Kyiv’s business court has annulled a ban the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) from preparing for the privatization of PJSC Centrenergo, passing a ruling under a petition of the SPF on February 6, 2020.
The fund said on its website that at the end of January, the fund started the procedure of selecting investment advisors for the privatization of Centrenergo and is attracting an audit company with an impeccable reputation to conduct audit of the enterprise for 2019.
“In February, procedures to prepare a number of other large facilities for the privatization will be launched,” the SPF said.
As reported, Vitaliy Kropachev’s Ukrdoninvest LLC (Kyiv) repeatedly secured a lawsuit against the State Property Fund in the case of the privatization of PJSC Centrenergo by banning the fund from taking any actions to implement it.
Prosecutor’s office in Kyiv opened criminal proceedings on making the deliberately illegal decision to ban the privatization of PJSC Centrenergo by a judge of the business court of Kyiv.
The State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) has issued an order to create a tender commission to select advisers for privatization of PJSC Centrenergo, the SPF press service has said.
“The State Property Fund of Ukraine has begun the process of selecting advisers for Centrenergo privatization. In February, preparations will be launched for the privatization of a number of large privatization objects. In order to analyze in detail the state of affairs in the company for 2019, the State Property Fund also attracts an audit company with an impeccable reputation,” the press service said citing head of the fund Dmytro Sennychenko.
He said he expects to hold a tender to select an adviser in the first half of this year. According to him, the tender for the sale of the state-owned stake in Centrenergo, in turn, could be held at the end of this year-the beginning of next year. At the same time, the expert said that the situation in the energy market could also influence the timing of its holding.
The head of the fund added that RAB regulation remains an important factor in the issue of terms of privatization of regional energy companies.
The agency noted that recently the members of the Centrenergo supervisory board had ben reshuffled, as well as an order had been issued to hold a tender for the post of head of the generation company.
These measures will ensure the most transparent and competitive privatization, the fund notes.
PJSC Centrenergo power generating company is in the top priority of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine regarding “large-scale” privatization, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has said. “Centrenergo is in the top priority for privatization. And I want this company to be privatized by an external, real player. And the government will do everything for some kind of strong player to come here,” he said during the Kyiv International Economic Forum on Saturday.
He emphasized that the State Property Fund (SPF) is currently preparing the company for privatization.
“There is a manager there [in the State Property Fund] who does not depend on any oligarch,” Honcharuk emphasized.
Earlier, SPF Head Dmytro Sennychenko predicted the sale of Centrenergo in 2021.
Most of potential buyers of a 78.3% stake in Centrenergo have showed their interest in the coming tender sell the company, Partner of EY Business Advisory Poland, which acts as an advisor for the privatization of the company, Piotr Piela has said.
“I am very optimistic. We meet the schedule and have to finish by the end of the year,” he said in Odesa on Friday at the Ukrainian Financial Forum organized by the ICU investment group.
He named the expected growth in consumption and export opportunities among the positive sides.
At the same time, Piela said that there is no complete clarity on how the electricity market will work after July 1, 2019. He welcomed the adoption of primary legislation, indicating that secondary legislation is still in the state of approval and there are questions about how it will be implemented.
The Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine plans to start privatization of large state-owned enterprises (SOE) from the sale of Centrenergo, First Deputy Minister Maksym Nefyodov has said. “Centrenergo could be the first test case, and other facilities would follow it,” he said at a roundtable entitled “Ukraine on the Way of Privatization” in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Acting Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) Vitaliy Trubarov said that after Centrenergo, it is likely that other power supply companies would be privatized. He also said that the start of the privatization of large companies is planned for this autumn.
Shareholders in Ukraine’s major electric and thermal energy producing company Centrenergo have approved the payment of dividends for 2017 in the amount of UAH 1.418 billion, or UAH 3.84 per share. Centerenergo will pay UAH 1.1 billion in dividends to the state alone on the results of financial and economic activities in 2017,” Acting head of the State Property Fund Vitaliy Trubarov wrote on Facebook. He recalled that the state owns a 78.2% stake in Centrenergo.
Under the law, the funds should be transferred to the national budget before July 1 this year, he said.
According to the minutes of the shareholders’ meeting, it was decided to allocate 75% of net profit to pay dividends, while for 15% will be spent on replenishment of the reserve fund, and another 10% on the production development fund.
As reported, Centrenergo in 2017 increased its net profit by 4.9 times (by UAH 1.504 billion) compared to 2016, to UAH 1.891 billion. The company’s revenue grew by 2.1%, to UAH 10.919 billion, and its total value of assets increased by 17.4%, to UAH 10.074 billion. The minutes also said that Centrenergo’s undistributed profit had amounted to UAH 2.966 billion as of the beginning of 2018.