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STATE-OWNED ARTYOMSOL PLANS TO INCREASE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS BY 3.8 TIMES IN 2021

The state-owned enterprise Artyomsol in 2020 reduced salt production by 41%, to 1.18 million tonnes, which is associated with weather conditions, quarantine and increased competition in world markets, the company said in a press release on Tuesday.
According to it, Artyomsol produced 762,200 tonnes of ground salt used for sprinkling roads without packaging, which is half as much as in 2019, and this is associated with a warm winter in Ukraine and far abroad. According to the state-owned enterprise, the production of packaged salt increased by 3.6%, to 186,400 tonnes, whiles the production of iodized salt decreased by 6.6%, to 53,200 tonnes.
Salt packed in bags (10 kg, 20 kg and 50 kg) was produced in 2020 by 27.6% less only 147,600 tonnes, production of salt packed in flexible intermediate bulk containers reduced by one third, to 51,000 tonnes.
The output of salt briquettes over the year, according to a press release, decreased by 6.7% , to 11,200 tonnes, while salt blocks increased by 17%, to 3,400 tonnes.
The state-owned enterprise indicated that in 2020 the enterprise shipped its products to 15 countries of the world. The main importers of its products are Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Belarus. More than 70% of the products were sent to the Ukrainian market.
According to the enterprise, at the end of 2020, there was a tendency to increase production volumes of the entire range.
“We have started a program of ‘rehabilitation’ of the enterprise, which includes a set of rapid measures to improve production efficiency and social support for workers. In 2021, we plan to increase investments in renovation and modernization of production to UAH 250 million, while in 2020 the volume of capital investments amounted to UAH 66 million,” Acting Director of Artyomsol Victoria Lutsenko said.
Artyomsol is one of the largest enterprises for the extraction and sale of sodium chloride (NaCl) in Central and Eastern Europe. The production facilities of Artyomsol are located in Soledar, Donetsk region.

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MINISTER OF CULTURE EXPECTS PARLIAMENT TO ADOPT LAW ON CAPITAL SOON

Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko expects that the Verkhovna Rada will soon adopt the law on the capital at the second reading.
“I took part in local elections. I voted at my polling station in Kyiv. I hope that local communities will receive worthy representatives in the government,” Tkachenko wrote on his Telegram channel on Sunday.
The minister also complained that the Verkhovna Rada did not have time to vote for the law on the capital at the second reading.
In his opinion, this law would radically change the opportunities, in particular, for the people of Kyiv to participate in the city’s self-government, as well as restore the district and local councils and allow the community to receive much more powers, including control over the activities of the authorities.
“However, I think that the parliament will be able to return to this issue in the near future,” Tkachenko added.

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METINVEST REDUCES CAPITAL INVESTMENTS BY 35%

Metinvest B.V. (the Netherlands), the parent company of the Metinvest mining and metallurgical group, in January-June 2020 reduced capital investments by 35% compared to the same period in 2019, to $ 313 million.

According to preliminary unaudited interim financial results for the first half of 2020, the capex reduction was planned during this period.

“In line with the group’s 2020 capex priorities for critical asset maintenance and the completion of ongoing strategic investment projects, investments in maintenance and repairs decreased by 33%, while investments in strategic projects were reduced by 38%, which brought their share in capital investments to 65% and 35%, respectively (63% and 37% in the first half of 2019),” the report states.

At the same time, it is clarified that the metallurgical segment accounted for 47% of capital investments (50% in the first half of 2019), and the mining segment for 49% (46% in the same comparison).

