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Braskem SA 6-K 2007
Provided by MZ Data Products
Washington, D.C. 20549


For the month of March, 2007

(Commission File No. 1-14862 )


(Exact Name as Specified in its Charter)
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Rua Eteno, 1561, Polo Petroquimico de Camacari
Camacari, Bahia - CEP 42810-000 Brazil
(Address of principal executive offices)

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The management of Braskem S.A. (“Braskem”) submits for your consideration the Management Report and related financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2006, as well as the opinions of Braskem’s independent auditors and fiscal council. The comments presented herein relate to the consolidated results and reflect the corporate structure of Braskem at December 31, 2006.

The results of operations discussed herein have been adjusted to eliminate the effects of proportional consolidation under the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM) Instruction 247, whereby only those investments directly managed by Braskem were consolidated, while the Company’s interests in Companhia Petroquímica do Sul (Copesul), Petroflex Indústria e Comércio S.A. (Petroflex), and Politeno – for the period comprising the full year of 2005 and 1Q06 – were recognized on the equity method of accounting. As from April 2006, the results of Politeno, whose control was then fully acquired by Braskem, are consolidated into the financial statements of Braskem since then.

1. Message from management 

2006 was a very difficult year for the Brazilian petrochemical industry. The high level of oil and naphtha prices associated to the strong volatility of these two commodities in the international market, in addition to the momentary excess polyethylene capacity in the Brazilian market, have impacted the business and Braskem’s profitability during 2006.

In this context, the Company was able to implement its main projects and consistently evolved in its corporate fundamentals during 2006, where the strengthening of its growth platform focused on value creation stood out.

The Company maintained its leadership position in the Latin American market for the thermoplastic resins it produces – polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and PVC, by making significant investments in capacity expansions and strategic acquisitions. At the same time, Braskem accelerated the implementation of programs aimed at improving its efficiency, operating reliability and competitiveness. Such moves are in line with Braskem’s vision of becoming one of the 10 largest petrochemical companies in the world in terms of market capitalization, following its strategy that combines organic growth in the regional market, new alternatives in order to ensure access to raw materials under competitive conditions, as well as the search for opportunities related to the internationalization of the Company.

In 2006, the Brazilian thermoplastic resin market grew by 9%, confirming its historic elasticity to the GDP of around 3 times, on average, over the past ten years. The striking difference in performance during the year, where the second half was better than the first one, in particular when profitability is concerned, suggests that the effects of the entry of a new domestic player in the polyethylene market has already been absorbed by the market.

Braskem believes that the continuance of the consolidation process in the Brazilian petrochemical industry is key to improve the competitiveness of the sector. Accordingly, in 2006 the Company acquired the control of Politeno, a transaction already approved by the Brazilian antitrust authority (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica – CADE) by unanimous vote and with no restrictions, once more recognizing that the international market is the relevant one for the Brazilian petrochemical industry. The acquisition of Politeno improved the Company’s portfolio of products and customers, in addition to reinforcing its leadership in the polyethylene segment, by adding 360 thousand tons to the annual production capacity of this resin at a plant

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located at Camaçari, State of Bahia. Braskem confirms the volume of synergies announced at the time of the acquisition, with net present value of US$ 110 million to be realized as of 2007, and informs that the integration of operations has been completed, while further synergy opportunities are being identified.

The construction of Petroquímica Paulínia, which plays an important part in the Company growth strategy, started in 2006. This joint venture with Petroquisa, where Braskem holds a 60% interest, will operate a new polypropylene plant with an annual capacity of up to 350 thousand tons in Paulínia, State of São Paulo. In addition to world scale, access to competitive raw materials and cutting-edge technology supplied by Braskem, the unit will benefit from its location in the heart of the main Brazilian consumer market. The installation license has already been granted by the environmental authorities and the project is within schedule. Production start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2008.

On the international front, access to raw materials in competitive conditions is the distinctive feature of two Braskem projects under consideration in Venezuela, both with global scale and updated technology: a polypropylene unit with annual capacity of 400 thousand tons, scheduled to start operations by the end of 2009; and an integrated petrochemical complex on natural gas in the Jose region, comprising a basic petrochemical center, with capacity of 1.2 million tons of ethylene, and units producing polyethylene and other products. The new units, in addition to supplying the Venezuelan and Andean Pact countries, will also serve as an export platform to Northern hemisphere markets.

Preliminary technical and economic feasibility studies point to attractive perspectives for both projects, which are now in the detailing and corporate modeling stage. The projects anticipate equal percentage holdings in these ventures for Braskem and Pequiven. Aiming at expediting the progress of these projects, an experienced Braskem team is based in Venezuela.

To support its growth, the Company has invested in a new integrated management system - Fórmula Braskem - since 2006, in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the program. This program encompassed a review of all business processes, leading to streamlined processes, reduced costs and improved competitiveness. Total estimated investments in the project, the second part of which will be implemented in 2007, amount to R$ 130 million, and the net present value of productivity gains adds up to R$ 260 million.

From the Braskem + program, focused on operating excellence and productivity improvement, the Company was able to capture in annualized and recurring gains a total of R$ 437 million as of December 2006, which represents the early accomplishment of the target for the end of 2007, also surpassed by 4%. The quality of the management allowed for speeding up the project and identifying additional gain opportunities which should enable the Company to further improve its performance.

In line with its commitment to create more value to all its shareholders, Braskem has strengthened its focus on technology and innovation by opening in Camaçari, State of Bahia, a new development center dedicated to ultra high molecular weight polyethylene – UTEC®, a high value-added resin of which the Company is one of the largest world producers. The unit works in coordination with the Technology and Innovation Center at Triunfo, State of Rio Grande do Sul, the most modern and best equipped petrochemical center in Latin America, focused on supporting customers in the development of products, processes and applications. In addition to helping enhance the competitiveness of the petrochemical and plastic industries supply chains, the priority given to innovation and technology supports one of the Company

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strategic pillars, namely its technological autonomy. As a result, Braskem pioneered the launch in the Brazilian market of a polypropylene with nanoparticles, the first resin produced in the country based on nanotechnology, viewed as the most promising frontier of the materials science in general and polymers in particular. The Company was also one of the first regarding research of the so-called green polymers, made out of renewable raw materials, the manufacturing process of which is already protected by patents filed by Braskem. The Company has a set of 151 patents in Brazil and abroad, 14 of which were obtained in 2006.

Braskem was considered an emerging power in the international scenario by the U.S. Boston Consulting Group, which prepared a ranking of 100 companies in developing countries – the “global challengers” – in a position to compete with the large transnational corporations. According to the study which also mentioned 11 other Brazilian companies, a major competitive edge of Braskem is the Company’s competence in innovation and technology.

Such outstanding position is grounded on Braskem’s history track of growth in the recent past. In 2006, the Company gross sales in U.S. dollars, the reference currency of the petrochemical industry, grew by 10% compared to the prior year, from US$ 6.3 billion to US$ 6.9 billion. Gross sales expressed in Brazilian reais amounted to R$ 15 billion, in line with 2005, reflecting the adverse impact of foreign exchange. Net revenues increased by 13% in U.S. dollars, totaling US$ 5.4 billion, or R$ 11.7 billion, up R$ 100 million from the prior year.

Braskem exports grew by 44% in 2006 and reached record revenue of US$ 1.4 billion, as a result of important initiatives undertaken by the Company starting 2005 to increase its presence in the global market, in accordance with its internationalization strategy. These efforts led to the establishment of branches in Argentina and Europe, as well as the strengthening of Braskem América, enabling the Company to provide its international customers with better services through its own staff and local distribution centers with expected profitability increase and opening of new markets.

The Company’s EBITDA totaled US$ 758 million in 2006, compared to US$ 851 million in the previous year, chiefly as a result of increased oil prices, which significantly impacted the Companies’ naphtha costs besides a stronger competition in the polyethylene domestic market. EBITDA in reais amounted to R$ 1.6 billion, down 21% from 2005, additionally impacted by the exchange rate appreciation. Net income for the year added up to R$ 82 million against R$ 680 million in the prior year.

Investments in operations in 2006 totaled R$ 719 million, in line with the prior year. These resources were appropriated to programs focused on corporate competitiveness, industrial automation, capacity increase, such as the isoprene plant, technology, as well as health, safety and environment.

Capital discipline, reduction in financial costs, and lengthening of the debt profile are ongoing commitments of Braskem’s finance management. In line with these goals, the Company successfully launched in 2006 a series of issues in the capital markets, noteworthy among which are perpetual bonds at 9% per annum, in the amount of US$ 200 million.

At year end, the Company’s net debt totaled R$ 4.5 billion, with average terms over 16 years and maturity profile consistent with the forecast cash generation for each year. The net debt/EBITDA ratio stood at 2.7 times, compared with 1.7 in December 2005, as a result of investments made by the Company, payment of dividends and interest on equity in the amount of R$ 326 million, the share buyback program of R$ 182 million, and the acquisition of Politeno’s control for the initial amount of R$ 238 million.

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For the second consecutive year, Braskem was selected to make part of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (Bovespa) Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE), a differentiated portfolio of shares in corporations which stand out in the promotion of sustainable development, social responsibility and corporate governance – all principles and values endorsed by the Company since it was founded in 2002, under a Public Commitment.

With respect to corporate governance, it should be pointed out that Braskem was certified under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act one year before it went into effect. In addition 2 new independent members were elected in the Board of Directors.


Braskem’s management would like to once more thank its shareholders, customers and suppliers for the trust bestowed in the Company in 2006, which encourages it to move forward in the search of excellence.

In addition, the accomplishments reached in the period would not have been possible without the dedication and competence demonstrated by Braskem’s staff, who has laid the path for the Company’s growth plan for the next few years. For the second consecutive year, reflecting the Company efforts to provide a stimulating, high-performance work environment, our employees considered Braskem as one of the best Brazilian companies to work for.

2. Outlook 

Braskem expects that the sound global economic performance seen lately will continue over the next few years, with high growth rates among the main economies in the world. Such scenario favors the petrochemical industry on account of the elasticity between the demand for petrochemical products and the economic growth rates. The prospects are that the capacity utilization rates remain at high levels over the next years, as a result of the projected equilibrium between the demand for thermoplastic resins in the international market and the forecast delay of new production capacity additions.

The prices of naphtha, Braskem’s main raw material, are highly correlated to oil quotations in the world market. It is expected that the tight ratio of global supply to demand will keep oil and thus naphtha prices at high levels, although at amounts on average below those seen in 2006. The combination of sustained resin prices and naphtha costs below 2006 levels points to potentially increased business profitability in 2007.

On the domestic front, Braskem works with a scenario of sustained economic growth, curbed inflation and potential for additional interest rate cuts, all stimulating the growth in both the economy and consumption. The anticipated improvement in disposable income, credit expansion and increased level of activity in the civil construction industry, among other factors, point to a 8 to 10% per annum increase in the Brazilian market for thermoplastic resins. The inventory reduction observed in the production chain at the end of 2006, driven by higher prices, establishes improved conditions to further enhance the demand in 2007.

Braskem should benefit from this scenario as all its plants will be in a position to operate at high capacity utilization rates in 2007, considering that shutdowns at the ethylene and some PE units previously scheduled for 2007 were performed during 2006.

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The scenario described above, combined with the implementation of competitiveness programs completed in 2006, such as Fórmula Braskem and Braskem +, will allow Braskem to fully capture the gains anticipated from these programs as from 2007, with operating costs reduction and potential positive impacts on the Company results.

Braskem steadily pursues its strategy of growth coupled with value creation for all its shareholders. The Company will be diligent regarding opportunities of consolidation in the Brazilian petrochemical industry, as it believes that the outcome of this process will provide increased competitiveness to the sector, which is increasingly required in a global environment. Furthermore, Braskem is expected to increase its production capacity by implementing new projects, while preserving its capital discipline, in new ventures capable of generating returns above its cost of capital.

In this context, Braskem is developing a series of growth projects, with potential to double its resins annual production capacity to almost 5 million tons. These projects, if implemented, will provide a better balance between the main sources of raw materials (naphtha and gas), with reduced production costs for the Company and, accordingly, will leverage the company to a new level of scale and competitiveness. The projects are as follows:

  • Petroquímica Paulínia, a joint venture with Petroquisa, for the production of up to 350 thousand tons of PP as from the first quarter of 2008;
  • a 400-thousand ton unit of PP in Venezuela, in partnership with Pequiven, scheduled to start up operations in late 2009;
  • Capacity increases in existing units (debottleneckings), in the Basic Petrochemicals Unit, scheduled for 2010, as well as in PE and PVC;
  • a new PP plant to be built in the Camaçari Petrochemical Complex, with start-up scheduled for 2011;
  • The Jose Olefins Complex in Venezuela, entailing the construction of an ethylene plant from natural gas, with a 1.2 million ton capacity, integrated with polyethylene plants and other second generation plants. These plants are scheduled to become operational in late 2011.
3. Operational Performance 

        • 3.1 Industrial Performance

Braskem’s operating strategy is based on the optimization of assets by maintaining high capacity utilization rates at the industrial units, giving priority to the sale of higher value-added products in more profitable markets and segments.

In 2006, this strategy coupled with increased production capacity on account of the acceleration of the Braskem + program and investments in capacity additions, allowed the Company to maintain its production levels compared to 2005, in spite of certain negative events that affected the utilization rates during the period.

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Production Volume    2006   2005    Chg.%
(tons)   (D)   (E)   (D)/(E)
Polyolefins Unit             
   . PE´s - Polyethylene*    971.484 
   . PP - Polypropylene    542.781    528.980    3 
   . Total (PE´s + PP)   1.514.265    1.301.146   
Vinyls Unit             
   . PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride    444.056    447.376    (1)
   . Caustic Soda    449.847    459.676    (2)
Basic Petrochemical Unit             
   . Ethylene    1.103.969    1.165.319    (5)
   . Propylene    520.413    562.048    (7)
   . BTX**    639.898    673.854    (5)
*Includes 236 thousand tons of Politeno´s production 
**BTX - Benzene, Toluene, Ortho-xylene and Para-xylene 

In 2006, the Polyolefins Unit recorded a 16% production volume increase year-on-year, with a 26% growth in PE, mostly due to the acquisition of the control of Politeno, which added approximately 236 thousand tons from April to December 2006. In addition, the good operability of the PP units, which reached a 97% utilization rate, was an important contribution for the 3% production increase over the previous year.

The PVC production at the Vinyls Unit was in line with 2005, despite the limited supply of ethylene as a result of a non-scheduled stoppage of the Basic Petrochemicals Unit in 2Q06.

In 2006, the Basic Petrochemicals Unit recorded a 5% decline in the production of its main products, ethylene and propylene compared to the prior year. This reduction resulted from certain operating difficulties, as discussed below:

  • scheduled and/or early maintenance stoppages at the ethylene, PE and PVC units;
  • operating problems of important ethylene and propylene customers during the first half of 2006; and
  • the PE supply/demand balance in the domestic market.

On the grounds of potential improved profitability on a short-term basis, the maintenance stoppage at the Olefinas I unit, previously scheduled for early 2007, was divided into two. A

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mini-stoppage was performed in December 2006, for priority services, and another stoppage will be carried out in 2008.
The implementation of this strategy allows for projecting higher capacity utilization rates and higher production volumes in 2007.

        3.2 – Commercial Performance

In 2006, Braskem reaffirmed its focus on developing higher value added products and solutions, based on a differentiated structure of innovation and technology, which resulted in an increase in the profitability derived from its commercial performance.

The Brazilian market for thermoplastic resins, confirming its historic elasticity to the GDP growth, increased by 9% in 2006 – 8% for PE, 12% for PP and 8% for PVC.

In the light of this growth scenario and its commercial strategy, the Company consolidated its leadership position in the regional market in 2006. In the domestic market, the sales volume of thermoplastic resins (PE, PP and PVC) reached 1.5 million tons, 12% above 2005, when 1.3 million tons was sold. The volume of resins exported by Braskem was 500 thousand tons, up 17% from 2005.

The table below shows volumes sold both in the domestic and foreign markets:

Sales Volume    2006    2005    Chg.%
(tons)   (D)   (E)   (D)/(E)
Polyolefins Unit             
   . PE´s - Polyethylene    995.178    768.167    30 
   . PP - Polypropylene    529.944    517.502    2 
   . Total (PE´s + PP)   1.525.122    1.285.669    19 
Vinyls Unit             
   . PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride    432.754    441.940    (2)
   . Caustic Soda    430.074    464.620    (7)
Basic Petrochemical Unit             
   . Ethylene *    307.862    581.070    (47)
   . Propylene    435.961    479.430    (9)
   . BTX**    529.544    594.442    (11)
* Reduced by 232,186 tons due to the transfer to Politeno from April to December 2006. 
**BTX - Benzene, Toluene, Ortho-xylene and Para-xylene 

For the Polyolefins Unit, domestic sales of PP grew by 8% in 2006 compared to 2005. The volume of Brazilian imports of PP also increased by 23%, in particular during the first half, as a result of the appreciation of the real. With more sales channeled to the local market, PP exports declined by 21%. On the other hand, total sales of PE rose by 30% compared to 2005, driven by the acquisition of Politeno’s control, which, from April through December, added approximately 220 thousand tons sold to the domestic and export markets, in spite of the momentary imbalance between supply and demand of the product due to the entry of a new player in the region as from 2Q06.

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For the Vinyls Unit, domestic sales of PVC grew by 6% in 2006, boosted by the growth in the civil construction sector (tubes, connections and profiles). Given the maintenance of volumes produced and higher channeling of sales to the domestic market, PVC exports declined in 2006. The total PVC volume sold in 2006 decreased 2% when compared to 2005.

Ethylene volumes sold by the Basic Petrochemicals Unit were impacted by 232 thousand tons due to the transfers to Politeno after its acquisition by Braskem occurred in April 2006, as this volume was previously considered as volume sold. Excluding this transfer, the decrease would have reached 7%. On the other hand, the volume of propylene sold decreased by 9%. The reduced sales of these products are also a consequence of the lower volume produced due to scheduled and/or early maintenance stoppages, as well as operating problems with customers.

         • 3.3 – Competitiveness Management

                 • 3.3.1 Early Completion by 1 Year of Braskem + Program

Results obtained by Braskem one year before scheduled will allow the Company, as from 2007, to take full advantage of annual, recurring gains of R$ 437 million arising from several program initiatives. The purpose of the Braskem + program, implemented in 2004, is to position the Company among the most competitive players in the international petrochemical industry. Braskem + increases the Company’s ability to create value in all stages of the petrochemical cycle.

Benefits from the Braskem + for the individual industrial units include, among others:

  • Increase in the production efficiency of ethylene/propylene, with annual savings of R$ 46 million;
  • Increase in the energy efficiency of steam generation, with savings of R$ 29 million/year;
  • Increase in the yield of PVC units due to the optimization of reaction cycles, with annual gains of R$ 31 million;
  • Reduction in the consumption of steam at the aromatics and utilities plant, with annual gains of R$ 74 million;
  • Implementation of software to improve production planning and scheduling, with annual gains of R$ 48 million;
  • Increase in the efficiency of chlorine liquefaction, with annual gains of R$ 10 million.

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                 • 3.3.2 Implementation of the Fórmula Braskem Project

From October 2005 to September 2006, Braskem worked in the implementation of a new integrated management system, named Fórmula Braskem, using a software which is a benchmark in the petrochemical industry globally. The system was implemented on October 1, 2006, after one year of dedicated efforts of a team comprising some 120 members, who reviewed all business processes. Key to the success of the project success was the management of change which led to a high synergy level among all areas of the Company. Investments in the project, the second phase of which will be implemented in August 2007, amount to R$ 130 million, of which R$ 91 million were disbursed in 2006. With the implementation of the system, the Company has already started to earn benefits, concentrated in the commercial, logistic and supply areas.

4. Economic and Financial Performance 

         • 4.1 – Net Revenue

With the growing market environment combined with the increase in PE capacity resulting from the acquisition of Politeno’s control, the volume of thermoplastic resins sold by Braskem increased by 13%, or 230 thousand tons.

This scenario, coupled with higher prices in the international market as of May 2006, brought about an increase in the average Braskem resins prices for 2006 of 10% (quoted in U.S. dollars, benchmark currency for petrochemical prices). In the domestic market, prices increased as of the second half of the year.

Accordingly, Braskem recorded net revenue of US$ 5.4 billion in 2006, up 13% from US$ 4.8 billion in 2005. With the 10.6% average appreciation of the real against the U.S. dollar in 2006, net revenue in reais amounted to R$ 11.7 billion, compared to R$ 11.6 billion in 2005.

Since its formation in 2002, Braskem has steadily increased its net revenues in U.S. dollars at a compound rate of 23% per year. Such increase arises from investments made in productivity and competitiveness improvements, capacity additions and acquisitions, which expanded the scale and complemented the Company product portfolio. When translated into reais, due to the exchange rate appreciation, Braskem’s net revenues grew at a compound rate of 14%.

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4.1.1 – Export Sales

Braskem has consistently expanded its investments since 2005, aiming at strengthening its international presence. As part of this strategy, the Company opened commercial and distribution operations in Europe, USA and Argentina. As a result, the volume of exports increased and revenue from exports significantly rose by 44% in 2006, to reach US$ 1.4 billion (26% of net revenue), compared to US$ 1.0 billion in 2005 (20% of net revenue).

Exports evolved at a compound rate of 35% per year since the foundation of the Company in 2002, increasing by almost US$ 1 billion over the past 5 years. Even increasing its exports, Braskem maintained its leading position in all segments and has always aimed at meeting customers’ needs.

         • 4.2 – Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)

In 2006, COGS totaled R$ 9.9 billion, a 6% increase compared to R$ 9.3 billion in 2005.

The Company COGS in 2006 was impacted by R$ 756 million relating to raw material and energy cost rises. Of this amount, R$ 720 million refer to increased costs of naphtha, given the 19% growth in the international benchmark price – naphtha ARA (Antwerp, Rotterdam and Amsterdam) –in the period, as a result of the substantial increase in oil prices. The remaining R$ 36 million relate to higher

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costs of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and other utilities, due to both higher prices of electricity and stronger utilization of fuel oil given lower availability of natural gas to the Basic Petrochemicals Unit. The average real appreciation of 10.6% in the year, however, partially offset this impact by R$ 630 million.

During 2006, Braskem purchased 4,168 thousand tons of naphtha, of which 3,123 thousand tons (75%) from Petrobras – its main raw material supplier. The remaining 1,045 thousand (25%) was imported directly by the Company, mostly from Northern African countries and Venezuela.

Depreciation and amortization expenses added up to R$ 525 million in 2006, 28% above the R$ 410 million recorded in 2005. The change arises chiefly from the start-up of projects completed in 2006 and 1H06, as well as from the revised periods for depreciation of scheduled maintenance stoppages. Effective January 2006, the Company, pursuant to IBRACON (Brazilian Institute of Accountants) Technical Interpretation 0001/2006, adopted the accounting policy of recording scheduled maintenance stoppage expenses as additions to property, plant and equipment. These expenses were previously deferred and are now depreciated until the beginning of the next stoppage, thus affecting the depreciation for the period.

         • 4.3 – Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

During 2006, Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses totaled R$ 874 million, compared to R$ 688 million in 2005.

General and administrative expenses grew by R$ 45 million, of which R$ 26 million relate to Politeno expenses, consolidated as from April 2006, when Braskem acquired the company control, and R$ 15 million represent non-recurring expenses associated with the integration of Politeno and restructuring of Polyolefins, PET and caprolactam businesses.

Selling expenses recorded the highest growth – R$ 142 million – due to: (i) increased export expenses, in the amount of R$ 25 million; (ii) a R$ 59 million increase in the provision for doubtful accounts, including R$ 16 million for provision adjustment criterion at Politeno, and R$ 39 million for a non-recurring credit recovery in 2005; (iii) expenses of R$ 21 million related to Politeno’s sales, consolidated from April to December; (iv) higher expenses related to distribution logistics and storage in the amount of R$ 30 million; and (iv) the R$ 5 million increase in fixed costs mostly on account of the opening of sales and distribution offices in Argentina, Europe and US.

         • 4.4 – Other Operating Income (Expenses)

During 2006, other operating income equaled R$ 157 million, compared to R$ 70 million in 2005. The change is attributable to non-recurring operating income arising from the reversal of the provision for PIS/Cofins as a consequence of a final and unappealable judicial suit, in the amount of R$ 112 million, in the first quarter of 2006.

