MHP seeks to invest about $250 mln in development in 2018

MHP seeks to invest about $250 mln in development in 2018

Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) plans to invest over $250 million in 2018 in the launch of the second line at Vinnytsia poultry farm, a biogas complex in Vinnytsia and modernization of existing ...

"Total investment this year would be over $250 million. Some $160-170 million will be sent to launch the second line of Vinnytsia poultry farm in a month and a half, near $20 million – to build the second biogas complex in Vinnytsia. The rest of the investment will be sent to modernize existing production facilities," MHP CFO Viktoria Kapeliushna told Interfax-Ukraine.

According to her, now MHP is considering proposals for the purchase of new assets in several countries.

"The other day the Commercial Court of Rennes (France) decided to satisfy the proposal to buy French Doux - not ours, but of a consortium represented by the French manufacturer LDC and the company from Saudi Arabia Al-Munajem .It is not a matter of selling the company, but selling assets. We were in the process and we saw how things were going. We are still monitoring the European market, the Middle East market, but we are not yet ready to make statements. We are considering proposals in several countries," the CFO said.

The board's plans for appointment Roberto Banfi, who previously was in charge of the Middle East region in a large Brazilian company BRF, to the position of director in the middle of June are related to the interest of MHP in the markets of this region.

"The Middle East is interesting. We see growth potential in the markets of this region both for small carcasses, quarters and for processed products. The trade and distribution company has been operating in the UAE for over a year," Kapeliushna said.

She said that in 2018, as for EBITDA the agroholding intends to reach the level of 2017, possibly 5% higher. As MHP expects, the driver will be the increase in production volume associated with the launch of the second line of the Vinnytsia poultry farm.

MHP is the largest poultry producer in Ukraine. It is also engaged in production of grains, sunflower oil, and meat.

The company supplies cooled halved carcasses of hens to the European market. They are processed there, including at its enterprises in the Netherlands and Slovakia.

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