Business news from Ukraine


Revenue of Ukrainian banks, not taking into account insolvent ones, in January and February 2019, totaled UAH 39.279 billion, which is 40.4% more than a year ago, according to a posting on the website of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
Expenses of the banking system over the period accounted for UAH 30.588 billion, which is 27.5% more than a year ago.
Net profit of Ukrainian banks over the period came to UAH 8.691 billion, which is 2.2 times more than in January and February 2018.



Revenue of Ukrainian banks, not taking into account insolvent ones, totaled UAH 20.18 billion in January 2019, which is 38% more than in January 2018, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has reported on its website. The number of banks for the period from February 1, 2018 to February 1, 2018 decreased to 77 from 82 financial institutions.
The National Bank said that the interest income of banks in January increased by 18%, to UAH 13.282 billion, commission fees – by 18%, to UAH 4.628 billion. In addition, banks received UAH 1.656 billion from revaluation and purchase/sale operations (a loss of UAH 1.059 billion was recorded in January 2018), UAH 481 million of other operating income (an increase by 11%), UAH 79 million of other income (a decrease by 39%) and UAH 54 million from return of written-off assets (an increase by 38%).
The expenses of the banking system in January 2019 amounted to UAH 14.754 billion, which is 14% more than in January 2018.
Interest expenses increased by 10%, to UAH 6.255 billion, commission fees – by 35%, to UAH 1.47 billion, administrative expenses – by 15%, to UAH 4.136 billion, and contributions to reserves – by 14%, to UAH 1.759 billion. In addition, other operating expenses increased by 20%, to UAH 821 million, and other expenses decreased by 3%, to UAH 77 million.
After tax deduction, the net profit of Ukrainian banks in January 2019 amounted to UAH 5.426 billion, which is a 3.2-fold rise compared with January 2018.



Net revenue of JSC Kyivstar in 2018 totaled UAH 18.719 billion, which is 13.2% more than in 2017. According to a report of the VEON parent company, revenue of the operator from providing mobile communications services grew by 13.6%, to UAH 17.412 billion, and from the provision of fixed-line communication services – by 6.5%, to UAH 1.206 billion. In addition, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) last year rose by 14.2%, to UAH 10.529 billion, and EBITDA margin – by 0.5 percentage points (p.p.), to 56.2%.
Kyivstar’s capital expenditure in 2018 (not including the cost of licenses) increased 18.4%, to UAH 3.1 billion. The number of mobile operator’s subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased 0.5% compared with the fourth quarter of 2017, to 26.4 million, while the number of fixed-line subscribers increased 11%, to 0.9 million.
In the fourth quarter of 2018, the operator’s income increased 16.6%, to UAH 5.009 billion. Of these, UAH 4.671 billion was revenue from mobile services (a rise of 17.2%), and UAH 311 million – income from fixed-line services (a rise of 9.1%). EBITDA over this period increased 12%, to UAH 2.793 billion, EBITDA margin decreased 2.3 p.p., to 55.8%. Capital investment in the fourth quarter of 2018 amounted to UAH 749 million, which is 40.4% more than in the same period of 2017. According to the operator, mainly the funds were sent to the development of the 4G network, improving the quality of services.
In the last quarter of last year, the ARPU (average income per subscriber) grew by 18.2%, to UAH 58, while MoU (minutes per user) decreased 1%, to 584 minutes.
According to the Kyivstar’s press release, in the fourth quarter of 2018 the number of mobile Internet users increased 18.2% compared with the same period in 2017, to 14.8 million, the consumption of data traffic increased by 152.4%, to 2.753 GB per subscriber. “The 2.5-fold increase in the consumption of data traffic, the increase in the number of mobile Internet users influenced the ARPU indicator: in the fourth quarter, this figure increased 18.2%, to UAH 58,” the company said.
In addition, Kyivstar also reminded that in recent years, the need for subscribers to use several SIM cards at the same time has been decreasing in the mobile market of Ukraine. Last year, the operator transferred taxes and other payments totaling UAH 10.5 billion to the national budget, including more than UAH 4 billion for licenses to develop new communication technologies in the country.
Kyivstar is a Ukrainian mobile communications operator. VEON international group (earlier VimpelCom) is the shareholder in Kyivstar. The group’s shares are listed on NASDAQ (New York).

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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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