Business news from Ukraine


KPMG in Ukraine in the 2018 fiscal year (ended on September 30, 2018) boosted revenue by 39%, to UAH 473 million and increased the number of employees, the company said in a statement on its website. The segment of advisory services showed the highest growth rates, as well as revenue from audit, tax and legal advice, the company said.
“The gradual integration of Ukraine into the EU is reflected in the improvement of business practices of Ukrainian companies, which, in turn, increases the demand for qualified advisory services,” the statement quoted Managing Partner at KPMG in Ukraine Andriy Tsymbal as saying.
In 2018 KPMG in Ukraine increased the number of its employees by 289, of which 167 are university graduates and entry-level specialists.
Globally, KPMG International in FY 2018 increased total revenue in local currencies by 7.1% from FY2017 to a record amount of $29 billion in the equivalent.
KPMG in Ukraine has been working on the Ukrainian market since 1992. It provides audit and assurance, tax and legal, advisory, risk consulting, and forensic services.



Revenue of Ukraine’s national budget in October 2018 totaled UAH 72.6 billion, which is UAH 1.2 billion (1.8%) more than the target, while revenue in January-October 2018 reached UAH 747.3 million, and the revenue target was met only by 97.7% (UAH 17.5 billion less).
According to information on the website of the State Treasury Service of Ukraine, compared with October 2017 revenue last month grew by UAH 10.8 billion or 17.6%, while in January-October rose by 15.4% or UAH 99.9 billion.
Tax payments in January-October 2018 exceeded the January-October 2017 figure by 17%, reaching UAH 312.5 billion, and the target was met by 100.4%. Customs payments over the period grew by 13%, totaling UAH 275.6 billion.
In October alone, tax payments amounted to UAH 26.6 billion, which was 25% more than a year ago. The target was met by 97.1%. Customs payments last month reached UAH 35.5 billion, a rise of 23% year-over-year. The target was met by 111.9%.
In general, the State Fiscal Service met the target by 105% in October 2018. Payments grew by 23.9% year-over-year.
The State Treasury Service said that in January-October 2018 VAT was refunded in the amount of UAH 107.9 billion, which is 11% more than a year ago. In October alone, UAH 10.3 billion was refunded compared with UAH 12.46 billion in September 2018.
The revenue target of the general fund in January-October 2018 was met by 97.9%. Revenue totaled UAH 673.1 billion. In October 2018, the revenue target of the general fund was met by 104.8%. Revenue came to UAH 64 billion.
Revenue of local budgets in October 2018 grew by 10% year-over-year, to UAH 22.2 billion. The target was met by 114%.
Revenue from payment of single social security tax in October rose by 25.9% year-over-year, to UAH 19.9 billion.

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Revenue of local budgets from the sale of rights to lease farmland parcels in state ownership by territorial agencies of the State Service for Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre totaled UAH 131 million in January-August 2018.
The Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry said in a press release that in 2017, revenue from the sale of rights to lease farmland parcels in state ownership totaled UAH 118.7 million, in 2016- UAH 95.8 million and in 2015 – UAH 38.4 million.
The ministry said that the good results of land auctions were recorded in Sumy region (5,143 ha for UAH 11.98 million), Odesa region (4,162 ha for UAH 17.8 million), Donetsk region (2,897 ha for UAH 4.49 million), Chernihiv region (3,954 ha for UAH 10.9 million) and Kherson region (2,888 ha for UAH 3.14 million).

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Revenue of Ukrainian banks, not taking into account insolvent banks, in January-July 2018 totaled UAH 108.913 billion, which is 7.17% more than a year ago, according to a posting on the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
The number of banks for the period from August 1, 2017 to August 1, 2018, was reduced to 82 from 89. At the same time, the assets of banks during this period increased by 4.05%, to UAH 1.315 trillion, and total assets (not adjusted to reserves for covering possible losses from active operations) grew by 7.77%, to UAH 1.876 trillion.
The National Bank said the interest income of banks over the period increased by 9.37%, to UAH 78.045 billion, while the loan portfolio from August 1, 2017 to August 1, 2018 increased by 10.92%, to UAH 1.078 trillion.
Commission income rose by 3307%, to UAH 28.303 billion, other operating revenues also increased by 56.72%, to UAH 4.661 billion, other income by 21.06%, to UAH 799 million.
Expenses of the banking system over the period amounted to UAH 99.144 billion, which is 2.65% less than for the same period in 2017.
Interest expenses decreased by 8.19%, to UAH 39.154 billion, while the total amount of deposited funds, including term deposits from other banks, grew by 8.18%, to UAH 953.163 billion.
Net profit after taxes of Ukrainian banks in January-July 2018 totaled UAH 9.769 billion, while a year ago the loss of UAH 223 million was recorded.



