Business news from Ukraine

MAIN PIPE ENTERPRISES OF UKRAINE INCREASE PRODUCTION IN H1

The main pipe enterprises of Ukraine in January-June of this year increased production of pipes from ferrous metals, according to recent data, by 16.4% compared to the same period last year, to 470,800 tonnes, in particular, in June – 94,300 tonnes. The Ukrtruboprom association told Interfax-Ukraine, in particular, the enterprises of the association during this period increased production of pipes by 16.1%, to 309,400 tonnes. In particular, in June they increased output compared to the same period last year by 56.5%, to 68,400 tonnes, compared to May of this year – by 16.9%.
At the same time, Interpipe Niko Tube and Trubostal demonstrate positive dynamics, while in the six months they increased pipe production by 58.6% and 11.1%, respectively. At the same time, Centravis reduced production by 10.2%, Interpipe Novomoskovsk Pipe Plant – by 23.2%.
Dnipropetrovsk Pipe Plant continues to be idle.
According to Heorhiy Polsky, the director general of Ukrtruboprom, for the fourth month in a row there has been an increase in the production of seamless pipes at the enterprises of the association due to the preservation of a favorable situation in foreign markets.
“Consumption of oil and gas pipes is at a high level due to the growth of drilling volumes, mainly in the United States and the Middle East. At the same time, in Ukraine, even against the background of rising gas prices, drilling volumes and, accordingly, consumption of such pipes are still far away from the pre-crisis level of 2018-2019. At the same time, pipe products for construction purposes are also in demand in the EU countries, the MENA region, as well as in Ukraine,” the top manager stated.
According to him, the sharp rise in the price of strip (although the rise in prices for it has practically stopped at present) continues to have a negative impact on the production of welded pipes.

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UKRAINE CAN INCREASE GRAIN PROCESSING BY NO MORE THAN 2 MLN TONNES

Ukraine can multiply the production and export of grain, while their industrial processing can increase by no more than 2 million tonnes per year, President of the Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA) Mykola Horbachev said at an online conference on Tuesday.
“The cries about the need to process more inside the country are groundless. It is necessary to create a good raw material base that will show the whole world: if it is profitable to export, then investors will come and build processing plants themselves,” he said.
According to Horbachev, Ukraine could reduce its need for gasoline, which exports 4 million tonnes annually, by adding up to 20% of bioethanol produced from corn.
The president of UGA cited calculations according to which 0.38 tonnes of ethanol can be produced from 1 tonne of corn. Accordingly, to provide the required 800,000 tonnes of ethanol in the form of an additive to gasoline, Ukraine will process about 2 million tonnes of corn.
In addition, Horbachev said that over 20 years Ukraine has increased its corn production 10 times, while this figure is not the limit, since most agricultural producers grow 6-7 tonnes per hectare. He said that there are farms in the country that grow corn using the correct technological processes, equipment and seeds getting 12-14 tonnes per hectare.
“We grow three times more than we are able to consume. We export two-thirds. If we boost our production potential, we will export more and more in percentage,” he said.
According to Horbachev, if Ukraine does not increase grain exports, there will be other suppliers on the global market, and the country will lag behind not only in aircraft and rocket manufacturing, but also in agriculture.
“Traders perform one of the most important functions – they take excess grain that cannot be consumed here in Ukraine from the market,” he said.

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NATIONAL ECONOMIC STRATEGY: UKRAINE PLANS TO INCREASE FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT INFLOW TO $15 BLN PER YEAR FROM 2025

Ukraine intends to increase the inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) by 2025 to $15 billion per year, while at the end of 2020 their outflow amounted to $420 million, and in 2021 the National Bank predicts a recovery in FDI inflows at the level of $3 billion.
The targets are enshrined in the National Economic Strategy 2030 posted on the government’s website.
According to it, Ukraine should at least double its real gross domestic product (GDP) in 10 years.
Target indicators are also the following: an increase in exports to $150 billion compared to $49 billion in 2020, an increase in labor productivity by at least 1.7 times, and a decrease in the unemployment rate from 8.6% to 6% in 2030.
As indicated in the strategy, the share of the public sector of the country’s banking system by 2030 should be reduced to 25% from the current 54%.
At the same time, the document contains the intention of the Ukrainian government to keep the state budget deficit at the level of 2-3% of GDP, and the ratio of public debt to GDP at 30-40%.
As for the trade priorities of the state until 2030, here the document sets out plans to increase the share of small and medium-sized businesses of total exports to 40%.
International trade should also be facilitated by the reduction of the time for passing customs procedures to average European indicators, as well as the synchronization of the work of the customs authorities.
In addition, the National Strategy provides for an increase in the share of investment imports by at least 30% by 2030.

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UKRAINIAN INSURERS INCREASE PREMIUMS BY 20% IN 2020

Insurance companies that are members of the Motor (Transport) Insurance Bureau of Ukraine (MTIBU) in 2020 signed 8.334 million contracts of compulsory insurance of civil liability of land vehicle owners (OSAGO), which is 4.1% more than in 2019.
According to data posted on the website of the bureau, out of the total volume of contracts, 3.096 million were concluded in electronic format, which is 2.6 times more than in 2019.
The members of the Bureau increased the collection of OSAGO insurance premiums by 20.6% compared to the same period last year, to UAH 6.137 billion, including via signing electronic policies in the amount of UAH 2.584 million, which is 2.8 times more than a year earlier.
The total amount of accrued insurance claims under internal insurance policies in 2020 grew by 12.9% – to UAH 2.852 billion, including UAH 503.2 million paid using European accident report forms, which is 12.4% more than a year earlier.
The bureau also recorded an increase in the number of settled claims for insurance compensation by 5.4%, to 147,200, of which 50,300 (a rise of 5.8%) using European accident report forms.
The MTIBU is the only association of insurers that provide compulsory insurance of civil liability of land vehicle owners for damage caused to third parties. It has 49 members.

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UKRZALIZNYTSIA PLANS TO INCREASE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS TO UAH 41 BLN

Ukrzaliznytsia intends to increase investments in rolling stock and infrastructure, Head of the Freight Transportation division of Ukrzaliznytsia, Irakli Ezugbaya, has said.
“So, if this year capital investments will amount to UAH 4.8 billion, then next year we plan to invest UAH 25.8 billion, in 2022 some UAH 28.4 billion, and in 2023 some UAH 41.1 billion. Due to this, we will be able to provide our customers with equal access to the infrastructure and not refuse any of them along with the transportation of goods that can be placed at Ukrzaliznytsia,” he said in an interview with the Centre for Transport Strategies.
At the same time, Irakli said that Ukrzaliznytsia constantly needs to increase its operating profit.
“In 2020, EBITDA margin indicators are planned at 9.1%. By 2023, we want to increase these indicators to 30%. In my opinion, the cargo business unit should significantly improve its indicators in order to compensate for potential losses from other areas, including passenger transportation. Therefore, in order to reach 23% of EBITDA in 2021, we must reach at least 30% in the cargo direction,” he said.
As reported, Ukrzaliznytsia intends to provide UAH 4.1 billion in the company’s financial plan for 2021 for the overhaul of locomotives.
In 2019, Ukrzaliznytsia increased its net profit by about 14.7 times, to UAH 2.988 billion (UAH 203.85 million in 2018). EBITDA of Ukrzaliznytsia for 2019 increased by 6%, to UAH 17.3 billion compared to the results of last year.

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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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