Предприниматель | Информационно-аналитический журнал - Part 56

Entrepreneur of the Year — Sergei Grigorovich (Ernst & Young)

The first time in a long history of such contests in Ukraine the first place is representative of the IT-industry. It is not surprising, since it is the market of IT-technology, whether it’s software solutions for business or Sony Playstation games, is the fastest growing and most liquid market.

The organizer of this competition is an international company, “Ernst Young End” and the contest officially called Ernst & Young Entreprenuer of the Year Awards, more simply, “Entrepreneur of the Year.” The competition is held in 50 countries around the world for the past 24 years, Ukraine has joined to it only in 2006, the year.

The jury, headed by Anatoly Kinakh evaluated candidates for entrepreneurial spirit, a level of “innovation”, the financial results and the impact on the industry.

At the awards ceremony, which took place on 5 February in Kiev, the winner of the contest “Entrepreneur of the Year 2010” in Ukraine was Sergei Grigorovich, founder and CEO of the company «GSC Game World», who also won in the category “Innovative Business Ideas.” In June 2011 he will represent Ukraine at the international finals in Monte Carlo (Monaco).

Help! Sergei Grigorovich multimillionaire who rides on Ferarri F430 Spider and drink Pepsi instead of coffee in the morning, he says it helps him effectively to begin work no matter how much sleep or ate. The success of the visit the young Sergei was 22 when he founded the company (at 18) «GSC Game World» developed and marketed world-famous game for PC – «Cossacks European War,” then he made his first million dollars. Sergey won the second peak after the game released long-awaited STALKER.

The winners in the other six categories are:

  • «Small Business» – Galina Aftanaziv, hotel-resort «Coruna»
  • «Young Entrepreneur» – Alexander Glus, «Nemiroff»
  • «Best Woman Entrepreneur» – Phil Zhebrovskaya, «Farmak»
  • «fast-growing business» – Andrew’s Hudo, holding emotions «! Fest»
  • «Innovative business ideas» – Sergey G., «GSC Game World»
  • «Master of Business» – Vladimir Slabovsky, Holding «T i C»

For the first time the contest “Entrepreneur of the Year” was held by “Ernst & Young” in 1986 in the United States. Recall now this unique international program covers 50 countries.

Ukraine is in the export of grain

Ukraine ranked third in terms of exports of barley, the percentage is 16.7% of the world market, the export of maize fourth (6%), the export of wheat sixth (5.4%). Because of last year’s drought with a grain of less fortunate, the government had to impose quotas on exports, so as not to leave people without bread. This was reported by a representative of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Ukrainian farmers grew 39.2 million tons of grain, 16.8 million tons of which is wheat, barley 8.5 million tons and 11.9 million tonnes of maize.

The actual export of grain from the beginning of the year amounted to 7 million tons: barley – 2.4 million tons, wheat – 2.6 million tonnes and maize – 1.9 million tons.

During the meeting, representatives from the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Production, Ministry of Economic Development, with Betsy Herfnerom (Director of the Trade Mission of the United States of America on Russia and Eurasia), who expressed some comments on the policy on the grain market in Ukraine, namely, the quota exports and attracting grain traders to finance crop by forward purchases, saying it is contrary to WTO requirements.

However, the decision on quotas were notified and made available directly through the WTO Secretariat. Ukrainian position on this issue was presented November 18, 2010 in the meetings of the WTO Committee on Agriculture, and is represented at meetings with representatives of the Trade, Standing and the Department of Agriculture of the USA at the WTO.

Minority shareholders will remain in stock

“The new law on joint stock companies the rights of minority shareholders will not be infringed” – said the director of the analytical department of the IR Dragon, Andrew Bespyatov.

“The amendments that were adopted are favorable for the stock market, and the provision of compulsory purchase could turn out just the negative consequences for the shareholders, provided that the average free float (the number of shares which are in free circulation) in the market of 5-7% , “- says Andrey Bespyatov.

Despite the abolition of the listing, just the presence in the registry allows the exchange party rightfully trade shares.

Yesterday the Parliament adopted amendments to the Law “On Joint Stock Companies”, the first version of the law vetoed President Viktor Yanukovych.

