Business news from Ukraine

METLIFE SEES 43% RISE IN PROFIT

PrJSC MetLife (Kyiv) saw UAH 166.5 million in net profit in 2018, which is 43.6% more than a year ago (UAH 115.9 million), according to the materials to the agenda of the general meeting of shareholders of the insurer scheduled for March 14, 2019.
Undistributed profit of the company for 2018 amounted to UAH 84.077 million, which is 2.5 times more than in 2017.
Last year, the company increased its assets 22.8% compared with 2017, to UAH 2.619 billion.
The net worth of the insurer for the year increased 18.5%, to UAH 325 million.
Total accounts receivable increased 28%, to UAH 49.6 million, cash and cash equivalents decreased 77.8%, to UAH 124.363 million, current liabilities increased 35.5%, to UAH 134.4 million, and long-term liabilities – by 22.7%, to UAH 2.159 billion.
Private joint-stock company MetLife, registered in 2002, is part of the MetLife international group of companies.

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BANKING SYSTEM OF UKRAINE HAS RECORD PROFIT OF UAH 21.7 BLN IN 2018

Ukrainian solvent banks in 2018 saw UAH 21.7 billion of net profit compared with UAH 26.5 billion of net loss a year ago, according to a posting on the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). According to the central bank, the recovery of the profitability of the banking system has become possible thanks to the reduction of sending funds to reserves with a steady increase in interest and commission fee income.
“The amount of payments to reserves more than halved, to UAH 23.7 billion in 2018 from UAH 49.2 billion in 2017. At the same time, the net interest and commission fee income of the banking system increased by an average of 38%,” the NBU said.
At the same time, the National Bank said that the main interest income, as before, is generated by corporate loans – 46% of the total amount, while investment in securities provided 27% of interest income, and retail loans – 26%.
Commission fee incomes increased against the background of the development of cash settlement and other related lending payments, to 25% in the structure of all revenues.
“After 2014-2017 unprofitable for the banking system, profit of banks in 2018 is the largest on the historical horizon. It became possible thanks to the intensification of lending, primarily retail in national currency, which increased by more than 30%. In addition, the decline in interest rates on deposits of individuals during most of the year and a significant reduction in allocations to reserves contributed to profitability of the banking sector. We expect that the year 2019 will also be successful as lending will continue growing,” First Deputy NBU Governor Kateryna Rozhkova said.
The NBU also reported that out of 77 banks operating on January 1, 2019, 64 banks posted UAH 34.4 billion of net profit. At the end of 2017, 64 out of 82 banks operating at that time were profitable.
The most profitable in 2018 were banks with foreign capital (UAH 15 billion profit for the year) and PrivatBank (UAH 11.7 billion). The main loss was generated by banks with public Russian capital (a UAH 11 billion loss).
According to the National Bank, the last time the banking system was profitable in 2013, when its profit amounted to UAH 1.4 billion. Then, in 2014, Ukrainian banks saw a net loss of UAH 33.1 billion, in 2015 a net loss of UAH 66.6 billion, in 2016 a net loss of UAH 159.4 billion and in 2017 UAH 26.5 billion.

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UKRENERGO SEES 1.4-FOLD RISE IN PROFIT IN 2018

National energy company Ukrenergo saw UAH 2.5 billion in net profit in 2018, which is 1.4 times more than in 2017 (UAH 1.75 billion), Ukrenergo CEO Vsevolod Kovalchuk said at the presentation entitled “10 Steps Towards Europe” late on Thursday.
He said that earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) margin of Ukrenergo last year was 58.2%.
In addition, Ukrenergo paid UAH 1.3 billion of taxes to the national budget.
As reported, Ukrenergo in 2017 cut its net profit by 42% or UAH 1.264 billion compared with 2016, to UAH 1.748 billion.
Ukrenergo operates trunk and interstate transmission lines, as well as centralized dispatching of the country’s integrated power grids. It is a state-owned enterprise, but it will be transformed into a private joint-stock company soon.

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RAIFFEISEN BANK INCREASES NET PROFIT IN UKRAINE BY 14% IN 2018

PJSC Raiffeisen Bank Aval (Kyiv) saw a 13.9% rise in net profit or by UAH 619.353 million in 2018, to UAH 5.088 billion, the bank has reported on its website. As reported, Raiffeisen Bank Aval in January-September 2018 saw a net profit of UAH 4.071 billion, which is 1% more than in the same period of 2017 (UAH 4.032 billion). The bank’s assets in January-September 2018 increased 7.5%, to UAH 71.246 billion, including loans and customer debt increased 24.3%, to UAH 45.783 billion.
Raiffeisen Bank Aval was founded in 1992. According to its data, on January 1, 2018 Raiffeisen Bank International owned 68.28% of the financial institution, while the EBRD held 30%.
Raiffeisen Bank Aval ranked fifth among 77 operating banks as of December 1, 2018 in terms of assets (UAH 70.003 billion), according to the National Bank of Ukraine.

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PRIVATBANK SEES UAH 11.7 BLN OF NET PROFIT IN 2018

PrivatBank (Kyiv) in 2018 saw UAH 11.7 billion of net profit, Board Chairman Petr Krumphanzl has said.
“2018 was not easy, but we were successful. I think that this figure [profit] is a contribution for the state, because it helps the development of the country, it helps the stability of the financial system, and it helps us to implement the strategy [of the bank’s development] approved by the Ministry of Finance. This is the best result since the economic crisis and the outbreak of war, and I am pleased that today I can name this figure – UAH 11.7 billion,” he said at a briefing in Dnipro on Tuesday.

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UKRAINIAN BANKS SEE 11-FOLD RISE IN PROFIT IN JAN-NOV – NBU

Profit of Ukrainian banks in January-November 2018 totaled UAH 20 billion, and this is an 11-fold rise year-over-year, First Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) Kateryna Rozhkova has said.
“The sector this year will make profit, which can be a record for more than 10 years. And most importantly it is real profit!” she wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday.
According to her, the year is not over yet, so various adjustments are possible, including the expenses on creating reserves, but the growth of interest income by almost 20% and commission income by 25% indicates that the banking sector is gradually but surely recovering.
Rozhkova predicted that in 2019, the sector income will remain high, although high interest rates will put pressure on income of banks.

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