Business news from Ukraine


Vice-President of Alfa-Bank (Kyiv) Iryna Skorokhodova has created Property Investment Boutique STRIX, which core business is purchase, management and sale of property. The company’s portfolio includes projects for $300 million.
“Alfa Bank was a temporary player in the real estate market. The real estate division was created to sell all that remained from the bank’s collateral. Therefore, to save the team and its experience, I launched a new company STRIX about a month ago and now its portfolio has facilities in Kyiv worth $300 million,” Skorokhodova said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
According to her, in particular, at present the STRIX portfolio includes 11 business centers, one shopping center, three land parcels for development, and one hotel construction project.
“All our business centers are successfully operating facilities with zero vacancy and foreign tenants,” Skorokhodova said.
According to the website of STRIX, it provides provide A-Z range of services from the property search for acquisition to property sale and further management.
According to Skorokhodova, the Alfa-Bank Real Estate Division is faced with the task of leaving the remaining assets as quickly as possible. At the same time, she considers the successful experience of selling Alfa-Bank’s collateralized property as an achievement of the Alfa-Real Estate team.
“According to estimates by Cushman & Wakefield, the volume of transactions in the secondary real estate market in Kyiv amounted to $330 million. So, $190 million of this amount is our deals,” the bank’s vice-president said.

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Norway’s NBT has enough potential to build an additional 700-800 MW of wind power capacities in Ukraine, the Office of the National Investment Council of Ukraine has reported, referring to NBT CEO Joar Viken speaking at a meeting of the National Investment Council of Ukraine in Davos (Switzerland). “The 250 MW Syvash wind farm is just the start of our plans to invest a considerable amount of capital in our large pipeline of wind projects in Ukraine over the next two to three years,” the Office said in a press release, citing Viken.
Viken said that NBT plans to build a new wind farm in Ukraine. Preliminarily it is planned to start the project in Zaporizhia region in the coming six or nine months. The company said that now it is evaluating engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors and suppliers of wind turbines, which will be involved in the project.
Viken said that success of the Syvash project thanks to the attraction of international project financing would be interesting for other private commercial investors and international financial institutions (IFIs).
“In addition, we foresee potential interest for ‘green bonds’ to financing NBT’s pipeline of new wind projects in Ukraine,” Viken said.
As reported, at a meeting of the National Investment Council in Davos an agreement was signed between the Norwegian company NBT, the French company Total-Eren and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) regarding the Syvash Wind Farm Project with a financing of EUR 260 million raised. Over EUR 350 million will be invested in the project. The project will be financed in the amount of EUR 150 million by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development together with a consortium of banks, Head of the Office of the National Investment Council Yuliya Kovaliv said.
According to the framework agreement, the Syvash Project is planned to be financed by a syndicate of eight foreign lenders, including the EBRD and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO). At the next stages of the project, additional financing from foreign funds specializing in similar energy projects is also expected.
According to the release, the funds were raised with the assistance of the U.S. investment bank J.P.Morgan, which acted as financial advisor to NBT. The Ukrainian legal adviser to NBT is Integrites, and the advisory assistance was also provided by the Natsinvestset office.
“In Ukraine, the real boom of alternative energy continues. In 2018, three times more capacity was launched than in the entire period of 2017 – more than 800 MW,” Kovaliv said.

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Ryanair, the largest European low cost air carrier, is considering the possibility of establishing a company in Ukraine to create IT products, Yulia Kovaliv, the head of the National Investment Council’s office, said on the air of Radio NV. “One of the ideas we discussed with the Ryanair leadership is to establish an internal company in Ukraine, which develops all IT products for the low cost carrier,” she said. Kovaliv also noted that in the near future the company plans to start domestic flights in Ukraine.
“If we are talking about the launch of domestic flights by the carrier in the country, then, again, the level of airport charges is important, but all companies understand that the cheaper the ticket is, the faster the airline will become competitive,” she said.
As reported, Ryanair began flights to Ukraine on the route Berlin-Kyiv-Berlin from September 3. Ryanair offers flights from Kyiv to six cities in Poland, one destination in Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Slovakia, the UK and Sweden, as well as two destinations from Lviv to Germany and Poland, one to the UK. Ryanair (Ireland) is the largest low cost airline in Europe.

