Business news from Ukraine

GENERALI OFE INCREASES STAKE IN UKRAINIAN EGG PRODUCER

Generali OFE has increased its shareholding in the holding company of Ovostar Union, a leading egg producer in Ukraine, from 9.94% to 10.93% after the deal signed on October 3, 2019.
According to a report of Ovostar posted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) on Tuesday, before increasing its share in the share capital, Generali OFE owned 596,509 shares of Ovostar Union, after – 655,909.
The holding company of the group is Ovostar Union N.V. In the middle of June 2011, it conducted an IPO for 25% of the shares on the WSE and raised $33.2 million. The majority stake in the company is owned by Prime One Capital Limited, which is controlled by its chief executive officer Borys Belikov and Board Chairman Vitaliy Veresenko.

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HORIZON CAPITAL PLANS TO ACQUIRE CONTROLLING STAKE IN LEADING PRODUCER OF SMART SECURITY SYSTEMS IN UKRAINE AJAX CYPRUS

Cypriot Dealbeta Investments Limited, created by Emerging Europe Growth Fund III (EEGF III) managed by Horizon Capital, jointly with an individual-citizen of Ukraine, plan to acquire a controlling stake in Cypriot Ajax Cyprus Holding Ltd., a leading producer of smart security systems in Ukraine. According to a website of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU), the committee will consider an issue of acquisition of Ajax Systems Cyprus Holding Ltd by Dealbeta Investments at its meeting on September 12, 2019.

Besides, the committee will consider an issue of acquisition of Ajax Systems trading DMCC (UAE) by Dealbeta Investments jointly with an individual-citizen of Ukraine.

As reported, Horizon Capital’s Emerging Europe Growth Fund III, LP (EEGF III) has acquired a minority stake in Ajax Systems for $10 million.

In January 2019, Horizon Capital announced that Horizon Capital created the largest equity fund in Ukraine over the past 10 years: EEGF III with $200 million.

Horizon Capital was established in 2006. It manages private equity funds Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF, established in 1994 with a seed capital of $150 million), Emerging Europe Growth Fund, L.P. (EEGF, established in 2006 with a seed capital of $132 million) and EEGF II (EEGF, established in 2008 with $370 million seed capital). The money of these funds is invested in projects in Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus.

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NOVINSKY’S COMPANY INCREASES STAKE IN REGAL PETROLEUM

Pelidona Services Limited (Cyprus) from Smart-Holding of Ukrainian MP and businessman Vadim Novinsky has increased its stake in Regal Petroleum Plc with assets in Ukraine from 54% to 82.65%, and companies from the EastOne Group of Ukrainian businessman Victor Pinchuk sold the shares to the Smart-Holding’s company.
“A stake in the amount of 91.868 million shares was bought out from the major shareholder of Regal Petroleum Plc – Kylestone Limited – as part of the implementation of Smart-Holding’s fossil fuel production business development strategy. Pelidona Services Limited does not intend to continue the further buyout of shares in the market,” Smart-Holding said in a press release of on Friday.
“We confirm the fact of the deal to sell Regal Petroleum’s shares. The transaction was carried out as part of the portfolio strategy of the EastOne Group. We remain in the oil and gas sector of Ukraine, continue focusing on the development of assets under the group’s mandate, and exploring new opportunities,” EastOne, which includes Geo Alliance Group, a large gas and condensate producer in Ukraine, told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to the information on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) website, on the AIM platform where Regal Petroleum shares are traded, their quotations on June 20 (closure) were 39.95 pence. At that price the transaction could be valued at GBP 36.7 million (about $46.6 million).
“The results of the transaction will not affect the corporate governance of Regal Petroleum and its status as a public company. No changes are planned for the board of directors,” Smart Holding said in the press release.
The holding said that Regal Petroleum shows good performance and will continue being the basis of gas production, and its development strategy provides for both organic business growth by increasing production at existing fields and the acquisition of new assets.
“Smart-Holding is confident that deeper integration with public platforms for placement of shares is a tool for increasing capitalization, this will give gas production businesses greater stability and will open additional opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation with new institutional investors,” Smart-Holding said.
In a stock exchange report on Friday, the majority shareholder said that the long-term development and growth of Regal Petroleum at AIM may also include expanding the shareholder base in the future.