         • 4.5 – EBITDA

In 2006, EBITDA amounted to R$ 1.6 billion, or 21% below the R$ 2.1 billion EBITDA recorded in 2005. When translated into U.S. dollars, the annual EBITDA showed a 11% decline year-on-year, reaching approximately US$ 758 million in 2006 and US$ 851 million in 2005.

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The main drivers of the reduced EBITDA were (i) the significant increase in the prices of naphtha, the Company’s main raw material, following the upward trend in oil prices; and (ii) the 10.6% appreciation of the real against the U.S. dollar during the year, as 100% of the Company’s revenue are denominated in U.S. dollars, while only 80% of the costs are expressed in this currency.

Results for 2006 started to improve in the beginning of the second half of the year, driven by the recovery of resins prices. This scenario was even stronger in the fourth quarter, with EBITDA of R$ 530 million, equal to one third of annual results, and EBITDA margin of 18%, twice the margin recorded in the second quarter of the year.

         • 4.6 – Investments in Subsidiary and Associated Companies

Braskem’s results from investments in subsidiaries and associated companies amounted to R$ 198 million, 8% less than R$ 215 million recorded in 2005, excluding the effects of amortization of goodwill arising mostly from investments in Copesul. The change is partly due to the full consolidation of Politeno in 2006, given the acquisition of the company control by Braskem in April 2005. The 34% equity stake in Politeno in 2005 led to gains of R$ 29 million.

It is worth pointing out Copesul’s good operational and financial performance in 2006, with an impact of R$ 182 million on Braskem’s results, R$ 20 million over 2005. Copesul, in which the Company holds 29.46% of its total capital, is jointly controlled by Braskem and Ipiranga.

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(R$ thousand)        
Investments in Subsidiaries and Associated Companies    2006    2005 
Associated Companies - Equity Method    195.911    212.377 
. . Copesul    181.467    161.963 
. . Others    14.444    50.414 
Exchange Variation    (1.382)   3.629 
Others    3.383    (582)
Subtotal (before amortization)
  197.912    215.424 
Amortization of goodwill/negative goodwill    (57.757)
TOTAL    140.155    62.885 
* Includes R$ 53 million of Polialden's negative goodwill write-off 

By the end of the second quarter of 2006, Polialden was merged into Braskem. This corporate action had certain effects on results, including: (i) write-off of negative goodwill in the amount of R$ 53 million; (ii) transfer of amortization of goodwill on this investment to the amortization and depreciation expenses line, as from June 2006; and (iii) income tax credit of R$ 76 million relating to the incorporation of goodwill from the time of the acquisition of Polialden through the merger. Items (i) and (ii) are the most important drivers of the 62% decrease in amortization of goodwill/negative goodwill in 2006 compared to 2005.

         • 4.7 – Financial Results, Net

The increase in net debt affected Braskem’s net financial results, which was an expense of R$ 902 million in 2006 compared to an expense of R$ 652 million in 2005. The strengthening of the Real favored the financial result in 2005 and 2006. The effect was more marked in 2005, when the Real appreciated by 16.8% in average, versus only 10.6% in 2006. This was the main reason for the R$ 139 million difference in exchange rate variation between the two periods.

Excluding the effects of foreign exchange and monetary variations, Braskem recorded expenses of R$ 781 million, corresponding to an 18% increase compared to the financial results of 2005, which amounted to expenses of R$ 663 million.

The R$ 118 million increase arises from: (a) increase in expenses derived from structured financial transactions during the year; (b) results of hedge contracts – currency, interest rate and operational; (c) increase in interest on operating working capital, and (d) increase in the base of tax provisions bearing interest at the SELIC rate.

(R$ million)        
    2006    2005 
Net Financial Result    (902)   (652)
Foreign Exchange Variation (FXV)   101    240 
Monetary Variation (MV)   (222)   (229)
Financial Result less F/X and MR    (781)   (663)

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         • 4.8 – Net Income

Net income amounted to R$ 82 million in 2006, compared to R$ 680 million in 2005, mostly as a result of decreased operating income and financial results.

         • 4.9 – Capital Structure, Liquidity and Rating

Braskem’s risk rating was upgraded in 2006, contributing to lower funding and financial transaction structuring costs, which ensured the accomplishment of important targets relating to the improvement of its debt profile and lengthening of the debt amortization average maturity. The credit rating agency Standard & Poors upgraded Braskem, in local scale, from ‘brAA-’ with positive outlook to ‘brAA’ with stable outlook. The agency Fitch Ratings upgraded the Company in global scale from “BB”, with positive outlook, to “BB+”, with stable outlook for local and foreign currency; and upgraded the rating in long-term national scale from “AA-(bra)” to “AA(bra)”, both with stable outlook.

As part of its commitment to maintaining capital discipline and carrying out investments with return above its capital cost, in 2006 Braskem disbursed R$ 869 million, including operating investments and business competitiveness programs, in the amount of R$ 719 million, and scheduled maintenance stoppages, which totaled R$ 150 million. Additionally, the Company paid dividends and interest on equity to its shareholders in the amount of R$ 326 million, acquired Politeno’s control for the initial amount of R$ 238 million, and carried out a share buyback program for R$ 182 million.

In this context, net debt at the end of 2006 was R$ 4.5 billion, compared to net debt of R$ 3.4 billion as of December 2005. In U.S. dollar terms, Braskem’s net debt went from US$ 1.5 billion in 2005 to US$ 2.1 billion at December 31, 2006. Braskem’s financial leverage ratio, measured by the ratio “Net debt/EBITDA”, went from 1.63 in 2005 to 2.74 at December 31, 2006.

Net debt for 2005 differs by R$ 570 million from net debt published in the 2005 management report due to the adoption of CVM Instruction 408 and CVM/SNC/SEP Circular Letter 01/2006, which prescribe that Creditory Rights Investment Fund (FDIC) be recognized as debt.

During 2006, the Company focused its efforts on extending the average maturity of its debts, which now reaches 16 years, thus ensuring the adequacy of the profile of its annual maturities, as well as higher efficiency in the allocation of funds to operating working capital, besides reducing its foreign exchange exposure. At the end of 2006, the Company debt linked to the U.S. dollar corresponded to 49%, compared to 54% at the end of 2005.
Currently, all operating and financial maturities in U.S. dollars are covered by foreign exchange hedge for the next 24 months. They comprise cash balances invested in U.S. dollars, projected export and import balance and, when necessary, derivative instruments that protect it from exchange rate fluctuations.

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The graph below depicts the Company repayment schedule as of December 31, 2006:

5. Capital Expenditures 

In 2006, the Company capital expenditures totaled R$ 719 millions (not including capitalized interest in the amount of R$ 83 million) compared to R$ 717 million in 2005. The resources were invested in projects providing attractive returns, such as: (1) capacity addition at plants (debottleneck), (2) business competitiveness programs, Braskem + and Fórmula Braskem, and (3) technology upgrades. Furthermore, significant investments were made in health, safety and environment.
The major investments in production capacity increases during 2006 were:

  • R$ 80 million in the Basic Petrochemicals Unit – expansion of the production capacity of isoprene, with start-up in November 2006 and addition of 8 thousand tons, or 48% of the existing production capacity;
  • R$ 10 million in the debottlenecking of a PE plant, with capacity addition of 30 thousand tons of higher value-added PE, in particular in the production line of Braskem Flexus®, with start-up in September 2006.

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In addition, investments in information systems and the Fórmula Braskem program amounted to R$ 97 million.

Furthermore, the Company disbursed R$ 150 million for scheduled maintenance stoppages, to ensure the operation of its plants at high levels of reliability.

As part of the consolidation process underway in the Brazilian petrochemical industry, in April 2006 Braskem acquired the control of Politeno and now holds 100% of the voting and 96.2% of the total capital of this company. The initial amount paid was equal to US$ 111 million. The final value will be calculated in accordance with Politeno’s performance within the next 18 months, reflecting the evolution of polyethylene and ethylene spreads in the Brazilian market, through a formula agreed among the parties.

Given the completion of the competitiveness programs (Braskem + and Fórmula Braskem) and investments in capacity additions at existing units (debottlenecking), Braskem will continue to look for projects which support its growth coupled with value creation. To this end, the Company plans to invest approximately R$ 550 million in 2007. This sum includes, besides investments to maintain the competitiveness of its plants, investments to increase the capacity of the Basic Petrochemicals Unit, such as the conversion of MTBE into ETBE, using a renewable source of raw material (ethanol) with higher value added, and studies to launch hydrocarbonic resins at the end of this decade with emphasis on available process streams targeting the adhesives, as well as plastic and rubber compounds, paints and varnishes.

In connection of scheduled maintenance stoppages, expenditures estimated for 2007 amount to approximately R$ 150 million.

6. Innovation and Technology 

With the launch of the first Brazilian resin based on nanotechnology, in 2006 Braskem made a technological breakthrough in terms of application of polypropylene and potentially other thermoplastics in the country, consolidating its position as one of the major sources of development of innovative solutions for the regional petrochemical market. Such outstanding position stems from the priority given by Braskem to research and development activities. Technological autonomy is one of the strategic drivers of the Company, in addition to reflecting its commitment to creating value to all its shareholders and making its contribution to improve the competitiveness of its customers and the entire petrochemical and plastic production chain.

In line with these objectives, Braskem has conducted research to manufacture resins from renewable raw material sources – the so-called green polymers. These projects involve partnerships with strategic customers and are carried out on the hopes of enhancing the value and competitiveness of the entire production chain.

These accomplishments illustrate Braskem’s efforts to foster the sustainability of its activities while simultaneously reinforcing its leadership in the segments of higher value-added resins, in order to increase the profitability of its operations. During 2006, the Company launched 10 new resins which, when added to those developed in 2005 and 2004, represent 20% of the net revenue from thermoplastic resins sold over the past three years.

To support this significant market share, Braskem adopts a consistent investment policy in the area of research and development. Last year, these expenditures totaled R$ 45 million, in line with the historic average of the past few years. Part of these funds was appropriated to the creation of a development center in Camaçari focused on ultra high molecular weight

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polyethylene, UTEC®. Similarly, Braskem enhances the activities of its Technology and Innovation Center. As a result of this work, the Company filed 14 new patents in 2006 and now holds a total of 151 patents registered.

Noteworthy among the 2006 developments is the launch of the Idealis® resin, a high molecular weight polyethylene used in equipment for the food and automotive industries, targeted mostly to the European market. It should also be pointed out the importance of a polypropylene resin to be launched soon, for application in high performance raffia for agribusiness and civil construction. A significant development in connection with PVC is a compound used by the automotive industry in carpets.

Bearing in mind its dedication and performance in research and development, in 2006 Braskem was granted the Finep Technology and Innovation – South Region award, for the innovation management system developed by the Company. Of equal importance was the Anísio Teixeira Award, granted to Braskem by the Foundation for the Support of Research of the State of Bahia in the Innovative Company category.

7. Capital Markets and Investor Relations 

The number of Braskem’s outstanding shares (free float) went from 47% in 2005 to 49% of the total capital in 2006, due to the incorporation of Polialden with the issue of 7.9 million shares, partially offset by the buy-back of shares to be kept in treasury. This increase significantly helped maintaining a good level of liquidity of Braskem’s shares at Bovespa in 2006.

The average volume of preferred class A Braskem shares traded on Bovespa (BRKM5) increased by 38% during the year, from 1.2 million securities traded per day in 2005 to 1.6 million in 2006. The financial volume, however, went from R$ 27.7 million per day in 2005 to R$ 24.0 million per day in 2006, as Braskem’s shares prices went down last year.

In the same period, the Brazilian equity market experienced its best period in terms of companies that went public – as a result of 25 new companies that listed on Bovespa, leading to an increase of 50% in the trading and financial volumes on the Exchange. This move, in conjunction with the maintenance of the number of trades and lower prices on average of Braskem’s PNA share in 2006 compared to the prior year, resulted in the reduced weigh of Braskem’s PNA shares in the São Paulo Stock Exchange Index – Ibovespa, which declined from 2.91% in the first four months of 2006 to 1.84% of the portfolio valid for the first four months of 2007. Notwithstanding this fact, Braskem holds the 16th position in terms of participation in the index.

On the New York Stock Exchange – NYSE, the average volume of Braskem’s ADR (BAK) traded decreased by 4%, from 228 thousand ADRs per day in 2005 to 219 thousand in 2006. This is attributable to the increased trading of securities on Bovespa. The average financial volume of ADRs declined by 32% for the same reason mentioned above. ADR quotes were lower in 2006.

Braskem class A preferred shares traded on BOVESPA (“BRKM5”) closed the year quoted at R$ 15.00 per share. Braskem ADRs (BAK) closed the year trading at US$ 14.59 per ADR. On Latibex, the Madri Exchange section dedicated to trading of Latin American company shares, Braskem shares closed 2006 quoted at € 5,33.

During 2006, Braskem presented its quarterly results to several regional Associations of Financial Analysts (Apimec), and participated in a number of national and international events

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aimed at strengthening the Company’s relationship with its investors and allowing a better understanding of its corporate fundamentals by the capital markets.

In 2006, Braskem disclosed two important corporate moves which ratified the Company’s interest in the consolidation of the regional petrochemical sector. As from April 4, 2006, Braskem holds 100% of the voting capital of Politeno and, on May 31, 2006, Polialden was merged into the Company. The cycle of corporate restructuring that commenced when the Company was formed is thus completed.

Between May and October 2006, in order to capture an important value creation potential to its shareholders, Braskem carried out a share buyback program and repurchased 13.1 million class A preferred shares (PNA). Upon completion of the program, the Company had 14.4 million PNA shares in treasury.

Stock Performance - BRKM5    12/30/05    3/31/06    6/30/06    9/30/06    12/31/06 
Closing Price (R$ per share)   18,07    15,96    13,29    13,53    15,00 
Return in the Quarter (%)   (17)   (12)   (17)     11 
Accumulated Return (%)*    603    521    417    426    483 
Bovespa Index Accumulated Return (%)*    197    237    225    223    295 
Average Daily Trading Volume (R$ thousand)   25.489    26.921    24.256    21.513    23.306 
Market Capitalization (R$ million)   6.694    5.912    4.923    5.012    5.556 
Market Capitalization (US$ million)   2.860    2.721    2.274    2.305    2.599 
ADR Performance - BAK    12/30/05    3/31/06    6/30/06    9/30/06    12/31/06 
Closing Price (R$ per ADR)   16,21    14,91    12,19    12,59    14,59 
Return in the Quarter (%)   (22)   (8)   (18)     16 
Accumulated Return (%)*    882    804    639    663    784 
Average Daily Trading Volume (US$ thousand)   3.927    4.881    3.032    2.212    2.165 
Other Information    12/30/05    3/31/06    6/30/06    9/30/06    12/31/06 
Total Number of Shares (million)   362.524    362.524    370.402    370.402    370.402 
. Common Shares (ON) - BRKM3    120.860    120.860    123.492    123.492    123.492 
. Preferred Shares Class "A" (PNA) - BRKM5    240.860    240.860    246.107    246.107    246.107 
. Preferred Shares Class "B" (PNB)   803    803    803    803    803 
 (-) Shares in Treasury (PNA) - BRKM5    (467)   (467)   (4.471)   (11.163)   (14.363)
= Total Number of Shares (ex Treasury)   362.056    362.056    365.931    359.239    356.039 
ADR (American Depositary Receipt)  
1 ADR = 2 BRKM5 shares 
* Accumulated return since the market closing on December 30, 2002. 
Source: Economática/Braskem 

         • 7.1 – Dividends

Braskem’s Board of Directors, in line with the Company’s dividend distribution policy, has proposed the payment of R$ 36.9 million, or R$ 0.159 per share as dividends only to class A and B shareholders and American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) holders. The unitary amount that will be paid to ADRs holders is R$ 0.318 per ADR. These amounts will be submitted to the approval of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting.

8. Sustainability 

The welfare and health of its members, partners and neighboring communities are fundamental values for Braskem. Aligning projects and strategies with the Company major goals is a challenge that was emphasized during the frequent training programs offered by Braskem to its members and partners focusing on these areas, enhancing the consistency of procedures across the units.

During 2006, Braskem consolidated its Healthy, Safety and Environment (HSE) related actions, practices and strategies, now combined in an ambitious program, “Always Excellence in HSE”,

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comprising 165 Strategic Elements (SE’s) that will guide the Company efforts towards becoming a world benchmark in this field and accomplishing its strategic vision.

The Company invested significantly in this area, which in 2006 added up to R$ 152 million and helped maintain Braskem’s HSE indicators at levels similar to the best international standards and above the average for the Brazilian chemical and petrochemical industries.

Braskem carried on its previous actions to remain as part of Bovespa Corporate Sustainability Index – ISE. This recognition, received for the second consecutive year, testifies to the alignment of the Company practices and its Public Commitment of 2002, at the time of its organization. More important than placing Braskem among the distinguished group of Brazilian public companies that stand out in their efforts to foster sustainable development, social responsibility and corporate governance, this recognition means that the Company is on its way to corporate excellence.

During 2006, the frequency rate of accidents with and without leave was 1.7 million hours worked/man, including employees and third parties.

Under its continuous improvement program, Braskem took significant steps to value and reuse its effluents. As a result, the Company received the important Ecoimagination international award for 2006, granted by General Electric to those companies coming up with the most creative environmental protection solutions. The award relates to a water reutilization program implemented at Braskem units in the State of Alagoas.

In order to create value and promote the sustainability of its business, Braskem has focused on the identification of opportunities for Clean Development Device projects. Accordingly, during 2006 the Company quantified potential gas emissions at its 14 plants with potential greenhouse effect, and selected approximately 25 projects designed to significantly reduce such impact, aiming at further improving the Company environmental performance.

With respect to eco-efficiency, the consumption of energy and water decreased by 3% and 2%, respectively, compared to the prior year.

Making a contribution to the development of the neighboring communities is also an important commitment of the Company. In this connection, Braskem promotes a consistent set of programs driven by its Social Responsibility Policy, focusing on environmental education, social inclusion and cultural incentive. Approximately R$ 10 million was invested in these programs in 2006. The existing corporate volunteer work program was greatly enhanced during this period, when over 160 employees from several states joined the initiative.

In the State of Rio Grande do Sul, the Company introduced in 2006 the Braskem on Stage award, along the lines of the successful experience of Braskem Theater Award which has for some years now stimulated arts in Bahia. The initiative also provides for interchange of prizewinning plays between the two States. Additionally, the new program gave non-educated people an opportunity to go to the theater, with the staging of plays for low income communities, such as Vila Pinto, on the outskirts of Porto Alegre. In this city, Braskem also supports a plastic screening and recycling project.

Under this strategy, the first Braskem Rotation Marathon, part of the traditional Porto Alegre International Marathon, was held in Porto Alegre in 2006. The event was as successful as the Braskem Salvador Rotation Half Marathon, which in its third year brought together around 3 thousand athletes, including important foreign participants.

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In the State of Alagoas, the scope of Ecovela, a fishermen boat race to foster environmental awareness among inhabitants of the area covered by the Lagoa Viva project, was expanded to include virtually all communities located around lakes Mundaú and Manguaba.

These actions illustrate Braskem’s commitment to making its contribution to economic growth in line with the social-environmental development, so as to enhance the sustainability of its businesses. The commitment is set out in detail in the Corporate Sustainability Report prepared by the Company, following the guidelines and indicators of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

     8.1. Corporate Governance 

As stated in its Public Commitment disclosed at the time of its formation on August 16, 2002, Braskem reaffirms its commitment to seek the alignment of the interests of all its shareholders, to ethics, competitiveness and excellence in all its actions, to ensure the best return to its shareholders, adding value to their equity investment and providing adequate returns on their invested capital.

In this sense, Braskem developed a model to ensure good Corporate Governance practices. In addition to the Board of Directors and Fiscal Council (Audit Committee), whose powers have been expanded to comply with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, other committees were set up to support the Board of Directors, essentially in charge of analyzing matters of interest to the Board, in order to improve the quality and speed of the decision making process.

The following actions and/or recognitions during 2006 reflect the evolution of Corporate Governance at Braskem:

The compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was obtained one year ahead of schedule, confirming the Company’s commitment to high standards of Corporate Governance.
Braskem implemented new processes in order to conform to the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act with respect to internal control over its consolidated financial statements;
Implementation of the long-term incentive plan which allows for the alignment of interests of the Company executives, while creating value for the shareholders. The plan was approved in September 2005 and became effective in that year, making it possible to tie executives’ remuneration to the appreciation of shares in the long run;
Implementation of the Ethics Committee, to act in coordination with Internal Audit and Fiscal Council. Its role is to record, handle, recommend and enforce decisions to address notifications made through the ethics hotline – a communications channel for confidential, anonymous notifications of violations of the Code of Conduct;
Election of 2 new independent Board members, one additional important step to implement best practices of corporate governance, in accordance with the different governance levels set up by Bovespa, as well as the guidelines of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act;
Consolidation of the Board of Directors information system, accessed from Portal Braskem, which makes available all information required to carry out their roles and responsibilities with safety, transparence, fairness and speed.
Recognition as one of two companies with the higher corporate governance rating among Brazilian businesses by GMI (GovernanceMetrics International) agency. The average global rating for emerging markets was 4.3 in a scale of 1 to 10, while Braskem

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had a global rating of 6.0%, 40% above the emerging markets average and 88% above the average (3.2) of Brazilian companies included in the review;
Recognition as one of the 200 most reputable companies in the world (ranking 4th in the universe of 8 Brazilian companies mentioned), according to an assessment made in 2006 by the international Reputation Institute;
The Company was once more selected to make part of Bovespa Corporate Sustainability Index, as disclosed by the Exchange in December 2006. The index was created by Bovespa together with capital market-related professional entities, Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Instituto Ethos and the Ministry of Environmental Matters, and is intended to provide investors with a suggested portfolio comprised of shares in companies which demonstrate clear commitment to social responsibility and corporate sustainability. In 2006, 34 companies were selected to make part of the index.

Also noteworthy are the following features that characterize or distinguish Braskem’s Corporate Governance model:

Level 1 of Bovespa’s Corporate Governance since February 13, 2003;
100% tag along rights for all Braskem shareholders in case of transfer of control;
Fiscal Council with expanded powers, in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act;
Code of Conduct setting out the values, principles and practices that guide the corporate behavior. The Code is regularly reviewed for compliance with legal requirements and best practices;
Corporate Event Schedule disclosed at the beginning of each year;
Corporate Policies, in particular Securities Trading, Financial Management, Social Responsibility, Insurance and Guarantees, and Health, Safety and Environment;
Release of the Corporate Sustainability Report - RSE – based on the publication structure proposed by the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), in conformity with world initiatives disseminated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development – WBCSD.

         • 8.1.1 - External Audit

The Company’s policy when hiring services not related to external auditing from independent auditors is based on the principles that preserve the independence of such professionals. Such principles, in accordance with internationally accepted rules, consist of the following: (a) the auditor shall not audit his own work; (b) the auditor shall not hold management positions in the hiring company; and (c) the auditor shall not promote his clients’ interests.
Pursuant to CVM Instruction 381/03, PricewaterhouseCoopers Auditores Independentes has not rendered to Braskem services not related to external auditing at levels higher than 5% of total services performed.

9. Personnel Development 

People who work at Braskem are at the heart of the Company’s growth strategy, which is based on confidence in the self-development ability of its members and their true interest in serving

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customers, two solid pillars of our corporate culture. The quality of our staff is a key driver to accomplish our vision to place Braskem among the 10 leading international petrochemical companies.

In accordance with the principles and guidelines of its corporate culture, emphasizing planned delegation and encouraging entrepreneurship, Braskem consistently seeks to provide its employees with a stimulating, high performance work environment, by offering growth, professional and personal enhancement opportunities throughout their careers. In this connection, an advanced competence development system is in place at Braskem, whereby all employees, with the support of their supervisor, are in a position to plan their career evolution. Employees are expected and encouraged to take part in the Company target and result planning process, that provides variable compensation in proportion to the contribution of each employee to the results achieved.

Braskem maintains a consistent set of programs designed to attract, retain and motivate talents. In 2006, the Company invested R$ 13 million in these programs, developed with the support of renowned educational institutions, such as Dom Cabral Foundation and Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV), in São Paulo. Braskem’s MBA program is worth mentioning. It was developed in partnership with FGV and the second class began their studies in 2006.

To support its growth strategy, in 2006 Braskem placed even more emphasis on building leaders, by launching the Entrepreneur Development Program – PDE, in addition to carrying on existing skill-building initiatives, such as Competence Development, Personal Development and New Operator Training programs. PDE stands apart in as much as the program includes sharing of experiences among the different generations of organization leaders, a deeper understanding of corporate culture, and exposure to customers and other players across the production chain.

