Kyiv-listed stocks were more or less immune to the sharp drop in global equity prices last week due to the isolation and low liquidity of the local market. However, most quotes were lower on corporate-specific events.
In particular, shares of state-owned CentrEnergo (CEEN) dropped by 2.7% to UAH 8.85 after the government’s newly appointed management faced problems with accessing the company’s documents. The media reports said that the previous management had tried to hide evidence of large corruption schemes by physically blocking CentrEnergo’s head office. This situation once again highlights the ineffectiveness of state ownership in Ukraine.
Raiffeisen Bank Aval (BAVL) shed 1.3% to 38.00 kopecks while DonbasEnergo (DOEN) and Krukiv Wagon (KVBZ) were unchanged at UAH 26.90 and UAH 15.60 respectively. UkrNafta (UNAF) corrected by 2.5% to UAH 158 amid the downturn in benchmark oil prices.
The European sell-off hit quotes for Ukrainian stocks listed in London and Warsaw. Iron ore producer Ferrexpo (FXPO) got clobbered with an 18% loss to GBp 130 per share, while less liquid MHP (MHP) declined by 3.7% to USD 7.90. Natural gas extractors JKX Oil&Gas (JKX) and Regal Petroleum (RPT) plunged by 28% and 25% respectively to GBp 20.20 and GBp 17.00.
In Warsaw trading, Kernel (KER) slid 15% to PLN 41.00, partly under pressure from a worse-than-expected earnings report. Sugar refiner Astarta (AST) slumped to a new 10-year low after taking a 19% pummeling to PLN 14.25; such a price for the issue has not been seen since 2009 during the global financial crisis.
On the currency front, the hryvnia lost a moderate 0.8% against the dollar to close at 24.68 UAH/USD, as the currency appeared to come under some pressure from speculative sellers at the end of the month.
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