Parliament has also abolished the point where the owner establishes the right package, which consists of more than 95% of shares from minority shareholders to require the sale of some shares.

Kopromissom was abolished requirements that allow for all the public joint-stock company must go through the listing procedure. However, they must still be in the registry of one of the exchanges.

Kolomoisky changing image?

“Rumours that the owner of the group” Privat “Igor Kolomoisky will soon become a” second Mikhail Khodorkovsky, “it seems, spreads itself Kolomoisky. It’s no pressure on his business there – at least in the fuel sector, which they say the most.”

Maybe there is no pressure on the group, but against the very IV Kolomoisky all still used some leverage. Suffice it to recall searches, which took place in the tourist complex “Bukovel” pressing for a change of management at the Southern Mining, in which the intelligence agencies, although not involved in, but inactive, as well as recent events have caused a change of management at Ukrnafta, which can rightly be called one of the pillars oil business group “Privat”.

However, it appears that pressure just as in land acquisition under the tourist complex “Bukovel”, according to the prosecutor that the State was nedoplacheno 66 million hryvnia.

The story of the more banal YuGOK in 2007, offshore companies, “Private” sold 50% stake in Evraz Group YuGOK owners with “Dry beam”, Dnepropetrovsk metallurgical plant them. Petrovsky, and three coking. Another stake YuGOK, which is the remaining 50% remained with “Smart-Holding.” Nevertheless, the change of shareholders has not led to change in management of the factories, the operational control of which has remained in Gennadi Korban (Chairman of the Supervisory Board), and Sergey Barabanov (CEO). This was primarily due to the fact that the Southern Mining remained debt to a succession of “Privat” firms, the amount of debt was UAH 300 million. The task of the old-new management and has been paying off this debt.

But the debt was not repaid, and YuGOK getting worse. She grew up accounts (450 million hryvnia) and receivables ($ 2.1 billion hryvnia, most of which have “Privat” company). At the end of 2009, compared to other GOKami YuGOK showed the worst results – production of iron ore compared with the crisis year 2008 decreased by 5.5% – up 7.1 million tons at the industry average reduction of 3.4%, sinter – 69 , 9%, to 1.1 million tonnes at the industry average decline of 19.1%. Combine losses totaled 73.5 million hryvnia.

This is not to say that “Private” and its managers feel at ease at the end of 2009 they had several times passed the nerves, and they declared martial law in the Southern Mining, trying to blame the legitimate owners in an attempt to capture a raider of the enterprise. But when it came to real change in leadership, everything was quiet.

At a meeting of the Supervisory Board April 30 Corban was dismissed from his post as head of the supervisory board, was elected in his stead Alexander Lastenko. Then it was decided to dismiss and appoint Barabanov Acting predpravleniya Michael Korolenko.

However, several hours after the close of business on Drums made an unsuccessful attempt by force to return to their workplace. It is unlikely that ousted the head of the GOK actually planned to return so his seat – just had to have at least some scandal.

By similar scenario events developed and controlled by “Private” Oil Company “Ukrnafta” operational control over which was taken in 2010 in exchange for the agreement of minority shareholders (note the group “Privat”) to pay 5 billion UAH. in dividends, which are first of 2010 were required to state welfare payments and pensions.

After a year, whether because of the crisis, whether due to “proficient” policy “Privat” Management of Energy and Mines Yuriy Boyko said the change of leadership Ukrnafta by poor production performance by the end of 2010.

Concluding, in front of the group “Privat” anywhere there are no obstacles, and in some areas is even promoting power. So the rumors about “the fate of Khodorkovsky,” which expects Kolomoisky really exaggerated.

This story can redistribute it and those who want information on the pressure, “Private”, and the group itself. Of possible targets may be, change the image of a corrupt and power pet, which she had during the reign of Timoshenko, the image of an innocent victim.

Viktor Vekselberg: Russia’s business did not receive preferential

like Boris Berezovsky, the chairman of the board of directors of the “Renova” Viktor Vekselberg has come in big business of academia. However, the fate of the oligarchs has developed differently.

“BAB” entered into a confrontation with former Russian President Vladimir Putin, has lost almost everything and was forced into exile in Britain.