Only four years after its formation, Braskem has become one of the most sought after companies by young graduates from the best Brazilian universities, as can be seen from the quality and number of applicants enrolled in Braskem’s Trainee and Internship programs – approximately 32 thousand youngsters.

Both initiatives have just obtained a new public recognition for its high quality level. The Internship Program was selected as one of the best in the country by Centro de Integração Empresa-Escola (Business/School Integration Center)/Ibope Solutions, while the Trainee Program, under a partnership with the São Paulo Getúlio Vargas Foundation, was awarded with Bahia HR Top.

In recognition of the Company’s increasing efforts to implement the best practices in human resources management, Braskem was chosen for the second consecutive year by Guia Exame/Você S.A. 2006 magazines in 2006 as one of the best companies to work for in Brazil. This achievement reflects the evaluation of each company by its employees, with respect to work environment and opportunities of professional growth. The employees’ evaluation is checked and reviewed by the magazines based on independent criteria.

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Braskem (Consolidated) in R$ MILLION.
Excludes the effects of proportional consolidation (CVM 247)

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Income Statement 
Chg. (%)
Gross revenue    14.991    15.200    (1)
Net revenue    11.719    11.615   
Cost of goods sold    (9.882)   (9.319)  
Gross profit    1.837    2.296    (20)
Selling expenses    (348)   (206)   69 
General and Administrative expenses    (527)   (482)  
Depreciation and amortization    (380)   (350)  
Other operating income (expenses)   157    70    125 
Investments in Associated Companies    140    63    123 
     .Equity Result 
  198    215    (8)
     .Amortization of goodwill/negative goodwill    (58)   (153)   (62)
Operating profit before financial result    880    1.391    (37)
Net operating result    (902)   (652)   38 
Operating profit (loss)   (22)   739   
Other non-operating revenue (expenses)     (25)  
Profit (loss) before income tax and social contribution    (14)   714   
Income tax / social contribution    97    (88)  
Profit (loss) before minority interest    83    626    (87)
Minority Interest    (2)   54    (103)
Net profit (loss)   82    680    (88)
EBITDA    1.645    2.088    (21)
EBITDA Margin    14,0%    18,0%    -4,0 p.p. 
-Depreciacion and Amortization    904    760    19 
     . Cost 
  525    410    28 
     . Expense 
  380    350   

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ASSETS    12/31/2006    12/31/2005    Chg. (%)
Current Assets    5.467    5.394    1 
   . Cash and Cash Equivalents    1.780    2.205    (19)
   . Account Receivable    1.491    1.359    10 
   . Inventories    1.565    1.358    15 
   . Recoverable Taxes    362    299    21 
   . Dividends/Interest Shareholders' Equity    60    37    - 
   . Next Fiscal Year Expenses    79    43    83 
   . Others    129    93    39 
Long-Term Assets    1.534    1.123    37 
   . Related Parties    39    55    (30)
   . Compulsory Deposits    82    164    (50)
   . Deferred income taxes and social contributions    369    277    33 
   . Recoverable Taxes    912    480    90 
   . Others    132    147    (10)
Fixed Assets    8.849    8.842    0 
   .Investments    792    1.252    (37)
   .Plant, property and equipment    6.326    5.829    9 
   .Deferred    1.731    1.761    (2)
Total Assets    15.850    15.359    3 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    12/31/2006    12/31/2005    Chg. (%)
Current    5.249    4.144    27 
   . Suppliers    3.081    2.654    16 
   . Short-term financing *    1.564    822    90 
   . Salaries and social charges    128    106    21 
   . Proposed dividends/interest attributable to shareholders    41    298    (86)
   . Income Tax Payable    1    0    - 
   . Receivable Taxes    100    191    (48)
   . Advances from Clients    25    36    (30)
   . Others    308    38    714 
Long-Term Liabilities    6.202    6.416    (3)
   . Long-term financing    4.730    4.788    (1)
   . Taxes Payable    1.297    1.453    (11)
   . Others    175    175    (0)
Deferred Income    30    87    (66)
Minority Interest    22    121    (82)
Shareholders' Equity    4.347    4.590    (5)
   . Capital    3.508    3.403    3 
   . Capital Reserves    409    397    3 
   . Treasury Shares    (256)   (15)   1.602 
   . Profit reserve    685    806    (15)
   . Retained Earnings (Losses)   0    0    - 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity    15.850    15.359    3 

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Reconciliation of Shareholders' Equity and Net Income - CVM 247 (R$ million)
    Shareholders'    Net Income 
    Dec 31, 2006    2006 
Consolidated Real - does not include CVM 247    4.347    82 
   Gain on the assignment of right of use between related parties    (35)   20 
Consolidated including CVM 247    4.312    101 

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Braskem S.A.
and Subsidiaries
Financial Statements
at December 31, 2006 and 2005
and Report of Independent Auditors




Report of Independent Auditors

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders
Braskem S.A.

1 We have audited the accompanying balance sheets of Braskem S.A. and the consolidated balance sheets of Braskem S.A. and its subsidiaries as of December 31, 2006 and 2005, and the related statements of income, of changes in shareholders' equity and of changes in financial position of Braskem S.A., as well as the related consolidated statements of income and of changes in financial position, for the years then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements. The audits of the financial statements of the jointly-controlled entities Petroflex Indústria e Comércio S.A. as of December 31, 2006 and 2005, and of Politeno Indústria e Comércio S.A. as of December 31, 2005, representing investments which are recorded under the equity method, were conducted by other independent auditors. Our opinion, insofar as it relates to the amounts of these investments and the profits generated by them, in the amounts of R$ 61,117 thousand and R$ 3,528 thousand, respectively, in 2006, and R$ 223,783 thousand and R$ 45,560 thousand, respectively, in 2005, is based solely on the reports of these other auditors.

2 We conducted our audits in accordance with approved Brazilian auditing standards, which require that we perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are fairly presented in all material respects. Accordingly, our work included, among other procedures: (a) planning our audit taking into consideration the significance of balances, the volume of transactions and the accounting and internal control systems of the companies, (b) examining, on a test basis, evidence and records supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, and (c) assessing the accounting practices used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.


3 In our opinion, based on our audit and on the reports issued by other independent auditors, the financial statements audited by us present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Braskem S.A. and of Braskem S.A. and its subsidiaries at December 31, 2006 and 2005, and the results of operations, the changes in shareholders' equity and the changes in financial position of Braskem S.A., as well as the consolidated results of operations and of changes in financial position, for the years then ended, in accordance with accounting practices adopted in Brazil.

4 As described in Notes 17(c) and 21 to the financial statements, Braskem S.A. and certain subsidiaries are parties to significant lawsuits including those which seek exemption from paying social contribution on net income and a lawsuit regarding the validity of Clause 4 of the Collective Labor Agreement of Union of the Employees of Petrochemical, Plastic Chemicals and Related Companies of the State of Bahia (SINDIQU¥MICA). Based on the opinion of its external legal advisors and the Company's management, no material losses are expected from these lawsuits. Accordingly, these financial statements do not include any provisions to cover the possible effects of these lawsuits.

5 Based on the decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), the management of the former indirect subsidiary OPP Química S.A., merged into Braskem S.A. in March 2003, recorded an Excise Tax (IPI) credit in the amount of R$ 1,030,125 thousand in the results for the year ended December 31, 2002. Although the National Treasury has filed an appeal of certain aspects of this decision, as described in Note 9(a), management, based on the opinion of its legal advisors, still believes that there are no material changes in the receivable recorded by the former subsidiary.


6 As described in Notes 11, 12 and 13 to the financial statements, the Company and some of its subsidiaries recognized in their financial statements goodwill on the acquisition of investments based on the fair values of fixed assets and the expected future profitability of the investees. These goodwill balances are being amortized in accordance with the period of return defined in the independent valuation reports and the financial projections prepared by management. The maintenance of the goodwill balances, and the current amortization criteria in the financial statements of future years will depend upon the realization of the projected cash flows and income and expenses used by the valuers in determining the realizable value as well as the future profitability of the investments.

7 At December 31, 2006, a recoverable Value-Added Tax on Sales and Services (ICMS) balance, in the amount of R$ 675,428 thousand (2005 - R$ 412,865 thousand) was recorded in the parent company, and R$ 936,333 thousand (2005 - R$ 556,917 thousand) in the consolidated financial statements, which considers the implementation of the actions described in Note 9(b).


8 Our audits were conducted for the purpose of forming an opinion on the basic financial statements, referred to in the first paragraph, taken as a whole. The statements of cash flows and added value, presented in Attachments I and II, to provide supplementary information about the Company and its subsidiaries, are not a required part of the basic financial statements, in accordance with accounting practices adopted in Brazil. This information has been subjected to the auditing procedures described in paragraph 2 and, in our opinion, is fairly presented in all material respects in relation to the financial statements taken as a whole.

Salvador, February 7, 2007

Auditores Independentes
CRC 2SP000160/O-5 "F" BA

Marco Aurélio de Castro e Melo
Contador CRC 1SP153070/O-3 "S" BA


Braskem S.A. and Subsidiaries 
Balance Sheet at December 31 
In thousands of reais 

        Parent company        Consolidated 
        (Reclassified)       (Reclassified)
Assets    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Current assets                 
 Cash and cash equivalents (Note 4)   1,125,925    1,461,090    1,547,061    2,135,740 
 Marketable securities (Note 5)   849,006    3,503    413,891    145,794 
 Trade accounts receivable (Note 6)   891,794    963,333    1,594,858    1,493,312 
 Inventories (Note 7)   1,443,876    1,250,072    1,767,275    1,567,453 
 Taxes recoverable (Note 9)   336,350    263,677    408,082    324,868 
 Deferred income tax and social contribution (Nota 17)   19,573    19,573    20,625    21,979 
 Dividends and interest on capital receivable    71,908    43,979         
 Advances to suppliers    63,104    37,255    64,719    40,038 
 Prepaid expenses    76,049    41,622    84,586    48,800 
 Other accounts receivable    31,440    51,004    49,899    59,474 
    4,909,025    4,135,108    5,950,996    5,837,458 
Long-term receivables                 
 Marketable securities (Note 5)   63,460    636,303    1,628    325 
 Trade accounts receivable (Note 6)   51,766    47,479    52,542    49,676 
 Inventories (Note 7)   22,946    71,817    22,946    75,783 
 Taxes recoverable (Note 9)   698,497    395,975    953,102    559,423 
 Deferred income tax and social contribution (Note 17)   361,089    257,677    377,041    273,027 
 Judicial deposits and compulsory loan (Note 10)   70,610    34,899    90,516    36,522 
 Related parties (Note 8)   229,308    57,181    40,733    40,560 
 Other accounts receivable    49,292    22,328    58,653    27,257 
    1,546,968    1,523,659    1,597,161    1,062,573 
Permanent assets                 
 Investments in subsidiaries and jointly-controlled                 
 entities (Note 11)   1,813,326    2,024,713    6,528    6,206 
 Investments in associated companies (Note 11)   25,604    25,761    26,187    25,761 
 Other investments    8,367    8,364    14,056    34,212 
 Property, plant and equipment (Note 12)   5,994,130    5,675,397    6,688,699    6,364,361 
 Intangible assets (Note 12)   129,126    28,060    129,450    28,395 
 Deferred charges (Note 13)   1,325,286    1,486,879    1,891,245    2,231,785 
    9,295,839    9,249,174    8,756,165    8,690,720 
Total assets    15,751,832    14,907,941    16,304,322    15,590,751 


Braskem S.A. and Subsidiaries     
Balance Sheet at December 31     
In thousands of reais    (continued)

        Parent company        Consolidated 
        (Reclassified)       (Reclassified)
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Current liabilities                 
 Suppliers    2,907,312    2,529,824    3,022,085    2,580,173 
 Loans and financing (Note 14)   675,674    612,227    653,898    1,120,391 
 Debentures (Note 15)   1,157,356    9,295    1,157,687    9,295 
 Salaries and social charges    122,115    100,603    148,935    135,961 
 Taxes, charges and contributions    86,670    167,131    122,840    192,169 
 Income tax and social contribution (Note 17)       10,810    14,425    19,002 
 Dividends and interest on capital payable (Note 20)   40,221    290,953    41,425    299,202 
 Advances from customers    11,845    34,784    26,740    42,027 
 Related parties (Note 8)               3,081 
 Insurance premiums payable    48,822    2,638    50,039    3,203 
 Other provisions and accounts payable (Note 1(c))   244,039    27,820    268,878    39,593 
    5,294,054    3,786,085    5,506,952    4,444,097 
Non-current liabilities                 
Long-term liabilities                 
 Suppliers    21,426    29,746    21,426    29,746 
 Loans and financing (Note 14)   3,591,687    3,331,415    3,935,794    3,261,594 
 Debentures (Note 15)   950,000    1,599,347    982,190    1,599,347 
 Taxes and contributions (Note 16)   1,279,698    1,158,471    1,321,961    1,324,358 
 Related parties (Note 8)   7,050    3,372    4,791    3,044 
 Provision for loss on investments (Note 11)       199,797        9,280 
 Long-term incentives (Note 19)   2,272        2,272     
 Deferred income tax and social contribution (Note 17)   7,935    8,525    17,274    10,445 
 Private pension plans (Note 28)   58,554    58,554    64,205    65,116 
 Other accounts payable    70,582    59,873    83,398    98,785 
    5,989,204    6,449,100    6,433,311    6,401,715 
Deferred income                 
 Negative goodwill on the purchase of investments    21,060    25,655    30,405    87,941 
Minority interests            21,767    121,232 
Shareholders’ equity (Note 20)                
 Capital    3,508,272    3,402,968    3,508,272    3,402,968 
 Capital reserves    408,650    396,821    408,650    396,821 
 Treasury shares    (194,555)   (1,905)   (255,554)   (15,015)
 Revenue reserves    725,147    849,217    650,519    750,992 
    4,471,514    4,647,101    4,311,887    4,535,766 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity    15,751,832    14,907,941    16,304,322    15,590,751 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

Braskem S.A. and Subsidiaries 
Statement of Income 
Years Ended December 31 
In thousands of reais, except for net income per share 

        Parent company        Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Gross sales                 
 Domestic market    11,831,709    12,736,053    13,028,432    14,099,136 
 Foreign market    2,424,362    2,395,862    3,516,846    2,944,199 
 Taxes, freights and returns on sales    (3,324,628)   (3,639,630)   (3,552,582)   (3,968,255)
Net sales revenues    10,931,443    11,492,285    12,992,696    13,075,080 
   Cost of sales and/or services rendered    (9,303,288)   (9,276,273)   (10,792,056)   (10,361,716)
Gross profit    1,628,155    2,216,012    2,200,640    2,713,364 
Operating expenses (income)                
     Selling    283,847    199,638    398,953    261,880 
     General and administrative    464,847    437,909    539,515    510,082 
     Directors’ fees    9,186    10,469    12,946    15,092 
     Depreciation and amortization    371,329    370,389    385,093    355,563 
     Other operating income, net (Note 24)   (131,885)   (69,891)   (186,142)   (22,753)
    997,324    948,514    1,150,365    1,119,864 
Operating profit before equity accounting                 
     and financial income (expenses)   630,831    1,267,498    1,050,275    1,593,500 
Equity accounting                 
     Equity in the results of investees    172,783    222,129    801    1,287 
     Amortization of (goodwill) negative goodwill, net    (61,648)   (385,717)   (57,758)   (152,539)
     Exchange variation    2,709    21,341    (1,423)   3,629 
     Tax incentives            20,504    39,225 
     Reversal of provision for losses of subsidiaries    6,469    280,702         
     Other    1,092    (1,844)   8,979    (1,423)
    121,405    136,611    (28,897)   (109,821)
Financial income (expenses) (Note 23)                
 Financial expenses    (836,255)   (552,804)   (1,097,927)   (675,757)
 Financial income    54,948    (62,109)   159,519    (33,619)
    (781,307)   (614,913)   (938,408)   (709,376)
Operating profit (loss)   (29,071)   789,196    82,970    774,303 
Non-operating income (expenses), net (Note 25)   7,748    (24,865)   7,120    (25,156)
Income (loss) before income tax                 
   and social contribution    (21,323)   764,331    90,090    749,147 
Provision for income tax and social contribution (Note 17)   (444)   (54,869)   (88,054)   (147,737)
Deferred income tax and social contribution (Note 17)   99,520    (23,687)   100,906    (29,641)
Income before minority interests    77,753    685,775    102,942    571,769 
Minority interests            (1,593)   54,068 
Net income for the year    77,753    685,775    101,349    625,837 
Shares outstanding at the end of the year (thousands)   356,039    362,056         
Net income per share at year end - R$    0.218    1.894         


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

Braskem S.A. 
Statement of Changes in Shareholders’ Equity 
In thousands of reais 

        Capital reserves    Revenue reserves             
                            Retained earnings    
        Tax        Legal    Retention    Treasury    (accumulated    
    Capital    incentives    Other    reserve    of profits    shares    déficit)   Total 
December 31, 2004    3,402,968    344,225    557    34,634    454,551    (1,905)       4,235,030 
Tax incentives        52,039                        52,039 
Net income for the year                            685,775    685,775 
Appropriation of net income:                                 
 Legal reserve                34,289            (34,289)    
 Dividends proposed (Note 20(e))                           (55,743)   (55,743)
 Retention of profits                    325,743        (325,743)    
 Interest on capital (Note 20(f))                           (270,000)   (270,000)
December 31, 2005    3,402,968    396,264    557    68,923    780,294    (1,905)       4,647,101 
Capital increase (Note 1(c))   105,304                            105,304 
Tax incentives        11,829                        11,829 
Repurchase of shares (Note 20 (c))                       (192,650)       (192,650)
Effect of change in accounting practice (Note 12)                           (164,890)   (164,890)
Transfer from reserve to offset prior year                                 
 adjustments                    (164,890)       164,890     
Net income for the year                            77,753    77,753 
Appropriation of net income:                                 
 Legal reserve                3,888            (3,888)    
 Dividends proposed (Nota 20(e))                           (36,933)   (36,933)
 Retention of profits                    36,932        (36,932)    
December 31, 2006    3,508,272    408,093    557    72,811    652,336    (194,555)       4,447,514 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

Braskem S.A. and Subsidiaries 
Statement of Changes in Financial Position 
Years Ended December 31 
In thousands of reais 

    Parent company        Consolidated 
        (Reclassified)       (Reclassified)
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Financial resources were provided by:                 
     Net income for the year    77,753    685,775    101,349    625,837 
     Expenses (income) not affecting working capital:                 
           Depreciation, amortization and depletion    865,255    766,340    962,399    841,493 
           Equity accounting                 
               Equity in the results of investees    (172,783)   (222,129)   (801)   (1,287)
               Amortization of goodwill (negative goodwill), net    61,648    385,717    57,758    152,539 
               Reversal of provision for losses on investments    (6,469)   (280,702)        
               Exchange variation    (2,709)   (21,341)   1,423    (3,629)
               Tax incentives            (20,504)   (39,225)
           Gains (losses) on interests in investments and other    (1,092)   2,293    (11,437)   2,188 
           Net book value of permanent assets sold    963    1,067    4,403    5,056 
           Long-term interest, monetary and exchange variations, net    64,137    (42,513)   90,393    (54,369)
           Deferred income tax and social contribution    (99,520)   23,687    (100,906)   29,641 
           Minority interests            1,593    (54,068)
           Assignment of right to use        (58,240)   (19,657)   (3,640)
           Recovery of tax credits, net    (94,352)       (94,491)    
           Other    (16,643)   (27,031)   (16,107)   (26,088)
Total funds provided from operations    676,188    1,212,923    955,415    1,474,448 
     Capital payment    105,304        110,860    2,531 
     Advance for future capital increase                157 
    105,304        110,860    2,688 
Third parties                 
     Loans and financing in long-term liabilities    2,119,979    1,206,300    2,234,789    1,606,197 
     Transfer from long-term receivables to current assets    364,668    30,093    168,344    66,423 
     Decrease in long-term receivables    21,968    59,618    28,389    123,347 
     Increase in long-term liabilities    10,686    58,266    55,296    429,911 
     Dividends    175,970    336,681    2,000    2,000 
     Tax incentives    11,829    52,039    32,430    91,422 
     Working capital of merged/acquired companies    300,529    1,010,274    84,043     
     Other        2,289        5,821 
    3,005,629    2,755,560    2,605,291    2,325,121 
Total funds provided    3,787,121    3,968,483    3,671,566    3,802,257 


Braskem S.A. and Subsidiaries     
Statement of Changes in Financial Position     
Years Ended December 31     
In thousands of reais    (continued)

    Parent company        Consolidated 
        (Reclassified)       (Reclassified)
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Financial resources were used for:                 
   Dividends proposed and interest on capital payable    36,933    325,743    66,236    331,300 
   Transfer from long-term to current liabilities    3,227    21,915    24,869    316,070 
   Settlement of financing in long-term liabilities    619,652        634,000    617,228 
   Decrease in current account – liabilities, net    182,315        4,925    117,823 
   Repurchase of shares / debentures    192,650        192,650    9,068 
   Transfer from long-term to current financing    1,757,673    481,145    1,767,783    504,231 
   Decrease in long-term liabilities    138,283    3,078    148,741    3,141 
   Increase in long-term receivables    121,783    976,908    202,437    507,647 
 Permanent assets                 
   Investments    523,278    121,739    483,013    22,463 
   Property, plant, equipment and intangible assets    910,166    855,436    1,056,547    965,285 
   Deferred charges    35,213    82,477    40,312    87,589 
Total funds used    4,521,173    2,868,441    4,620,883    3,481,845 
Increase (decrease) in working capital    (734,052)   1,100,042    (949,317)   320,412 
Changes in working capital                 
Current assets                 
 At the end of the year    4,909,025    4,135,108    5,950,996    5,837,458 
 At the beginning of the year    4,135,108    4,690,295    5,837,458    5,668,249 
    773,917    (555,187)   113,538    169,209 
Current liabilities                 
 At the end of the year    5,294,054    3,786,085    5,506,952    4,444,097 
 At the beginning of the year    3,786,085    5,441,314    4,444,097    4,595,300 
    (1,507,969)   (1,655,229)   1,062,855    (151,203)
Increase (decrease) in working capital    (734,052)   1,100,042    (949,317)   320,412 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

Braskem S.A. and Subsidiaries 
Notes to the Financial Statements 
at December 31, 2006 and 2005 
In thousands of reais 

1 Operations

(a) Braskem S.A. ("Braskem" or "Company"), with headquarters in Camaçari - BA, and 14 production units located in the States of Alagoas, Bahia, São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul, engages in the production of basic petrochemicals such as ethene, propene, benzene, and caprolactam, in addition to gasoline and LPG (cooking gas). The thermoplastic resine segment includes polyethilene, polypropilene, PVC and Polyethilene Teraphtalate (“PET”). The Company also engages in the import and export of chemicals, petrochemicals, fuels, as well as the production and supply of utilities such as steam, water, compressed air and electric power to the companies in the Camaçari Petrochemical Complex in Bahia (“Northeast Petrochemical Complex”), and the rendering of services to those companies. The Company also invests in other companies, either as a partner or shareholder.

The Company operations are organized into four business units: Basic Petrochemicals, Polyolefins, Vynils and Business Development. Each unit is responsible for managing its full business cycle.

(b) As a result of convertible debentures due to shareholder ODPAR Investimentos S.A. (“ODBPAR INV”) in the amount of R$ 1,130,752 (Note 15), at December 31, 2006, the Company has negative working capital of R$ 385,029.

(c) Corporate reorganization

Since its inception on August 16, 2002, the Company has undergone a major corporate restructuring process, disclosed to the market through relevant event notices. The main developments in 2005 and 2006 can be summarized as follows:

. In February 2005, through a Share Purchase and Sale Agreement entered into with Petrobras Química - Petroquisa S.A. (“Petroquisa”), the Company acquired 23,465,165 shares representing 13.74% of the capital of Companhia Alagoas Industrial (“CINAL”), for R$ 13,402. The Company recognized goodwill of R$ 433 on this transaction, fully amortized since it is grounded in other economic reasons.

. The Extraordinary General Meeting held on March 31, 2005 approved the merger of the subsidiary Odebrecht Química S.A (“Odequi”) based on the appraisal report of the value of shareholders’ equity, issued by independent appraisers, at December 31,2004, in the amount of R$ 1,340,749. Odequi’s equity variations during the 1st quarter of 2005 were taken to the statement of income of Braskem, as equity in the earnings.


