Business news from Ukraine


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.



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.



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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All solvent banks have enough assets to meet the requirements to generate the capital conservation buffer of 0.625% until 1 January 2020, reads a posting on the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). “The same instruments are used for raising both the buffer and common equity. This means that, considering the requirements to raising the buffer, the common equity adequacy ratio (N3) as of the beginning of 2020 should account for at least 7.625%. According to the data as of March 1, 2019 all solvent banks have adequate capital to ensure compliance with the requirements to raising the capital conservation buffer of 0.625%,” reads the statement.
Onwards, the capital buffer will gradually increase each year until it reaches 2.5% as of January 1, 2023.
According to the NBU, such buffer will ensure that banks have raised a capital surplus during a non-crisis period above the minimum required to absorb any possible losses, which may occur in times of overall economic downturn, without breaching the capital adequacy ratio in the future. This instrument will contribute to the targets of the NBU strategy for financial stability by enhancing banks’ loss absorbing capacity.
As reported, introduction of capital buffers was approved by NBU Board Resolution No. 312 on the Approval of Amendments to the Instruction on the Procedure for Regulation of Bank Activities in Ukraine dated May 12, 2015.

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AXA Insurance (Kyiv) in 2018 increased its assets by 8%, to UAH 1.933 billion, according to the materials to the agenda of a general meeting of its shareholders scheduled for April 11.
The retained earnings at the end of the year totaled UAH 108.4 million, which is 15.5% less than a year ago. Net profit of the insurer came to UAH 69.9 million, while in 2017 the company saw UAH 127.6 million in net loss.
Net worth of AXA Insurance in 2018 slightly grew compared with the previous year, to UAH 489.075 million. Cash and cash equivalents grew by 28.5%, to UAH 677.111 million.
Noncurrent liabilities rose by 11%, to UAH 1.357 billion, and current liabilities – by 10.9%, to UAH 86.272 million.
Total receivables remained almost at the level of 2017, being UAH 326.607 million.
The charter capital did not change, being UAH 261.975 million.
AXA Insurance has been operating on the Ukrainian market since 2007. In 2018, the company collected UAH 1.9 billion in insurance premiums, which is 13% more than in 2017.
Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited Group LTD (FFHL Group LTD, Canada) in 2018 acquired 99.98% of the charter capital of AXA Insurance (Kyiv).

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The Concorde Capital investment group has won the second auction to sell assets used as collateral for commercial loans taken in the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), Deputy Managing Director of the Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine Svitlana Rekrut has said.
“The auction was held on DebtХ (Delaware, the United States) on January 16, 2019. This is so-called “U.S. platform.” We sold the pool [of assets] for UAH 48.079 million. Only two bidders took part in the auction, and the winner is Concorde Capital,” she said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
Concorde Capital CEO Igor Mazepa confirmed to Interfax-Ukraine that the company won the auction.
The final agreement has not yet been signed.
Rekrut also said that the anchor assets in this pool were the assets of Eurogasbank, including the Geneva Hotel in Truskavets, and other real estate. Literally two weeks before the auction at DebtХ, the ex-shareholder of Eurogasbank, through bankruptcy and the purchase and sale agreement, withdrew the liens.
“That is, the re-registration took place almost on the eve of the auction” Rekrut said.
According to a source of Interfax-Ukraine, the beneficiaries of the Geneva hotel in Truskavets are people’s deputy Andriy Lopushansky (Petro Poroshenko Bloc parliamentary faction) and ex-shareholder of Eurogasbank Oleksiy Ivchenko.
As reported on the website of the Deposit Guarantee Fund, the initial price of the pool of assets with the book value of UAH 6.5 billion was set at UAH 240.394 million. The assets were bought at the lowest price of the lot.
All assets pledged by the National Bank have repeatedly been put up for individual trading on the ProZorro platform and were not sold even after reducing their value to 20% of the book value. Then, these unsold assets were pooled and transferred to the DebtX and First Financial Network (FFN, Oklahoma City, the United States) to sell them using the Dutch model as part of a joint pilot project of the NBU and the Deposit Guarantee Fund. In this case, the specified pool of assets was already put up for auction at DebtX and FFN a year and a half ago.
Eurogasbank was founded in 2006. The largest shareholders in the second quarter 2014 were Oleksiy Ivchenko with 39.6296% of shares, Halyna Ivchenko with 31.9574%, and Khrystyna Ivchenko with 17.7778%.
The NBU on November 17, 2014 approved a resolution on the abolition of the banking license of the bank and its liquidation.

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