His partner Badri Patarkatsishvili, died under mysterious circumstances – they say, not without the help of special services.

to Vekselberg in his time there have also been complaints from the authorities, but he made a nice gesture. The oligarch has made history by purchasing a $ 90 million collection of Easter eggs, Faberge, and returned them to Russia.

Then there was the purchase works quoted Putin philosopher Ivan Ilyin and many other jewelry. Formally, these things remain the property of Vekselberg, but there is a general belief that this is the card to the authorities for freedom from persecution.

struggle was for nothing. Vekselberg, one of the ten richest men in Russia. He, along with the “Alpha” and his longtime partner, Leonard Blavatnik is a shareholder, “TNK-BP”.

He also co-owns the aluminum holding UC RUSAL with Oleg Deripaska. Personal holding Viktor F. “Renova” has a number of enterprises in Russia and Ukraine, in 2006-2007, took control of the high-tech Swiss companies Oerlikon and Sulzer.

Swiss were not enthusiastic about the fact that they bought the “Russian”, and until recently pursued in the courts Vekselberg. However, after intervention by the Russian government and the strange problems for companies Zepter and Nestle in Russia – a coincidence – the persecution ceased.

Since the summer of 2010 engaged in another project oligarch Russian government – the creation of the Russian “Silicon Valley” in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo.

This time, Vekselberg is credited with a demonstration of loyalty to the current president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev. Businessman himself probably would insist that a scientific “hub” – that its implementation as a citizen.

Although unlikely in Russia there is a person who can accuse the businessman of excessive leg of the authorities. So do all his fellow oligarchs. Vladimir Potanin, said that his state will give the country.

Alisher Usmanov bought collection of Mstislav Rostropovich. Oleg Deripaska, has projects in education, health and science. Mikhail Prokhorov, was planned to be the curator Skolkovo. That is such a tradition.

In Ukraine, Vekselberg is working long and very active. In 2005, he tried to win from the disgraced businessman Dmitry Firtash titanium business.

Today, companies owned by oligarch five regional gas companies. One of them was in the midst of a scandal after a gas explosion in an apartment building in Dnipropetrovsk. Vekselberg is also in charge of joint projects with Deripaska – ZALK and “TNK-BP”.

figure of a businessman in Ukraine demonized. Seen by every high-profile events, for example, privatization of Odessa Portside Plant and “Ukrtelecom”.

Interview Vekselberg made on 15 November, when he came to Ukraine at the invitation of journalist Dmitry Kiselev. Immediately after this conversation, in a Kiev Café, he met with representatives of large Ukrainian business and some politicians.

Who is – and remains a mystery. One can only assume that these are the same people that had seen the previous guest Kiseleva, – the head of Sberbank German Gref, Russia.

– Ukrainian Prosecutor General has recently stated that it wants to take away from you and return to the state 68% stake in the Zaporozhye aluminum plant. You are ready to return ZALK Ukraine?

– As I recall, this story is not the first time. Therefore I see no reason to “selection” ZALK me, and even more so in the context of “PGO takes.” (After the interview there was news that Deripaska is looking for buyers for unprofitable ZAlK).

– How do you intend to solve the main problem ZALK – to achieve low electricity tariff?

– We have repeatedly said on this subject, and very strange that this has not been heard in the government – especially in the previous year. This will hopefully be a more constructive position.

The aluminum industry in the world exists in certain preferences with respect to energy prices. Of course, if the state wants to have the aluminum industry.

It should be understood that by providing a certain level of tariffs, through growth in production and multiplication through taxes related industries you will receive greater benefit than a direct increase in rates, which may ultimately lead to cardiac output.

I think any owner – we or anyone else, including Ukrainian – inevitably will solve this problem. Because there is a reasonable level of balance between the price of electricity and the price of aluminum on the market.

– In Ukraine, the planned privatization of generation and power companies. Do you intend to take part in competitions?

– Regional gas for IES (“Integrated Energy Systems”, Energy Holding Vekselberg) are not strategic assets. IES probably will not participate in privatization.

Generation – the question more interesting, detailed and we will seriously consider those options that will exist in the market.

– you will be able to sign the 2011 treaty to “Naftogaz” lease distributive gas networks? These are the five regional gas companies, which you control.

– Did I mention that to us it is not a strategic priority. I am for this easy enough. I think that there will be some sort of business decision. I repeat: it is not in the portfolio of our top priorities.

