This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Mar 21, 2006.
(b) Acquisition of interest of CEG RIO
PETROBRAS, through its subsidiary Petrobras Gás S.A. - GASPETRO, concluded on July 11, 2005 the acquisition of 12.41% of the shares (common and preferred) of Distribuidora de Gás Natural Canalizado CEG-RIO, for US$ 17. With this acquisition, the shareholdings of GASPETRO in said company are increased to 37.41% . The Company has accounted for its investment using the equity method, retrospectively from the date of the initial investment. Due to the immateriality of the involved amounts the Company is not restructuring the 2004 Financial Statements for effects of the additional share interest purchase. The acquisition of CEG RIO was recorded using the equity method of accounting.
11. Investments in non-consolidated companies and other investments (Continued)
(c) Exchange of assets PETROBRAS and REPSOL - YPF
On December 28, 2000, PETROBRAS and Repsol YPF entered into a Contract for the Exchange of Assets, under which PETROBRAS, in exchange of shares of EG3 in Argentina, assigned to Repsol YPF a 30% shareholding in Refinaria Alberto Pasqualini REFAP, the right to sell fuels in approximately 230 gas stations of BR Distribuidora and a 10% interest in Albacora Leste field.
The contract established in its 4th clause that the parties receiving the shares of EG3 and REFAP should, in the course of eight years after January 1, 2001, review every year the reference values of EG3 Group and REFAP S.A. (denominated escalators) to adjust them observing the conditions of said clause and to allow determining at the end of the period the definitive value of the shares of EG3 and REFAP, as well as definitive assets position and payment thereof to the creditor, under common agreement between the parties. Under the Escalators Liquidation Agreement entered into on December 29, 2005, and effective as from January 1, 2006, the companies performed early and definitive liquidation of the escalators.
The final value, including monetary restatement, due by Repsol YPF to PETROBRAS, related to EG3 share, for the full period of 8 (eight) years, including the projections for 2006, 2007 and 2008 amounted to US$ 335. Of this amount US$ 95 was applied to reduce property, plant and equipments and US$ 158 recorded as extraordinary gain, net of US$ 82 of income tax.
The final value, including monetary restatement, due by PETROBRAS to Repsol YPF, related to 30% shareholding in REFAP, for the full period of 8 (eight) years, including the projections for 2006, 2007 and 2008 amounted to US$ 255. This amount was recorded as component of other expenses, net.
Those amounts are definitive, and not subject to review or verification by any of the parties, thus liquidating application and quantification of escalators, as provided for in the Escalators Liquidation Agreement.