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UKRAINIAN ENTERPRISES INCREASE CONSUMPTION OF METAL BY 3.26%

Ukrainian enterprises increased the consumption of metal by 3.26% in January-May of this year compared to the same period last year, to 1.66 million tonnes.
According to an Ukrmetallurgprom association press release published on Friday, 434,700 tonnes, or 26.2% of the domestic metal consumption market, were imported in the first five months of the year.
“In January-May 2020, 1.66 million tonnes of rolled metal were delivered to domestic consumers, of which 434,700 tonnes, or 26.2%, were imported. For five months of 2020, there was an increase in the consumption of rolled metal in the domestic market compared to January-May 2019 by 3.26% with a simultaneous decrease in the share of the imported component by 7.6%,” the association said in the press release.
According to Ukrmetallurgprom, in January-May 2020, Ukrainian metal enterprises produced 7.43 million tonnes of rolled metal (93.8% compared to the same period in 2019), of which about 6.21 million tonnes or 83.5% were exported, according to information from ETR-Spectrum LLC.
The share of semi-finished products of export deliveries in January-May 2020 accounted for 49.74%, which exceeds the indicator for the period January-May 2019 (45.38%). The share of flat products of export deliveries in the first five months of 2020 is slightly lower than in the same period in 2019 (32.05% and 34.00%, respectively). The same picture is observed with regard to long products – 18.21% in January-May 2020 compared with 20.62% for the same period in 2019.
The main export markets for Ukrainian metal products in January-May 2020, according to ETR-Spectrum LLC, were the countries of the European Union (31.1%), Africa (14.8%) and other European countries (14.1%).
Among the metallurgical importers in January-May, the CIS was at the first place (39.1%), the EU-28 was the second (26.1%), and the Asian countries third (18.0%).

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PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE ZELENSKY SELLS RIGHTS TO ALL ENTERPRISES IN UKRAINE TO SERHIY SHEFIR

In 2019, the family of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky sold the UAH 246,144 worth corporate rights to all 12 Ukrainian enterprises to the family of first assistant to the head of state Serhiy Shefir.
“In the spring of 2019, Volodymyr Zelensky got rid of the shares in Green Family Ltd, as well as all four brand names registered in the Russian Federation. He also got rid of corporate rights to Vilhar Holdings Limited and Aldorante Limited foreign companies,” the president’s press service said on Saturday, May 30.
Zelensky continues to be the owner of a large number of trademarks. Thus, in 2019, two Sluha Narodu trademarks (the Servant of the People) were registered in his name.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) evaluated several trademarks in 2019. According to its report, the cost of Vechirniy Kvartal (Evening Quarter) brand name was UAH 45.81 million. The cost of Rozsmishy Komika (Make Comedian Laugh) brand name was UAH 14.65 million.
“Based on the assessment, Volodymyr Zelensky received royalties from the use of the brand names in the amount of UAH 5.048 million, so his income increased compared to the previous year,” the president’s press service said.
Some UAH 567,875 was spent to pay for consulting services of PwC.
According to the declaration of the presidential candidate of Ukraine submitted by Zelensky in January 2019, at that time he owned 99.99% of the corporate rights to Studio Kvartal-95 LLC (another 0.01% was owned by Olena Zelenska), some 18% to Studio Kvartal-95 LLC, some 100% of the corporate rights to Kinokvartal LLC, some 18.75% to Kvartal-Concert LLC, some 12.5% to Kvartal TV LLC, some 16.7% to producer center Liha Smihu LLC, and some 22.5% to Animation Studio-95 LLC.
He also owned 12.5% of Invest-Anima LLC, some 13% of Gaudi Studio LLC, and some 15% of Fish House LLC (restaurant business).
Olena Zelenska owned another 25% of Zelari Fish LLC (processing and preserving, trade in fish, crustaceans and mollusks).
Zelensky was the ultimate beneficial owner of Kinokvartal LLC, Studio Kvartal-95 LLC, Aldorante Limited (Cyprus), Vilhar Holdings Limited (Cyprus), Film Heritage Inc. (Belize), San Tommaso S.R.L. (Italy), and Megiritano Ventures Ltd (British Virgin Islands).
Olena Zelenska was the ultimate beneficiary of Studio Kvartal-95 LLC, Zelari Fish LLC, Aldorante Limited (Cyprus), Film Heritage Inc. (Belize), and San Tommaso S.R.L. (Italy).
Since 2012 Zelensky had been a shareholder of Megiritano Ventures Ltd (British Virgin Islands) and, together with his wife, they were shareholders of Aldorante Limited (Cyprus), since 2008, he had been a shareholder of Vilhar Holdings Limited (Cyprus).
Later he also filled the declaration with information that since May 28, 2012 he had been a shareholder of Green Family Ltd (Nicosia, Cyprus), which at that time owned the Russian company Green Films. There was information on January 24, 2019 that Zelensky withdrew from Green Family Ltd.