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On June 14, 2018, the administrative buildings and terminals of Kyiv International Airport named after Igor Sikorsky was blocked by National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) personnel equipped with automatic weapons. From 10:00 a.m. on June 14 to 05:00 a.m. on June 15, during the 19 hours, the management of municipally owned Kyiv International Airport and the Master-Avia company, including the heads of departments, and senior employees, were kept in their own offices without any means of communication and the possibility of coordinating the work of the airport. As a result, the work of both the municipal company and the Master-Avia private company, which is engaged in the development and maintenance of the airport, was blocked.
NABU’s operation resulted in the inability to prevent an accident that occurred with a plane operated by the BRAVO airlines, which performed the Antalya-Kyiv flight. During landing amid a violent storm, the airplane carrying 169 passengers aboard overshot runway and landed on its belly. The situation was complicated by the increased threat of an explosion: there were four tonnes of aviation fuel on board, there was a threat to the lives and health of the passengers. At that time, the airport’s management, which was, in fact, hostage to the security forces, was not able to take measures that are appropriate to that weather condition. Only thanks to the coordinated work of the airport’s rescue services, the situation was under control and nobody was injured as a result of the incident. This was the first case registered within 94 years of the airport’s work.
The airport’s management did not publish the details of the incident before because of the investigation of the aviation event by a special commission. However, as there is a probability that raids and other investigative measures may continue, the team of Kyiv International Airport considers it is their duty to warn that in case of new attempts to block the airport’s work by the security forces, it will suspend handling flights for the sake of the safety of passengers and crews. The safety of passengers remains a priority for the company.
Currently, the airfield and runway are on the balance sheets of municipally owned International Airport Kyiv. Master-Avia owns terminals and an apron. There was no reason for the use of force: the company’s activities are open and transparent, the management is always ready for constructive interaction with the control authorities and for required procedures. However, instead of asking for the necessary documentation, the Bureau’s agents chose a different path – the seizure of buildings, keeping the management and personnel without means of communication, searches both at the airport and in apartments in the top managers, seizure of documents and things, including personal ones, the blocking of activity and communications in the strictly policed security facility. Such actions by state authorities negatively affect the airport’s safety and the investment attractiveness of Ukraine.
Kyiv International Airport operates strictly in accordance with international and Ukrainian legislation and today it is one of the largest taxpayers in the capital among municipally owned enterprises. Master-Avia has invested more than $50 million in the creation of new airport infrastructure, and still spends all available resources on the repayment of a loan and the development of the only international airport located directly in Kyiv.
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In 2010, an investment tender was held under the government program for the development of Ukrainian aviation infrastructure Master-Avia LLC won the tender. The company has concluded an agreement for the lease of the airport’s property for 49 years. The second bidder, a company with Russian roots, unsuccessfully challenged the results of the tender in courts of all instances.
Today, Kyiv International Airport, being operated by Master-Avia, cooperates with more than 40 airlines, performing flights to 140 cities in 48 countries. Every month, about 2,500 flights are operated, and almost two million passengers are served annually. Investment in the airport exceeds $50 million. More than 10,000 jobs have been created. Kyiv International Airport is the second largest taxpayer among municipally owned companies.

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Private enterprise Viktor and K (Svitlovodsk, Kirovohrad region, the Korolivsky Smak (Royal Relish) trademark) has started supplying food to Germany, Belgium, Tanzania, Kuwait, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.
According to a report on the company’s website, its exports portfolio has over 85 countries.
Viktor and K is a large producer in the region. It produces sunflower oil and mayonnaise. Its crushing capacities are 400-500 tonnes of seeds a day, production capacities – 170-210 tonnes of oil a day and up to 30 tonnes of mayonnaise a shift. Two silos can store 17,000 tonnes of seeds.
Along with mayonnaise and sunflower oil, the enterprise produces ketchups, mustard, vinegar, tomato sauces, halva, pasta, condensed milk, canned vegetables, seasonings and spices.
According to the unified register of companies, the owner and director general of the enterprise is Viktor Korol.

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