– you still interested in the titanium industry in Ukraine?

– No.

– By “Sumykhimprom” the issue is closed, too?

– Yes.

– In mid-2010 is one of your companies trying to win the competition for long-term lease the airport, “Juliani.” You still interested in this project?

– It was a strange situation in which the initiative group, in fact, used the brand name of our company outside of our interests.

– So it was not you?

– No, not us. From now on we will not do it.

– Who supports you in Ukraine? Here are a few known facts. First: You appeared in the headquarters of Viktor Yanukovych before the announcement of election results. Second, you have been at the Yalta Forum, which organized the Victor Pinchuk. Third: You once associated with Konstantin Grigorishin and “Private”, with whom you have had a project on logistics.

– Let us why we should not ascribe to me a support group here. Regarding Pinchuk I can say that we have with him long-standing friendly relations.

Today we have with him there is no business projects. He was at one time a partner in our oil project, but I have left. Perhaps all.

– What is your relationship with the president? You have already established a dialogue?

– It sounds loud enough – “to establish a dialogue with the president.” This is probably not entirely correct.

– you big businessman.

– I treat him with great respect, because the current president of Ukraine – a man with a big industrial experience with the power of will to make tough decisions.

But Ukraine is now a need for consistent and constructive policy. I hope that Mr Yanukovych could handle the task because he is clearly the head with a capital letter.

Our meetings with him were always in a very friendly and constructive atmosphere. I treat him with great sympathy and great respect.

– now in Ukraine, the popular view that a major Russian business under the auspices of the Russian and Ukrainian governments is in the Ukraine, and gets the preference. In particular, the aerospace industry, nuclear energy and many other areas. Do you have projects that you intend to implement in Ukraine?

– I once again stress that our group today there is no such project. I would like to emphasize once more. Expressed the view you that Russian business has any preferences, it seems to me exaggerated. From the amount of information that I have, I do not see it.

Another thing that you mentioned the industry – and the nuclear and aviation – has historically assumed cooperation of Russian and Ukrainian industrial sectors, and today – private and public business.

And the fact that after intensive negotiations between the two presidents set up a normal platform for reconstruction and development of the lost links – is positive.

Russia is, I would say, much more natural market for Ukraine than some third alternative, and vice versa. This is a situation of mutually beneficial cooperation, and it is in these sectors.

– you kuriruete project, “TNK-BP” for the extraction of coal mine gas in Ukraine?

– So far, yes.

– When it is launched?

– He is already running. In the next two years we have carried out a detailed geological study of the opportunities associated with the production of substandard gas. In less than two years, we are unlikely to be possible to determine the final configuration of projects.

During this period, funds will be invested mainly in the study of the geological framework. Frankly, it can be quite a big project, because BP has extensive experience in such projects – both in the United States and in third countries.

Today, the domestic gas market in America has changed dramatically. Price has dropped substantially, because they began to develop effective out-of-specification gas.

– You mean the slate?

– There is a shale, is inaccessible. Together – it’s substandard gas, not the natural gas that is extracted by conventional methods.

This has left a significant imprint on the world gas industry. Reduced flows of liquefied natural gas in America, they are redistributed. America today – one of the leaders in this industry.

With this technology, but we do have through our partners, Ukraine may receive significant internal resources of gas. For such a large economy as the Ukrainian, it becomes very important.

– Why is the restructuring of business, “TNK-BP” in Ukraine? It focuses on the expansion, or you see that the model is ineffective?

– Oil Ukrainian sector is full of various “gray” schemes, which the government must be addressed.

Additional investments in this sector are possible only if fundamental change in the environment and the rules under which it operates. I hope the government understands this, and soon there will be some significant changes.

– Do you have a major project to manufacture solar panels. In Ukraine on one of the project includes construction of solar power. You are interested in this project, offering their services?

– Yes, we are interested in and interested. I hope we will find the opportunity to realize our part in the construction of solar generation.

Ukraine – an attractive place for two reasons. The first – in Ukraine has passed a right laws in terms of education rates for alternative energy. In the example of European countries, this is a good example. And the second – Ukraine sunny country.

