Business news from Ukraine

TASCOMBANK PLANS TO ALLOCATE UAH 200 MLN, OR 44% OF 2021 PROFIT, TO FORM RESERVES

Shareholders of TAScombank (Kyiv) at a general meeting on June 14 will consider approving profit for 2021 in the amount of UAH 456.062 million and directing 44%, or UAH 200 million, to the formation of reserves.
According to the bank’s announcement in the information disclosure system of the National Securities and Stock Markets Commission, the remaining profit of UHA 256 million is planned to be left undistributed.
The bank also plans to refuse to pay dividends to shareholders based on last year’s results.
As reported, in 2020, the bank’s net profit amounted to UAH 381.112 million.
According to the NBU, at the beginning of 2021, the main owner of TAScombank was Sergiy Tigipko (99.93% of shares).
According to the NBU, as of March 1, 2022, TAScombank ranked 16th (UAH 30.632 billion) in terms of total assets among 69 banks operating in the country.

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UKRAINE’S RESERVES REACH $28.36 BLN

Ukraine’s international reserves as of July 1, 2021, according to preliminary data, amounted to $28.358 billion (in equivalent), which is 2% more than at the beginning of May this year ($27.84 billion), according to the data of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
“As of July 1, Ukraine’s international reserves, according to preliminary data, amounted to $28.358 billion (in equivalent). In June, they grew by 2% due to foreign exchange charges in favor of the government and NBU interventions, which compensated for the repayment of external and internal obligations of the state,” the report says.
As the National Bank notes, the dynamics of reserves in June was affected by operations on government debt management – the total volume of payments for servicing and repaying government and government-guaranteed debt in foreign currency amounted to $995.6 million (in equivalent).
It is specified that $848 million was spent on servicing and redeeming government domestic loan bonds, $80.1 million – on servicing eurobonds, and the rest – on fulfilling other government obligations in foreign currency.
At the same time, foreign exchange earnings in favor of the government amounted to $1.095 billion (in equivalent), including $726.3 million from the placement of government bonds.
The press service noted that in May, the NBU and the government sent $2.3 million to the IMF.
It is indicated that the dynamics of reserves was also influenced by the operations of the NBU in the interbank market. In particular, the NBU replenished its reserves by $682.8 million due to the fact that for most of the month the supply of foreign exchange on the interbank market prevailed over demand, including due to the growing interest of non-residents in government bonds and the activation of exporters.
In addition, on some days, the regulator smoothed out excessive fluctuations of the hryvnia by selling foreign currency, selling $99.5 million per month.
According to the report, the dynamics of the indicator in June was also influenced by the revaluation of financial instruments – last month their value decreased by $180.8 million in equivalent, according to the National Bank.
As the regulator noted, as of July 1, 2021, the volume of international reserves covers 4.3 months of future imports. It is clarified that this is enough to fulfill the obligations of Ukraine and the current operations of the government and the NBU.
In addition, the NBU clarified that Ukraine’s net international reserves in June increased by $623 million, or 3.6%, to $17.977 billion.

UKRAINE INCREASES GAS RESERVES

Natural gas reserves in underground storage facilities (UGS) of Ukraine as of October 17, 2020 reached 28.434 billion cubic meters, or 91.9% of their total design capacity, according to operational data of JSC Ukrtransgaz.
According to the calculations of Interfax-Ukraine, on October 1 through October 17, the storage facilities were filled by 379.6 million cubic meters, and if during October 1 – October 16, the daily injection ranged from 19.6 million cubic meters to 28.2 million cubic meters, then on October 17, it decreased to 10.8 million cubic meters.
Since the end of the season for withdrawing gas from storage facilities on March 26 until October 17, 2020, reserves in Ukrainian UGS facilities have increased by 80.1%, or 12.649 billion cubic meters.
As reported, in the previous heating season, which lasted from November 1, 2019 to March 26, 2020, gas reserves in the country’s underground storage facilities decreased by 6 billion cubic meters (from 21.784 billion cubic meters to 15.784 billion cubic meters).
The system of 12 underground storage facilities of Ukrtransgaz, which fully belongs to NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy, has a total design capacity of 31 billion cubic meters.

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UKRAINE’S FX RESERVES TO $25.7 BLN

Ukraine’s FX reserves in April 2020 tentatively grew by 3.1% or $800 million, to $25.695 billion, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) said on its website on Thursday.
“Transactions of the National Bank to manage reserves and transactions on the FX market first of all contributed to the increase in FX reserves,” the central bank said.

NATIONAL BANK OF UKRAINE RAISES RESERVES TO $21.9 BLN

The international reserves of Ukraine in November 2019 increased, according to preliminary data, by 2.5%, or $500 million, to $21.932 billion, according to the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). According to the central bank, the increase in international reserves is due, first of all, to the maintenance of a favorable situation in the country’s foreign exchange market. The National Bank notes that, despite a significant slowdown in the inflow of foreign capital into government bonds compared to the previous months, currency supply in the market remained significantly greater than demand due to substantial sales of foreign currency by exporters, which allowed the NBU to replenish international reserves by $897.8 million (net purchase). In particular, the central bank bought $777.8 million at a single rate and $120 million by choosing the best rate. The NBU did not carry out any interventions on the sale of currency last month.
According to the report, for the indicated period, $644.7 million was allocated for servicing and repaying the state debt in foreign currency. Of this amount, EUR425.5 million was paid on government domestic loan bonds, $9.2 million on eurobonds. In addition, $84.4 million were allocated to fulfill obligations to the International Monetary Fund.
These expenses were partially offset by revenues of $304.9 million from the placement of government domestic loan bonds denominated in foreign currency, the NBU notes.

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COAL RESERVES IN THERMAL POWER PLANTS IN UKRAINE 46% LESS THAN LAST YEAR

Coal reserves in the warehouses of thermal power plants (TPP) of energy generating companies in Ukraine as of August 19 stood at 753,400 tonnes, which is 46% (639,200 tonnes) less than a year earlier, according to data from the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry. According to Interfax-Ukraine’s calculations, the reserves of anthracite currently amount to 262,800 tonnes, which is 8.1% (19,700 tonnes) more than last year. Gas coal reserves are 490,600 tonnes, which is 56.5% (659,000 tonnes) less than last year.
At the same time, coal reserves (anthracite and gas) in the warehouses of thermal power plants today amount to 164,600 tonnes, which is 50% less than a year earlier.
As reported, coal consumption by TPPs and combined heat and power plants in the country in 2018 increased by 5.7% (by 1.409 million tonnes) compared to 2017, to 26.22 million tonnes.

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