Business news from Ukraine

INDIVIDUALS TO BE ABLE TO BUY GOVERNMENT BONDS VIA MOBILE APPLICATION EARLY 2019 – NBU

Several companies and banks are designing a mobile application for buying government domestic loan bonds, Head of the Depositary Operations Department of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Andriy Suprun has said.
“I think that next year, perhaps at the beginning of the year, the purchase of government domestic loan bonds by individuals can occur in several clicks in a mobile application. Several market players are currently working on the creation of this solution,” he said at the annual Ukrainian Financial Forum in Odesa, organized by the ICU investment group.
Suprun said that the NBU, for its part, provides them with the necessary support.
“We are writing an open API [application programming interface] and allow everyone to get involved in this competition, to provide the corresponding service to the market,” he said.
In addition, the representative of the NBU said there will be an opportunity to submit brokerage applications in the primary government domestic loan bonds market in the near term.
“In fact, the next auction can take place with a possibility for any investor to submit applications to the Finance Ministry through primary dealers. This should improve the indicators of attracting funds, primarily from the population,” Suprun said.
In general, he considers these initiatives to be mutually beneficial for the state and the population.
“The state receives a resource, natural persons – a good percentage, almost tax free, in contrast to deposits, as well as a 100% state guarantee for any amount,” he said.

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NBU HEAD EXPECTS DECISION ON CONTINUATION OF COOPERATION WITH IMF FOLLOWING MISSION’S VISIT

Head of the National Bank of Ukraine Yakiv Smolii positively assesses the course of the negotiations on the possibilities of obtaining the next tranche of financing with the mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that have been held in Kyiv since September 6.
“The negotiations with the IMF are continuing. The mission is finishing its work next week, and we expect a positive decision on continuing cooperation,” he told journalists on the sidelines of the 15th YES forum organized by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kyiv.
Asked about the aspects of this cooperation, Smolii noted that the fund’s continued financial support for Ukraine remains an important element of it.
“The replenishment of foreign exchange reserves is the key to macro-financial stability,” the NBU head said.
As reported, the IMF mission headed by Ron van Rooden began work in Kyiv on September 6 and plans to work until September 19 “to discuss the latest economic events and economic policy.”

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MONEY SUPPLY AND BASE IN UKRAINE 0.3% UP IN AUG – NBU

Money supply in Ukraine in August 2018 increased by 0.3%, to UAH 1.233 trillion, such preliminary data of monetary statistics are posted on the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
The country’s monetary base expanded 0.3% last month, to UAH 421.89 billion.
The NBU said that off-bank cash in August shrank by 0.6%, to UAH 344.17 billion, while ending stock on deposits grew by 0.9%, to UAH 888.66 billion.
Since early 2018, money supply grew by 2% and monetary base – by 5.7%, while off-bank cash rose by 3.5%.

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MONEY SUPPLY IN UKRAINE 1.3% UP IN JULY – NBU

Money supply in Ukraine in July 2018 increased by 1.3%, to UAH 1.229 trillion, such preliminary data of monetary statistics are posted on the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
According to the central bank, this dynamics is due to the growth in the balance of deposits by 1.7%, to UAH 881.579 billion, and the amount of cash in circulation outside banks by 0.8%, to UAH 346.654 billion.
In general, since early 2018 money supply has increased by 1.6%.
The NBU said the deposit portfolio of banks in the national currency in July rose by 1.5%, to UAH 515.475 billion, in foreign currency by 2%, to UAH 366.104 billion.
In general, since the beginning of the year the deposit portfolio of banks has increased by 0.6%, in particular, in the national currency by 5.1%. The deposit portfolio in foreign currency decreased by 5%.
The yield of deposit products in the national currency for business last month increased by 0.4 percentage points (p.p.), to 12% per annum, in foreign currency declined by 0.2 percentage points, to 1.9% per annum.
In general, in January-July 2018 the rate on hryvnia deposits for business increased by 3.3 percentage points, while on foreign currency deposits fell by 0.9 percentage points.
The interest rate on deposits for the population in July did not change either in the national currency or in foreign currency.
Since the beginning of this year, the rate on deposits for the population in the national currency has increased by 0.2 percentage points, to 10.7% per annum, while in foreign currency it decreased by 0.4 percentage points, to 2.3% per annum.
The loan portfolio of the banks in July increased by 1.9%, to UAH 1.043 trillion. In particular, the volume of loans in the national currency increased by 1.5%, to UAH 593.749 billion, in foreign currency it decreased by 2.3%, to UAH 449.452 billion.
Since the beginning of the year, the loan portfolio of the banks has grown by 2.7%, in particular in the national currency by 4.2% and in foreign currency by 0.8%.
According to the NBU, the cost of hryvnia loans for business last month decreased by 0.1 percentage points, to 16.9% per annum, foreign currency loans by 0.5 percentage points, to 6.1% per annum.
In general, for the seven months of the year the cost of loans for corporate borrowers in the hryvnia rose by 2.7 percentage points, in foreign currency decreased by 1.4 percentage points.
The cost of hryvnia loans for the population increased by 0.2 p.p. in July, to 32% per annum, in foreign currency by 4.3 percentage points, to 10% per annum.
Since the beginning of 2018, the cost of borrowings for the population in the national currency has increased by 3.3 percentage points, in foreign currency by 1.6 percentage points.
The monetary base in July rose by 0.2%, to UAH 420.598 billion. The growth for the seven months was 5.4%.
Net international reserves in July decreased by 2.9%, to $6.832 billion, the banks’ debt on refinancing loans fell by 0.1%, to UAH 58.58 billion.
In general, since early 2018, net foreign exchange reserves increased by 2.4%, the banks’ debt on refinancing loans decreased by 14.7%.

