Business news from Ukraine

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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VICE-PRESIDENT OF ALFA-BANK (UKRAINE) CREATES COMPANY WITH $300 MLN REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO

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 COMPANY PLANS TO BOOST CAPACITY OF WIND FARMS IN UKRAINE

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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