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AGROVALLEY BUILDS UP 72% STAKE IN IMC

Agrovalley Limited, controlled by the chairman of the board of directors of IMC agricultural holding, Oleksandr Petrov, on May 27, 2019 acquired 56,573 shares of IMC S.A. (Luxembourg), increasing the share in the agricultural holding by 0.17 percentage points, to 72.68%.
According to the IMC report on the website of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE), the purchase price of one share was PLN 14.10 ($3.67 at the rate of the National Bank of Poland on May 28).
Agrovalley Limited after the transaction increased the total stake to 24.174 million shares.

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ANTIMONOPOLY COMMITTEE OF UKRAINE APPROVES CHINA’S BOCE’S APPLICATION TO BUY STAKE IN PFTS

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has approved an application of China’s Bohai Commodity Exchange (BOCE) to acquire a stake in the share capital of PJSC PFTS Stock Exchange (Kyiv), the press service of the committee has told Interfax-Ukraine. As reported, BOCE early May 2018 asked the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for preliminary conclusions on the acquisition of over 25% of shares in PFTS. The application was returned, as information was not disclosed in a proper way. Late September, the Chinese exchange repeatedly submitted the documents.
PFTS Stock Exchange is one of the oldest in the Ukrainian stock market. In 2017, the volume of exchange contracts on the PFTS amounted to UAH 64.34 billion, and this indicator was less only compared with the Perspectiva stock exchange (UAH 127.43 billion), but it is more than at the Ukrainian Exchange (UAH 13.41 billion). The main volume of trading fell on government bonds – UAH 57.99 billion, while the turnover of shares amounted to UAH 3.16 billion, bonds of enterprises – UAH 3.19 billion.
PFTS in 2017 received a net profit of UAH 0.82 million against a net loss of UAH 1.78 million a year earlier, increasing revenues by 61.5%, to UAH 9.45 million.
Its main shareholders are Parvana Ltd. with 8.9034% of shares, Crooxton Limited – 9.0596%, Primeview Ltd. – 8.4973%, Dakal Ltd. – 9.372% and Boline Ltd. – 9, 2158%, which beneficiaries are unknown.

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ANTIMONOPOLY COMMITTEE OF UKRAINE ALLOWS JAPANESE CORPORATION SUMITOMO TO ACQUIRE 51% STAKE IN SPEKTR-AGRO COMPANY

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC) has allowed Sumitomo, a Japanese corporation, to acquire a 51% stake in British-based Oscar Agro Limited, which owns Spektr-Agro and Spektr-Agrotekhnika (both based in Obukhiv, Kyiv region). “Oscar Agro is a company in the UK that was created for this project. Oscar Agro owns 100% of the shares of Spektr-Agro and Spektr-Agrotekhnika, while Sumitomo will acquire 51% of the shares of Oscar Agro,” Sumitomo Corporation told Interfax -Ukraine.
The AMC also gave permission to Ihor Lavreniuk, Vasyl Skarlat and Volodymyr Lobach (Spektr-Agro and Spektr-Agrotekhnika) and Sumitomo Corporation for concerted actions in the form of restricting competitive behavior and refusing to lure employees for five years.
Spektr-Agro LLC was founded in 2009. It currently operates throughout Ukraine, distributes plant protection products, fertilizers, seeds and agricultural equipment for more than 3,500 agricultural producers in the country.
Sumitomo Group is one of the largest Japanese corporations. It includes companies in the financial sector, engineering, electrical industry, ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy, etc.

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