Vodafone Ukraine, the mobile communications operator, saw UAH 2.9 billion of revenue in January-March 2018, which is 2.1% more than a year ago.
According to a financial report of the operator published on Wednesday, net profit in Q1 2018 fell by 30.75%, to UAH 367 million.
Operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) grew by 17.6% year-over-year, to UAH 1.5 billion.
OIBDA margin reached 52.8%, a rise by 7 percentage points (p.p.) year-over-year.
Net profit in Q1 2018 totaled UAH 367 million, which is UAH 163 million less than a year ago. The main reasons for the reduction of profit were the increase in amortization expenses and devaluation of long-term assets in eastern Ukraine.
Subscribers’ revenue in Q1 2018 grew mainly thanks to organic growth of revenue from data transfer. In the period, Vodafone Ukraine increased revenue from data transfer 1.5-fold.
The subscribers’ base reached 20.7 million clients in Q1 2018. The number of data users grew by 1.2 million in a year.
Early 2018 Vodafone Ukraine significantly increased investment in infrastructure – UAH 1.2 billion in Q1 2018, including the cost of 4G licenses, investment in development of 3G and 4G networks.
Today high-speed 4G Internet is provided in 25 cities of Ukraine. Over 1 million clients of Vodafone Ukraine used 4G mobile Internet. 3G coverage is available for over 80% of residents of Ukraine in over 10,000 cities and towns.
Vodafone Ukraine is the second largest mobile communications operator in the country which serviced 20.8 million subscribers as of late 2017.

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The mobile communications operator Kyivstar saw a 10.1% rise in total revenue in January-March 2018 year-over-year, to UAH 4.263 billion, according to a financial report of the company’s shareholder – Veon international group (before the rebranding it was VimpelCom Ltd.) posted on its official website. According to the report, during this period, Kyivstar increased earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) by 16.4% compared to the same period in 2016, to UAH 2.412 billion. The EBITDA margin increased 3 percentage points (p.p.), to 56.6%.
Revenue from mobile operator services for the first three months of 2018 amounted to UAH 3.968 billion, an 11% increase over the same period in 2017, which is explained by the growth in both the number of mobile Internet users (by 1.6 million) and their mobile data use (average consumption of mobile data traffic per month increased by 121%, to 1.5 GB per subscriber).
At the same time, revenue from mobile Internet for the year increased by almost 59%. Its share was 33% of total revenue from mobile communications. The number of mobile subscribers of Kyivstar in January-March 2018 increased 1.9% to 26.5 million. The minutes of use (MoU) grew by 2.1%, to 586 minutes. The average revenue per user (ARPU) rose by 8.5%, to UAH 49 per month.
Revenue of the mobile operator from fixed-line communications remained unchanged in the first quarter of 2018, being UAH 295 million. The number of fixed-line Internet users slightly grew – by 2.7%, to some 800,000 users, and ARPU from fixed-line Internet grew by 4.3%, to UAH 72.
Capital investment over the period fell by 6.8% (not taking into account the cost of 4G licenses), reaching UAH 687 million.
According to the report, the operator continued to deploy its 3G network in the first quarter, expanding its coverage of the area with the 3G network from 64% in the first quarter of 2017 to 74% in the first quarter of 2018. In April 2018, the company began to provide communication services in the 4G (LTE) standard. In the first quarter of 2018, Kyivstar transferred more than UAH 2.9 billion taxes and duties to the national budget of Ukraine.