Business news from Ukraine

FORMER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR UKRAINE JOINS COUNCIL OF TRANSPORT COMPANY IN UKRAINE

Former U.S. Department of State Special Representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, has become an independent member of the board of directors of BGS Rail, which operates in Ukraine, since September 1, U.S.-government funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has reported.
According to it, BGS Rail is registered in Ukraine. Avia Solutions Group expects Volker’s participation to strengthen the company’s presence in the market.
“By using his vast experience gained in previous positions, we believe that his arrival to the company will further expand Avia Solutions Group’s global reach and strengthen BGS Rail’s position as one of the market’s leading service providers,” the group’s statement reads.
It is noted that Avia Solutions also has in its disposal a comment made by Volker, who points to the opportunity to strengthen the Ukrainian economy in his new work.
“By working with Avia Solutions Group in its development of BGS Rail, I see an opportunity to strengthen Ukraine’s economy, build world-class services, and create jobs for Ukrainian citizens. This goes hand-in-hand with Avia Solutions Group’s global strategy of building world-class services and market position,” he said.
Volker served as Special Representative of the U.S. Department of State for Ukraine in 2017-2019.

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SWEDISH COMPANY ACQUIRES COMPUTER GAME DEVELOPMENT COMPANY FROM UKRAINE

Swedish Embracer Group AB Holding (“Embracer”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Saber Interactive, has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Kyiv/Malta-based 4A Games Limited (“4A Games”) famous for Metro 2033, Metro: Last Light и Metro Exodus games.
The deal amounts to $45 million, of which $25 million is paid in cash and $20 million in shares (50% of which will be unblocked in a year, and another 50% in two years), the Embracer reported on its website.
In addition, 4A Games will receive up to $35 million ($15 million in cash and $20 million in shares) if the publisher’s goals are met within five years. The total amount of the deal could be as big as $80 million.
At the same time, it is expected that gross sales of 4A Games’ games for 2020 will bring about EUR 20 million, and the studio’s operating profit will be EUR 12 million.
“Through the acquisition, Saber Interactive onboards a reputable team of over 150 people across two studios in Malta and Ukraine as well as best-in-class internally developed and owned First-Person-Shooter (FPS) technology to the Group,” the Embracer says.
“Embracer Group and Saber Interactive are the perfect partners for 4A Games and for our next phase of growth. Together we will continue to build on the Metro franchise and will focus on bringing a multiplayer experience to our fanbase. We look forward to building a new and even more ambitious AAA IP in the near future,” the company quoted Dean Sharpe, CEO 4A Games, as saying.
Embracer Group was formerly known as THQ Nordic AB. One of the subsidiaries; THQ Nordic GmbH shared the same name and trademark as the parent company, THQ Nordic AB (publ). The THQ Nordic GmbH brand and company will continue to operate as a global video game publisher and developer. The Group has an extensive catalogue of over 160 owned franchises, such as Saints Row, Goat Simulator, Dead Island, Darksiders, Metro, MX vs ATV, Kingdoms of Amalur, TimeSplitters, Satisfactory, Wreckfest and World War Z amongst many others.
With its head office based in Karlstad, Sweden, Embracer Group has a global presence through its five operative groups: THQ Nordic GmbH, Koch Media GmbH/Deep Silver, Coffee Stain AB, Amplifier Game Invest and Saber Interactive. The Group has 31 internal game development studios and is engaging more than 3,500 employees and contracted employers in more than 40 countries.
Embracer Group in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 (April-June) reported an 81% increase in revenue up to SEK 2.069 billion ($238.3 million at current exchange rates), and its EBITDA grew 2.5 times – up to SEK 965.2 million.

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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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MANDARIN PLAZA SHAREHOLDER CREATES NEW COMPANY PARUS INVEST

PrJSC Stadsis AB (Sweden), which is a shareholder of PrJSC Mandarin Plaza, a developer of Lavina Mall, Blockbuster Mall and Ocean Mall (all are located in Kyiv), has decided to segregate a new company from the enterprise, PrJSC Parus Invest.
According to the statement of Mandarin Plaza in the information disclosure system of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission, by the decision of the shareholder dated March 19, Parus Invest was segregated from PrJSC Mandarin Plaza with the transfer of part of the property, rights and obligations to it.
The shares of Mandarin Plaza are converted into the shares of Parus Invest with a ratio of 1:1.
The planned charter capital of new company is UAH 5.9 million.
PrJSC Mandarin Plaza was established in 2000. It is engaged in development activities in the segment of construction and operation of retail and office centers.
The charter capital of PrJSC Mandarin Plaza in April 2020 stood at UAH 21.7 million.

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NEW INSURANCE COMPANY REGISTERED IN UKRAINE

The National Commission for the State Regulation of Financial Services Markets, on April 9, entered the information on double liability company Gestalt Group (Kyiv) into the public register of financial institutions, the commission has said on its website.
According to the unified public register of legal entities and private entrepreneurs, the company was registered in February 2019 with charter capital of UAH 34 million. It specializes in risk insurance and reinsurance.
The founders of the company were Gestalt Finance LLC (Kyiv) with contribution of UAH 33.660 million, PrJSC Arton-Megacity, Andriy Antonenko and Yuriy Khandashko, who is also the head of the company.
According to the public register of legal entities and private entrepreneurs, Gestalt Finance LLC was registered in March 2019 with charter capital of UAH 10,000. The founder is PrJSC Arton-Megacity and Antonenko.

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INGO INSURANCE COMPANY CHANGES NAME

INGO Ukraine insurance company (Kyiv) will operate under the name Joint-Stock Company INGO Insurance Company from April 2020, the insurer said in a press release.
Due to the change of name, the company’s logo and corporate identity are changing as well.
The company has been providing insurance coverage to its customers under the same brand for more than a decade and a half. The new name and visualization of the logo is an important stage in the implementation of the digital transformation strategy, as well as a reflection of the changes taking place in the company and the environment. The Latin transliteration of the company name INGO is emphasized by the fact that the company has been carrying out trans-border insurance and reinsurance operations for a long time, provides insurance services to its customers in any part of the world and is an active member of international guarantee coverage systems.
“The renewed logo is an element of our transformational strategy that is functional simplification, operational efficiency and the provision of high-tech insurance products and services. Thus, it is one of its important stages, which involves the creation of new products and services, as well as the development of a modern operating platform,” chairman of the company’s board Ihor Hordiyenko said.
The company said that the transition to the use of a new corporate style, including changing the signs of the company’s representative offices in the regions, will occur gradually. The announced changes will in no way affect the fulfillment of the current and future obligations of the company, as well as the concluded insurance and partnership agreements. The composition of shareholders, location, identification code of a legal entity, bank details also remain unchanged.
JSC INGO Insurance Company has more than 25 years of experience in the market. Since 2017, the main shareholder of the company has been the Ukrainian business group DCH of Oleksandr Yaroslavsky.
The company is one of the largest insurance organizations in Ukraine in terms of premiums, net worth volumes and insurance claims. It has 28 licenses for various types of compulsory and voluntary insurances, provides insurance services to corporate and retail clients.

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