. On April 25, 2005, the capital of Braskem Incorporated Limited (“Braskem Inc”) was increased by the Company in the amount of US$ 40,000 thousand (equal to R$ 101,400), from US$ 95 thousand to US$ 40,095 thousand, with the issue of 40,000,000 quotas. The capitalization was carried out through cash contributions. This transaction gave rise to: (i) goodwill of R$ 6,579, fully amortized in the income for the year since it is grounded in other economic reasons and (ii) reversal of the provision for losses on the investee, for the same amount as amortized goodwill.

. On April 29, 2005, as disclosed in a Relevant Event notice, Odebrecht S.A. (“Odebrecht”), Nordeste Química S.A. (“Norquisa”), ODBPAR Investimentos S.A. and Petrobras Química S.A (“Petroquisa”) executed the Second Amendment to Braskem Shareholders’ Agreement, with the Company and Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (“Petrobras”), as intervening parties. Under this amendment, Petroquisa was granted an option to increase its share in the voting capital of the Company by up to 30%, through the subscription of new shares in the following companies: (i) petrochemical companies located in the Petrochemical Complex at Triunfo, State of Rio Grande do Sul, and (ii) other petrochemical companies considered by the Company as strategic. On March 31, 2006, as there was no consensus on the previously agreed-upon terms and conditions, Petroquisa chose not to exercise the option to increase its percentage holding in the voting capital of the Company.

. At a meeting held on June 22, 2005, the Boards of Directors of the Company and Petroquisa approved capital expenditures of US$ 240 million to build a plant for the production of polypropilene in the city of Paulínia - SP. The investment will be made by the joint venture formed at the time of the organization of Petroquímica Paulínia S.A. (“Petroquímica Paulínia”), on September 16, 2005. On June 5, 2006, the Board of Directors of the Company approved an upward review in the investment amount to US$ 356 million.

. At a meeting held on November 8, 2005, the Board of Directors of the Company approved the organization of an entity in Argentina, named Braskem Argentina S.R.L. (“Braskem Argentina”), as a limited partnership, having as partners the Company and Braskem Distribuidora, holding 98% and 2% of the capital, respectively.

. On November 30, 2005, the Company increased the capital of Braskem Distribuidora from R$ 3,542 to R$ 316,490, by the utilization of credits held by the Company with the subsidiary, in the amount of R$ 312,948. The Company recorded goodwill of R$ 223,467 on this transaction, fully amortized in income for the year, since it is grounded in other economic reasons.


. On April 4, 2006, as disclosed in a Relevant Event notice, Braskem acquired 66.04% of the common and 15.33% of the preferred shares of the capital of Politeno Indústria e Comércio S.A. (“Politeno”). With the acquisition, Braskem now holds 100% of the voting capital and 96.16% of the total capital of Politeno, a company located in the Northeast Petrochemical Complex, with an annual production capacity of 360 thousand metric tons of polyethilene. The initial amount paid by Braskem was R$ 237,500, equal to US$ 111,300 thousand, including a negative goodwill of R$ 73,404.

The final amount to be paid by the Company for the shares so acquired will be computed in November 2007, based on Politeno’s average performance over the 18 months subsequent to the execution of the purchase and sale agreement, in accordance with the difference between the prices of polyethilene and ethylene in the Brazilian market, audited by an independent firm appointed by Braskem and the former shareholders. In order to record the commitment to pay for this acquisition, the Company projected the variables that will define the final price of the shares and, at December 31, 2006, recognized a provision to supplement the estimated price, stated in current liabilities, under “Other provisions and accounts payable”. This gave rise to the reversal of negative goodwill and the recording of a goodwill of R$ 79,788. The provision is subject to changes on account of the fluctuation of market prices and conditions up to the actual payment date.

. The Extraordinary General Meeting held on May 31, 2006 approved the merger of Polialden Petroquímica S.A. (“Polialden”) into the Company, based on the book value of shareholders’ equity as of March 31, 2006, in the amount of R$ 289,941. The exchange ratio of Polialden shares for Braskem shares was determined based on the book value of shareholders’ equity of the companies, at market values, as of March 31, 2006, according to appraisal reports issued by a specialized firm.


. In order to encourage shareholders to engage in the exchange, Polialden shares held by third parties were replaced with class “A” preferred shares in the Company at the ratio of 33.62 shares in Braskem for each 1,000 shares in Polialden, which corresponds to a 6.76% increase on the replacement ratio derived from the Appraisal Reports of the Market Value of Shareholders’ Equity, as shown below:

    Braskem    Polialden 
Number of shares issued    362,523,521    645,253,380 
Book value of shareholders’ equity (in R$)   4,650,559,014.63    289,940,899.44 
Value per share based on the book value of shareholders’ equity (in R$)   12.828    0.449 
Market value of shareholders’ equity (in R$)   8,202,482,686.96    459,721,902.03 
Value per share based on the market value of shareholders’ equity (in R$)   22.626    0.713 
Exchange ratio – market value of shareholders’ equity    31.49    1,000 
Exchange ratio of replacement of Polialden preterred share with Braskem class “A” preferred share under the merger    33.62    1,000 

The equity variations in Polialden determined during the period from the merger base date and the actual merger were taken to the statement of income of the Company, as equity in the earnings. The balance of goodwill as of the merger date, R$ 337,328, justified based on future profitability, was transferred to deferred charges.

Upon the merger of Polialden, the Company's capital was increased by R$ 105,304, through the issue of 7,878,725 class A preferred shares, to total R$ 3,508,272, consisting of 123,492,142 common, 246,107,138 class A preferred shares, and 803,066 class B preferred shares (Note 20(a)).

. The Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting held on July 20, 2006 approved the proposal to merge the net assets spun off from Companhia Alagoas Industrial - CINAL, a subsidiary of the Company.


Pursuant to the Valuation Report of CINAL’s Shareholders’ Equity issued by independent experts as of March 31, 2006, the book value of the spun-off assets assigned to Braskem is R$ 58,212. Equity variations between the transaction base date and the spin-off approval date were recognized by the Company as equity in earnings. As a result of the spin-off, the capital of CINAL was reduced by R$ 58,212 and 57,657,265 preferred shares were cancelled.

. At a meeting held on September 29, 2006, the Board of Directors of the Company approved the constitution of an entity in the Netherlands, named Braskem Europe B.V. (“Braskem Europa”), organized as a limited liability partnership, having the Company as partner holding 100% of the capital.

The Company and its subsidiaries, as participants in the corporate restructuring process, may be affected by economic and/or corporate aspects as a result of the outcome of this process.

(d) Administrative Council for Economic Defense - CADE

On September 14, 2005, CADE approved by unanimous vote, with no restrictions, the change in control of the Company, which in 2002 had given rise to a notice of potential economic concentration.

On July 19, 2006, CADE approved, by unanimous vote, the acquisition of Politeno by the Company (Note 1(c)), on the grounds that the relevant market for the petrochemical industry has international scope and therefore the transaction does not represent a threat to competition.

(e) Share reverse split and American Depositary Shares (“ADS") split

To make trading easier and increase the liquidity of Braskem shares, the Extraordinary General Meeting held on March 31, 2005, approved the reverse split of shares, including all types and classes at the ratio of 250 shares for each share. As a result, also the split of Braskem ADSs was approved, at the ratio of 2 ADS’s for each existing ADS.


Shareholders were given a 30-day period from April 5, 2005 to adjust their positions. Following this period, the remaining share fractions were grouped into round numbers and auctioned as a whole on the São Paulo Stock Exchange (“Bovespa”). The auction proceeds were transferred on to the shareholders through current account deposits on a pro rata basis.

As from May 16, 2005, the shares are quoted and traded in unit batches on Bovespa and the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), as a reverse split and split of shares, respectively.

(f) Corporate governance

Braskem enrolled in Level 1 of Differentiated Corporate Governance of Bovespa, which mainly commits the Company to improvements in providing information to the market and in the dispersion of shareholdings. The Company maintains its intention of reaching Level 2 of Bovespa’s Corporate Governance in due time.

2 Presentation of the Financial Statements

The financial statements were prepared in accordance with the accounting practices adopted in Brazil and also in compliance with the standards and procedures determined by the Brazilian Securities Commission – CVM, Brazilian Institute of Independent Auditors – IBRACON, and Federal Accounting Council - CFC.


Pursuant to the adoption of CVM Deliberation 488/05 and IBRACON Technical Interpretation 01, the Company made certain reclassifications in the prior year’s financial statements, as shown below.

    Published        Reclassified 
Assets    2005    Reclassification    2005 
Current assets             
   Deferred income tax and social contribution        19,573    19,573 
Long-term receivables             
   Deferred income tax and social contribution    277,250    (19,573)   257,677 
Permanent assets             
   Property, plant and equipment    5,279,334    396,063    5,675,397 
   Intangible assets        28,060    28,060 
   Deferred charges    1,911,002    (424,123)   1,486,879 
    Published        Reclassified 
Assets    2005    Reclassification    2005 
Current assets             
   Deferred income tax and social contribution    2,406    19,573    21,979 
Long-term receivables             
   Deferred income tax and social contribution    292,600    (19,573)   273,027 
Permanent assets             
   Property, plant and equipment    5,964,156    400,205    6,364,361 
   Intangible assets        28,395    28,395 
   Deferred charges    2,660,385    (428,600)   2,231,785 


When comparing the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2006 to the financial statements of the prior year, the full consolidation of Politeno, effective April 1, 2006, and the merger of Polialden (Note 1 (c)), effective May 31, 2006, should be taken into account. The financial statements of Polialden and Politeno are presented in Note 3 (g) and below, respectively:

Assets    2005    Liabilities and shareholders’ euqity    2005 
Current assets        Current liabilities     
   Cash and cash equivalents    176,884       Suppliers    21,383 
   Trade accounts receivable    51,100       Loans and financing    991 
   Taxes recoverable    25,717       Salaries and social charges    3,686 
   Inventories    93,537       Income tax payable    6,530 
   Prepaid expenses    735       Taxes and contributions    1,442 
   Other accounts receivable    3,098       Other accounts payable    1,703 
           Dividends proposed and payable    14,559 
    351,071        50,294 
Non-current        Non-current     
   Long-term receivables           Long-term liabilities     
     Judicial deposits    21,980         Loans and financing    1,409 
     Taxes recoverable    81,721         Taxes and contributions    177,830 
     Inventories    3,966         Dividends payable    5,698 
     Other accounts receivable    616         Other accounts payable    921 
    108,283        185,858 
Permanent assets        Shareholders’ equity     
   Investments           Capital    200,000 
   Subsidiary and associated           Capital reserves    66,676 
     companies    5,586       Revenue reserves    27,929 
   Other investments           
   Property, plant and equipment    58,385        294,605 
   Deferred charges    7,428         
        Total liabilities and    
Total assets    530,757    shareholders’ equity    530,757 


        January to 
    2005    May 2006 
Gross sales         
   Domestic market    361,082    119,468 
   Foreign market    133,248    41,518 
   Taxes, freights and returns    (123,751)   (35,177)
Net sales    370,579    125,809 
Cost of sales    (351,051)   (121,632)
Gross profit    19,528    4,177 
Operating expenses (income)        
   Selling    11,060    333 
   General and administrative    11,343    5,671 
   Directors’ fees    1,795    216 
   Depreciation and amortization    743    371 
   Other operating expenses (income), net    792    (115)
    25,733    6.476 
   Equity in subsidiary and associated companies         
       Equity in the earnings    1,461    889 
       Exchange variation    (221)   (90)
       Other    100     
    1,340    799 
Financial income (expenses)        
   Financial expenses    (25,914)   (14,244)
   Financial income    51,055    14,632 
    25,141    388 
Operating profit (loss)   20,276    (1,112)
Non-operating expenses, net    (13)    
Income (loss) before income tax    20,263    (1,112)
Income tax    (7,057)   4,585 
Net income for the year / period    13,206    3,473 

To provide the market with supplementary information, the Company presents its statement of cash flows, prepared in accordance with IBRACON NPC 20, and statement of value added, prepared in accordance with CFC NBCT 3.7 (Attachments I and II).


3 Significant Accounting Practices

These financial statements were approved by the Board of Directors of the Company on February 7, 2007.

(a) Use of estimates

In the preparation of the financial statements, it is necessary to use estimates to record certain assets, liabilities and transactions. The financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries include, therefore, various estimates regarding the selection of the useful lives of property, plant and equipment, deferred charges amortization periods, as well as provisions for contingencies, income tax and other similar amounts.

(b) Determination of net income

Net income is determined on the accrual basis of accounting.

Sales revenues are recognized when the risk and product title are transferred to customers. This transfer occurs when the product is delivered to customers or carriers, depending on the type of sales.

The provisions for income tax and Value-Added Tax on Sales and Services (ICMS) expenses are recorded gross of the tax incentive portions, with the amounts related to tax exemption and reduction recorded in a capital reserve.

In accordance with the requirements of CVM Deliberation 273 and Instruction 371, the deferred income tax is stated at probable realizable value, expected to occur as described in Note 17 (b).

Monetary and foreign exchange variations on assets and liabilities are classified in “Financial income” and “Financial expenses”, respectively.

The Company has recognized in results for the year the market value of derivative contracts relating to cash flows and liabilities indexed to foreign currency or international interest rates.

Earnings per share are calculated based on the number of outstanding shares on the balance sheet date.


(c) Current and non-current assets

Cash and cash equivalents comprise primarily cash deposits and marketable securities with immediate liquidity or maturing within 90 days (Note (4).

Marketable securities are valued at the lower of cost or market, including accrued income earned to the balance sheet date. Derivative instruments are valued at their adjusted fair values, based on market quotations for similar instruments in relation to future exchange and interest rates.

The allowance for doubtful accounts is set up at an amount considered sufficient to cover estimated losses on the realization of the receivables, taking into account the Company's loss experience. For a better calculation of the doubtful accounts the Company analyzes, on a monthly basis, the amounts and characteristics of trade accounts receivable.

Inventories are stated at average purchase or production cost, which is lower than replacement cost or realization value. Imports in transit are stated at the accumulated cost of each import. Inventories of maintenance materials (“Warehouse”) are classified in current assets or long-term receivables, considering their history of consumption.

Deferred income tax is recognized upon favorable scenarios for its realization. Periodically, the amounts recorded are reassessed in accordance with CVM Deliberation 273/98 and CVM Instruction 371/02.

Judicial deposits are stated net of the related contingent liabilities, pursuant to CVM Deliberation 489/05.

Other assets are shown at realizable values, including, where applicable, accrued income and monetary variations, or at cost in the case of prepaid expenses.


(d) Permanent assets

These assets are stated at cost plus restatements for inflation through December 31, 1995 considering the following:

. investments in subsidiaries, jointly-controlled entities and associated companies are accounted for using the equity method, plus/less unamortized goodwill/negative goodwill. Goodwill is calculated as the difference between the amount paid and the book value of net assets acquired. Goodwill is based on the expected future profitability of the investees and appreciation of the assets, and is amortized over a period of up to 10 years. Goodwill in merged companies is transferred to property, plant and equipment and deferred charges, when based on asset appreciation and future profitability of the investees, respectively. Other investments are carried at the cost of acquisition.

. interests in foreign subsidiaries are accounted for using the equity method and foreign exchange variances on net assets is recorded in a separate account under operating profits. Balance sheet and income statement accounts are converted into Brazilian currency at the exchange rates ruling as of the financial statement date, according to CVM Deliberation 28 of February 5, 1986.

. property, plant and equipment is shown at acquisition or construction cost and, as from 1997, includes capitalized interest incurred during the construction period. Capitalized interest is added to assets and depreciated as from the date they become operational.

. depreciation of property, plant and equipment is recorded on the straight-line basis at the rates mentioned in Note 12.

. amortization of deferred charges is recorded over a period of up to ten years, as from the time benefits begin to accrue.

. as from January 2006, in accordance with IBRACON Technical Interpretation 01/2006, the Company records all programmed maintenance shutdown expenses in property, plant and equipment, as “Machinery, equipment and facilities”. Such stoppages occur at scheduled periods at intervals from two to six years and the related expenses are amortized until the beginning of the next maintenance shutdown (Note 12).


(e) Current and non-current liabilities

These are stated at known or estimated amounts, including accrued charges and monetary and exchange adjustments, as applicable.

The provision for loss in subsidiaries is recorded based on the net unsecured liabilities (excess of liabilities over assets) of these companies, and is recorded as a long-term liability against the equity earnings.

Defined benefit pension plans are accounted for based on the calculations made by independent actuaries, which in turn are based on assumptions provided by the Company and mentioned in Note 28.

The provisions for contingencies are recorded based on (i) current legislation (even when management believes that this legislation may be considered unconstitutional); (ii) the need to eliminate contingent gains upon credit offsetting as a result of judicial claims; and (iii) estimated payments of indemnities considered probable.

(f) Deferred income

Deferred income includes negative goodwill of merged companies, supported by the expected future profitability.

(g) Consolidated financial statements

The consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with the consolidation principles set forth in the Brazilian corporate law and supplementary standards of CVM and include the financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries, jointly-controlled entities, and Special Purpose Entities (“SPE’s”) in which the Company has direct or indirect share or management control, as shown below:


            Interest in total 
            capital - % 
        Head office         
        (country)   2006    2005 
   Braskem Argentina    (i)   Argentina    98.00    98.00 
   Braskem America Inc. (“Braskem America”)   (ii)   USA    100.00     
   Braskem Distribuidora        Brazil    100.00    100.00 
   Braskem Europa    (iii)   Holland    100.00     
   Braskem Inc        Cayman Islands    100.00    100.00 
   Braskem Participações        Brazil    100.00    100.00 
   Braskem International Ltd. (“Braskem International”)   (iv)   Bahamas        100.00 
   CINAL    (v)   Brazil    100.00    86.82 
   CPP - Companhia Petroquímica Paulista ("CPP")       Brazil    79.70    79.70 
   Polialden    (vi)   Brazil        63.68 
   Politeno    (vii)   Brazil    96.16     
   Tegal Terminal de Gases Ltda. ("Tegal")   (viii)   Brazil    95.83    90.79 
Jointly-controlled entities    (ix)            
   CETREL S.A. - Empresa de Proteção Ambiental ("CETREL")   (x)   Brazil    49.03    48.02 
   Companhia Petroquímica do Sul (“COPESUL”)       Brazil    29.46    29.46 
   Petroflex        Brazil    20.12    20.12 
   Petroquímica Paulínia    (xi)   Brazil    60.00    60.00 
   Politeno    (vii)   Brazil        33.96 
Special-purpose entities (“SPE’s”)   (xii)            
   Chemical Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios                 
         (“Fundo Chemical”)   (xiii)   Brazil    100.00    11.58 
   Chemical Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Creditórios                 
         (“Fundo Chemical II”)   (xiii)   Brazil    9.19    9.09 
   Fundo Parin        Guernsey    100.00    100.00 
   Guardian-Protected Cell Company (“Guardian”)   (xvii)   Guernsey        100.00 
   Sol-Fundo de Aplicação em Cotas de Fundos de Investimento                 
         (“FIQ Sol”)       Brazil    100.00    100.00 
Direct subsidiary of Poliaden                 
   Braskem America        USA        100.00 
Direct subsidiary of Braskem Participações                 
   Investimentos Petroquímicos Ltda. (“IPL”)   (xv)   Brazil        100.00 
Direct subsidiary of Copesul                 
   COPESUL International Trading Inc.        Bahamas    100.00    100.00 
Direct subsidiary of IPL    (xiv)            
   Braskem Importação        Brazil        100.00 
Direct subsidiaries of Braskem Distribuidora                 
   Braskem Argentina        Argentina    2.00    2.00 
   Braskem Cayman Ltd.        Cayman Islands    100.00    100.00 
   Braskem Importação    (xiv)   Brazil    100.00     


            Interest in total 
            capital - % 
        Head office         
        (country)   2006    2005 
Direct subsidiaries of Cayman                 
   Overseas    (xvi)   Cayman Islands    100.00    100.00 
   Lantana        Bahamas    100.00    100.00 
Direct subsidiary of Politeno                 
   Politeno Empreendimentos Ltda. (“Politeno Empreendimentos”)       Brazil    99.99    33.96 
Direct subsidiary of Politeno Empreendimentos                 
   Santeno Irrigações do Nordeste Ltda. (“Santeno”)       Brazil    99.99    33.96 

(i) Including the interest of the subsidiary Braskem Distribuidora, Braskem’s interest is equal to 100.00% .
(ii) Direct subsidiary following the merger of Polialden (Note 1(c)).
(iii) Company set up in September 2006 (Note 1(c)).
(iv) Company wound up in March 2006.
(v) Interest increase in July 2006 (Note 1(c))
(vi) Investment merged in May 2006 (Note 1(c)).
(vii) Interest increase in April 2006 (Note 1(c))
(viii) Interest acquired from the subsidiary.
(ix) Investments consolidated on a pro rata basis, pursuant to CVM Instruction 247/96.
(x) Including the interest of subsidiary CINAL, Braskem’s interest amounts to 53.61% . Jointly-controlled entity pursuant to the provisions of the by-laws.
(xi) Jointly-controlled entity pursuant to the provisions of the stockholders’ agreement.
(xii) Investments consolidated in accordance with CVM Instruction 408/04.
(xiii) Interest corresponding to subordinated quotas held by Braskem.
(xiv) Upon the merger of IPL, the investment in Braskem Importadora is held by Braskem Distribuidora.
(xv) Investment merged into Braskem Distribuidora in September 2006.
(xvi) Company in process of winding up.
(xvii) Fund wound up in October 2006.

In the consolidated financial statements, the intercompany investments and equity in the earnings, as well as the intercompany assets, liabilities, income, expenses and unrealized gains arising from transactions between consolidated companies, were eliminated.

Minority interest in the equity and in the results of subsidiaries has been segregated in the consolidated balance sheet and statement of income for the consolidated years, respectively. At December 31, 2006, minority interest corresponds to the respective participations in the capital of CPP, Politeno and Tegal.


Goodwill not eliminated on consolidation is reclassified to a specific account in permanent assets according to its nature, in accordance with CVM Instruction 247/96. Negative goodwill is reclassified to “Deferred income”.

Pursuant to paragraph 1, article 23 of CVM Normative Instruction CVM 247/96 and authorization by CVM Letter SNC 004/2007, the Company has not consolidated on a pro rata basis the financial statements of the jointly-controlled subsidiary Companhia de Desenvolvimento Rio Verde - CODEVERDE. This subsidiary is in a pre-operating stage. Its information does not show significant changes and does not lead to distortions in the Company consolidated financial statements.

CODEVERDE balance sheet (unaudited) is summarized as follows:

    2006    2005 
   Current assets    304    405 
   Non-current assets    102    88 
   Permanent assets    45,019    43,480 
Total assets    45,425    43,973 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity         
   Current liabilities    100    100 
   Non-current liabilities    1,438    1,059 
   Shareholders’ equity    43,887    42,814 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity    45,425    43,973 


For a better presentation of the consolidated financial statements, the cross-holding between the Company and the subsidiaries Braskem Participações and Politeno was reclassified as “Treasury shares”. Total shares held by the subsidiaries, as well as their shareholding in the Company’s total capital are stated below:

    Participações    Politeno 
Common shares    580,331     
Class A preferred shares    290,165    2,186,133 
Interest in total capital    0.24%    0.60% 

The reconciliation between the parent company and consolidated shareholders’ equity and the net income for the year is as follows:

    Shareholders’ equity    Net income for the year 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Parent company    4,477,514    4,647,101    77,753    685,775 
 Cross-holding classified as treasury shares    (60,999)   (13,110)        
 Effects of the consolidation of SPE's                3,830 
 Exclusion of profits in subsidiaries’ inventories    (6,587)   (5,188)   (1,400)   758 
 Exclusion of the gain on the sale of investment between related parties    (38,476)   (38,476)        
 Exclusion of results of financial transactions between related parties    (12,829)   (14,044)   1,215    (14,044)
 Reversal of amortization of goodwill on the sale of investments between related parties    18,206    14,085    4,121    4,120 
 Exclusion of the gain on the assignment of right of use between related parties    (34,942)   (54,602)   19,660    (54,602)
Consolidated    4,311,887    4,535,766    101,349    625,837 


    Copesul    CETREL (i)   Petroflex (i)
    2006    2005    2006    2005    2006    2005 
   Current assets    1,261,805    907,875    25,509    24,337    604,958    499,468 
   Long-term receivables    154,618    154,906    12,298    15,007    31,373    29,121 
   Permanent assets    1,050,182    1,125,823    131,221    111,503    436,975    384,339 
Total assets    2,466,605    2,188,604    169,028    150,847    1,073,306    912,928 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity                         
   Current liabilities    840,694    701,645    20,309    20,911    390,661    474,929 
   Long-term liabilities    325,751    246,450    39,245    31,945    375,828    159,108 
   Shareholders’ equity    1,300,160    1,240,509    109,474    97,991    306,817    278,891 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity    2,466,605    2,188,604    169,028    150,847    1,073,306    912,928 
Statement of income                         
   Net sales    6,299,224    5,552,571    106,191    98,218    1,361,549    1,373,204 
   Cost of goods sold and services rendered    (5,292,355)   (4,610,378)   (73,970)   (79,561)   (1,197,017)   (1,088,881)
   Gross profit    1,006,869    942,193    32,221    18,657    164,532    284,323 
   Operating expenses, net    (117,468)   (151,133)   (19,674)   (11,129)   (131,371)   (160,756)
   Non operating income (expenses), net    (4,295)   5,406    198    270    945    (1,503)
   Income before income tax and                         
      social contribution    885,106    796,466    12,745    7,798    34,106    122,064 
   Income tax and social contribution    (269,921)   (230,503)   (2,557)   (725)   (8,061)   (33,742)
   Net income for the year    615,185    565,963    10,188    7,073    26,045    88,322 

(i) Financial statements excluding the revaluation reserve.