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INSURANCE COMPANY ARSENAL WILL INCREASE CHARTER CAPITAL TO UAH 202.5 MLN

The shareholders of Arsenal Insurance (Kyiv) insurance company at a meeting on June 26 decided to increase the charter capital of the company from UAH 121.5 million to UAH 202.5 million via a closed additional placement of shares.
According to information in the publicly available database of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission of Ukraine, 120,000 shares with a nominal value of UAH 675 per share will be additionally sold for a total of UAH 81 million.
The report also notes that the received financial resources in the form of cash will be placed on current accounts and bank deposits in the ratio of 30% to 70%. The shares of the company, on which the decision on the issue was made, do not provide for the possibility of conversion.
As reported, the company’s shareholders at a meeting on April 24, 2020 considered the issue of increasing the charter capital of the company from UAH 77.4 million to UAH 121.5 million by increasing the nominal value of shares from UAH 430 to UAH 675 (for one ordinary registered share) due to sending part of profit to the charter capital.
Arsenal Insurance is among the top three largest insurance companies in Ukraine and is number one among insurers with Ukrainian capital. Every day the company makes over UAH 2 million of insurance payments. The partners of the Ukrainian company are the leading European reinsurers: HannoverRe, PolishReinsuranceCompany, SCOR SE, Gen.
According to the information on the company’s website, chairman of the board Serhiy Avdeyev owns 24.5% of Arsenal Insurance, Maksym Tuz owns 21%, Kostiantyn Tuz some 9%, Oleksandr Solop holds 17.5%, Anatoliy Solop 12.51%, Hennadiy Moldavsky 9.99%, and Maryna Avdeyeva some 5.5%.

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LEVEL OF CAPITAL DECLARED BY MANY UKRAINIAN INSURERS OVERESTIMATED

The level of capital declared by many insurance companies is overestimated, and financial stability indicators are not true, according to the Financial Stability Report of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) published on Wednesday.
According to the report, the central bank is concerned about most of the requirements to reinsurers. At the same time, about a third of the premiums were transferred to insurers whose solvency is uncertain, which means that the probability of receiving reimbursement is small.
In addition, some insurance companies hold funds in bank accounts exclusively for reporting on quarterly dates. After that, the funds from the accounts are transformed into other assets. Of 150 financial institutions analyzed, similar behavior is characteristic of more than half of the companies. But in general, their deposits in banks make up less than 20% of the total deposits of insurers.
The NBU said that insurance companies need high-quality and liquid assets in order to make insurance payments on time. Such assets, in particular, are government bonds and funds in deposit accounts. At the same time, many insurers invest in illiquid assets which real market value is impossible to establish – capital of enterprises, shares and investment certificates. The income from such assets declared in their financial statements averages less than 5% per year, which is significantly lower than the current profitability of deposits or government bonds, and it is almost impossible to turn them into liquid assets. Some of the securities are seized or their circulation is stopped. Another significant component of the assets of a number of companies – accounts receivable – often in practice has no market value.
According to the regulator, the insurance market requires a fundamental change in the rules of the game, since its development is constrained by imperfect regulation, which in many aspects is not consistent with the Insurance Core Principles of the International Association of Insurance Market Supervisors (IAIS) and the European Solvency directive. Consumers should receive additional guarantees that their rights will be protected, and they will receive insurance indemnities on time and in full, the central bank said.
“The priority for the NBU will be to strengthen the financial stability of insurance companies, introduce the best corporate governance practices and internal supervision systems, respond in advance to financial problems and violations of the protection of the rights of consumers of financial services,” the NBU said.

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CAPITAL LLC COMMISSIONS SECOND PHASE OF OBERIG CLINIC

Capital LLC (Kapital, Kyiv) has commissioned the second phase of the Oberig clinic, co-owner of Oberig and the Milk Alliance group of companies Oleksandr Derkach said on Facebook.
“As you already understood from my previous posts, our construction was completed. The second phase of the Oberig clinic was commissioned, and we began to receive the first patients there. Some 25,000 square meters, seven above ground floors and three underground, a large parking lot for employees and visitors, a charger station for electric vehicles, etc. Built in 2 years,” he wrote.
As reported, the beneficiaries of Capital LLC are Derkach and the director general of the Oberig clinic (Kyiv), Viktor Rybchuk.
Capital LLC was registered in 2005. Its core business is specialized medical practice.
The Oberig Universal Clinic medical center, one of the largest private investment projects in the field of healthcare in Ukraine, began work in 2008.
At the end of 2017, Capital LLC, within the framework of business social partnership and following the results of the won competition, began the construction of the second phase of the Oberig clinic in the territory of Kyiv City Clinical Hospital No. 14 in Zoolohichna Street.

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