Business news from Ukraine

DEVELOPER FROM AZERBAIJAN INTENDS TO INVEST $7 MLN IN HOUSING COMPLEX IN UKRAINE

Caspian Service developer (Azerbaijan) intends to invest $7 million in its first own development project in Ukraine, the BASA City residential complex of the comfort+ class in the village of Khodosivka (Kyiv-Sviatoshynsky district, Kyiv region). “BASA City is the first full-scale project of Caspian Service in Ukraine as a developer. Despite temporary difficulties due to political processes, the Ukrainian housing market is very promising. The pilot project is being implemented in the comfort+ class, since, according to our estimates, today this is the most demanded and least risky segment in residential construction,” Chingiz Kishiyev, the CEO of Caspian Service in Ukraine, told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to him, the project includes nine five- to seven-storey houses, designed for 504 apartments. The land plot is located on the lake, not far from the Manufactura outlet village. Its area is 3.5 hectares, the total construction area is 35,000 square meters. The project will be implemented in two phases. The commissioning of the first of them is planned for the first quarter of 2021.
The expert noted the plan for the long term is to enter the segment of business and premium class housing in Ukraine.
“We also intend to develop business and premium class housing, as the company has gained successful experience in implementing such projects in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and other CIS countries: we have built dozens of high-quality projects,” he stressed.
Caspian Service was founded in 2001. Its portfolio includes 71 projects in Azerbaijan, six in Kazakhstan, two in Georgia, one in Poland, eight in Ukraine. Since its foundation, the company has built and commissioned about 1.5 million square meters of facilities.

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ARRICANO DEVELOPER SEES NET PROFIT FALL BY 38%, REVENUE RISE BY 17% IN H1, 2019

Arricano Real Estate Plc (Cyprus), the managing company and developer of a number of shopping and entertainment centers in Ukraine, received $8.56 million in net profit in the first half of 2019, which is 38% less than in the first half of 2018.
According to the company’s report, posted on the London Stock Exchange’s website, its revenue for January-June increased by 17%, to $17.3 million, while total profit decreased by 19.8%, to $17.74 million.
The fair value of the company’s portfolio increased by 9%, to $281.3 million.
According to Arricano, the growth of this indicator is associated with an increase in the value of the operating real estate portfolio by $15.6 million, as well as projects under development by $7.2 million.
Arricano’s net asset value in the first half of the year, according to its report, increased from $94 million to $111.8 million.
In addition, the developer notes an increase in the occupancy of its shopping centers from 99.7% to 99.9% and 82 new leasing contracts compared to 68 in the first half of 2018.
As reported, Arricano in 2018 received $38.1 million in net profit, which is 47.6% more than in 2017. Its revenue increased by 14.4% and amounted to $31.52 million.

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ARRICANO DEVELOPER TO SELL TWO SHOPPING MALLS IN KRYVYI RIH AND ZAPORIZHIA

Arricano Real Estate Plc (Cyprus), managing company and developer of shopping and entertainment malls in Ukraine, is going to sell two its properties: Sun Gallery Mall in Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region) and City Mall in Zaporizhia.
“Arricano is pleased to announce it has entered into negotiations to sell two of its properties in its property portfolio, Sun Gallery (located in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine) and City Mall (located in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine),” reads an announcement of the company posted on London Stock Exchange (LSE) on July 31.
The developer said it has entered into non-binding heads of terms with Dragon Capital Investments Limited and with other parties in relation to such sale.
“A sale of the properties is a part of Arricano Real Estate PLC global strategy, due to which received funds will be meant for the development of portfolio and strengthening of the company’s positions,” Arricano CEO Mykhailo Merkulov told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to the developer, Sun Gallery is currently held in Arricano’s subsidiary, PrJSC Ukrpangroup, a Ukrainian subsidiary of Museo Holdings Limited and City Mall is currently held in in Arricano’s subsidiary, Pryzma Alfa LLC, aUkrainian subsidiary of Sunloop Co Limited.
Arricano is one of the leading real estate developers of shopping centres in Ukraine with European investments. It is listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange since 2013. Today Arricano Group owns and operates five completed shopping centers and 49,9% shareholding in Sky Mall and land for further three sites currently under development.

