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ASSETS OF INSURANCE COMPANIES IN UKRAINE 1% DOWN IN Q1

The assets of insurance companies in January-March 2021 decreased by 1%, to UAH 64.24 billion, according to a review of the non-banking financial sector, published on the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) on Friday.
According to the review, in January-March 2021, the number of registered insurers decreased to 208, which is 7.5% less than at the end of the first quarter of 2020 and 1% less than at the end of 2020.
The number of signed loan agreements with insurance companies in the first three months of 2021 amounted to 29.25 million, which is 27.8% less than in the first quarter of last year (40.53 million).
The NBU said that gross insurance premiums decreased slightly, mainly due to a seasonal decrease in revenues from insurance in the corporate sector and from life insurance.
At the same time, the volume of premiums in the risk and life insurance segments increased 6% year-over-year.
According to the report, risk insurers showed close to zero profits and margins, which is due to an excessive share of operating expenses – about 70% of net insurance premiums.
The loss ratios that were reduced to the annual target in the first quarter remained almost unchanged and amount to 47% for compulsory and 41% for voluntary types of insurance, the NBU said.
As of April 1, 2021, 44 licensee insurers did not meet the solvency and capital adequacy requirements or the riskiness of assets.

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SWISS EMBASSY: AUTHORITIES COOPERATING WITH UKRAINE TO COMPLETE PROCESS OF RESTITUTION OF YANUKOVYCH’S ASSETS TO UKRAINE

The Swiss Embassy in Ukraine recalled that seven years ago the Swiss Federal Council decided to freeze all assets of ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage in the country.
“In taking this measure, the Swiss Government wished to avoid any risk of misappropriation of Ukrainian state assets. Since then, Swiss authorities have been closely cooperating with their Ukrainian counterparts in order to complete the process of restitution of these assets to the Ukrainian people following court rulings on their illicit origin,” it said on Twitter.
The Embassy also reminded that the maximum duration of such a freeze is limited to 10 years.

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DTEK PLANS TO EXPAND POWER GRID ASSETS IN UKRAINE AND EU COUNTRIES

DTEK is interested in purchasing new power grid assets in Ukraine and EU countries, CEO of the company Maksym Timchenko has said.
“I believe that all DTEK’s business, in one way or another, are related to how successfully DTEK Grids will develop […] In our long-term strategy, we are talking about expanding the portfolio of assets, we are ready to further participate in the acquisition of grid companies both in Ukraine and beyond,” he said when presenting DTEK’s new strategy until 2030.
As reported, the operating holding DTEK Grids is engaged in the distribution of electricity in Kyiv city, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kyiv and Odesa regions.
DTEK was established in 2005 to manage the energy assets of the System Capital Management Group (SCM, Donetsk) of Rinat Akhmetov. The functions of strategic management of the enterprises of the group that make up the vertically integrated chain for the extraction and enrichment of coal, production and sale of electricity were delegated the holding.

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IHOR KOLOMOISKY SAYS ASSETS WORTH $8 BLN

Ukrainian businessman Ihor Kolomoisky said his assets are worth $7.5-8 billion, $500 million of which is in the U.S.
“This [his wealth] is impossible to assess. When we made a disclosure to PrivatBank, there was a conservative assessment of $7.5-8 billion,” he said in an interview with NV, excerpts from which have been published on the publication’s website.
Kolomoisky said that he has decided not to expand his business in the U.S. over an FBI investigation.
“For the metallurgical part, we already know – minus $200 million. As for those buildings, it’s also not great. The iron alloy plant is our core thing, we’re holding on to that asset,” he said.
“In America, I have $500 million in investment, all told. I received $2 billion in direct payments from Evraz alone, to my private account with PrivatBank. What the hell did I need loans for? I never took loans from Privat,” Kolomoisky said.
On December 18, 2016, Ukraine’s government, at the recommendation of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) and former shareholders of PrivatBank, whose biggest shareholders at the time were Kolomoisky and Hennadiy Boholiubov, decided to nationalize PrivatBank, at the time the largest financial institution in Ukraine. The ex-owners of the bank consider the nationalization, as a result of which they lost all of their shares, to be illegal, while PrivatBank and the state are demanding additional compensation from them for damages. The parties are involved in litigation both in Ukraine and in foreign jurisdictions.
On April 18, 2019, Kyiv’s District Administrative Court declared the nationalization of the bank illegal in a suit initiated by Kolomoisky. The decision is being appealed.
Kolomoisky earlier proposed to settle in exchange for a roughly 25% stake in PrivatBank.

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NATIONAL BANK OF UKRAINE ASSETS 2.7% DOWN IN Q1 2019

Assets of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) in January-March 2019 fell by 2.7%, reaching UAH 1.021 trillion, the central bank published in the Holos Ukrainy parliament’s newspaper on Tuesday.
The NBU said that in the first quarter, the amount of nonresidents’ securities in assets increased 2.9%, to UAH 445.701 billion, avoirs and special drawing rights (SDR) decreased 54.6% during this period, to UAH 46 million
The amount of deposits and deposits in foreign currency and banking metals decreased 23.2%, to UAH 89.572 billion.
In the structure of liabilities, the amount of funds from state and other institutions decreased 16.8%, to UAH 39.690 billion, the National Bank’s liabilities to the International Monetary Fund decreased 1.8%, to UAH 76.093 billion.

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ASSETS OF INSURERS MANAGED BY MTIBU GROW BY 32% IN 2018

Assets of insurance companies managed by the Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (MTIBU) grew by 32.4% in 2018, to UAH 2.050 billion, according to a report of the commission that audited the operations of the bureau for 2018.
Of this amount, bank deposits in national currency amounted to UAH 1.661 billion, which is 65.5% more than a year earlier, in foreign currency – 323.6 million (a rise of 12.5%).
The share of deposits in total assets was 66.3%, while a year earlier it was 64.8%.
According to the report, the funds of the victims protection fund and the MTIBU insurance guarantee fund in 2018 were placed in the State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine (Ukreximbank, 6.6% of the total amount of funds placed), Oschadbank (23.9%), Ukrgasbank (28%) , UkrSibbank (0.2%), Credit Agricole Bank (5%), Kredobank (4.1%), OTP Bank (1.8%), Pravex Bank (5%), TAScombank (4.4%), and FUIB (2%).
In addition, the MTIBU manages the assets of insurers invested in local government bonds in national currency in the amount of UAH 203 million, which is 2.5 times more than in 2017, and 247.4 million in foreign currency (2.7 times more).
MTIBU members are 51 insurance companies.

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