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UKRAINIAN TRANSPORT ENTERPRISES REDUCE CARGO HANDLING BY 13% IN Q1

Transport enterprises of Ukraine (excluding the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as part of the Joint Forces Operation zone) reduced cargo transportation by 13.1% in January-March 2020 compared to January-March 2019, to 140.7 million tonnes, the State Statistics Service has reported.
According to its data, freight turnover of carriers for the specified period decreased by 14.9%, to 68.853 billion tonne-kilometers.
According to statistics, in the first quarter of 2020, 37.9 million tonnes of cargo were transported by rail in domestic traffic and for exports, which is 4.1% less than in January-March 2019. Some 43.7 million tonnes (17.9% down) were transported by road, 900,000 tonnes (12.6% less) by water, 22.2 million tonnes (27.6% less) by pipeline, and 20,000 tonnes (13.6% less) by airlines.

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ENTERPRISES AND ORGANIZATIONS OF UKRAINE RAISE PRETAX PROFIT BY 26% IN 2019

The enterprises and organizations of Ukraine in 2019 increased pretax profit from ordinary activities by 26%, to UAH 422.2 billion, the State Statistics Service has said.
According to the service, last year Ukrainian enterprises that worked profitably received UAH 596.3 billion in profit, which is 10.3% more than in 2018.
At the same time, 21.7% of enterprises worked with a negative financial result. Their losses in 2019 decreased by 15.3% compared to 2018, to UAH 174.1 billion.

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UKRSPYRT TO BE PRIVATIZED VIA SELLING SEPARATE PROPERTY OF ENTERPRISES

The strategy for the privatization of state-owned enterprise (SOE) Ukrspyrt envisages the transfer of property of the SOE as a pool of fixed assets of industrial sites to the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) before June 1, 2020.
According to the presentation of Ukrspyrt, the necessary conditions for privatization are the completion of the registration of property of state-owned distilleries.
Now out of 41 Ukrspyrt’s industrial sites, 18 have all the property registered, another 18 have partially registered property, and five have been seized.
The main advantage of this privatization option for Ukrspyrt is the ability to transfer facilities for privatization before June 1, 2020.

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UKRAINE’S TRANSPORT ENTERPRISES CARRY 3.9 BLN PEOPLE IN JAN-NOV

Ukraine’s transport enterprises in January-November 2019 carried 3.9 billion people, which was 5.6% less than in the same period in 2018, the State Statistics Service has reported.
According to the report, passenger turnover for the reporting period totaled 91.1 billion passenger-kilometers, which was 3.5% more than this figure for January-November last year.
In the 11 months of 2019, some 142.2 million passengers used rail transport (including the commuter rail service), which was 2.1% less than in January-November 2018, and 1.656 billion passengers were carried by road (5.4% less), the State Statistics Service said.
Airlines increased passenger transportation by 10.5%, to 12.8 million people.
In addition, according to the State Statistics Service, in January-November, 571.5 million passengers used trams (a decrease by 7.2% compared to the same period a year earlier), 652.9 million people used the subway (a 1.8% decline), and 864 million used trolleybuses (a 7.6% decrease).
Passenger transportation by water increased by 3.5% compared to January-November 2018, to 700,000 people.
The State Statistics Service says the report does not include data from the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea, Sevastopol and certain districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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