PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region) whose major shareholder is the largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal, will channel UAH 10.845 billion into payment of dividends, which will be UAH 2.81 per ordinary registered share.
This decision was taken by shareholders of PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih at an extraordinary general meeting on October 10, the company’s press service said.
The procedure and timing for the payment of the dividends will later be determined by the enterprise’s supervisory board. After that, the funds will be transferred to shareholders. At the same time, it is specified that, according to the Law on Joint-Stock Companies, dividends must be paid within six months from the date of the decision by a meeting of shareholders.
The press service recalls that the last time dividends were paid for 2007, before the 2008-2009 crisis. After that, ArcelorMittal use funds to modernize production and carry out large-scale investment projects. The current dividend payment will not affect the implementation of the investment program. In the next five years, $1.8 billion will be invested in the development of production. Of the amount, about $300-350 million is to be invested in the construction of a pelletizing factory. It will produce pellets that will partially replace sinter as raw materials for blast furnaces. Therefore, the enterprise will be able to close two worn sinter plants and thereby reduce emissions by 50–55%, according to the press service.
ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is the largest producer of rolled steel in Ukraine. Its staples are long products, in particular, reinforcing bars and wire rods.
ArcelorMittal owns the largest mining and metallurgical plant ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih in Ukraine and a number of small companies, in particular PJSC ArcelorMittal Beryslav.
Nationalized PrivatBank (Kyiv) in January-September 2019 saw net profit rise to UAH 27.4 billion from UAH 5.093 billion for the same period in 2018, which became a new absolute figure for the bank and the entire banking system of Ukraine, according to a press release from the bank.
According to the bank, its net commission income for the nine months amounted to UAH 13.3 billion, net interest income some UAH 14.7 billion.
As reported, the net profit of PrivatBank (Kyiv) in January-June 2019 amounted to UAH 18.3 billion, which is 2.7 times more compared to the corresponding period of 2018 (UAH 6.9 billion).
Net interest income for the six months amounted to UAH 9.8 billion, net commission income some UAH 8.5 billion.
The government of Ukraine on December 18, 2016, referring to the proposal of the NBU and the former shareholders of PrivatBank, the largest of whom at that time were Ihor Kolomoisky and Hennadiy Boholiubov, decided to nationalize this largest financial institution in the Ukrainian market and invested over UAH 155 billion in its capital.
PrivatBank ranked first among 76 banks operating in the country as of July 1, 2019 in terms of total assets (UAH 522.422 billion), according to the National Bank of Ukraine.
Arricano Real Estate Plc (Cyprus), the managing company and developer of a number of shopping and entertainment centers in Ukraine, received $8.56 million in net profit in the first half of 2019, which is 38% less than in the first half of 2018.
According to the company’s report, posted on the London Stock Exchange’s website, its revenue for January-June increased by 17%, to $17.3 million, while total profit decreased by 19.8%, to $17.74 million.
The fair value of the company’s portfolio increased by 9%, to $281.3 million.
According to Arricano, the growth of this indicator is associated with an increase in the value of the operating real estate portfolio by $15.6 million, as well as projects under development by $7.2 million.
Arricano’s net asset value in the first half of the year, according to its report, increased from $94 million to $111.8 million.
In addition, the developer notes an increase in the occupancy of its shopping centers from 99.7% to 99.9% and 82 new leasing contracts compared to 68 in the first half of 2018.
As reported, Arricano in 2018 received $38.1 million in net profit, which is 47.6% more than in 2017. Its revenue increased by 14.4% and amounted to $31.52 million.
Solvent Ukrainian banks in January-August 2019 received UAH 44.29 billion in net profit, which is 3.2 times more than in the same period in 2018, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has said. “More than half (58.3%) of this result was provided by the activities of state-owned PrivatBank,” the central bank said on its website.
According to the report, the banks’ income for the reporting period increased by 28.5%, to UAH 164.99 billion, expenses by 5.2%, to UAH 120.7 billion.
Based on the previously released data, in August the net profit of Ukrainian banks grew by 1.9 times, to UAH 7.57 billion: income rose by 20.8%, to UAH 23.59 billion, while expenses by 2.5%, to UAH 16.02 billion.
The National Bank explains the growth of the banks’ profitability for the eight months of this year by four factors: the growth of net interest and commission income of the banks by 18%, to UAH 53 billion and by 15%, to UAH 28.4 billion respectively, a positive result from revaluation and purchase and sale operations with UAH 14.9 billion, as well as a low volume of the banks’ payments to reserves with UAH 8 billion against UAH 14.4 billion for the eight months of 2018.
The Ukrproduct Group, a large Ukrainian producer of packaged butter and processed cheese, saw GBP 0.74 million of net profit in H1, 2019 that is 1.8 times more than over the same period in 2018.
According to the company’s report posted on the London Stock Exchange, Ukrproduct revenue saw 1.5-fold rise, reaching GBP 22.24 million, and gross profit grew by 1.55 times, up to GBP 1.93 million.
Through the first six months of 2019 operating profit of the company totaled GBP 0.4 million compared with operating loss of GBP 0.19 million in H1 2018.
As at June 30, 2019, the group had total liabilities of GBP 16.8 million against GBP 15.1 million in 2018, net assets and net assets of GBP 1.3 million million with cash balances of GBP 0.2 million.
According to the group, the main drivers of revenue growth were butter, beverages and processed cheese. The Company estimates that Ukrproduct’s butter market share in Ukraine has increased by approximately 3% to 10.1% when comparing H1 2019 with H1 2018, whilst market share in processed cheese and processed cheese products has decreased by approximately 0.3% to 8.5% when comparing H1 2019 with H1 2018.
“However, in the first half of 2019, Ukrproduct became the top exporter of processed cheese in Ukraine. Hard cheese sales decreased by 2%, whilst sales of bulk & packaged spreads increased by 17%,” the group said.
As the group said, sales of kvass beverage improved, driven by an active marketing strategy and the launch of a new product containing natural ingredients of juice and mint.
The most significant portion of the Group’s revenue comes from selling packaged butter and supplementary products, which represented 57.2% in the first half of 2019 and 45.9% in first half of 2018 of total revenue for the relevant periods.
Export sales of Ukrproduct increased due to rising export sales in supplementary products, however, export sales of packaged butter and spreads decreased overall. Skimmed milk products exports continue to decline as a result of worldwide prices being lower than domestic market prices.
The Group continues to expand export sales into non-dairy products: beverages and other food commodities.
Ukrproduct Group produces branded dairy goods (the Nash Molochnyk, Narodny Produkt, Vershkova Dolyna and other trademarks).
The Danish agro-company Agromino with assets in Ukraine, Russia and Estonia received EUR 6.6 million of net profit in January-June 2019 against EUR 2.8 million of net loss for the same period in 2018.
According to a company report on the website, total income, adjusted for the fair value of assets and reserves, for the first half of this year increased 10%, up to EUR 30.2 million.
Agromino’s EBITDA for the six months was positive and totaled EUR 10.2 million in comparison with negative indicator in p2018 – EUR 1.8 million.
Consolidated assets of the agricultural company at the end of June 2019 were estimated at EUR 92.9 million compared to EUR45.4 million by the end of 2018.
Agromino in the second quarter of 2019 saw 21% million rise in net profit against EUR 9.8 million of net profit for the same period last year. Total revenue for this period increased by 9.5%, to EUR 22.2 million.
Agromino (formerly Trigon Agri) was established in 2006. It specializes in grain and dairy production, agricultural trade.
In Ukraine, the company owns four silos with a capacity of 145,000 tonnes. Its land bank is about 45,000 hectares in Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, and Kirovohrad regions.