Yaroslavsky still interested in banking sector
Owner and President of DCH Group Oleksandr Yaroslavsky retains interest in buying a bank and continues to monitor assets in the banking sector.
"We are considering options, probably acquisitions. We've discussed Sberbank, we've also considered Prominvestbank, but so far everything is at the stage of talks. If something interesting happens, we will consider it," he told the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency after a press conference in Dnipro on Thursday.
Answering a question from the agency about the ongoing trials of Yaroslavsky's Ukrainian Metallurgical Company (UMK) with Member of Parliament Dmytro Sviatash about debt recovery, the businessman declined to comment.
As reported, Yaroslavsky in the middle of December 2017 submitted to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) a package of documents for the approval of the acquisition of Prominvestbank.
At the same time, Chairman of Russia's Vnesheconombank (VEB) Sergey Gorkov said that VEB is not currently negotiating the sale of Prominvestbank to Yaroslavsky and did not give consent to the submission by him of the documents to the NBU.
Soon Ukraine's central bank returned the package of the documents to the applicant due to the lack of some papers.
Prominvestbank was founded in 1992. VEB owns 99.7% of its shares. According to the NBU, PIB was 11th in terms of assets worth UAH 20.091 billion among 84 banks operating in the country as of January 1, 2018.
According to the registers of court rulings and enforcement proceedings, UMK, as the legal successor to Ukrsotsbank, succeeded in opening an enforcement proceeding against debtor Sviatash at the end of 2017. The point at issue is the debt recognized by the court back in 2013 at $467,500 and EUR450,300, on account of which the MP paid UAH 4,300 from the end of January to the beginning of April this year. UMK also managed to get the debtor's assets seized along with a ban on his trips abroad. However, Sviatash appealed against the enforcement proceedings, and Kharkiv's Dzerzhinsky district court on July 11 satisfied his appeal.