Analysts of Concord Capital believes that NABU pressure could have catastrophic consequences for the business of Oleg Bakhmatyuk

Concord Capital reports that being incapable of pressuring the really “big fish” like the former shareholders of Privatbank, the state has concentrated its efforts on prosecuting Bakhmatyuk and Kostyantyn Zhevago, Depo.ua informes.

While the pressure on Zhevago does not look very harmful for his key business Ferrexpo attacks on Bakhmatyuk could be disastrous for his farming business.

Experts of Concord Capital consider that it is very probable that Bakhmatyuk and his alleged partners at the National Bank, all of whom are suspected in conspiracy, will be able to prove in court the lack of grounds in the allegations of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU). However, this does not guarantee that state pressure on Bakhmatyuk will stop.

Bakhmatyuk revealed a possible debt resolution plan that he claimed to be actively discussing with government authorities. Commenting this last week, Bakhmatyuk said he was close to reaching a deal in which he would pay up to UAH 8.5 bln to the State Deposit Guarantee Fund during eight years. If fulfilled, the plan would have paved the way for Bakhmatyuk to continue debt restructuring talks with international creditors, perhaps on even better conditions than had been offered last winter.

At the same time, a possible debt deal with the state entities looks too good to be true. Taking this into account, as well as the recent NABU pressure, we see the worst-case scenario as being more probable now. This scenario assumes continuing government pressure on Bakhmatyuk and his loss of control over Ukrlandfarming, which will likely result in this business falling apart. This assumes little recovery of any of Bakhmatyuk’s debt, particularly the claims of international creditors and state entities.

It should be noted that Oleg Bakhmatyuk’s Ukrlandfarming group of companies pays billions in taxes and employs 27,000 people. Because of NABU’s actions, these people may lose their jobs.

On November 11, mass media reported that NABU employees arrived at the office of one of the largest banks of Ukraine – Raiffeisen Bank to detain the chairman of the board of Alexander Pysaruk, the former first deputy chairman of NBU Valery Gontareva, who now lives in London.

On November 12 Bakhmatyuk appealed to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky regarding NABU and GPU, which have resumed criminal proceedings against VAB Bank.

He explained that NABU’s suspicion was politically motivated and jeopardized the work of Ukrlandpharming Agro Holding, and also dismissed claims by the National Bank of UAH 29.3 billion of debt owed to the state.

Former Minister of Finance Oleksandr Shlapak reported that Bakhmatyuk had fought for VAB Bank to the last and tried to pay $ 200 million for saving the bank.

It is also known that Business-Warta and Ukrainian Agrarian Club associations have appealed to President Zelensky to defend Bakhmatyuk’s Ukrlandforming.

On November 15, the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court ordered the former first deputy of the National Bank, Alexander Pysaruk, to serve a security measure of 5 million hryvnias.

On November 18 it was reported that the examination refutes NABU’s charges.

Raiffeisen Bank pledged Pysaruk. He saved his position in office.

Reference: NABU has opened a case about allegedly inappropriate use of a stabilization loan granted by the National Bank to VAB Bank of Oleg Bakhmatyuk. However, the National Bank has already denied these allegations, proving that the entire amount of refinancing, UAH 1.2 billion, has gone to the depositors.