Business news from Ukraine

PORTFOLIO OF GOVERNMENT DOMESTIC LOAN BONDS HELD BY NON-RESIDENTS REACHES HISTORICAL RECORD OF UAH 60.12 BLN

The portfolio of government domestic loan bonds held by non-residents as of July 4 reached a new historical record high of UAH 60.12 billion at face value, including an increase of UAH 2.71 billion following the results of primary auctions conducted on July 2.
According to data released by the National Bank, the entire increase was traditionally provided by hryvnia securities, by UAH 3.91 billion, which total UAH 58.21 billion in the portfolio held by non-residents.
Such an inflow of funds from non-residents allowed the National Bank to buy out $52 million in the market after primary auctions on July 3, although the hryvnia exchange rate strengthened and for the first time since April 2018 it overcame the level of UAH 26/$1.
A week earlier, the portfolio of government bonds owned by non-residents grew by UAH 4.79 billion, but then a small part of it (UAH 390 million) was secured by equities in U.S. dollars.
In general, since the beginning of 2019 the portfolio of government bonds owned by non-residents has increased by UAH 53.77 billion, or 9.5 times.

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FOXTROT GROUP SEEKS TO EXPAND PORTFOLIO OF SHOPPING CENTERS IN UKRAINE

Depot Development Group from the Foxtrot Group (Kyiv), developing the Depo’t shopping centers chain in Ukraine, plans to expand the portfolio of retail property in Ukrainian regions via acquisition of finished facilities and building new ones, Foxtrot Group Head Valeriy Makovetsky has said.
“We have several construction projects and a number of projects for expanding/restyling existing facilities,” Makovetsky said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
At the same time, he said that the group does not plan to build a shopping center in Kyiv, since this is a specific market “with a long and not very high return on invested capital.”
“We have another strategy: construction of commercial real estate in the regions of Ukraine. We are trying to acquire completed and, from our point of view, liquid, small facilities. Next year [2019] we have planned the construction of a good facility in the center of Chernihiv. We are currently developing a restyling project of our facility in Kryvy Rih. We are attaching a sports complex with a swimming pool for the Sportlife network. We are planning to reformat the shopping center in Zaporizhia, to expand our shopping center in the center of Kropyvnytsky. Maybe, we will take part as partners in one of the Kharkiv facilities,” Makovetsky said, describing the plans.
According to him, these will be small regional-scale shopping centers, the total area of each of them will be about 10,000-15,000 square meters.
As Makovetsky said, Depo’t shopping centers show good performance, so the issue of selling them is not on the agenda.
“This business demonstrates good efficiency. The facilities stably show profits. Rental rates this year have grown by about 30%. Therefore, we plan to develop this area of business and the issue of selling them is not on the agenda,” the head of the Foxtrot Group said.

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INDIA TO EXPAND EXPORTED GENERICS PORTFOLIO – DR. MENON

India could expand a portfolio of generics exported to Ukraine thanks to medications that lost patent protection of innovative drugs, which will become available before 2020, President of the Indian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (IPMA) Dr. Ramanan Unni Parambath Menon has told Interfax-Ukraine. “Exports of Indian pharmaceutical products will grow, and the portfolio of generic products that can be supplied to Ukraine will expand, since by 2020 branded drugs worth about $55 billion will lose patent protection,” he said on the sidelines of the annual business seminar “India – Global force in pharmaceutics – Reliable partner for Ukraine” held late November in Kyiv.
He said that at present, retail and hospital sales of Indian medicines account for more than UAH 2.633 billion per year, including UAH 334.3 million in the hospital segment. The share of branded generic production of Indian pharmaceutical companies is 59.4% of this segment. According to Dr. Menon, “generic products are market drivers.” “The share of generic drugs is growing in monetary terms and in kind. Products of Indian companies are more branded generics,” he said.
Currently, the top 10 Indian pharmaceutical companies on the Ukrainian market include five IPMA member companies – Dr. Reddys, Abryl Formulations, Organosyn Life Sciences, SUN Pharma, Macleods Pharmaceuticals; and two IPMA member companies are in the top 20 – Aurobindo Pharma and Hetero Labs.
In total, 365 Indian brands are currently represented in the Ukrainian pharmaceutical market.
The IPMA predicts that by the end of 2018, sales of Indian medicines in Ukraine will grow by 22.7% in hryvnias or 19.9% in U.S. dollars compared with 2017. At the same time, sales of Indian drugs in kind will increase by 2.5%.
The growth in sales of Indian pharmaceutical products in 2019 in monetary terms could be 18.1% in hryvnias or 9.5% in U.S. dollars, while maintaining the total supply volumes.

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