Moscow. March 24. The sale of “daughter” of Sberbank in Ukraine was blocked at the “presidential level” because of the inflated prices included in the agreement Lipetsk confectionery factory (LKF), which belongs to the Roshen Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, said on Friday the newspaper “Kommersant” citing its own sources.
According to the edition, negotiations about the sale of the banking business began in may 2016 and intensified in December, when they began to participate, the managing Director of the ICU (the company Roshen consultant at buying and selling assets) Makar Pasenyuk and businessman Igor Voronov. The beneficiary of the sale, according to the source of the newspaper, the President of the DCH group and former co-owner of UkrSibbank Oleksandr Yaroslavsky.
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According to “Kommersant”, in January 2017 Pasenyuk proposed to make part of the deal a “conceptual agreement that would also include selling the Lipetsk factory Roshen”. It is noted that of LKF Roshen acquired in 2001, in 2014 the holding “the problems started”, and in 2015 on the property of the factory was seized 181,5 million rubles, which, according to investigators, received a VAT refund on forged documents.
In the end, the sale of Ukrainian Sberbank, according to sources, was blocked on the “presidential level.” “The original was offered $680 million, but after the announced value of the LCF of $250 million in actual not more than $120-140 million talks has lost all meaning for the Russian side,” – said the publication source.
Because of this, in his opinion, in January, Roshen announced that production of the LCF and the conservation of objects since April.
According to other interlocutor “Kommersant”, “the collapse of the deal on the LCF has played the role of a catalyst for the introduction by the Ukrainian authorities sanctions against Russian state-owned banks”.
Speaking about selling to the Ukrainian “daughters” VTB, the newspaper notes that the VTB group wanted to VTB (Ukraine) approximately $200 million, which roughly corresponds to the investments, however the Bank was “very troubled” loan portfolio (according to “Kommersant”, it is estimated at $3.5 billion, the biggest among the Ukrainian “daughters”). According to the interlocutor of “Kommersant”, now the asset is given only about $50 million.