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OSCHADBANK TO START SELLING NPL AT AUCTIONS FROM AUTUMN 2020

Oschadbank (Kyiv) is preparing to start selling non-performing loans (NPL) at open auctions starting in the fall of 2020, in particular, the bank is currently identifying and agreeing on the relevant assets for sale, the bank’s press service has told Interfax-Ukraine.
The press service clarified mechanisms for managing problem assets have become more accessible thanks to the decree of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) dated April 13, 2020 (No. 49) and the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers dated April 15, 2020 (No. 281).
It is clarified that these documents determine that the relevant auctions should be held according to the Dutch model (to lower the price) and include the stages of submitting closed price offers and a price offer subject to a number of conditions.
The press service added that such conditions include a ban on the purchase of a lot by the debtor or a person related to him, setting the starting price at the level of the gross book value of the financial asset, and the minimum at a level not less than the minimum economic benefit.
It is noted that the changes adopted by the NBU and the Cabinet of Ministers also determine the procedure for writing off bad assets by state banks. In particular, in accordance with them, Oschadbank in the first half of 2020 wrote off non-performing assets by UAH 22 billion, which led to a decrease in the share of NPL in the total credit portfolio from 55% at the beginning of the year to 48%.

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STATE-RUN OSCHADBANK SELLING STRAW PELLETS PLANT

State-owned Oschadbank (Kyiv) is selling a straw pellets plant with an annual capacity of 40,000 tonnes on the OpenMarket platform of state-owned enterprise (SOE) SETAM and 34 items of the plant’s equipment at the starting price of UAH 42.95 million.
The press service of SETAM reported on Wednesday that the auction will be held on January 16.
The bid deposit is UAH 2.15 million, and the bid increment is UAH 429,500.
The press service said that the lot was put up for sale by Oschadbank as voluntary sale.
The plant is located in Kirovohrad region.
Oschadbank was founded in 1991. Its sole owner is the state.
According to the National Bank of Ukraine, as of October 1, 2019, Oschadbank ranked second among 76 banks operating in the country in terms of total assets (UAH 274.609 billion).

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OSCHADBANK PLANS TO CLOSE 600 BRANCHES IN 2020

Oschadbank (Kyiv) plans to reduce the number of branches from 2,400 to 1,800-2,000 next year and update the remaining ones as part of the continued optimization of the network of branches of the financial institution. “We now have 2,400 branches. According to the plan, about 1,800-2,000 should remain. At the same time, we emphasize that all financial services will be available to customers throughout Ukraine,” Apine Baiba, the head of the supervisory board of Oschadbank, said in an interview with FinClub.
According to her, Oschadbank has already begun optimizing the network by updating more than 650 branches. At the same time, according to the old model, about 1,800 branches are still operating.
“Next year we need to make a choice: reformat them to a new business model or reduce them. And we cannot delay this process, because it affects the bank’s performance,” she said.
She clarified that the financial institution’s specialists are also working on transferring services from the branches to an online mode.
Oschadbank was founded in 1991. Its sole owner is the state.
Oschadbank ranked second among 76 banks operating in the country on October 1, 2019 in terms of total assets (UAH 274.609 billion), according to the National Bank of Ukraine.

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STATE-OWNED OSCHADBANK’S NET PROFIT SOARS 2.6 TIMES

The net profit of state-owned Oschadbank (Kyiv) in January-September 2019 totaled UAH 189.017 million, which is a 2.6-fold rise from a year ago (UAH 72.938 million), according to quarterly financial statements of the bank.
According to the statements posted on the bank’s website, net profit in Q3 2019 amounted to UAH 64.106 million, which is 52.9% more than in Q3 2018.
Net interest income for in January-September 2019 increased 1.2% compared with the corresponding period of 2018, to UAH 4.185 billion.
In January-September 2019, the bank’s assets decreased 4.4%, to UAH 208.109 billion, including a decline of 3.5% in loans issued to customers, to UAH 65.146 billion.
Assets for this period increased 0.4%, to UAH 18.619 billion.
The charter capital for the period remained at the level of UAH 49.725 billion.
Oschadbank was founded in 1991. Its sole owner is the state.
According to the National Bank of Ukraine, as of July 1, 2019, Oschadbank ranked second (UAH 288.339 billion) among 76 banks operating in the country in terms of total assets.

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UKRAINE STARTS TENDERS TO SELECT CANDIDATES FOR POSTS OF INDEPENDENT MEMBERS OF STATE-OWNED PRIVATBANK, OSCHADBANK, UKREXIMBANK

Ukraine has started a tender to select candidates for the posts of independent members of the supervisory boards of state-owned PrivatBank, Oschadbank and Ukreximbank. According to a posting on the website of the Finance Ministry, the tender was started on April 5 and will be completed before May 10.
As reported, the Finance Ministry early April 2019 selected Pedersen & Partners recruiting company to search for candidates to the post of independent members of the supervisory board of state-owned Oschadbank, Ward Howell Ukraine to search for candidates for state-owned Ukreximbank and Talent Advisors, part of Odgers Berndtson Ukraine, to search for candidates for state-owned PrivatBank.
According to the ministry’s report, candidates who want to take part in the tender must apply to these recruiting companies by April 25.
As reported, the Verkhovna Rada early July 2018 adopted a law on the reform of the supervisory boards of state-run banks, according to which the supervisory board of state-owned banks should consist of nine members. Six of them should be independent, three – representatives of the state, one each from the president, the Cabinet of Ministers and the parliament.

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OSCHADBANK, UKREXIMBANK SELLING GULLIVER SHOPPING MALL FOR UAH 18 BLN

State-run Oschadbank and Ukreximbank have put rights of claim under a loan agreement with Kyiv-based Gulliver shopping mall’s mortgage up for sale through SETAM’s OpenMarket system for UAH 18.177 billion.
The lot includes a 1.14 ha plot of land on Kyiv’s Sportyvna Square, a trading and office complex with a parking lot with a total area of 151,800 square meters, a 0.11 ha plot of land for construction of a new trading and office complex, and 100% of corporate rights in the borrower’s charter capital, says an announcement posted on the trading platform.
The auction is scheduled for October 16. Bids are accepted until October 15.

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