The share of companies planning to attract loans in the next 12 months has reached 41.5% in the second quarter of 2019 compared to 38.2% a quarter earlier, according to the results of a regular survey of enterprises’ business expectations announced by the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). The largest share of such companies accounted for the manufacturing industry, those of energy and water supply, the document says.
According to the survey, enterprises, as before, prefer loans in the national currency: their share increased to 79.1% in the second quarter compared to 78.1% in the first quarter.
The National Bank noted that large enterprises, as well as those companies that conduct export-import operations are more inclined to attract loans in foreign currency.
At the same time, the share of respondents planning to attract foreign loans rose in the market up to 10.4% in the second quarter compared to 9.7% in the previous quarter.
Ukraine in January-March 2019 boosted exports of ferroalloys by 7.7% compared to the same period last year, to 238,167 tonnes (221,163 tonnes in January-March 2018).
According to customs statistics made public by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, exports of ferroalloys in monetary terms grew by 1.7%, to $262.904 million.
Major exports were carried out to Italy (18.1% of supply in monetary terms), Turkey (15.62%), and the Netherlands (8.06%).
In addition, in January-March 2019, Ukraine imported 13,855 tonnes of similar products, which is 21.6% more compared to the same period last year. In monetary terms, imports for this period increased by 4.9%, to $36.827 million.
Imports were mainly made from Norway (22.11%), the Czech Republic (22.11%), and Kazakhstan (15.68%).
As reported, Ukraine in 2018 increased exports of ferroalloys in natural terms by 3.5% compared to the same period last year, to 904,290 tonnes. Exports of ferroalloys in monetary terms fell by 12.3%, to $977.858 million. Major exports were carried out to Turkey (16.84% of supply in monetary terms), Italy (15.78%), and the Netherlands (13.73%).
Last year Ukraine imported 60,373 tonnes of similar products, which is 2% less compared to 2017. In monetary terms, imports for this period increased by 26.9%, to $170.530 million. Imports were mainly made from Norway (21.9%), the Czech Republic (17.58%), and Kazakhstan (14.75%).
PrivatBank (Kyiv) prior to its nationalization organized the business of Stakhanov and Zaporizhia ferroalloys plants. Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant is under control of the EastOne Group, established in autumn 2007 as a result of the restructuring of the Interpipe group, as well as the Privat Group.
The most liquid shares of Ukrainian companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE) calmly reacted on the outcome of the first round of the presidential election in Ukraine.
According to the WSE, as of 10:00 am on April 1, the share price of the Ovostar agricultural holding slightly decreased – by 0.93%, to PLN 107 per share. The share price of Agroton agroholding increased 3.66%, to PLN 3.54 per share, Astarta – by 1.84%, to PLN 27.7 per share. Besides, the stock price of IMC increased by 0.72%, to PLN 13.95 per share and Kernel – by 0.2%, to PLN 49.3 per share.
On the LSE, the JKX Oil & Gas oil and gas company shares fell by 2.27%, to GBP 0.5375 per share. Shares of British Ferrexpo Plc, which controls Poltava and Yeristovo mining and processing plants in Ukraine, rose by 3.03%, to GBP 0.255 per share.
The stock price of the agricultural holding MHP increased 0.98%, to $10.35 per share. Share price of the British oil and gas company Regal Petroleum Plc with assets in Ukraine has not changed being GBP 0.435 per share.