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The majority shareholder of the consortium agreed about purchase of Ukrainian “daughter” of Sberbank, was the son of Michael Gutseriev said. He is involved in the transaction, the Belarusian company
As the press service of the Latvian Norvik Banka, the major shareholder of the investment consortium, which has signed an agreement to acquire the Ukrainian division of the Russian savings Bank, became a Belarusian company, which is owned by the British citizen Saeed Gutseriev.
“The acquired Bank has an excellent infrastructure: in its platform the previous owner, Sberbank of Russia, have invested hundreds of millions of dollars. This is a solid basis for the development and qualitative growth of the project”, — quotes the words of Gutseriev’s press service.
With regard to the Latvian Bank, its main shareholder is a British citizen Grigory Guselnikov, the former President of the Bank. “I am confident that today’s agreement will open a new page in the development of the financial system of Ukraine”, — he said.
The evening of March 27 , the press service of Sberbank reported that the Bank has reached an agreement with the Latvian-Belarusian consortium about the sale of 100% of its Ukrainian “daughter”. The name of the Latvian Bank was mentioned, and the Belarusian company was not mentioned.
The press service of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) RBC said it had not received official notification from potential investors for the purchase of PJSC “Sberbank” or the corresponding documents to generate significant participation. “The decision on approval of acquisition of substantial participation in banks’ capital, received from any investor, taken in the framework common to all current regulations and legislation”, — said the press service of the regulator.
In the NBU stressed that support the “civilized way out of the Ukrainian market of banks with Russian state capital, including by sale”.
On 15 March, the national Bank of Ukraine has announced the imposition of sanctions “dochek” Russian banks, citing the need to preserve financial stability in the country and the desire to prevent withdrawal of capital abroad.
24 March, the newspaper Kommersant reported that Sberbank may tried to sell its Ukrainian assets, but the deal supposedly fell through at the level of the President of Ukraine due to high cost of the Lipetsk confectionery factory.
25 Mar Sberbank called the details of the negotiations with the speculation, pointing out that indeed exploring the possibility of selling its Ukrainian business.
In early March, the normal operation of the savings Bank of Ukraine was virtually blocked by the actions of radicals. In Ternopil and Kiev the entrance to a Bank branch was blocked with concrete blocks. Ceased to function normally and the savings Bank in the Dnipro (Dnipropetrovsk).
On March 27, the Ukrainian radicals have threatened to make more stringent blockade of branches of the savings Bank and to achieve the full termination of their work, reported the Agency “RIA Novosti”.
Russian banks in Ukraine
In late January, the head of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeria hontareva told in an interview with “New time” that the share of Russian banks in the Ukrainian market decreased “over the past few years” from 15 to 8%. According to Gontareva, the problems of banks with Russian capital appeared due to the fact that they actively lent Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
Now in Ukraine there are seven banks with Russian capital two Bank Sberbank (“Sberbank Ukraine” and PJSC “Vs Bank”), two of the VTB group (VTB Bank and BM Bank), HVB Ukraine (controlled by Vnesheconombank), alpha Bank (enters in “the alpha-Groups”) and Forward the Bank (shareholder of the Bank “Russian standard”).
Five of them — “Sberbank Ukraine”, VTB Bank, BM Bank, Prominvestbank, Alfa-Bank has reduced its assets, shows the report for the third quarter of 2016, according to IFRS. In particular, the savings Bank occupies in the Ukrainian banking system the fourth place in terms of assets (according to the website Banker.ua), has reduced them by nearly 9% from 51.8 billion to 47.2 billion. Alfa-Bank, occupying the fifth place, by 2.8% from 42.4 billion to 41.2 billion hryvnia. BM-Bank — 6.3% — from 3.2 billion to 3 billion. VTB Bank — by 19.1% — from 25.7 billion to 20.6 billion hryvnia.
The share of funds of natural persons in the banks with Russian capital decreased from 9.3% in early 2014 to 5.5% by 2016, the share of legal entities — from 8.3 to 3.3 percent, noted previously, the regulator.