    Politeno    Petroquímica Paulínia(*)
    2005    2006    2005 
   Current assets    287,040    102,474    7,500 
   Long-term receivables    158,983       
   Permanent assets    191,251    115,461    58,240 
Total assets    637,274    217,936    65,740 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity             
     Current liabilities    141,704    3,814     
     Long-term iabilities    5,967    83,984    17,740 
     Shareholders’ equity    489,603    130,138    48,000 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity    637,274    217,936    65,740 
Statement of income             
   Net Sales    1,127,943         
   Cost of goods sold and services rendered    (950,170)        
   Gross profit    177,773         
   Operating expenses, net    (80,615)        
   Income before income tax and             
      social contribution    97,158         
   Income tax and social contribution    (33,787)        
   Net income for the year    63,371         

(*) In pre-operating stage


    Fundo Parin    Guardian        FIQ Sol    Fundo Chemical    Fundo Chemical II 
    2006    2005    2005    2006    2005    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Assets    537,965    560,575    1,002,769    395,242    545,649    6,133    228,373    442,557    444,550 
Liabilities        187    469    12      200    339    44    33 
Shareholders’ equity    537,965    560,388    1,002,300    395,230    545,642    5,933    228,034    442,513    444,517 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity    537,965    560,575    1,002,769    395,242    545,649    6,133    228,373    442,557    444,550 
Net income (loss) for the year    (14,839)   9,300    48,497    37,026    70,580    (19,033)   39,024    68,555    4,518 


4 Cash and Cash Equivalents

    Parent company    Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Cash and banks    130,128    110,759    140,179    141,953 
Financial investments                 
   Domestic    602,748    641,285    751,533    740,552 
   Foreign    393,049    709,046    655,349    1,253,235 
    1,125,925    1,461,090    1,547,061    2,135,740 

Domestic investments are mainly represented by quotas of a Braskem exclusive fund, which holds quotas of domestic investment funds, such as fixed income investment funds, multiportfolio funds, investment fund quotas in credit rights, and other fixed-income securities. Foreign investments mainly comprise highly liquid government securities.

The Company maintains cash and cash equivalents sufficient to cover: (i) its working capital needs; (ii) investments anticipated in the business plan; and (iii) adverse conditions that may reduce the available funds.

Such funds are allocated in order to: (i) have a return compatible with the maximum volatility determined by the investment and risk policy; (ii) obtain a high spread of the consolidated portfolio; (iii) avoid the credit risk arising from the concentration in a few securities; and (iv) follow the market interest rate changes both in Brazil and abroad.


5 Marketable Securities

    Parent company    Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Current assets                 
   Derivative transactions        3,466    27,576    19,792 
   Government securities issued abroad    311,080        311,080     
   Investment fund    537,926        63,960    122,089 
   Subordinated quotas of investment fund – credit                 
   rights and other        37    11,275    3,913 
    849,006    3,503    413,891    145,794 
Long-term receivables                 
   Investment funds        551,235         
   Debentures with share in profit    6,826    7,305         
   Subordinated quotas of investment fund -                 
      credit rights    46,612    66,791         
   Other    10,022    10,972    1,628    325 
    63,460    636,303    1,628    325 
Total    912,466    639,806    415,519    146,119 

Braskem is the only quotaholder of the investment fund recorded in current assets. The portfolio comprises time deposits at Banco Credit Suisse First Boston (“CSFB”), maturing in June 2007.

6 Trade Accounts Receivable

    Parent company    Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
   Domestic market    833,045    602,783    1,514,346    1,300,926 
   Foreign market    324,864    480,974    421,880    360,564 
Discounted trade bills    (110,873)       (119,652)    
Advances on bills of exchange delivered    (2)       (15,824)   (31,243)
Allowance for doubtful accounts    (103,474)   (72,945)   (153,350)   (87,259)
    943,560    1,010,812    1,647,400    1,542,988 
Non-current assets    (51,766)   (47,479)   (52,542)   (49,676)
Current assets    891,794    963,333    1,594,858    1,493,312 


The Company adopts an additional policy for realizing domestic trade accounts, by selling its receivables to investment funds with credit rights (Chemical and Chemical II funds – Note 3 (g)).

In December 2006, the Company carried out a trade bill discount transaction with a financial institution, undertaking to reimburse it in the event of default of the customers.

Changes in the allowance for doubtful accounts are as follows:

    Parent company    Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
At the beginning of the year    72,945    46,201    87,259    54,997 
Addition for the full consolidation of Politeno            15,525     
Additions classified as selling expenses    78,993    33,322    99,301    38,878 
Recovery of credits provided for    (48,464)   (6,663)   (48,615)   (6,730)
Write-off of bad debts            (112)   (14)
Exchange variation        85    (8)   128 
At the end of the year    103,474    72,945    153,350    87,259 


7 Inventories

    Parent company    Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Finished products and work-in-process    870,257    717,313    986,949    848,503 
Raw materials, production inputs and packaging    249,083    265,614    393,437    407,946 
Warehouse (*)   298,779    303,749    344,566    347,233 
Advances to suppliers    48,034    43,715    64,009    47,333 
Imports in transit and other    16,758    8,430    17,555    10,166 
Provision for adjustment to realization value    (16,089)   (16,932)   (16,295)   (17,945)
Total    1,466,822    1,321,889    1,790,221    1,643,236 
Long-term receivables (*)   (22,946)   (71,817)   (22,946)   (75,783)
Current assets    1,443,876    1,250,072    1,767,275    1,567,453 

(*) Based on its turnover, part of the maintenance materials inventory was reclassified to long-term.

Advances to suppliers and expenditures for imports in transit mainly relate to the acquisition of petrochemical naphtha, which is the main raw material of the Company.


8 Related Parties

(a) Parent company

            Current assets    Non-current assets    Current liabilities        Non-current liabilities 
        Cash        Trade                             
        and cash    Marketable    accounts    Marketable    Related                    Related 
        equivalents    securities    receivable    securities    parties    Suppliers    Debentures    Suppliers    Debentures    parties 
    Braskem America            27,838            294                 
    Braskem Argentina                        2,101                 
    Braskem Distribuidora                    126                     
    Braskem Inc.            10,054                             
    Braskem Importação                                        1,361 
    Braskem Participações                                        5,689 
    Cayman            13        53                     
    CINAL            1.916        2,390    1,596                 
    CPP (i)                   38                     
    Lantana            13,301                             
    Politeno            25,177        180,974    1,996                 
    Tegal (i)                   4,859    5,913                 
Jointly-controlled entities                                         
    CETREL (i)           70        135    1,302                 
    Copesul            2,440            508,262                 
    Petroflex            21,426                             
    Fundo Parin        537,926                                 
    Fundo Sol    395,230                                     
    FIDIC I                5,933                         
    FIDIC II                40,679                         
Associated company                                         
    Borealis            2,798                             
Related parties                                         
    ODBPAR INV (ii)                           1,130,752             
    Construtora Norberto Odebrecht ("CNO")           7,687            6,666                 
    Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. ("Petrobras")           48,741        38,868    604,758        17,644         
    Petrobras Distribuidora S.A.                        6,317                 
    Other                    1,865                     
At December 31, 2006    395,230    537,926    161,461    46,612    229,308    1,139,205    1,130,752    17,644        7,050 
At December 31, 2005    1,005,591        156,987    618,026    57,181    604,176        23,110    999,347    3,372 

(i)Amounts stated under “Related parties”, in long-term receivables, refer to advances for future capital increase. 
(ii)  Debentures issued by Braskem (Note 15)


Parent company (continued)

        Raw materials,         
    Product    services and utilities    Financial    Financial 
    sales    purchases    Income (iii)   Expenses 
   Braskem America    33,465             
   Braskem Argentina        2,960         
   Braskem Distribuidora            10     
   Braskem Inc.    41,218             
   Braskem Importação                179 
   Braskem Participações                539 
   Cayman    9,308             
   CINAL    1,003    29,505      89 
   Lantana    228,112             
   Polialden    136,983             
   Politeno    993,769    15,565    7,325    143 
   Politeno Empreendimentos                65 
   Tegal        20,005    114    14 
Jointly-controlled entities                 
   CETREL    1,320    24,256         
   Copesul    17,227    2,752,867        824 
   Petroflex    457,541        2,011     
   Fundo Parin            25,544     
   Fundo Sol            37,027     
   FIDIC I            (2,441)   22,993 
   FIDIC II            3,563    51,761 
Associated company                 
   Borealis    122,061             
Related parties                 
   ODBPAR INV (ii)               131,405 
   Construtora Norberto Odebrecht ("CNO")       136,218         
   Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. ("Petrobras")   71,422    4,902,758    3,371    6,202 
   Petrobras Distribuidora S.A.        295,167       
At December 31, 2006    2,113,429    8,179,301    76,528    214,223 
At December 31, 2005    2,960,039    7,371,333    184,081    221,996 

(iii) Included interest on capital.


(b) Consolidated

    Non-current assets    Current liabilities    Non-current liabilities 
    accounts    Related            Related            Related 
    receivable    parties    Suppliers    Debentures    parties   Suppliers    Debentures    parties 
Jointly-controlled entities                                 
   CETREL    32        604                    1,983 
   Copesul    1,721        358,523                     
   Petroflex    17,115                             
Associated company                                 
   Borealis    2,798                             
Related parties                                 
   Alberto Pasqualini - REFAP S.A (related party to Copesul)   1,161        5,757                     
   Ipiranga Petroquímica S.A. (related party to Copesul)   4,564        986                     
   CNO    7,687        6,666                     
   Monsanto Nordeste S.A. (related party to CETREL)   248                            2,808 
   ODBPAR                1,130,752                 
   Petrobrás    49,657    38,868    615,759            17,644         
   Petrobras Distribuidora S.A.    18        6,453                     
   Petroquímica União S.A. (related party to Petroflex)           3,136                     
   Unipar Comércio e Distribuidora S.A. (related party to                                 
   Petroflex)   75                             
   Other        1,865                         
At December 31, 2006    85,076    40,733    997,884    1,130,752        17,644        4,791 
At December 31, 2005    90,193    40,560    447,187        3,081    23,110    999,347    3,044 


Consolidated (continued)

        Raw materials,         
        services and         
    Product    utilities    Financial    Financial 
    sales    purchases    Income    expenses 
   Politeno    166,752             
Jointly-controlled entities                 
   CETREL    612    11,253         
   Copesul    12,152    1,941,845        824 
   Petroflex    365,488        1,606     
Associated company                 
   Borealis    122,061             
Related parties                 
   Alberto Pasqualini - REFAP S.A (related party to Copesul)   22,767    264,904         
   Ipiranga Petroquímica S.A. (related party to Copesul)   555,543    5,735    175    57 
   CNO        136,218         
   Monsanto Nordeste S.A. (related party to CETREL)   3,684             
   ODBPAR                131,405 
   Petrobras    78,899    5,390,504    3,371    6,202 
   Petrobras Distribuidora S.A.        298,095       
   Petroquímica União S.A. (related party to Petroflex)       22,881         
   Unipar Comércio e Distribuidora S.A. (related party to Petroflex)   2,474             
At December 31, 2006    1,330,432    8,071,435    5,152    138,497 
At December 31, 2005    2,425,814    7,910,850    5,012    133,185 


“Trade accounts receivable” and “Suppliers” include the balances resulting from transactions with related parties, arising mainly from the following sales and purchases of goods and services:

Sales of Braskem:    
Company    Products/inputs 
Borealis / Cayman / Lantana / Braskem America    Thermoplastic resins 
Braskem Inc.    Basic petrochemicals 
Polialden / Politeno    Ethylene and utilities 
Petroflex    Butadiene 
Petrobras    Gasoline 
Purchases of Braskem:     
Company    Products/inputs/services 
CINAL / Cetrel    Utilities, treatment and incineration of waste 
Copesul    Ethylene, propane and utilities 
Petrobras    Naphtha 
Petrobras Distribuidora    Fuel 
Polialden    Thermoplastic resins 
CNO    Construction and maintenance services 
Tegal    Gas storage services 

Transactions with related parties are carried out at normal market prices and conditions, considering (i) for purchase and sale of ethylene, the margin allocation process with the second-generation companies, and (ii) for purchases of naphtha from Petrobras, the European market prices. During the year ended December 31, 2006, the Company also imported naphtha at a volume equal to 25 % of its consumption (year ended December 31, 2005 -31%).

The related parties balance includes current account balances with group companies, remunerated at 100% of CDI. The current accounts are used by the Company and its direct and indirect subsidiaries to centralize available cash in a central pool for settlement of their obligations.


9 Taxes Recoverable

    Parent company        Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Excise tax (IPI) (standard operations)   61,040    65,102    63,014    69,221 
Value-added Tax on Sales and Services (ICMS)   675,428    412,865    936,333    556,917 
Social Integration Program (PIS) and Social                 
Contribution on Revenues (Cofins)   105,577    25,983    118,495    40,772 
Import duty    21,944    17,962    22,413    18,183 
Social Investment Fund (Finsocial)   11,813    14,221    12,070    14,478 
PIS – Decreees-Law 2445 and 2449/88    55,194    52,215    61,971    60,186 
Income tax and social contribution    37,193    38,666    56,863    62,306 
Tax on Net Income - ILL    1,589    12,675    17,411    27,814 
Other    65,069    19,963    72,614    34,414 
Total    1,034,847    659,652    1,361,184    884,291 
Current assets    (336,350)   (263,677)   (408,082)   (324,868)
Non-current assets    698,497    395,975    953,102    559,423 

(a) IPI

In the 1st quarter of 2005, the Company used up its IPI credits from acquisition of raw materials taxed at a zero rate, when related to transactions involving the establishments of merged company OPP Química S.A. (OPP Química) located in the State of Rio Grande do Sul. This excise tax credit derived from a lawsuit filed by OPP Química in July 2000 for full adoption of the non-cumulative tax principle to said establishments.

On December 19, 2002, the Federal Supreme Court (STF), based on past determinations of its Full Bench, judged an extraordinary appeal lodged by the National Treasury and affirmed the decision of the Regional Federal Court (TRF), 4th Circuit, recognizing the entitlement to an IPI tax credit from said acquisitions during a 10-year period prior to the filing date, plus monetary restatement and accrual of interest at the SELIC benchmark rate until actual use of these credits.


The STF determination was challenged by the National Treasury via special appeal known as agravo regimental, which is pending judgment by the 2nd Panel of STF. In this special appeal, the National Treasury is no longer challenging the Company’s entitlement to the IPI tax credit from acquisition of raw materials taxed at a zero rate, but rather alleging some inaccuracies in the court determination as to non-taxed inputs and raw materials, the restatement of tax credits, and the respective calculation rate. According to the opinion of the Company’s legal advisors, all these aspects have already been settled in the STF and TRF court decisions favorably to OPP Química, or even in the STF full-bench precedents. For this reason, the special appeal referred to above poses no risk of changes in the Company’s entitlement to the tax credit, even though the STF itself is revisiting this matter in a similar lawsuit involving another taxpayer (this judgment is currently on hold).

In December 2002, OPP Química recorded the related tax credit of R$ 1,030,125, which was offset by the Company with IPI itself and other federal tax debts.

On September 28, 2006, the Company received four tax assessment notices based on the offset of those IPI tax credits at the Rio Grande do Sul establishments of merged company OPP and has filed its defense at the administrative level.

Two of these notices were issued solely to avoid forfeiture of the tax authorities' right to dispute the use of tax credits for ten years before the filing of a lawsuit by the Company R$ 308,629. However, the Company's offset of tax credits is protected by the STF final and conclusive determination, which voids the content of said notices.

The other two notices, in the amount of R$ 791,371, allege that there is no favorable court decision supporting the Company's use of tax credits deriving from future acquisition of raw materials. However, those court rulings did recognize the Company's ongoing entitlement to offset its tax credits. In the opinion of its external legal advisors, it is probable that the Company will prevail against these four notices.

Similar lawsuits have also been filed by the Company's branches located in the States of São Paulo, Bahia and Alagoas (Note 16 (ii)).


(b) ICMS

Braskem has accumulated ICMS credits, basically arising from the significant volume of exports that are exempt from this tax, as well as local sales which, under State legislations, can be deferred (to the next cycle step).

Management is giving priority to a number of actions to maximize the use of these credits. At this time, no losses are anticipated with respect to their realization. The most significant actions adopted by management include:

. Obtaining from the Rio Grande do Sul state authorities an authorization for transfer of these credits to third parties, as prescrided by the Agreement TSC 036 of 2006 (published in the Official Gazette on October 19, 2006). 

. Authorization from the State of Bahia Government to expand the percentage of reduction in the calculation basis of ICMS levied on imported petrochemical naphtha from 40% to 60%,pursuant to paragraphs 9 and 10, article 347 of the State of Bahia ICMS Regulation (Decree 9681/2005).

. Increasing the ICMS tax base in connection with the sale of fuel to refiner (from 40% to 100%), as per article 347 of the Bahia State ICMS Regulations. 

. Replacing the exports of co-products by domestic market transactions with identified clients. 

. Starting feedstock imports under specific customs prerogatives, thus ensuring a lower generation of ICMS credits.


Based on management's projection of the term for realization of these credits, which total R$ 675,428 on December 31, 2006 (2005 – R$ 412,865) – parent company, R$ 936,333 (2005 – R$ 556,917) – consolidated, the amounts of R$ 539,033 (2005 – R$ 221,819) – parent company and R$ 596,640 (2005 – R$ 349,203) – consolidated were classified as non-current assets.

10 Judicial Deposits and Compulsory Loan – Long-term Receivables

    Parent company    Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Judicial deposits                 
   Tax contingencies    16,268    13,325    29,713    12,697 
   Labor and other claims    35,362    9,476    41,254    11,571 
Compulsory loan                 
     Eletrobrás    18,980    12,098    19,549    12,254 
    70,610    34,899    90,516    36,522 


11 Investments

(a) Information on investments

    Number of shares of quotas held (thousands)                
                        Interest in    Interest in 
                2006    2005    total capital (%)   voting capital (%)
    Common    Pref.                             
    shares    shares   Quotas    Total    Total    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Braskem America (i)   40            40        100.00        100.00     
Braskem International                          100.00        100.00 
Braskem Inc.    40,095            40,095    40,095    100.00    100.00    100.00    100.00 
Braskem Participações    6,500,000            6,500,000    6,500,000    100.00    100.00    100.00    100.00 
Braskem Distribuidora            31,649    31,649    31,649    100.00    100.00    100.00    100.00 
Braskem Argentina (i)           19,600    19,600        98.00    98.00    98.00    98.00 
Braskem Europa (i)           500    500        100.00        100.00     
CINAL    92,587            92,587    130,446    100.00    86.82    100.00    86.82 
CPP    8,465            8,465    8,465    79.70    79.70    79.70    79.70 
Polialden                    410,904        63.68        100.00 
Politeno    62,422,578    1,190,136        63,612,714        96.16        100.00     
Tegal            23,157    23,157    21,938    95.83    90.79    95.83    90.79 
Jointly-controlled entities                                     
CETREL    730            730    715    49.03    48.02    49.03    48.02 
CODEVERDE    9,755            9,755    9,639    35.55    35.52    35.55    35.52 
Copesul    44,255            44,255    44,255    29.46    29.46    29.46    29.46 
Petroflex    4,759    2,321        7,080    7,080    20.12    20.12    20.14    20.14 
Petroquímica Paulínia    67,582            67,582    45,000    60.00    93.75    60.00    93.75 
Politeno                    22,466,167        33.96        33.96 
Associated companies                                     
Borealis    18,949            18,949    18,949    20.00    20.00    20.00    20.00 
Rionil            3,061    3,061    3,061    33.33    33.33    33.33    33.33 
Sansuy            271    271    271    20.00    20.00    20.00    20.00 
Information on investments of                                     
Braskem Distribuidora                                     
Cayman    900            900    900    100.00    100.00    100.00    100.00 
Braskem Argentina (i)           400    400        2.00    2.00    2.00    2.00 
Braskem Importação            252,818    252,818        100.00        100.00     
Braskem Participações                                     
IPL                    295        100.00        100.00 
Braskem Importação                    252,818        100.00        100.00 
Overseas (i)                 100.00    100.00    100.00    100.00 
Lantana                  100.00    100.00    100.00    100.00 
 Braskem America                    40        100.00        100.00 
CETREL    68            68    68    4.58    4.58    4.58    4.58 
Politeno Empreendimentos            24    24    24    99.99    99.99    99.99    99.99 
Politeno Empreendimentos                                     
Santeno            2,966    2,966    2,966    99.99    99.99    99.99    99.99 

(i) Number of shares or quotas expressed in units.


Information on investments (continued)

            Adjusted shareholders’ 
    Adjusted net income (loss)   equity (unsecured 
    for the year    liabilities)
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
   Braskem America    879        5,668     
   Braskem Europa    (139)       1,217     
   Braskem Inc.    (58,386)   23,951    53,512    122,509 
   Braskem International        84,419        (190,517)
   Braskem Participações    1,189    (17)   21,749    20,560 
   Braskem Argentina    2,069        2,209     
   Braskem Distribuidora    22,544    (239,102)   99,932    77,388 
   CINAL    2,209    (3,697)   24,782    80,784 
   CPP            10,621    10,621 
   Polialden        13,206        294,608 
   Politeno    13,678        495.447     
   Tegal    (1,562)   (3,413)   14,143    15,705 
Jointly-controlled entities                 
   CETREL    10,188    7,073    109,474    97,991 
   CODEVERDE            43,887    42,814 
   Copesul    615,185    565,963    1,300,160    1,240,509 
   Petroflex    26,045    88,322    306,817    278,891 
   Petroquímica Paulínia            130,138    48,000 
   Politeno        63,371        489,603 
Associated companies                 
   Borealis    13,725    13,423    117,906    114,115 
   Rionil    254    72    6,070    5,838 
   Sansuy    (10,214)   (12,701)   (25,359)   4,962 
Information on investments of subsidiaries                 
Braskem Distribuidora                 
 Cayman    25,625    (250,621)   5,539    (21,990)
 Braskem Argentina    2,069        2,209     
 Braskem Importação    147        526     
Braskem Participações                 
 IPL        85        391 
 Braskem Importação        161        379 
 Lantana    (165,067)   (2,952)   (202,973)   (17,730)
 Overseas    186,404    (826)       (87,186)
 CETREL    10,188    7.073    109,474    97,991 
 Braskem America        1,424        5,238 
 Politeno Empreendimentos    930        14,185     
Politeno Empreendimentos                 
 Santeno    287        1,693     


Dividends proposed in the period

    2006    2005 
Politeno    12.951     
Jointly-controlled entities         
Copesul    556,311    464,062 
Petroflex    2,362    9,450 
Politeno        46,561 
Associated companies         
Borealis        10,000 

Quotation of related parties listed on the São Paulo Stock Exchange:

            Quotation (R$)   Trading 
     Type    Code    Dec/2006    Dec/2005    unit 
Politeno    PNA    PLTO5    10.50    19.18    1,000 shares 
    PNB    PLTO6    5.45    5.01    1,000 shares 
Copesul    ON    CPSL3    38.10    27.9    1 share 
Petroflex    ON    PEFX3    14.40    16.61    1 share 
    PNA    PEFX5    14.85    16.26    1 share 


(b) Investment activity in subsidiaries, jointly-controlled entities and associated companies

                Subsidiaries and jointly-controlled entities 
    Braskem   Braskem        Braskem    Braskem                 
    Distribuidora   America    Braskem Inc.    Participações    Europa    CETREL    CINAL    COPESUL    Polialden(iii)
At January 1    77,388        122,509    20,560        60,476    61,428    556,512    487,735 
Addition through exchange/ purchase of shares/ merger (i)       6,013                2,296    10,911         
Addition through capital increase / constitution                    1,376                 
Reduction through transfer/ sale/ merger/ spin-off                            (58,212)       (188,777)
Dividends (provision) / reversal                                (163,893)    
Equity in the earnings    22,544    14    (58,386)   1,189    (139)   5,557    2,023    181,467    1,168 
Amortization of (goodwill)/negative goodwill                        (2,795)   (78)   (32,274)   37,202 
Exchange variation on foreign investment        (359)   (10,611)       (20)                
Transfer of goodwill on merger (ii)                                   (337,328)
Other                            (20)        
At December 31    99,932    5,668    53,512    21,749    1,217    65,534    16,051    541,812     


Investment activity in subsidiaries, jointly-controlled entities and associated companies (continued)

            Subsidiaries and jointly-controlled entities 
                        2006    2005 
    Paulínia    Petroflex    Politeno (iii)   Tegal    Outros    Total    Total 
At January 1    45,000    55,497    508,679    14,258    14,671    2,024,713    3,474,144 
Addition through exchange/ purchase of shares/ merger (i)           310,908    757    138    331,023    163,906 
Addition through capital increase / constitution    73,582                    74,958    442,307 
Reduction through transfer/ sale/ merger/ spin-off    (40,500)                   (287,489)   (1,515,880)
Dividends (provision) / reversal        2,092    (12,169)           (173,970)   (334,681)
Equity in the earnings        3,528    11,412    (1,462)   2,025    170,940    221,357 
Recording of goodwill (negative goodwill)           79,788    2,917        82,705     
Amortization of (goodwilll)/negative goodwill            (60,751)   (2,917)   (35)   (61,648)   (385,717)
Exchange variation on foreign investment                        (10,990)   (43,044)
Transfer of goodwill on merger (ii)                       (337,328)    
Other                    433    412    2,321 
At December 31    78,082    61,117    837,867    13,553    17,232    1,813,326    2,024,713 

(i) Additions through merger arise mainly from the corporate restructuring described in Note 1(b).
(ii) Goodwill on the merger of Polialden transferred from investments to deferred charges, pursuant to CVM Instruction 319/99.
(iii) Equity in the results includes the effect of the distributions of dividends for preference shares with incentives.