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SEVEN HILLS DEVELOPER PLANS TO START BUILDING SECOND RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX IN KYIV

Exko Plus LLC (Seven Hills developer, Kyiv) of businessman of Israeli origin Beny Steinmetz plans to start implementing a project to build a business class residential complex located at 39/2 Henri Barbusse Street in the Pechersky district of Kyiv. “We continue believing in business class – the segment where we work. We see and feel that it is stable. Demand remains. We will continue working in this residential housing segment,” Seven Hills CEO Arie Schwartz said at the RED PM DAY 2018 conference held last week in Kyiv.
He told Interfax-Ukraine that the company’s primary task is to complete the construction of the last stage of the Park Avenue residential complex, scheduled for the first quarter of 2019, and then focus on the new project.
As expected, the new complex will be designed for 670 high-end apartments. The construction of this residential complex was announced back in 2008. Then the developer several times postponed the start of its implementation.
According to Schwartz, the company’s portfolio contains five sites in Kyiv for development, one of them is Park Avenue residential complex (located at 58A, Holosiyivsky Avenue) and one in the pipeline – in the Pechersky district (located at 39/2, Henri Barbusse Street).
“We thought that it will take about five years to build Park Avenue. Today it is 11 years, and we continue working on our other projects,” Schwartz said.
As reported, Seven Hills in 2009 announced plans to start implementing three construction projects in Kyiv city and region, in particular, the Podol A class office center and a premium-class residential complex in Kyiv and the Airport City office and warehouse complex in Kyiv region.
Exko Plus LLC was established in 2004, its main activity is the construction of residential and nonresidential buildings.
According to the unified public register, participants of LLC are Global Space Management Limited (90%) and Respublika investment fund (10%). The ultimate beneficiary is Steinmetz.

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LARGEST SOFTWARE DEVELOPER IN UKRAINE WILL OPEN SECOND OFFICE IN LVIV

GlobalLogic Ukraine, an IT company, the largest software developer in Ukraine, will open the second office in Lviv on October 12, 2018.
This was announced by the head of the company’s office in Lviv, GlobalLogic Vice President for Engineering Denys Balatsko on the sidelines of the Lviv IT Arena 2018 conference.
“This is a separate building, which was built according to our wishes and allocated completely to our company. Today, about 300 of our engineers have already moved there, but the official opening will take place on October 12,” he said.
According to Balatsko, departments for the development of medical software and embedded solutions will be located in this office.
In the opinion of the company, the question of availability of office premises equipped with serious IT infrastructure is acute in Lviv.
“Now we see a very high demand for office space and companies are often looking for a place where they could find room. There is not enough quality office space,” the expert said.
GlobalLogic Ukraine is the largest software developer in Ukraine. It has offices in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, and Mykolaiv.

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KAN DEVELOPER HAS 10.5-FOLD RISE IN PROFIT IN Q2 2018

KAN LLC, part of KAN Development Group (both based in Kyiv), saw a 10.5-fold rise in net profit in Q2 2018, to UAH 24.8 million. According to an annual report of the company posted in the information disclosure system of the National Commission for Securities and the Stock Market, net revenue in H1 2018 grew 1.6-fold, to UAH 79.4 million, and uncovered loss fell by 6%, to UAH 385.9 million.
Noncurrent liabilities fell by 1.6%, to UAH 579.2 million, and current liabilities decreased 32%, to UAH 277.9 million, total bills receivable narrowed by 42.4%, to UAH 39.9 million.
KAN Development LLC was established in 2001. As of July 2018, the participant of the limited liability company was Deverte Holding GmbH (Austria, 100%).

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