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MACRO MONTHLY SUMMARY – MAIN STATISTICS OF UKRAINE IN JUNE 2018

The growth of Ukraine’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2018 slightly accelerated, to 3.2% from 3.1% in the first quarter, the National Bank of Ukraine said.
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has worsened expectations as of the growth of the Ukrainian economy in 2019 and predicts a slowdown to 2.5%.
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved a list of another 288 investment programs and projects for regional development to the tune of over UAH 1.8 billion, which will be financed by the State Fund for Regional Development in 2018.
The amount of money transfers from abroad to Ukraine in the first quarter of 2018 increased by 34.2% compared to the first quarter of 2017, to $2.614 billion, or 10.2% of gross domestic product (GDP.
The total amount of wage arrears in Ukraine in May 2018 increased by 3.5%, and as of June 1, 2018 amounted to UAH 2.561 billion. Real wages in Ukraine in May 2018 compared to April increased by 2.9%, compared to 2018 May 2017 by 14.1%.
The deficit of Ukraine’s foreign trade in goods in January-May 2018 increased by 1.4 times compared with January-May 2017 and amounted to $2.055 billion.
Consumer prices in Ukraine in June 2018 remained zero for the second consecutive month, their growth since the beginning of the year was 4.4%, the State.
The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has left unchanged the forecast for inflation at the end of 2018 at 8.9%.
Revenue of Ukraine’s national budget in the first half of 2018 amounted to UAH 463.18 billion, lagging behind the planned figures by 3.1% (against 0.6% below the target in the first five months and 1.8% in the first four months).
The assets of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) as of July 1, 2018, amounted to UAH 942.724 billion, which was 8.2% less than at the beginning of the year.
Money supply in Ukraine increased by 1% in June 2018, to UAH 1.210 trillion, according to a preliminary statistics report by the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) released on its website.
Ukraine’s international reserves in June 2018 shrank by 1.1%, to $17.978 billion.
Industrial production in Ukraine in June 2018 increased by 2.2% compared to June 2017, while in May this figure was 2.5%, in April 3%.
Ukraine’s retail trade in January-June 2018 increased by 6.2% in comparable prices compared to January-June 2017.

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NBU APPROVES VS BANK AND TASCOMBANK MERGER

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has approved VS Bank (Lviv) merger with TAScombank (Kyiv) under a simplified procedure, VS Bank reported on its website.
“On July 11, 2018, VS Bank received the NBU’s permission for reorganization via the merger of VS Bank with TAScombank under the simplified procedure,” reads the report.
The merger will be conducted in line with the reorganization plan approved at the general meeting of shareholders of each bank and a merger agreement. TAScombank will become the legal successor of VS Bank’s rights and obligations.
TAS Group was founded in 1998. It has assets in the financial and industrial sectors, agriculture, real estate, pharmaceuticals, and venture projects. The financial sector of the group includes TAScombank, Universal Bank, VS Bank, two insurance companies and several other organizations. The founder and the main shareholder of the group is Sergiy Tigipko.
According to the NBU, as of January 1, 2018 the major owner of TAScombank was Sergiy Tigipko, who owned 99.86851% of securities.
Sberbank sold VS Bank as part of the implementation of its strategy to leave the Ukrainian banking market.

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