                Associated companies 
                2006    2005 
    Borealis    Rionil    Sansuy    Total    Total 
At January 1    22,823    1,946    992    25,761    4,851 
Transfer of investment                    22,138 
Equity in the earnings    2,758    77    (992)   1,843    772 
Dividends    (2,000)           (2,000)   (2,000)
At December 31    23,581    2,023        25,604    25,761 

Goodwill and negative goodwill underlying the investments

                            Parent company 
                            2006    2005 
    Cetrel    Cinal    Copesul    Polialden    Politeno    Other    Total    Total 
    (i)       (ii)   (ii)   (ii)            
Goodwill cost    15,622        309,121    510,674    492,270    2,917    1,330,604    1,327,624 
Goodwill on the acquisition of                                 
shares (iii)                   79,788        79,788     
(-) Accumulated amortization    (3,763)       (150,347)   (173,346)   (212,628)   (2,917)   (543,001)   (429,673)
Transfer through merger                (337,328)           (337,328)    
Negative goodwill value        (8,731)               (2,114)   (10,845)   (63,787)
Goodwill (negative goodwill),                                 
net    11,859    (8,731)   158,744        359,430    (2,114)   519,218    834,164 

(i) Goodwill based on the appreciation of property, plant and equipment, and amortized over up to 2015.
(ii) Goodwill based on future profitability, amortized up to 2011.
(iii) Estimated goodwill on shares purchased in April 2006 (Note 1 (c)), the final price of which will be determined in November 2007.

In the consolidated financial statements, goodwill is stated in property, plant and equipment or deferred charges, while negative goodwill is stated in deferred income, in accordance with CVM Instruction 247/96.


Provision for loss on investments

            Parent company 
    Provision for loss on investments – Long-term liabilities 
            2006    2005 
    International    Other    Total    Total 
At the beginning of the year    190,517    9,280    199,797    535,604 
Provision increase/(reversal)                
       Winding-up    (170,349)       (170,349)    
       Operating result    (6,469)       (6,469)   (280,702)
       Non-operating result                4,154 
       Exchange variation on shareholders’ equity    (13,699)       (13,699)   (64,385)
       Other        (9,280)   (9,280)   5,126 
At the end of the year                199,797 

(c) Information on the main investees with operating activities


COPESUL is engaged in the manufacture, sale, import and export of chemical, petrochemical and fuel products, as well as providing various services used by the companies in the Triunfo Petrochemical Complex in the State of Rio Grande do Sul and management of logistic services related to its waterway and terrestrial terminals.


Polialden, merged into the Company on May 31, 2006 (Note 1(c)) was engaged in the manufacture, processing, sale, import and export and any other activities related to the production or sale of high-density polyethylene and other chemical and petrochemical products. The main raw material for all of its products is ethylene, which was supplied by Braskem. Polialden operated an industrial plant in Camaçari – Bahia.



Politeno is engaged in the manufacture, processing, direct or indirect sale, consignment, export, import and transportation of polyethylene and by-products, as well as the participation in other companies. The main raw material for all of its products is ethylene, which is supplied by Braskem. Politeno operates an industrial plant in Camaçari - Bahia. On April 4, 2006, the Company acquired common and preferred shares in Politeno, and now holds 100% and 96.16% of Politeno’s voting and total capital, respectively (Note 1(c)).


The activities of CETREL are to supervise, coordinate, operate and monitor environmental protection systems; carry out research in the environmental control area and in the recycling of waste and other materials recoverable from industrial and urban emissions; monitor the levels of environmental pollution of air quality, water resources and other vital elements; perform environmental diagnostics; prepare and implement projects of environmental engineering solutions; develop and install environmental management systems and those relating to quality, laboratory analyses, training, environmental education and also specification, monitoring and intermediation in the acquisition of materials of environmental protection systems.


Until July 2006, CINAL was engaged in the implementation of the Basic Industrial Nucleus of the Alagoas Chlorinechemical Complex and the production and sale of goods and several services, such as steam, industrial water, industrial waste treatment and incineration of organochlorine waste for the companies located in the mentioned Industrial Nucleus. In July 2006, the assets associated with the production of steam, industrial water and other industrial inputs were spun-off and merged into the Company (Note 1(c)).

Petroquímica Paulínia

On September 16, 2005, Braskem and Petroquisa formed Petroquímica Paulínia, which will be responsible for the implementation and operation of a new polypropylene unit to be built at Paulínia – São Paulo, using as raw material polymer-grade propylene supplied by Petrobras. Operations are scheduled to start by early 2008, using last-generation Braskem technology. The assignment of the right to use this technology gave rise to a gain of R$ 58,240 for the Company. Start-up of this venture is scheduled for the first half of 2008.


12 Property, Plant and Equipment, and Intangible Assets

        Parent company            Consolidated     
            2006    2005            2006    2005     
        Accumulated                Accumulated            depreciation 
    Cost    Depreciation    Net    Net    Cost    depreciation    Net    Net    rates (%)
Property, plant and equipment                                     
Land    21,267        21,267    21,264    61,341        61,341    43,379     
Buildings and improvements    896,296    (388,829)   507,467    471,254    1,067,114    (475,011)   592,103    554,621    2.4 
Machinery, equipment and facilities    7,306,514    (3,405,634)   3,900,880    4,151,173    9,086,296    (4,789,421)   4,296,875    4,609,654    7.6 
Mines and wells    27,634    (23,008)   4,626    3,800    28,519    (23,704)   4,815    3,917    10.9 
Furniture and fixtures    44,005    (34,377)   9,628    5,544    59,949    (43,508)   16,441    6,936    10.0 
Information technology equipment    63,268    (49,864)   13,404    7,183    85,652    (63,806)   21,846    12,811    20.0 
Maintenance stoppages in progress    77,843        77,843    103,115    77,843        77,843    103,115     
Projects in progress    1,376,339        1,376,339    852,352    1,523,781        1,523,781    960,027     
Other    128,411    (45,735)   82,676    59,712    173,843    (80,189)   93,654    69,901    11.2 
    9,941,577    (3,947,447)   5,994,130    5,675,397    12,164,338    (5,475,639)   6,688,699    6,364,361     
Intangible assets                                     
Brands and patents    512    (500)   12    22    692    (515)   177    22    10.0 
Technology    45,806    (32,048)   13,758    17,740    45,806    (32,048)   13,758    18,075    10.0 
Rights of use    131,452    (16,096)   115,356    10,298    131,660    (16,145)   115,515    10,298    10.0 
    177,770    (48,644)   129,126    28,060    178,158    (48,708)   129,450    28,395     
    10,119,347    (3,996,091)   6,123,256    5,703,457    12,342,496    (5,524,347)   6,818,149    6,392,756     


Projects in progress relate mainly to projects for expansion of the industrial units capacities, operating improvements to increase the useful lives of machinery and equipment, excellence projects in maintenance and production, as well as programs in the areas of health, technology and security, and capitalized interest in the amount of R$ 104,566, determined based on the average rate on outstanding financing.

At December 31, 2006, property, plant and equipment includes the appreciation, in the form of goodwill arising from the merger of subsidiaries, in conformity with CVM Instruction 319/99, in the net amount of R$ 819,754 (2005 - R$ 878,857).

As from January 2006, in accordance with IBRACON (Brazilian Institute of Independent Auditors) Technical Interpretation 01/2006, the Company records all programmed maintenance shutdown expenses in property, plant and equipment, as “Machinery, equipment and facilities”. Such expenses, which arise from the partial or full production stoppage, occur at scheduled intervals from two to six years and are amortized to production cost until the beginning of the next maintenance shutdown. Until December 2005, such expenses were recorded in Deferred charges and amortized to production cost through the beginning of the next shutdown.

Also because of the adoption of Technical Interpretation 01/2006, in the first quarter of 2006, the Company recorded additional depreciation of machinery and equipment in the amount of R$ 164,890. As this is a change in accounting criterion and depreciation in relation to years prior to 2006, this amount was recorded in Shareholders’ equity, as retained earnings (accumulated deficit), as required by Technical Interpretation 01/2006 and article 186 of the Brazilian corporate law.


13 Deferred Charges

            Parent company                Consolidated     
            2006    2005            2006    2005    Average 
        Accumulated                Accumulated            amortization 
    Cost    amortization    Net    Net    Cost    amortization    Net    Net    rates (%)
Organization and system implementation                                     
   expenses    323,762    (206,297)   117,465    138,300    381,886    (247,960)   133,926    163,372    20.0 
Expenditures for structured transactions    314,443    (169,834)   144,609    195,877    382,473    (223,796)   158,677    223,827    20.0 
Goodwill on consolidated/merged investments (i)   1,865,551    (848,478)   1,017,073    1,099,231    2,379,498    (848,478)   1,531.020    1,768,852    14.2 
Research and development    59,798    (24,982)   34,816    40,411    102,652    (54,762)   47,890    56,572    11.8 
Pre-operating expenses and other items    17,507    (6,184)   11,323    13,060    25,916    (6,184)   19,732    19,162    13.5 
    2,581,061    (1,255,775)   1,325,286    1,486,879    3,272.425    (1,381,180)   1,891,245    2,231,785     

(i) The goodwill on merged or consolidated investments is based on expected future profitability and is being amortized in up to ten years, according to the appraisal reports issued by independent experts. The recording of this goodwill in deferred charges is in conformity with CVM Instruction 319/99.


14 Loans and Financing

            Parent company        Consolidated 
        Annual financial charges    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Foreign currency                         
       Eurobonds        Note 14(a)   2,218,789    1,294,005    1,715,792    743,217 
       Advances on foreign exchange contracts    2006    USD exchange variation + interest of 5.60% or fixed interest of 7.11%            63,013     
    2005    USD exchange variation + interest of 5.00% or fixed interest of 11.75%                36,251 
       Export prepayment        Note 14(b)   312,457    592,044    324,899    595,934 
       Medium - Term Notes        Note 14(c)   763,523    1,277,405    763,523    1,277,405 
       Raw material financing    2006    YEN exchange variation + fixed interest of 6.70%    1,302        1,302     
    2005    YEN exchange variation + fixed interest of 6.90%                2,399 
    2006    USD exchange variation + average interest of 5.73%    3,397        20,870     
    2005    USD exchange variation + average interest of 6.68%        28,682        45,329 
    2006    EUR exchange variation + average interest of 2.00% above six-month LIBOR            1,799     
       Permanent asset financing    2006    USD exchange variation + interest of 9.73%    8,022        8,832     
    2005    USD exchange variation + interest of 8.81%        17,560        20,203 
    2006/2005    USD exchange variation + fixed interest of 7.14%    613    12,651    613    13,079 
       BNDES    2006    Average fixed interest of 10.00% + post-fixed restatement (UMBNDES)   39,558        40,934     
    2005    Fixed interest of 10.43%+ post-fixed restatement (UMBNDES)       43,946        43,946 
    2006    USD exchange variation + average interest of 8.70%            3,120    2,481 
       Working capital    2006    USD exchange variation + interest of 8.10%    168,678        168,678     
    2006    USD exchange variation + interest of 6.91%    3,988        3,988     
    2005    USD exchange variation + average interest of 6.49%                         10,348 


Loans and Financing (continued)

            Parent company        Consolidated 
        Annual financial charges    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Local currency                         
       Working capital    2006/2005    Fixed interest of 13.42% + post-fixed restatement (CDI)           6,689    73,752 
       Investment fund in credit rights    2006/2005    Note 14(g)           422,288    646,322 
       FINAME    2006/2005    Fixed interest of 7.50% + TJLP            12,955    30,175 
       BNDES    2006/2005    Fixed interest of 4.00% +TJLP    263,248        345,977     
        Fixed interest of 3.94% +TJLP        134,931        145,130 
       BNB    2006    Fixed interest of 11.81%.    125,273        135,004     
    2005    Fixed interest of 11.90%.        60,270        62,887 
       FINEP    2006/2005    USD exchange variation + post-fixed restatement (TJLP)   76,630    22,191    83,648    31,513 
       Purchase of shares    2005    Fixed interest of 4.00% + post-fixed restatement (TJLP)       176,339        176,339 
       Project financing (NEXI)   2006/2005    YEN exchange variation + interest of 0.95% above TIBOR    281,883    283,618    281,883    283,618 
       Vendor                    183,885    141,657 
       Total            4,267,361    3,943,642    4,589,692    4,381,985 
       Less: Current liabilities            (675,674)   (612,227)   (653,898)   (1,120,391)
       Non-current liabilities            3,591,687    3,331,415    3,935,794    3,261,594 

(i) UMBNDES = BNDES monetary unit. 


(a) Eurobonds

In April 2006, the Company completed the issue of US$ 200,000 thousand perpetual bonds. The bonds are redeemable at the option of the Company in 360 months, and quarterly as from 2011. Funds raised were used for working capital purposes and acquisition of Politeno shares.

In September 2006, the Company approved the issue of US$ 275,000 thousand in Bonds, with an 8% coupon and maturity in ten years. Funds raised were used mainly to repurchase part of the Medium-Term Notes (“MTN”) of the 3rd tranche (Note 14(c)).

Composition of transactions:

                Parent company        Consolidated 
    US$        Interest                 
Issue date    thousand    Maturity    % p.a.    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Jun/1997    150,000    Jun/2007    9.00    321,101    351,632    321,101    351,632 
Jul/1997    250,000    Jun/2015    9.38    538,537    589,747    35,540    38,959 
Jun/2005    150,000    None    9.75    321,990    352,626    321,990    352,626 
Apr/2006    200,000    None    9.00    435,175        435,175     
Sep/2006    275,000    Jan/2017    8.00    601,986        601,986     
                2,218,789    1,294,005    1,715,792    743,217 

(b) Prepayments of exports

Composition of transactions:

    Amount            Parent company    Consolidated 
    US$    Settlement                     
Date    thousand    date    Charges (% p.a)   2006    2005    2006    2005 
Dec/2002    97,200    Jun/2006    1.25 + 6-month LIBOR        37,289        37,289 
Mar/2003    15,000    Mar/2006    2.10 + 6-month LIBOR        9,443        9,443 
Jun/2004    200,000    Jun/2009    1.45 + 6-month LIBOR    268,160    410,656    268,160    410,656 
Aug/2004    50,000    Oct/2006    3.00 + 3-month LIBOR        47,477        47,777 
Jan/2005    45,000    Jan/2008    1.55 + 3-month LIBOR    44,297    87,179    44,297    87,179 
Jan/2005    28,000    Jan/2008    1.66 + 6-month LIBOR            12,442    3,890 
                312,457    592,044    324,899    595,934 


(c) Medium-Term Notes ("MTN") program

Composition of transactions:

                    Parent company and 
    Amount    Issue        Interest         
 Issue    US$ thousand    date         Maturity    p.a.    2006    2005 
3rd tranche    275,000    Nov/2003    Nov/2008    12.50%    197,522    657,742 
4th tranche    250,000    Jan/2004    Jan/2014    11.75%    566,001    619,663 
                    763,523    1,277,405 

To restructure its debt, the Company repurchased, in September 2006, part of the notes of the 3rd tranche, in the amount of US$ 184,600 thousand, corresponding to 67% of the original issue. The Company paid the note holders, in addition to the principal, the amount relating to accrued and future interest, brought to present value.


These loans relate to various transactions aiming at increasing production capacity, as well as environmental programs, operating control centers, laboratory and waste treatment stations. Principal and charges are payable monthly up to June 2016.

In June 2005, a further BNDES credit line was approved, in the amount of R$ 384,600, of which R$ 295,335 was released up to December 31, 2006.

(e) Acquisition of shares

This loan refers to the acquisition from BNDESPAR of one billion shares of Braskem Participações, made in September 2001, by the merged company Nova Camaçari Participações S.A. The loan principal was fully paid in August 2006.


(f) Project finance

In March and September 2005, the Company obtained loans in Japanese currency from Nippon Export and Investment Insurance ("NEXI"), in the amount of YEN 5,256,500 thousand -R$ 136,496, and YEN 6,628,200 thousand - R$ 141,529, respectively. The principal is payable in 11 installments as from March 2007, with final maturity in June 2012.

As part of its risk management policy (Note 22), the Company entered into a swap contracts in the total amount of these loans, which, in effect, change the annual interest rate to 101.59% of CDI for the tranche drawn down in March 2007, and 104.29% and 103.98% of CDI for the tranches drawn down in September 2005. The swap contract was signed with a leading foreign bank and its maturity, currencies, rates and amounts are perfectly matched to the financing contracts. The effect of this swap contract is recorded in financial results, under monetary variation of financing (Note 23).

(g) Investment funds in credit rights

This financing arises from the consolidation of investment funds in credit rights (“FIDC”), named Chemical and Chemical II. The FIDCs raise funds by selling senior quotas, the remuneration of which is linked to the variation of CDI. FIDCs' charter also provide for the issue of subordinated quotas in order to maintain the respective asset balance. These quotas are remunerated in accordance with the funds’ profitability. At December 31, 2006, the subordinated quotas were owned by the Company. With the resources made available, the funds purchase trade bills issued by Braskem, taking into account the selection criteria prescribed by the FIDC manager (Note (6)).

In December 2006, the Chemical fund redeemed its senior quotas (December 31, 2005 –R$ 201,639) and their remuneration was 113.5% of CDI.

The Chemical II fund issued the first tranche of senior quotas in December 2005, remunerated at 103.75% of CDI and redemption anticipated for December 2008. At December 31, 2006, the balance of these quotas amounted to R$ 401,384 (2005 – R$ 404,122).


(h) Repayment schedule and guarantees

Long-term loans mature as follows:

        Parent company    Consolidated 
        2006    2005    2006    2005 
2007            596,949        348,516 
2008        456,129    857,428    876,842    1,284,137 
2009        211,522    147,555    260,296    157,263 
2010        150,603    89,037    193,324    86,280 
2011        109,697    61,847    127,813    49,448 
2012 and thereafter        2,663,736    1,578,599    2,477,519    1,335,950 
        3,591,687    3,331,415    3,935,794    3,261,594 

For short and long-term financing, the Company has given guarantees as stated below:

     Parent company 
        Total    Loan     
    Maturity    guaranteed    Amount    Guarantees 
BNB    Jan/2016    125,273    127,273    Machinery and 
BNDES    Jan/2012    302,806    302,806    Machinery and 
1st and 12nd series    Jun/2009    1,282,481    2,107,356    Shares and credit 
debentures                rights 
NEXI    Mar/2012    213,890    281,883    Insurance policy 
FINEP    Mar/2012    76,630    76,630    Surety bond 
Other institutions    Nov/2007 to            endorsement and 
    Dec/2008    57,631    186,000    promissory notes 
        2,058,711    3,079,948     

At December 31, 2006, the Company had given direct guarantee under financing of the jointly-controlled entities Petroflex and Petroquímica Paulínia for R$ 6,406 (2005 – R$ 16,700) and R$ 339,720, respectively. These guarantees correspond to the maximum amount of potential future repayments (not discounted) that the Company may be required to make.


15 Debentures

At a meeting held on April 13, 2005, the Board of Directors approved the 13th issue of debentures comprising 30,000 simple, unsecured debentures, not convertible into shares, in a single series, for a total of R$ 300,000. The debentures were subscribed and paid up on June 30, 2005.

At a meeting held on August 2, 2006, the Board of Directors approved the 14th issue of 50,000 simple, unsecured debentures, not convertible into shares, in a single series, for a total of R$ 500,000. The debentures were subscribed and paid up on September 1, 2006.

At a meeting held on November 29, 2006, the Board of Directors approved the cancellation of 1,500 debentures of the 12th issue, to mature in June 2009.

Composition of transactions:

                    Parent company 
    Unit              Payment of annual financial         
Issue    value     Maturity     Annual financial charees                                             charees    2006    2005 
1st (i)   R$ 10    Jul/2007    TJLP variation + interest    Upon maturity    1,130,752    999,348 
            of 5% p.a.             
12th (ii)   R$ 100    Jun/2009    117.00% of CDI    Semi-annually from Dec/2004    151,729    304,920 
13th (ii)   R$ 10    Jun/2009    104.10% of CDI    Semi-annually from Dec/2005    303,074    304,374 
14th (ii)   R$ 10    Sep/2011    103.50% of CDI    Semi-annually from Mar/2007    521,801     
                    2,107,356    1,608,642 

(i) Private issue of debentures convertible into class A preferred shares. At present, these securities are held by ODBPARINV (Note 8).
(ii) Public issues of debentures not convertible into shares.


The debenture activity can be summarized as follows:

        Parent company 
    2006    2005 
At January 1    1,608,642    1,172,839 
     Financial charges    248,622    229,448 
     Issue    500,000    300,000 
     Amortization/ cancellation    (249,908)   (93,645)
At the end of the year    2,107,356    1,608,642 
Less: Current liabilities    (1,157,356)   (9,295)
Non-current liabilities    950,000    1,599,347 

In January 2006, the jointly-controlled entity Petroflex approved the 4th issue for public distribution of simple, unsecured debentures, not convertible into shares, for a total of R$ 160,000, comprising 16,000 debentures with unit value of R$ 10,000, maturity in December 2010 and remuneration of 104.5% of CDI.

16 Taxes and Contributions Payable – Long-term Liabilities

        Parent company    Consolidated 
        2006    2005    2006    2005 
IPI credits offset                     
   IPI – export credit    (i)   646,641    550,263    647,778    550,263 
   IPI – zero rate    (ii)   505,852    308,728    505,852    466,301 
   IPI – consumption materials and property, plant                     
      and equipment        44,593    37,673    54,746    37,673 
Other taxes and contributions payable                     
   PIS /COFINS - Law 9718/98    (iii)   134,573    285,521    146,769    316,081 
   Education contribution, SAT and INSS        32,520    33,360    37,149    40,784 
   PAES-Law 10684    (iv)   36,596    43,151    36,596    43,151 
   Other        7,374    2,746    21,522    9,802 
(-) Judicial deposits        (128,451)   (102,971)   (128,451)   (139,697)
        1,279,698    1,158,471    1,321,961    1,324,358 

The Company is challenging in court changes in the tax legislation and maintains provision for the amounts in dispute, duly restated. Contingent assets are not recorded.


