This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed May 24, 2006.
Incorporation of Petroquisas Shares
(Rio de Janeiro, May 23, 2006) - PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S/A - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex: XPBR/XPBRA, BCBA: APBR/APBRA], a Brazilian international energy company, and PETROBRAS QUÍMICA S.A PETROQUISA (BOVESPA: PTQS3/PTQS4), announces that they have suspended the respective Extraordinary General Meetings held on May 22 2006 to allow time for the companies Boards of Directors to deliberate on the question in the light of the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commissions (CVM) decision with respect to the incorporation of PETROQUISAs shares and in response to the Consultation submitted in CVM Process RJ/2006/3160. The Extraordinary General Meetings of PETROQUISA and PETROBRAS will be resumed on June 1 2006 at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively.
The CVM, through official letters OFÍCIO/CVM/SEP/GEA-4/246/2006 and OFÍCIO/CVM/SEP/GEA-2/208/2006, both dated May 19, decided not to accept the use of the book value in substitution for the criterion of equity valuation of PETROBRAS and PETROQUISA at market prices for the purposes of complying with Article 264 of Law 6.404/76.
In the light of the above, the Boards of Directors of PETROQUISA and PETROBRAS have approved the book value of both companies as of December 31 2005 as the main criterion for determining the share exchange ratio, whereby 4,496 (four decimal point four hundred and ninety-six thousandths) preferred shares issued by PETROBRAS will be attributed to each lot of 1,000 ordinary shares or each lot of 1,000 preferred shares issued by PETROQUISA (Exchange Ratio), with the issue of 886,670 new preferred shares of PETROBRAS.
Pursuant to Article 264 of Law 6.404/76, approval was given for an alternate criterion for an exchange ratio based on an economic-financial evaluation using the discounted cash flow methodology with a base date of December 31 2005, attributing 3.487
(three decimal point four hundred and eighty-seven thousandths) preferred shares issued by PETROBRAS for each lot of 1,000 common shares or for each lot of 1,000 preferred shares issued by PETROQUISA.
Finally, PETROBRAS and PETROQUISA wish to inform that the new conditions herein proposed do not alter the evaluations which have already been prepared, the evaluation reports already made available for shareholder examination remaining valid. The new conditions mentioned above ARE to be submitted for the opinion of the respective Fiscal Councils and approval by the CVM.
All information with respect to the incorporation of shares, including the re-ratification of the protocol and justification for the operation, appraisal reports, opinions and financial statements are available to shareholders at Avenida República do Chile, 65 22nd floor, Room 2202-A Shareholder Services.
Almir Guilherme Barbassa
José Lima de Andrade Neto