Pinchuk bought Regal Petroleum

An offshore company Pinchuk (Heamoor Limited), which is located in Cyprus, in alliance with a group of companies “Geo Alliance” has acquired oil and gas company Regal Petroleum, which owns assets in Ukraine, Romania and Egypt.

Recently, the owners of an offshore company Energees Management ltd, which is in orbit, “Smart Holding”, made ​​a proposal to its current owners bought the company Regal Petroleum, while increasing it for the price it at 58.3% (from 0.24 pounds per share to 0 , 38).

The total amount of the transaction was estimated at 85.3 million pounds, while the value of the company valued at 121.8 million pounds.

Affiliated companies Pinchuk (Heamoor Limited and a group of “Geo Alliance”) were also in talks to buy Regal Petroleum.

Obama asks U.S. business “to take part in the game”

February 7 (Bloomberg) – Barack Obama called on the leaders of U.S. markets “to participate in the game.” The words “join in a game,” the U.S. president was referring to support their country, by moving money out of the shadows into the economy.

“Now is the time to invest in America,” Obama said in his speech, being in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, he also announced that through its policies intended to achieve, to build a solid foundation for the development of any business, while he laid emphasis on shared responsibility, (approx. government and business) for economic growth.

In some parts of his speech, Obama repeated the remarks of President John F. Kennedy, during the “Cold War”, he urged Americans to “say what they can do for your country.”

“As we work towards a unified goal to make America a better place to do business, I also hope that you will know what to do for America,” Obama said. “Think about what needs to be done to hire as many American workers, that you can do to support the American economy and invest in this country.”

How much earns an average user Uanet?

The most common in the Ukrainian Internet user average income ranges from 1501 to 3000 UAH., As evidenced by data for the December 2010 study “gemiusAudience”, conducted by “Gemius Ukraine.”

It is worth noting that from 701 to 1501 UAH. receive 15% of users Uanet, another 17% did not receive a regular income, and the median income level of 5% and more than 8,000 USD. (see chart 1).

The Ukrainian Internet audience in terms of monthly income

The Ukrainian Internet audience in terms of monthly income

At the same time, the most common group, united in terms of “average family income” – a group “from 2501 to 4000 UAH,” and from “4001 to 6500 UAH.”

Recall, according to the same study, Ukrainian Internet in December 2010 increased by 29% compared with December 2009 and amounted to about 11.3 million users.

At the same time, Ukrainian online audience continues to be young: a group of 14-24 years is about 36% of the total audience, a group of 25-34 – 29%. Also, as the results of the study, most users access the Internet from a home PC (89.38%), less often – in an Internet cafe or at school / institute (12.55 and 7.26%).

Sell MySpace

Media Corporation Rupert Murdoch has officially confirmed the intention to sell the social networking site “MySpace”, which we recall, is unprofitable.

Reporting on financial results, which were presented by Chase Carey (Chase Carey), Chief Operating Officer, “News Corp.” said that now the best time to sell a social network.

According to the results of the financial report for the II quarter of 2011, net income, in relation to last year’s results the same period, the entire media corporations “News Corp.” rose 2.5-fold (from $ 254 to $ 642 million). However, the success of social networks in this, rather it is the main failure of the company over the past 5 years.

Media have repeatedly asserted that the “News Corp.” going to get rid of the social network, which has evolved from a promising and growing in unprofitable. The company’s management has repeatedly tried to revive the social network and cut losses.

In November last year was made a redesign “MySpace”, which was close to the main and more successful rival Facebook. And in January, management reduced the number of employees by almost half, have been laid off 500 of 1100 workers.

However, these steps are not saved “MySpace” – a social network profits continued to fall as well as her attendance. After that, “News Corp.” decided to sell the project to another owner. Given such a strong competitor like Facebook, there are a willing, ready to revive the social network? The issue date.

Uanet inhabit experts, tops and office staff

Ukrainian Internet inhabits mainly skilled workers, such a conclusion was made on the basis of the research gemiusAudience, conducted by “Gemius Ukraine.”

Relative quantitative indicator in the Ukrainian Internet “live” 25% of skilled workers. At least in Uanet are technical specialists – 5%. Simultaneous users over 50%, while the non-performing minority.

The composition of the audience Uanet specialties

The composition of the audience Uanet specialties