while increasing the costs of supporting the newspaper “Holos Ukrainy” (Voice by Ukraine) by UAH 300 million, reads the document.
At the same time, the committee proposed to cut by UAH 130 million development expenditures under the budget program “Utilization of solid rocket fuel” and to increase the expenses for the program for scientific and technical activities in the agro-industrial complex by UAH 200 million.

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UKRAINIAN BANKS’ CASH EXCHANGE RATES ON 15/11/19

Ukrainian banks’ cash exchange rates on 15/11/19

Source: Interfax-Ukraine

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IRISH LOW COST AIRLINE RYANAIR TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS FROM KHERSON TO KATOWICE

The Irish low cost airline Ryanair (Dublin) will launch direct flights from Kherson to Katowice (Poland) from January 15, 2020.
According to the airline’s reservation system, flights will be operated twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays. The flight duration is two hours.
The cost of one ticket without baggage is from EUR19.27.
The actual operator will be the Polish low cost airline Buzz (formerly Ryanair Sun), which is part of Ryanair Group.
As reported, earlier Ryanair announced the start of flights from Kherson to Poland’s Krakow and Vienna (Austria).
Kherson became the fifth city in Ukraine, from which the Irish low cost air carrier operates.
In 2020, Ryanair intends to increase passenger traffic on Ukrainian flights by 33%, to more than 2.1 million people.
Ryanair entered the Ukrainian market in 2018. For the first months, the low cost carrier performed flights from Boryspil Airport and Lviv. In June 2019, the airline began operating flights from Kharkiv and Odesa, then announced flights from Kherson.

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