(i) IPI Tax Credit on Exports (Crédito- Prêmio)

The Company – by itself and through merged companies – challenges the term of effectiveness of the IPI tax credit (crédito-prêmio) introduced by Decree-law 491 of 1969 as an incentive to manufactured product exports. Most lower court decisions have been favorable, but such favorable decisions may still be appealed.

According to its external legal advisors, the Company stands possible chances of success in these suits. The Superior Court of Justice (STJ) is currently entertaining an identical lawsuit lodged by another taxpayer (judgment is currently on hold). Most of the STJ justices who have cast their votes to date recognized that such tax benefit continued after 1983.

(ii) IPI – Zero rate

Merged companies OPP Química, Trikem and Polialden have filed lawsuits claiming IPI tax credits from acquisition of raw materials and inputs that are exempt, non-taxed or taxed at a zero rate. Most lower court decisions have been favorable, but such favorable decisions may still be appealed. The Company's external legal advisors are of the opinion that it is possible that these cases will prevail; the STF itself is revisiting this matter as well.

(iii) PIS/COFINS - Law 9718 of 1998

The Company – by itself and through merged companies – has brought a number of lawsuits to challenge the constitutionality of the changes in the PIS and COFINS tax bases deriving from Law 9718 of 1998.

In February 2006, as court decisions favorable to the Company’s cases initiated in March 1999 became final and conclusive, the Company reversed liabilities of R$89,622 (Note 24) to results.

As the STF Full Bench had ruled, in November 2005, that the increase in PIS and COFINS tax rates under said law was unconstitutional, the Company – also in reliance on the opinion of its legal advisors – believes that it will probably prevail in the other cases. The positive impact on the Company’s results would be approximately R$106,941, considering the amounts provisioned at December 31, 2006.


Some of these lawsuits also challenged the increase of COFINS tax rates from 2% to 3%. In the opinion of its legal advisors, the Company stands remote chances in this specific regard. This fact, coupled with the recent unfavorable determination from the STF, led the Company to file for voluntary dismissal of this claim in most suits and settle the debt in cash. This procedure has translated into a positive result of R$ 13,768 on account of the reduction in the fine and interest payments that had been provisioned (Note 24).

(iv) Special Installment Program - PAES - Law 10684/03

In August 2003, merged company Trikem opted to file for voluntary dismissal of its lawsuit against the COFINS rate increase from 2% to 3% under Law 9718 of 1998, thus qualifying for the favorable payment conditions under the PAES program instituted by Federal Law 10684 of 2003. The amount due is being paid in 120 monthly installments. The outstanding debt is R$ 43,151 as of December 31, 2006, being R$ 6,555 in current liabilities and R$ 36,596 in non-current liabilities (2005 – R$ 49,706, being R$ 6,555 in current liabilities and R$ 43,151 in non-current liabilities).

Even though the Company had met all legal requirements and payments were being made as and when due, the National Treasury Attorney’s Office (PFN) disqualified the Company for PAES on two different occasions, and the Company obtained a court relief reinstating it to PAES in these two events. In reliance on the opinion of its legal advisors, management believes that the Company’s eligibility for these installment payments will be upheld as originally requested.


17 Income Tax and Social Contribution on Net Income

(a) Current income tax – parent company

    2006    2005 
Income /(loss) before income tax    (21,323)   764,331 
Adjustments to net income / (loss) for the year         
   Permanent additions    34,134    67,519 
   Temporary additions    259,109    477,375 
   Permanent exclusions    (215,985)   (252,889)
   Temporary exclusions    (260,363)   (459,479)
   Interest on capital        (270,000)
Taxable income / (tax loss) before offset of tax loss carryforward    (204,428)   326,857 
 Utilization of tax losses (30%)       (98,057)
Taxable income / (tax loss) for the year    (204,428)   228,800 
Income tax (15%) and surcharge (10%)       57,176 
Other    (444)   (2,307)
Income tax expense for the year    (444)   54,869 

As the Company recorded tax losses in 2006, it is not entitled to income tax exemption/ abatement benefits (2005 - R$ 44,244).


(b) Deferred income tax

(i) Composition of deferred income tax – parent company

In accordance with the provisions of CVM Deliberation 273/98, which approved the Institute of Independent Auditors of Brazil (IBRACON) standard on the accounting for income tax, supplemented by CVM Instruction 371/02, the Company has the following accounting balances of deferred income tax:

Composition of calculated deferred income tax:    2006    2005 
Tax loss carryforwards    648,848    441,068 
Amortized goodwill on investments in         
   merged companies    401,659    151,163 
Temporarily non-deductible expenses    485,743    534,469 
Potential calculation basis of deferred income tax    1,536,250    1,126,700 
Potential deferred income tax (25%)   384,062    281,675 
Unrecorded portion of deferred income tax    (3,400)   (4,425)
Deferred income tax – assets    380,662    277,250 
Current assets    (19,573)   (19,573)
Non-current assets    361,089    257,677 
Opening balance    277,250    301,527 
 Addition of Polialden balance    4,482     
 Deferred income tax on tax loss carryforwards    51,945    (24,672)
 Income tax on amortized goodwill of merged company Polialden    75,875     
 Deferred income tax on amortized goodwill of merged companies    (12,227)   (3,374)
 Deferred income tax on temporary provisions    (16,663)   3,769 
Closing balance    380,662    277,250 
Deferred income tax (liability) on accelerated depreciation:         
Opening blance for the year    (8,525)   (9,115)
Realization of deferred income tax    590    590 
Closing balance for the year    (7,935)   (8,525)
Deferred income tax in income statement    99,520    (23,687)


Deferred income tax assets arising from tax losses and temporary differences are recorded taking into account analyses of future taxable profits, supported by studies prepared based on internal and external assumptions and current macroeconomic and business scenarios approved by the Company's management.

In accordance with CVM Instruction 371/02, the Company reversed the income tax on the effects of Technical Interpretation 01/2006, recorded in the first quarter of 2006.

(ii) Estimated timing of the utilization of deferred income tax assets

Deferred income tax assets recorded are limited to the amounts whose offsetting is supported by projections of taxable income, brought to present value, earned by the Company in up to 10 years, also taking into account the limit for offsetting tax losses of 30% of the net income for the year before income tax and tax exemption and reduction benefits.

Considering the price, foreign exchange, interest rate, market growth assumptions and other relevant variables, the Company prepared its business plan for the base date of December 31, 2006, anticipating the generation of future taxable income. The studies show that the income tax credit from tax losses, in the amount of R$ 162,212, will be fully utilized between 2009 and 2012.

The realization of income tax credits on tax losses is expected to occur as follows:

2009    13,875 
2010    47,100 
2011    95,325 
2012    5,912 

Deferred income tax credits on temporary differences, mainly comprised of goodwill, fully amortized, in the amount of R$ 97,015 and provisions in the amount of R$ 121,435, are justified by their full utilization due to the accounting realization of goodwill and provisions.


The realization of income tax credits on goodwill is expected to occur as follows:

2007    19,573 
2008    19,573 
2009    20,126 
2010    20,126 
2011    11,224 
2012 to 2014   4,343 
2015 to 2016    2,050 

The accounting for deferred income tax assets does not consider the portion of amortized goodwill on investments in merged companies, the realization term of which exceeds 10 years (R$ 13,600).

Concerning temporarily non-deductible expenses, deferred income tax was calculated on tax expenses which are currently being challenged in court and other operating expenses, as is the case of the excess provision for doubtful accounts.

As the income tax taxable basis is determined not only by the potential future profits, but also the existence of non-taxable revenues, non-deductible expenses, fiscal incentives and other variables, there is no immediate correlation between the Company's net income and the income tax results. Accordingly, the expectation of using tax credits should not be construed as an indication of the Company's future results.

(c) Social Contribution on Net Income (“CSL”)

In view of the discussions over the constitutionality of Law 7689 of 1988, the Company and its merged companies OPP Química, Trikem and Polialden filed civil lawsuits against payment of CSL. The resulting court decision favorable to these companies became final and conclusive.

However, the Federal Government filed a suit on the judgment (ação rescisória) challenging the decisions on the lawsuits filed by the Company, Trikem and Polialden, on the argument that – after the final decision favorable to those companies – the Full Bench of STF declared the constitutionality of this tax except for 1988. As the Federal Government did not file a suit on the judgment in the case of OPP Química, the first final and conclusive decision remained in force.


The suit on the judgment is pending the STJ and STF review of a number of appeals concerning this specific matter. Even though the suit on the judgment and tax payments are still on hold, the Federal Revenue Office has issued tax infraction notices against the Company and its merged companies, and administrative defenses have been filed against such notices.

Based on the opinion of its external legal advisors, the Company believes that the following is likely to occur: (i) the courts will eventually release the Company from paying this tax; and (ii) even if the rescission action is held valid, it cannot be applied retroactively to enactment of the law, and thus the Company has made no provisions for this tax.

If retrospective payment is required by court order (contrary to the opinion of its external legal advisors), the Company believes that the possibility of a fine is remote. Accordingly, the amount payable, restated based on Brazil’s SELIC benchmark rate, would be approximately R$ 743,000 (2005 – R$ 652,000), excluding the fine.

18 Tax Incentives

(a) Corporate income tax

Until calendar year 2011, the Company has the right to reduce by 75% the income tax on the profit arising from the sale of basic petrochemical products and utilities. The two polyethylene plants at Camaçari have the same right until calendar years 2011 and 2012. The PVC plant at Camaçari has the same right to reduction until 2013. The PVC plants in Alagoas and the PET plant at Camaçari are exempt from corporate income tax calculated on the results of their industrial operations until 2008.

Productions of caustic soda, chloride, ethylene dichloride and caprolactam enjoy the benefit of the 75% decrease in the income tax rate up to 2012.

At the end of each fiscal year, in the case of taxable profit resulting from the benefited operations, the income tax amount is recorded as expense for the year and credited to a capital reserve account, which can only be used to increase the capital or absorb losses.


(b) Value-added tax - ICMS

The Company has ICMS tax incentives granted by the States of Rio Grande do Sul and Alagoas, through the Company Operation Fund - FUNDOPEM and State of Alagoas Integrated Development Program - PRODESIN, respectively. Such incentives are designed to foster the installation and expansion of industrial facilities in those States. The incentive determined for the year ended December 31, 2006 was R$ 12,909 (2005 – R$ 7,795).

19 Long-term Incentives

Braskem has developed a Long-term Incentive Plan, under which the employees involved in strategic programs can acquire Investment Units (Alfa Unit).

The unit value of each Alfa Investment Unit corresponds to the average closing price of quotations of Braskem class A preferred shares on Bovespa between October 2005 and March 2006, equal to R$ 18.14.

As an incentive to purchase Alfa Investment Units by those employees entitled to the program, Braskem granted 1 Investment Unit for each Investment Unit already purchased (Beta Unit). Beta Units are redeemable as from the fifth year at the ratio of 20% in the first year and 10% in subsequent years. Beta Units not redeemed within the stipulated terms are converted into Alfa Units. The value of these units was determined based on the projected value of the Company class A preferred share.

Alfa Units will have a return equivalent to the amount of dividends and/or interest on capital paid to the holders of Braskem class A preferred shares.

The composition and cost of Investment Units at December 31, 2006 are as follows:

    Number    Value 
Investment Units         
Issued (Alfa Units)   95,710    1,736 
Granted as bônus (Beta Units)   95,710    536 
Total    191,420    2,272 


20 Shareholders’ Equity

(a) Capital

At December 31, 2006, the Company’s subscribed and paid-up capital is R$ 3,508,272, divided into 123,492,142 common, 246,107,138 class A preferred, and 803,066 class B preferred shares, all of them with no par value. At the same date, the Company’s authorized capital comprises 488,000,000 shares, of which 175,680,000 are common, 307,440,000 are class A preferred, and 4,880,000 are class B preferred shares.

The Extraordinary General Meeting held on May 31, 2006 approved the Company’s capital increase by R$ 105,304 as a result of the merger of subsidiary Polialden (Note 1(c)), through the issue of 7,878,725 class A preferred shares. On that same date, the conversion of 2,632,043 class A preferred shares into common shares, at the ratio of 1:1, was also approved.

(b) Share rights

Preferred shares are non-voting but ensure priority to the receipt of a non-cumulative dividend of 6% p.a on their unit value, in accordance with the net income available for distribution. Only Class “A” preference shareholders share equally with the common shares in the remaining net income, and common shares are entitled to dividends only after priority dividends have been paid to the holders of preference shares . Only Class “A” preference shareholders share equally with common shares in the distribution of shares resulting from the incorporation to capital of other reserves. Class “B” preference shares are not convertible into common shares. However, at the end of the non-transfer period provided for in the applicable law, they can be converted into Class “A” preference shares at any time, at the ratio of 2 Class “B” preference shares for each Class “A” preference shares.

Class “A” and “B” preferred shares have priority to the return of capital in the case of liquidation.

Shareholders are ensured a mandatory dividend of 25% of net income for the year, adjusted in accordance with the Brazilian Corporation Law.


Pursuant to the Understanding Memoranda for the Execution of Shareholders’ Agreement, the Company must distribute dividends corresponding to not less than 50% of the net income for the year, as long as the required reserve amounts are sufficient to allow for the efficient operation and development of the Company’s businesses.

As agreed at the time of issuance of Medium-Term Notes (Note 14(c)), the payment of dividends or interest on capital is capped at twice the minimum dividends accorded to preferred shares under the Company’s by-laws. Further, pursuant to the 12th debentures indenture (Note 15), the payment of dividends or interest on capital is capped either at 50% of the net profits for the year, or at 6% of the unit value of the Company’s Class “A” and “B” preferred shares, whichever is higher.

(c) Treasury shares

The Board of Directors meeting held on May 3, 2006 approved a Share Buyback Program. This program was closed on October 23, 2006 and was intended to acquire common and class A preferred shares to be held in treasury and subsequently sold and/or cancelled, with no reduction in capital. Under the program, the Company acquired 13,131,054 class A preferred shares at the average cost of R$ 13.88. The low and high quotations during this period were R$ 9.97 and R$ 15.89 per share, respectively.

In July 2006, the Company also acquired 765,079 class A preferred shares from dissenting Polialden shareholders.

At December 31, 2006, shares held in treasury comprised 14,363,480 class A preferred shares (2005 – 467,347 shares) for a total of R$ 194,555. The total value of these shares, based on the average quotation of Bovespa’s last session in 2006, is R$ 218,469.

(d) Retention of profits reserve

This refers to retention of the balance of retained earnings, to fund expansion projects included in the business plan, as provided in the capital budget proposed by management and submitted to the approval of the Shareholders’ Meeting, in accordance with article 196 of the Brazilian corporate law. It should be pointed out that, in compliance with IBRACON Technical Interpretation 01/2006, as well as article 196 of the Brazilian Corporate Law, in the first quarter of 2006 the Company recorded additional depreciation in the Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) line (Note 12), and reversed a portion of this reserve, in the amount of R$ 164,890, to absorb the effects of this adjustment arising from prior years.


(e) Appropriation of net income

In accordance with the Company’s by-laws, net income for the year, adjusted as provided by Law 6.404/76, will be appropriated as follows: (i) 5% for constitution of the legal reserve, not exceeding 20% of capital; (ii) 25% for payment of non-cumulative mandatory dividends, observing the legal and statutory advantages of the preference shares. When the priority dividend amount paid to the preference shares is equal to or higher than 25% of the net income for the year, calculated in accordance with Article 202 of Brazilian Corporate Law, the mandatory dividend is considered as paid in full. If there is a remaining mandatory dividend after the payment of the priority dividend, it will be distributed as follows: i) in the payment to common shares of a dividend up to the limit of the priority dividend of preference shares; ii) if there is a remaining balance in the distribution of an additional dividend to common shares and Class A preference shares, under the same conditions, so as each common share or preference share of this class receive the same dividend.

Dividends proposed by management, subject to approval by the shareholders’ meeting, are as follows:

    2006    2005 
Net income for the year    77,753    685,775 
Portion appropriated to legal reserve    (3,888)   (34,289)
Adjusted net income for the calculation of dividends    73,865    651,486 
Distribution of profits:         
   Interest on capital (Note 20(f))        
       Common shares - R$ 0.746        90,179 
       Class A preferred shares - R$ 0.746        179,368 
       Class B preferred shares - R$ 0.563        453 
   Dividends proposed         
       Common shares - (2005 - R$ 0.154)       18,649 
       Class A preferred shares – R$ 0.159 (2005 – R$ 0.154)   36,805    37,094 
       Class B preferred shares – R$ 0.159    128     
   Total dividends proposed    36,933    55,743 
   Total interest on capital and dividends    36,933    325,743 
Amount appropriated to revenue reserve    36,932    325,743 
Minimum mandatory dividends - 25%    18,466    162,872 


The amount appropriated to the revenue reserve in 2006 is linked to a capital budget approved by the Board of Directors at a meeting held on December 14, 2006, subject to the ratification of the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting to be held in 2007.

(f) Interest on capital

On December 29, 2005, the Management Board approved the payment of interest on capital in the amount of R$ 270,000, of which (i) R$ 179,368 to holders of Class A preference shares and holders of American Depositary Receipts (“ADR”), corresponding to the gross amount of R$ 0.746145 per share and R$ 1.492290 per ADR; (ii) R$ 452 to the holders of Class B preference shares, corresponding to the gross amount of R$ 0.563940 per share, equal to 6% of the share unit value, as provided in Article 9 of the Company's by-laws and (iii) R$ 90,179 to the holders of common shares, corresponding to the gross amount of R$ 0.746145 per share. Payment started on April 18, 2006.

Interest on capital was determined based on the shareholding position at December 31, 2005, applyng such amount to priority and mandatory dividends for 2005, as prescribed by Law 9249/95 and paragraph 6, Article 44 of the by-laws. Withholding income tax on interest credited was R$ 35,515 and the benefit for the Company regarding income tax was R$ 67,500.

For disclosure purposes, the interest on capital expense was reversed in the statement of income for the year, in the group “Financial expenses (income)”, and also reflected in the statement of changes in shareholders’ equity, pursuant to CVM Deliberation CVM 207/96.

21 Contingencies

(a) Collective Bargaining Agreement - 4th Clause

The Petrochemical, Plastics, Chemicals and Related Companies Employees Union in the State of Bahia (SINDIQU¥MICA) and the Employers' Association of the Petrochemical and Synthetic Resins Industries in the State of Bahia (SINPEQ) are disputing in court the validity of a wage and salary indexation clause contained in the collective bargaining agreement (convenção coletiva de trabalho), given the matter of public policy involved, namely, the adoption of an economic plan in 1990 that put a limit on wage adjustments. The Company ran plants in the region in 1990, and is a member of SINPEQ.


The employees' labor union seeks retroactive adjustment of wages and salaries. In December 2002, the STF affirmed a previous decision from the Superior Labor Court (TST), determining that an economic policy legislation should prevail over collective bargaining agreements and, as such, no adjustment was due. SINDIQU¥MICA appealed this decision, but no final and conclusive decision has been rendered to date.

Based on the opinion of the Company's external legal advisors, management believes in a favorable outcome for SINPEQ, and no amount was thus provisioned for in connection with this case.

(b) Holders of incentive preferred shares

Some holders of Class “B” preferred shares issued by the Company under a tax incentive program claim that they are entitled to profit distribution on a par with the holders of common and Class “A” preferred shares.

The merged company Polialden faced an identical issue with CVM; on August 10, 2000, the CVM Board sided with the Polialden’s stance that “the dividends payable to preferred shares should range from 6% to 8% of the value of such shares, or the equivalent to 25% of net profits for the year, whichever is higher, as the company has done over the last 10 years. Such shares are not entitled to remaining profits, as the by-laws have clearly set the maximum dividends attaching to such shares.”

Most court decisions already rendered in this regard have been favorable to the Company and its merged company Polialden. For this reason, most of the judicial bonds posted by Polialden as security for preliminary injunctions entered favorably to some shareholders (in an amount corresponding to the shortfall asserted by those shareholders in connection with the dividends approved at the Annual General Meetings of 2002 and 2004) have already been released to the Company; there is only one judicial bond securing the 2004 dividends asserted by one single shareholder, at the historical value of R$ 804.

The Company’s external legal advisors believe that the chances of success in these cases are probable, having also relied on opinions from renowned jurists and on recent court and CVM rulings on this specific issue; for this reason, the Company has abided by the rules set out in its by-laws as to payment of dividends to incentive preferred shares, limiting payments at 6% of their unit value and capped at 25% of the mandatory dividends set forth in the Company’s by-laws.


(c) Offsetting of tax credits

From May through October 2000, the merged companies OPP Química and Trikem offset their own federal tax debts with IPI tax credits (créditos-prêmio) assigned by an export trading company ("Assignor"). These offsetting procedures were recognized by the São Paulo tax officials (DERAT/SP) through offset supporting certificates ("DCC's") issued in response to an injunctive relief entered in a motion for writ of mandamus ("MS SP"). Assignor also filed a motion for writ of mandamus against the Rio de Janeiro tax officials (DERAT/RJ) ("MS RJ") for recovery of IPI tax credits and their use for offsetting with third-party tax debts, among others. The MS SP was dismissed without prejudice, confirming the Rio de Janeiro administrative and jurisdictional authority to rule on Assignor's tax credits.

In June 2005, DERAT/SP issued ordinances (portarias) canceling the DCC's. Based on these ordinances, the Federal Revenue office unit in Camaçari/BA sent collection letters to the Company. Notices of dispute were presented by the Company, but the administrative authorities declined to process them. As a result, past-due federal tax liabilities (dívida ativa) at R$ 276,620 were posted by the Government in December 2005 concerning the Company's tax debts originating from purportedly undue offsetting procedures.

Both Assignor and the Company commenced a number of judicial and administrative proceedings to defend the lawfulness and validity of those offsetting procedures, and the legal counsels to both companies assessed the chances of success in those cases as probable, mostly in light of the indisputable validity and liquidity of those credits as confirmed in a specific audit conducted by DERAT/RJ.

On October 3, 2005, the Federal Supreme Court held the MS RJ favorably to Assignor in a final and conclusive manner, confirming Assignor's definite right to use the IPI tax credits from all its exports and their availability for offsetting with third-party debts. As a result, the legal counsels to Assignor and to the Company believe that the offsetting procedures carried out by the merged companies and duly recognized by DERAT/SP are confirmed, and for this reason they also hold that the tax liabilities being imputed to the Company are not due. Irrespective of the final and conclusive decision in MS RJ, the legal counsels to Assignor and to the Company, in addition to a jurist consulted on this specific issue, believe that the tax liabilities purportedly related to offsetting procedures carried out by the merged companies have become time-barred and, as such, can no longer be claimed by the tax authorities.

In January 2006, the Company was ordered to post bond in aid of execution of the tax claim referred to above; this bond was submitted in the form of a judicial bond insurance policy (seguro garantia).


The Company's external legal advisors have assessed the chances of success in all claims listed above as probable; nevertheless, if the Company is eventually defeated in all those cases, it will be entitled to full recourse against Assignor concerning all amounts paid to the National Treasury, as per the assignment agreement executed in 2000.

(d) National Social Security Institute - INSS

The Company is a party to several social security disputes in the administrative and judicial spheres, totaling approximately R$ 164,800 and R$169,800 as of December 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively. Out of these sums, the Company has made judicial deposits of R$ 15,100, and R$ 18,200 are secured by a portion of the Company’s inventory.

In reliance on the external legal advisors’ opinion that the Company stands possible chances of success in these cases, management believes that no amount is payable in connection with these cases and, as such, the corresponding sums have not been provisioned for.

(e) Other court disputes involving the Company and its subsidiaries

The Company is a defendant in civil lawsuits filed by the controlling person of a former caustic soda distributor and by a carrier that rendered services to the latter, totaling R$ 25,826 as of December 31, 2006 (2005 – R$169,854). The plaintiffs seek redress of damages caused by the Company’s alleged non-fulfillment of the distributor agreement. In reliance on the opinion of legal advisors sponsoring the Company in these lawsuits, Management believes that the chances of these cases being rejected is possible, and for this reason the respective sums have not been provisioned for.

In the 2nd quarter of 2005, the Petrochemical and Chemicals Companies Employees Union in Triunfo (RS) and Camaçari (BA) lodged labor actions claiming overtime payment. The proper defense has been filed and management does not expect any loss on final judgment.

The Company acts as defendant in an arbitration commenced by a shipping company and underway in the City of Rio de Janeiro. Recently, the arbitrators asked for a technical expert opinion on the subject matter and extent of the dispute, which was estimated at R$ 29,000. However, in reliance on the opinion of legal advisors sponsoring the Company’s interests in this arbitration, management believes that it is possible that the Company will prevail, and for this reason no amounts were provisioned for in this regard.


