Business news from Ukraine

UKRAINIAN ENTERPRISES INCREASE IMPORTS OF COPPER BY 22%

Ukrainian enterprises increased imports of copper and copper products in terms of money by 22.2% in January-May 2019 compared with January-May 2018, to $43.232 million. Exports of copper and copper products decreased 47.5% over the year to $39.288 million, according to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.
In May, copper and copper products were imported to the tune of $7.22 million, and copper exports were estimated at $10.171 million.
In addition, Ukraine in January-May 2019 increased imports of nickel and products made of it by 0.4%, to $39.061 million (imports in May were estimated at $8.952 million), while imports of aluminum and products made of it increased 10.8%, to $159.035 million ($36.524 million). Imports of, lead and products made of it rose by 23.8%, to $5.289 million ($1.039 million) and imports of tin and products made of it decreased 33.5%, to $1.42 ($0.403 million). Imports of zinc and zinc goods decreased 30.5%, to $26.458 million ($6.775 million).
Exports of aluminum and products made of it decreased 29% in January-May 2019, to $41.995 million ($10.135 million in May alone), while shipments of lead abroad decreased 32%, to $10.949 million ($3.112 million). Exports of nickel fell by 20.1%, to $2.519 million ($0.847 million in May).
Zinc exports in January-May 2019 amounted to $0.332 million (some $0.101 million in May) compared to $0.061 million in January-May 2018.
Exports of tin and products made of it in January-May 2019 were estimated at $0.027 million (some $0.004 million in May) compared to $0.268 million in January-May 2018.

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UKRAINIAN ENTERPRISES IN JAN-MAY 2019 DECREASE EXPORTS OF FERROUS SCRAP METAL BY 85%

Ukrainian enterprises in January-May 2019 decreased exports of ferrous scrap metal by 85.7% compared to January-May 2018, to 36,515 tonnes (250,984 tonnes in January-May 2018). According to customs statistics released by the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, exports of scrap metal in monetary terms fell by 88.1%, to $9.983 million ($83.484 million a year ago).
Some 8,086 tonnes of scrap metal was exported in May, 8,791 tonnes in April, 8,246 in March, 8,252 tonnes in February and 3,140 tonnes in January.
At the same time, in January-May 2019, the country increased imports of scrap metal in kind by 38.4% compared to January-May 2018, to 28,710 tonnes. Imports in monetary terms decreased 10.9%, to $14.792 million.
Imports of scrap metal in January-May 2019 arrived mainly from Russia (49.09% of deliveries in monetary terms), Turkey (43.71%), and South Korea (3.13%); and major exports were shipped to Turkey (88.76%), the Netherlands (6.26%) and Germany (3.42%).
Ukrainian metal companies in January-May 2018 and January-May 2019 did not import ferrous products obtained by direct reduction of iron ore (HS code 7203) – hot briquetted iron (HBI), which is a substitute for pig iron and scrap metal.
As reported, Ukrainian enterprises in 2018 decreased exports of ferrous scrap metal by 33% compared to 2017, to 327,547 tonnes. Exports of scrap metal in monetary terms fell by 13.3%, to $105.646 million.

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UKRAINIAN ENTERPRISES RAISE PRETAX PROFIT BY 23.6% IN 2018

Enterprises and organizations in Ukraine in 2018 raised profit from ordinary activities before taxation by 23.6%, to UAH 353 billion, while in 2017 the figure was UAH 285.6 billion, according to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine.
According to the service, in 2018, profitable Ukrainian enterprises received UAH 579.96 billion of profit, which is 4.1% more than in 2017.
At the same time, 22.9% of enterprises posted a negative financial result. Their losses in 2018 decreased by 16.4% compared to 2017, to UAH 227 billion.

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NASA LAUNCHES ANTARES ROCKET CREATED WITH PARTICIPATION OF UKRAINIAN ENTERPRISES

The launch of the Antares carrier rocket, created by the American Orbital ATK Corporation with the participation of Ukrainian enterprises, has been carried out from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in the United States, Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S. Valeriy Chaly has said. The Antares rocket is a successful example of interaction between the Ukrainian and U.S. space companies in the field of peaceful space exploration, the ambassador said on his Facebook page.
“Thus, the main construction of the first degree rocket was developed by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau and manufactured at the Makarov Southern Machine-Building Plant in cooperation with the Ukrainian enterprises Khartron-Arkos, Khartron-UKOM, Rapid, etc. Ukrainian specialists took an active part in the tests of Antares, which were conducted in the United States,” Chaly said.
“It is this rocket that should deliver the Cygnus automated cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station,” he added.
The ambassador recalled that in June 2018, the American company Orbital ATK, Ukraine’s partner in this project, became a division of one of the most powerful defensive corporations in the United States — Northrop Grumman Inc.

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INVESTORS READY TO FINANCE DEVELOPMENT OF UKRAINIAN ENTERPRISES SHOULD BECOME THEIR OWNERS AFTER PRIVATIZATION – EBRD

As a result of the next wave of privatization, investors who are ready to invest in their development of Ukrainian companies should become their new owners, EBRD Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Francis Malige is convinced.
Our task is to organize privatization in such a way that a real investor who will invest money will come, we need to prepare this process, he told Interfax-Ukraine.
On the one hand, it is unacceptable that sometimes this process takes so much time, but on the other hand – I would not want to see that the new owners of the companies have nothing to do with them, investors should be real, Malige noted.
As reported, in early 2018 the working group on privatization was updated. It included representatives of the Reforms Delivery Office under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, SAGSUR, the World Bank, the EBRD, the International Monetary Fund, the USAID, and the EU Delegation to Ukraine.
The working group was renewed to effectively coordinate the authorities, prepare recommendations and proposals for the draft resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers on privatization and conditions of the sale of public property, attract international financial and technical assistance to prepare for privatization and put up the objects for sale and analyze the main problems of ensuring transparent and competitive privatization.

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