Photo from UNIAN The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) in 2019 will channel UAH 64.88 billion, or US$2.4 billion, as part of its profit for 2018, into the national budget. Read alsoUkraine&#39;s banking system boosts net profit by almost 52% in Q1 "The National Bank&#39;s 2018 profit subject to distribution totals UAH 68.46 billion [US$2.6 billion]. One part of the profit in the amount of UAH 3.57 billion [US$133.8 million] will be used to increase the central bank&#39;s reserve aggregate... The other part, that is UAH 64.9 billion [US$2.4 billion] will be transferred to Ukraine&#39;s national budget in 2019," the regulator&#39;s press service said, referring to the decision by the NBU Council to approve the NBU&#39;s consolidated financial statements for 2018. The relevant schedule for the said funds transfer is to be agreed with Ukraine&#39;s Finance Ministry, it said. The NBU&#39;s net interest income, after the release of last year&#39;s reserves, stood at UAH 34.9 billion (US$1.3 billion), which was 22.8% down from 2017. At the same time, forex rate fluctuations affected the regulator&#39;s performance in 2018. Foreign currency revaluation for the first time since 2013 became negative, amounting to UAH 2.2 billion (US$82.4 million), which is associated with the strengthening of the hryvnia rate to foreign currencies. A surplus from the revaluation of debt securities to their market value amounted to UAH 6.7 billion (US$251 million) against UAH 2.7 billion (US$101 million) in 2017. In turn, the NBU&#39;s administrative expenses and those associated with printing banknotes and minting coins, etc. stood at UAH 3.78 billion (US$141.6 million) in 2018, which was 5.3% up against 2017. As UNIAN reported earlier, operating banks&#39; net profit in Ukraine in 2018 totaled UAH 21.7 billion (US$813 million), which was a record high over Ukraine&#39;s independence. The previous time when the banking system posted profit was four years ago, it reported UAH 1.4 billion (US$52.5 million at the current forex rate) in net profit in 2013.