As of December 31, 2006, the Company is a defendant in approximately 1,200 labor claims (including those mentioned above), totaling approximately R$ 260,200 (2005 – R$ 223,400). According to the opinion of legal advisors, most claims are likely to be judged favorably for the Company.

For the civil and labor cases entailing a probable loss, the Company has provisioned for R$ 13,328 (R$21,886 consolidated) (2005 – R$7,930 parent company – R$12,262 consolidated).

22 Financial Instruments

(a) Risk management

Since the Company operates in the domestic and international financial markets, obtaining funds for its operations and investments, it is exposed to market risks mainly arising from changes in the foreign exchange and interest rates.

The Company’s policy to manage risks has been approved and reviewed by management. These rules prohibit speculative trading and short sales, and provide for the diversification of instruments and counterparties. Counterparties’ limits and creditworthiness are reassessed on a regular basis and set up in accordance with rules approved by management. Gains and losses on hedge transactions are taken to income on a monthy basis.

To cover the exposure to market risk, the Company utilizes various types of currency hedges, some involving the use of cash and others not. The most common types which use cash, as adopted by the Company, are financial applications abroad (Certificates of deposit, securities in U.S. dollars, foreign mutual funds, time deposits and overnight deposits) and put and call options. The types of currency hedge which do not involve the use of cash are swaps of foreign currency for CDI and forwards.

To hedge its exposure to exchange and interest risks arising from loan and financing agreements, the Company adopted the following methodology: hedging of the principal and interest falling due in the next 12 months in, at least (i) 60% of the debt linked to exports (trade finance), except for Advances on Exchange Contracts (“ACCs”) of up to six months and Advances on Export Contracts (“ACEs”); and (ii) 75% of the debt not linked to exports (non-trade finance).


(b) Exposure to foreign exchange risks

The Company has long-term loans and financing to finance its operations, including cash flows and project financing. Part of the long-term loans is linked to the U.S. dollar (Note 14).

(c) Exposure to interest rate risks

The Company is exposed to interest rate risks on its debt. The debt in foreign currency, bearing floating interest rates, is mainly subject to LIBOR variation, while the domestic debt, bearing floating interest rates, is mainly subject to fluctuations in the Long-term Interest Rate (TJLP) and the Interbank Deposit Certificate (CDI) rate.

(d) Exposure to commodities risks

The Company is exposed to fluctuations in the price of several petrochemical commodities, especially its main raw material, naphtha. Since the Company seeks to transfer to its own selling prices the effect of price changes in its raw material, arising from changes in the naphtha international quotation, part of its sales may be carried out under fixed-price contracts or contracts stating maximum and/or minimum fluctuation ranges. Such contracts are commercial agreements or derivative contracts relating to future sales.

(e) Exposure to credit risk

The operations that subject the Company to concentration of credit risk are mainly bank accounts, financial investments and other accounts receivable, exposing the Company to the risk of the financial institution involved. In order to manage the credit risk, the Company keeps its bank accounts and financial investments with large financial institutions.

In relation to customer credit risk, the Company protects itself by performing detailed analyses before granting credit and by obtaining real and personal guarantees, when necessary.


(f) Derivative instrument transactions

As of December 31, 2006, the Company had the following derivative contracts:

            Market value (i)
            Parent co.    Consolidated 
Description    Maturity    Notional    Dec/06    Dec/06 
Real / US$ - Option (Put US$)   Feb/2007    US$ 306,000 th.    (11,592)   (11,592)
Real + CDI / Yen + Tibor (swap)   Mar/2012    R$ 136,000    (45,203)   (45,203)
Real + CDI / Yen + Tibor (swap)   Jun/2012    R$ 143,000    (22,790)   (22,790)
Real + CDI / US$ (swap)   May/2007    US$ 100,000 th.    (24,311)   (24,311)
Real + CDI / US$ (swap)   Feb/2007    US$ 200,000 th.    (19,069)   (19,069)
Tax Sparing I    Jun/2007    US$ 134,000 th.        24 
Tax Sparing II    Jun/2015    US$ 100,000 th.        120 
Total Return Swap    Dec/2007    US$ 410,000 th.        10,155 
Benzene    Jan/2007    146.7 th.tons        (6,921)
(i) The market value represents the amount receivable (payable) if the transactions were settled on December 31, 2006.

To determine the estimated market value of derivative financial instruments, the Company uses quotations for similar operations or public information available in the financial market, as well as valuation methodologies generally accepted and utilized by counterparties. These estimates do not necessarily guarantee that such operations could be realized in the market at the indicated amounts. The use of different market information and/or valuation methodologies could have a significant effect on the estimated market value.

All outstanding derivative contracts are intended only to offset financial losses and gains (hedge) on other Company assets or liabilities. Accordingly, they are linked to purchases, sales, financial investments or debt agreements.


23 Financial Income (Expenses)

    Parent company        Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Financial income:                 
Interest income    108,368    128,260    140,051    140,131 
Monetary variation of financial investments, related parties and accounts receivable    52,993    14,768    48,149    17,705 
Monetary variation of taxes recoverable    43,706    4,984    48,575    7,616 
Gains on derivative transactions    1,830    11,454    114,112    45,695 
Exchange variation on foreign currency assets    (185,898)   (281,349)   (204,225)   (288,846)
Other    33,949    59,774    12,857    44,080 
    54,948    (62,109)   159,519    (33,619)
Financial expenses:                 
Interest on financing and related parties    (314,181)   (355,568)   (287,776)   (346,999)
Monetary variation on financing and related parties    (254,861)   (236,088)   (255,515)   (203,080)
Monetary variation and interest on taxes and suppliers    (161,007)   (140,728)   (178,508)   (169,669)
Losses on derivative transactions    (16,952)   (36,420)   (161,958)   (61,485)
Expenses with vendor transactions    (119,662)   (108,144)   (119,662)   (108,242)
Discounts granted    (47,948)   (35,631)   (137,996)   (88,375)
Exchange variation on foreign currency liabilities    343,641    560,705    333,368    556,884 
Taxes and charges on financial transactions    (219,328)   (101,731)   (228,437)   (110,621)
Interest on capital        (270,000)       (270,000)
Reversal of interest on capital        270,000        270,000 
Other    (45,957)   (99,199)   (61,443)   (144,170)
    (836,255)   (552,804)   (1,097,927)   (675,757)
Financial results, net    (781,307)   (614,913)   (938,408)   (709,376)

24 Other Operating Income (Expenses)

    Parent company    Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Income (expenses)                
     Rental of facilities and assignment of right of use    25,767    58,458    45,423    3,914 
     Recovery of taxes (Nota 16 (iii))   125,753    655    125,890    3,364 
       Recovery of costs and expenses/Inventory adjustments    (9,734)   11,084    (9,275)   10,463 
     Other operating income/(expenses), net    (9,901)   (306)   24,104    5,012 
    131,885    69,891    186,142    22,753 


25 Non-Operating Income (Expenses)

    Parent company    Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Income (expenses)                
     Gains on interest in investments    2,377    5,172    2,377    5,443 
     Sale of permanent assets    (837)   720    (496)   753 
     Reversal of (provision for) loss on investments    (21)   (4,203)   (21)   (4,265)
     Provision for loss/retirement of assets        (22,449)       (22,449)
     Other non-operating income (expenses), net    6,229    (4,105)   5,260    (4,638)
    7,748    (24,865)   7,120    (25,156)

26 Insurance Coverage

The Company has a broadly-based risk management program designed to provide cover and protection for all assets, as well as possible losses caused by production stoppages, through an "all risks" insurance policy. This policy establishes the amount for maximum probable damage, considered sufficient to cover possible losses, taking into account the nature of the Company’s activities and the advice of insurance consultants. At December 31, 2006, insurance coverage for inventories, property, plant and equipment, and loss of profits of the Company is R$ 12,109,589 per claim, while the total of all insured assets is R$ 17,250,314.

27 Shares Traded Abroad - NYSE and LATIBEX

(a) American Depositary Receipts ("ADRs") program

The Company’s ADS’s are traded on NYSE with the following characteristics:

. Type of shares: Class A preferred. 
. Each ADS represents 2 shares, traded under the symbol “BAK”. 
. Foreign Depositary Bank: The Bank of New York (“BONY”) - New York branch. 
. Brazilian Custodian Bank: Banco Itaú S.A. 



The Company's Class A preferred shares are traded on LATIBEX, the market for Latin American Companies quoted in Euros at the Madrid Stock Exchange. The shares are traded under the symbol "XBRK" and the Brazilian Custodian Bank is Banco Itaú S.A. LATIBEX has adjusted and altered the process for quotation and trading to comply with the new standards adopted by Bovespa. Accordingly, as from May 16, 2005, the shares are traded in units.

28 Private Pension Plans

The actuarial obligations relating to the pension and retirement plans are accrued in conformity with the procedures established by CVM Deliberation 371/2000.

The formation of Braskem (Note 1 (c)) involved the integration of six sponsoring companies and three different pension plans managed by Fundação PETROBRAS de Seguridade Social - PETROS ("PETROS"), PREVINOR - Associação de Previdência Privada ("PREVINOR") and ODEPREV - Odebrecht Previdência ("ODEPREV"). In addition to sponsoring different private pension plans, the Company has approximately 800 employees who do not participate in company-sponsored pension plans, as no new benefits were granted to employees since the inception of the Company. Management ceased to provide benefits to new employees in order to devise a single, legitimate solution for all participants, with a view to protecting the plan participants’ financial assets.

Experts engaged by the Company recommended that ODEPREV be the only supplementary pension plan entity sponsored by the Company. Furthermore, employees who do not participate in the PETROS and PREVINOR plans were offered the opportunity of joining the ODEPREV plan, retroactively to August 16, 2002.

In June 2005, the Company communicated to PETROS and PREVINOR its intended withdrawal as a sponsor effective June 30, 2005. With regard to PETROS, the calculation of mathematical reserves of participants was completed in November 2006 and submitted in that month to the Supplementary Pension Plan Secretary, a Social Security Ministry department in charge of regulating and inspecting private pension plans. The Company has a provision of R$ 58,554, which is considered sufficient to cover any disbursements at the time the commitments of this plan are settled. During 2005, the Company’s and employees’ contributions to PETROS totaled R$ 2,841 and R$ 1,791, respectively.


As to PREVINOR, the reserve computations have been completed and the entity has a surplus, so that no contributions by the Company are required. The sponsorship withdrawal was approved by the Supplementary Pension Plan Secretary and the commitments to the plan participants will be settled in the first half of 2007. During 2005, the Company’s and employees’ contributions were R$ 628 and R$ 354, respectively.

Benefits to retired employees and pensioners will continue to be paid on a regular basis up to completion of the process.

The subsidiary Politeno was the sponsor of a defined-contribution plan managed by PREVINOR. In December 2006, Politeno advised PREVINOR of its intention to withdraw from the plan effective the end of that month. The calculations of reserves to be refunded to plan participants are being prepared by independent experts, for subsequent analysis and approval by the Supplementary Pension Plan Secretary. Benefits to plan retired employees and participants and pensioners will continue to be paid up to completion of the process.

In December 2006, PREVINOR had 221 active participants. In 2006, Politeno’s and its employees’ contributions totaled R$ 1,489 (2005 - R$ 1,604) and R$ 905 (2005 – R$ 1,035), respectively.


The Company has a defined-contribution plan for its employees. The plan is managed by ODEPREV - Odebrecht Previdência which was set up by Odebrecht S.A. as a closed private pension entity. ODEPREV offers its participants, employees of the sponsoring companies, the Optional Plan, a defined-contribution plan, under which monthly and sporadic participant contributions and annual and monthly sponsor contributions are accumulated and managed in individual retirement savings accounts.

The Board of Trustees of ODEPREV defines each year, in advance, in the funding plan, the parameters for contributions to be made by the participants and the sponsoring companies. With regard to the payment of benefits under the Optional Plan, the obligation of ODEPREV is limited to the total value of the quotas held by its participants and, to comply with the regulations for a defined-contribution plan, it will not be able to require any obligation or responsibility on the part of the sponsoring company to assure minimum levels of benefits to the participants who retire.


At December 31, 2006, the active participants in ODEPREV totaled 2,354 (2005 – 2,131), and the Company’s and employees’ contributions amounted to R$ 7,888 (2005 – R$ 4,631) and R$ 13,189 (2005 – R$ 9,348), respectively.


The jointly-controlled company Copesul takes part in the defined-benefit plan managed by PETROS. As required in PETROS regulation and relevant law, in the event of a significant gap in technical reserves, both the sponsors and participants must make an additional financial contribution, otherwise the plan benefits will be adjusted to the available resources. Up to December 31, 2006, no supplementation was required.

In accordance with CVM Deliberation 371/2000, which approved NPC 26 of IBRACON - "Accounting for Employee Benefits", Copesul carried out the actuarial valuation of the plan, with the following results:

    2006    2005 
Fair value of plan assets    388,007    337,726 
Present value of actuarial obligations    405,849    357,317 
Actuarial liabilities    (17,842)   (19,591)
Net actuarial liabilities to be provided for    (17,482)   (19,591)
Actuarial liabilities provided for    8,850    7,080 
Net actuarial liabilities    (8,992)   (12,511)

Actuarial assumptions at the balance sheet date are:

                                             2005 and 2006 
Actual discount rate    6% p.a.
Expected return rate on plan assets    6% p.a. 
Actual salary raises    2% p.a. up to 47 years and nil after 
    48 years of age 

In 2006, Copesul contributions were R$ 5,573 (2005 – R$ 5,906).

Copesul also sponsors a defined-benefit plan, Plano Copesul de Previdência Complementar – COPESULPREV, for employees who do not participate in PETROS. Copesul’s contributions in 2006 totaled R$ 1,129 (2005 - R$ 1,089)



The jointly-controlled company Petroflex sponsors PETROS and PREVINOR. PETROS is a defined-benefit plan, while PREVINOR is a defined-contribution and defined-benefit plan, the latter offered to three employees. Up to December 31, 2006, Petroflex has not been required to supplement the technical reserves to eliminate any plan gap.

In accordance with CVM Deliberation 371/2000, which approved NPC 26 of IBRACON - "Accounting for Employee Benefits", Petroflex carried out the actuarial valuation of the plan, with the following results:

    2006    2005 
Fair value of plan assets    579,546    489,717 
Present value of actuarial obligations    512,479    458,028 
Fair value of assets in excess of the present value of actuarial obligations    67,067    31,689 
Unrecognized actuarial gains    82,195    53,936 
Net actuarial liabilities    (15,128)   (22,247)

29 Raw Material Purchase Commitments

The Company has contracts for consumption of electric energy for its industrial plants located in the States of Alagoas, Bahia and Rio Grande do Sul. The minimum annual commitment for consumption under these four-year contracts amounts to R$ 102,340.

The Company acquires from Copesul ethylene and propylene for its units at the Southern Petrochemical Complex, under a contract that expires in 2014. The minimum annual purchase commitment corresponds to 268,200 metric tons of ethylene and 262,200 metric tons of propylene. Based upon the market prices at December 31, 2006, this commitment corresponds to R$ 1,262,401 (unaudited). If the Company does not acquire the minimum volume, it must pay 40% of the current price of the amount not purchased. Based on 40% of prices charged as of December 31, 2006, the amount would be equal to R$ 504,960 (unaudited).

Braskem purchases naphtha under contracts establishing a minimum annual purchase volume equal to R$ 5,752,598 (unaudited), based on market prices as of December 31, 2006.


Attachment I 
Braskem S.A. and Subsidiaries 
Supplementary Information 
Statement of Cash Flows 
Years Ended December 31 
In thousands of reais 

    Parent company        Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Net income for the year    77,753    685,775    101,349    625,837 
Adjustment to reconcile net income:                 
     Depreciation, amortization and depletion    865,255    766,340    962,399    841,493 
     Amortization of goodwill (negative goodwill), net    61,648    385,717    57,758    152,539 
     Equity in the results of investees    (172,783)   (222,129)   (801)   (1,287)
     Reversal of provision for losses on investments    (6,469)   (280,702)        
     Tax incentives            (20,504)   (39,225)
     Exchange variation on investments    (2,709)   (21,341)   1,423    (3,629)
     Gains (losses) on interest in investments and other    (1,092)   2,293    (11,721)   (2,188)
     Gains (losses) on permanent assets disposal    86    (720)   1,420    2,224 
     Interest and monetary and exchange variations, net    485,328    374,670    311,557    411,678 
     Minority interests            1,593    (54,068)
     Recognition of tax credits, net    (94,352)       (94,491)    
     Deferred income tax and social contribution    (99,520)   23,687    (100,906)   29,641 
     Assignment of right to use        (58,240)       (3,640)
     Other    2,778    (31,828)   5,603    (27,136)
    1,115,923    1,623,522    1,214,679    1,936,615 
Efffect of merger on cash of subsidiaries    147,698      8.751   
Financial effects on cash    290,536    198,867    203,453    156,199 
Cash generation before changes in operating working                 
     capital    1,554,157    1,822,391    1,426,883    2,092,818 
Changes in operating working capital                 
     Marketable securities    (348,913)   (611,203)   (347,091)   (82,127)
     Trade accounts receivable    125,468    273,356    53,858    161,709 
     Inventories    (122,607)   (28,980)   (148,185)   (51,533)
     Taxes recoverable    (386,594)   (88,431)   (462,545)   (130,282)
     Prepaid expenses    (56,992)   15,857    (56,683)   15,998 
     Dividends received    175,970    385,984    2,000    2,000 
     Other accounts receivable    (13,968)   (23,957)   (34,625)   (30,113)
     Suppliers    355,115    248,711    415,044    485,080 
     Taxes and contributions    (58,283)   (22,071)   (66,463)   (79,328)
     Tax incentives    11,829    52,039    32,430    91,178 
     Advances from customers    (23,301)   18,343    (24,420)   (559)
     Other accounts payable    127,558    (32,130)   133,347    (52,482)
Generation of cash from operations before financial effects    1,339,439    2,009,909    923,550    2,422,359 
Exclusion of financial effects on cash    (290,536)   (198,867)   (203,453)   (156,199)
Generation of accounting cash from operations    1,048,903    1,811,042    720,097    2,266,160 


Attachment I     
Braskem S.A. and Subsidiaries     
Supplementary Information     
Statement of Cash Flows     
Years Ended December 31     
In thousands of reais    (continued)

    Parent company        Consolidated 
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Proceeds from the sale of investments    877    1,787    877    1,787 
Additions to investments    (262,859)   (155,577)   (222,745)   (33,981)
Additions to property, plant, equipment and                 
intangible assets    (808,260)   (820,306)   (953,003)   (930,155)
Additions to deferred charges    (35,214)   (82,477)   (40,283)   (87,589)
Cash used for investments    (1,105,456)   (1,056,573)   (1,215,154)   (1,049,938)
     Short-term debt                 
       Funds obtained    1,956,949    346,820    2,793,519    1,311,554 
       Repayment    (3,036,822)   (2,193,003)   (3,926,742)   (2,846,826)
     Long-term debt                 
       Funds obtained    2,119,979    1,206,300    2,235,793    1,624,739 
       Repayment    (619,654)       (659,063)   (617,228)
     Related parties                 
       Funds obtained    45,985    841,883    229    201 
       Repayment    (230,223)   (848,310)   (4,109)   (124,654)
     Dividends paid to stockholders and                 
       minority interests    (322,176)   (203,938)   (343,398)   (208,742)
     Capital payment            5,381    2,531 
     Treasury stock    (192,650)       (192,650)    
     Other            (2,582)   (16,012)
Use of cash in financing    (278,612)   (850,248)   (93,622)   (874,437)
Generation (use) of cash and cash equivalents    (335,165)   (95,779)   (588,679)   341,785 
Represented by                 
     Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year    1,461,090    1,556,869    2,135,740    1,793,955 
     Cash and cash equivalents, end of year    1,125,925    1,461,090    1,547,061    2,135,740 
Generation (use) of cash and cash equivalents    (335,165)   (95,779)   (588,679)   341,785 

This statement was prepared in accordance with the criteria described in Accounting Standards and Procedures - NPC 20 – Statement of Cash Flow, issued by IBRACON - Instituto dos Auditores Independentes do Brasil (Brazilian Institute of Independent Auditors).


Attachment I     
Braskem S.A. and Subsidiaries     
Supplementary Information     
Statement of Cash Flows     
Years Ended December 31     
In thousands of reais    (continued)

Main transactions not impacting cash

The following transactions with no impact on cash were excluded from the Statements of cash flows:

. Issue of Company shares and use of treasury share to acquire minority interests in its subsidiaries (Note 1(c)); 
. Capitalization of investment with assignment of right to use (Note 1(c)). 
. Acquisition of Politeno shares to be settled in November 2007 (Note 1 (c)). 


Attachment II 
Braskem S.A. 
Supplementary Information 
Statement of Value Added 
Years Ended December 31 
In thousands of reais 

    Parent company        Consolidated 
        (Reclassified)       (Reclassified)
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
1- Revenues    14,321,757    15,051,272    16,653,876    16,936,958 
1.1 Sale of goods, products and services    14,212,653    14,994,236    16,510,672    16,922,683 
1.2 Allowance for doubtful debts    (30,529)   (26,744)   (50,678)   (32,276)
1.3 Recovery of taxes    125,753    655    125,890    969 
1.4 Other operating income, net    6,132    107,990    61,007    70,738 
1.5 Other non-operating income (expenses), net    7,748    (24,865)   6,985    (25,156)
2- Inputs acquired from third parties    (11,859,201)   (11,128,811)   (13,908,845)   (12,099,568)
2.1 Raw materials used    (10,833,867)   (10,028,518)   (12,628,277)   (10,779,920)
2.2 Cost of products resold    (22,633)   (69,808)   (17,270)   (21,075)
2.3 Materials, energy, third-party services and other    (1,002,701)   (1,030,485)   (1,263,298)   (1,298,573)
    - Production    (327,061)   (396,755)   (442,603)   (533,238)
    - Selling    (141,884)   (137,905)   (218,127)   (174,641)
    - Administrative    (207,068)   (181,132)   (249,616)   (217,224)
    - Freight expenses    (326,688)   (314,693)   (352,952)   (373,470)
3- Gross value added    2,462,556    3,922,461    2,745,031    4,837,390 
4- Retentions    (865,255)   (766,340)   (962,399)   (841,493)
4.1 Depreciation, amortization and depletion    (865,255)   (766,340)   (962,399)   (841,493)
5-Value added generated by the Company    1,597,301    3,156,121    1,782,632    3,995,897 
6- Value added received on transfer    176,353    74,502    53,740    (139,575)
6.1 Equity in the results    121,405    136,611    (28,897)   (109,821)
6.2 Financial income (expenses), net    54,948    (62,109)   82,637    (26,754)
7- Total value added to be distributed    1,773,654    3,230,623    1,836,372    3,856,322 


Attachment II     
Braskem S.A.     
Supplementary Information     
Statement of Value Added     
Years Ended December 31     
In thousands of reais    (continued)

        Parent company        Consolidated 
        (Reclassified)       (Reclassified)
    2006    2005    2006    2005 
Distribution of value added    1,773,654    3,230,623    1,836,373    3,856,322 
Personnel and charges    413,882    442,096    517,885    544,541 
 Salaries and charges    318,497    335,122    406,933    419,469 
 Directors’ fees    9,186    10,469    12,946    13,911 
 Other benefits    86,199    96,505    98,006    111,161 
Taxes and contributions    432,878    1,521,669    176,377    2,006,106 
 Federal    475,488    1,260,685    535,988    1,612,866 
 State    (35,663)   305,611    (340,617)   472,200 
 Local    4,882    7,412    9,041    10,853 
 (-) Tax incentives    (11,829)   (52,039)   (28,035)   (89,813)
Interest and rental    837,312    529,044    1,011,135    646,208 
 Interest    725,175    465,945    897,228    581,165 
 Rental    112,137    63,099    113,907    65,043 
Distributions to shareholders    3 36,933    325,743    36,933    325,743 
Dividends proposed and interest on capital    36,933    325,743    36,933    325,743 
Minority interests in retained earnings            1,593    (54,068)
Retained earnings for the year    52,649    412,071    92,450    387,792 
 Legal reserve    3,888    34,289    3,888    34,289 
 Retention of profits    36,932    325,743    60,527    265,805 
 Tax incentives    11,829    52,039    28,035    87,698 

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        Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Date: March 2, 2007

  By:      /s/      Paul Elie Altit
    Name: Paul Elie Altit
    Title: Chief Financial Officer



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