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STATE PROPERTY FUND PROPOSES TO DOUBLE PLAN FOR PRIVATIZATION RECEIPTS IN

The State Property Fund (SPF) is discussing the possibility of doubling the plan of privatization receipts in 2021, to UAH 12 billion, with the lawmakers and the government of Ukraine, Head of the SPF Dmytro Sennychenko has said.
“The plan, which has now been submitted in the government budget to the Verkhovna Rada for receipts from privatization in 2021, is set at [UAH] 6 billion. We are now communicating with members of parliament, the government and clarifying the budget indicators for next year. We will propose its increase … up to [UAH] 12 billion,” he said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.
Sennychenko said that the SPF has drawn up a list of facilities for privatization for the next year, which includes regional gas supply companies, the Bilshovyk plant and the United Mining and Chemical Company (UMCC).
He said that at the start of the “coronavirus crisis” in March 2020, the Verkhovna Rada lowered the bar for budget receipts from privatization to UAH 500 million, specifying that in 2020 the SPF exceeded it. At the moment, proceeds from privatization are UAH 2 billion, and by the end of the year they are expected to reach UAH 3 billion, the head of the fund said.
“This [the amount of proceeds] will also depend on the necessary financing steps, because one hryvnia invested in the audit of the creation of technical documentation today gives us UAH 71 of budget receipts from privatization. The most important thing is not the funds received from the sale of a facility, the most important thing is the cumulative effect that a private investor gives after investing in the subsequent development of this facility,” he said.
According to Sennychenko, this year the SPF has held more than 1,400 auctions and prepared an “investment menu” for the next year “for every taste.”

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SPF WAITING FOR NEW TENDER TO SELECT SUPPLIER OF GAS ON TOLLING TERMS TO ODESA PORT-SIDE PLANT

Odesa Port-Side Plant in October would announce a new tender to select a supplier of natural gas for processing on tolling terms, acting Head of the State Property Fund (SPF) of Ukraine Vitaliy Trubarov has said.
“As are as I understand, the tender will be announced again next month and maybe there are economic entities, possibly foreign ones, that could supply their own gas, and the enterprise could operate,” he told journalists in Odesa on the sidelines of the Ukrainian Financial Forum organized by the ICU investment group.
The head of the SPF said that the final decision on the tender is taken by the company management, since representatives of the SPF are members of the supervisory board and do not have the right to interfere in the economic activities of the enterprise.
Trubarov said that in the current market conditions, the attraction of the supplier of gas on tolling terms is the only opportunity of operating for Odesa Port-Side Plant, since “gas that occupies more than 90% of the production cost is quite expensive, and the prices for end products are subsiding.”
According to him, the conditions of the tender to select the company are absolutely open, and the difficulty to select it is the absence of a large number of interested companies.
He said that the SPF is extremely interested that the plant is operating at the time of the privatization work.
“Our task in this matter is to build the work in a way that at the time of sale this asset was operating, alone or with the help of a supplier of natural gas for processing on tolling terms, but operating. Selling an idle enterprise, in my opinion, is a double problem,” the SPF head said, recalling the even more complex problem of toxic debts of the Odesa Port-Side Plant to the structure of Dmytro Firtash.

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STATE PROPERTY FUND OF UKRAINE ANNOUNCES REPEATED TENDER TO SELECT ADVISOR FOR PRIVATIZATION OF BIG COMPANIES

The State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) has announced repeated tenders to select advisors for preparing the following companies for privatization: 99.9988% stake in OJSC Oriana, 99.9952% in PJSC Sumykhimprom and 100% in National Joint Stock Company Ukragroleasing. “To privatize companies for which there no tender was held, and only one bid was submitted, we announced a new tender to select advisors. Next month there will be a repeated tender,” Head of the SPF Vitaliy Trubarov told journalists in Odesa on the sidelines of the Ukrainian Financial Forum organized by the ICU investment group.
According to their terms, bids for participation in the tenders are accepted until the end of the day on October 17. The first stages of the tenders are scheduled for October 23, and the second – for October 26.
“Unfortunately, during the summer period many investment advisers could not be prepared for unbiased reasons,” Trubarov said, expressing hope that the repeated tenders will be success.
He also recalled that for the selection of an adviser for the privatization of Azovmash, the State Property Fund did not receive a single bid, and now, according to the requirements of the new law on privatization, the fund will prepare it for sale without involving an adviser.

