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Capital markets: Ukrainian corporate deals prepare to double

Investor appetite returns; Listed companies tipped to debut

Emerging market investors hungry for yield pick-up are likely to find plenty of opportunities in Ukraine over the coming year as local companies take advantage of relatively stable political conditions to access the Eurobond markets in increasing numbers.

Debt bankers say corporate issuance could double from the $2.5 billion raised in 2010 following Viktor Yanukovich’s decisive victory in presidential elections in February. Not only are last year’s successful borrowers – state export bank Ukreximbank, Privatbank, fuel and energy supplier Dtek and its sister mining company Metinvest, and poultry producer MHP – likely to return to the market, but a handful of new names are being tipped to join them.

Indeed, iron-ore producer Ferrexpo, Mriya Agro Holding and fellow agricultural company Kernel Holding were all due to issue debut bonds before the end of 2010 but were deterred by the negative reception of egg producer Avangard’s inaugural $200 million issue at the end of October.

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