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STATE PROPERTY FUND OF UKRAINE PUTS 57.4% OF LVIV PLANT AVTONAVANTAZHUVACH UP FOR SALE

The regional office of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) in Lviv region has put a 57.4% state stake in the charter capital of PJSC Lviv Plant Avtonavantazhuvach up for sale on the ProZorro.Sale portal.
According to a report on the SPF’s website, the starting price of the package is UAH 8.774 million. The electronic auction will be held on October 4.
The charter capital of the plant is UAH 15.289 million, the nominal value of a share is UAH 0.25.
Avtonavantazhuvach plant was founded in 1948. It had all types of production, including foundry, forge-press, welding. During the existence of the plant, more than 30 models of forklift trucks of various carrying capacity have been developed and introduced into production.
After 1991, the plant significantly reduced output. If during the Soviet era it produced about 12,000 forklift trucks per year, then in 1999 only 250 were produced.

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STATE PROPERTY FUND NAMES TERMS OF TENDERS TO SELECT INVESTMENT ADVISORS FOR PRIVATIZATION

The State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) has made announcements on holding tenders to select investment advisors to prepare PJSC Azovmash, OJSC Oriana, PJSC Sumykhimprom, NJSC Ukragroleasing, Kherson combined heat and power plant (CHPP), Dniprovska CHPP, PJSC Kryvy Rih CHPP and Severodonetsk CHPP for privatization.
The announcements were published in the Vidomosti Pryvatyzatsii newspaper.
The tenders will be held in two stages. The first stage is to complete on September 7.
The second stage of the tenders to select investment advisors for Azovmash (50% shares), Kherson combined heat and power plant (99.8328% of the share capital), Dniprovska CHPP (99.9277%), Kryvy Rih CHPP and Severodonetsk CHPP will take place on September 17.
The second stage of the tender to select investment advisors for Sumykhimprom (99.9952%), Oriana (99.9988%) and Ukragroleasing (100%) will take place on September 18, 2018.

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STATE PROPERTY FUND GETS FIRST BIDS FROM ADVISERS ON PRIVATIZATION

A number of companies have applied for tenders called by the State Property Fund (SPF) of Ukraine to select advisors for the privatization of insulin producer Indar, President Hotel and Odesa Port-Side Chemical Plant with July 20 set as the deadline for applications, an informed source in the government has told Interfax-Ukraine. “There are applications, and there are many of them,” the source said without giving details.
The SPF’s press service told Interfax-Ukraine that it was not authorized to disclose details at the current stage, advising waiting for the results of the tenders. As was reported, the SPF late in June called tenders to hire advisers to sell 100% of Kyiv-based PJSC United Mining and Chemical Company (UMCC), 70.7016% of PrJSC Indar, 100% of PrJSC President Hotel (all three are based in Kyiv), and two wholly state-owned enterprises: Krasnolymanska Coal Mining Company in the town of Rodynske, Donetsk region, and Kharkiv-based Electrotyazhmash Plant (ETM), as well as 99.5667% of PJSC Odesa Port-Side Chemical Plant (OPZ) in Odesa region.
The deadline for Indar, President Hotel and OPZ is July 20 inclusively. The first stages of the tenders are scheduled for July 26, and the second stages for July 30.
In case of UMCC and ETM, the deadline for applications is July 23, and tenders will be held in two stages: on July 27 and on July 31.
Ukraine on July 12 met with representatives from the ‘big four’ auditors, namely Ernst&Young, Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, as well as Morgan Stanley, Rothschild, ICU, Concorde Capital, Dragon Capital to present details of tenders to select advisers on large-scale privatization,.
The adviser’s tasks include an analysis of the economic, technical and financial performance of an enterprise; bringing the main indicators of its financial statements in line with international accounting standards; carrying out audits (financial, environmental and others), implementation of due diligence and a SWOT analysis of the assets, including assessment of the competitive positions in Ukraine and international markets.

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