This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Apr 10, 2007.
(d) Ipiranga Group Acquisition
On March 19, 2007, Ultrapar Participações S.A. ("Ultrapar") has celebrated, with the acknowledgement of Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. ("Petrobras") and Braskem S.A.("Braskem") a contract with the controlling shareholders of Refinaria de Petróleo Ipiranga S.A, Distribuidora de Produtos de Petróleo Ipiranga S.A. and Companhia Brasileira de Petróleo Ipiranga for the acquisition of their total interest in those companies, including petrochemical and distribution assets.
After the completion of the acquisition, the businesses of the Ipiranga Group will be managed by Ultrapar, Petrobras and Braskem. Ultrapar will hold 100% interest of the oil products and lubricant distribution businesses located in the South and Southeast regions of Brazil, Petrobras will hold 100% interest of the oil products and lubricant distribution businesses located in the North, Northeast and Central West regions of Brazil. Petrobras and Braskem will hold the petrochemical assets in the proportion of 60% and 40% respectively. The assets related to refining operations will be equally shared between Petrobras, Ultrapar and Braskem.
The conclusion of operation is estimated to occur during the fourth quarter of 2007. The transaction will occur in some fases including acquisitions and incorporation of shares, delisting of public companies in Brazilian Stock Exchange and segregation of the distribution and petrochemical assets.
The total value estimated for the operation is US$4.0 billion and Petrobras will pay approximately US$1.3 billion for its interest. The transaction will be presented for appreciation of the Brazilian Anti-trust Authorities (CADE Administrative Board for Economic Defense), the Secretary for Economic Rights and the Secretary for Economic Monitoring.
PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S.A. - PETROBRAS
In accordance with SFAS 69 - Disclosures About Oil and Gas Producing Activities ("SFAS 69"), this section provides supplemental information on oil and gas exploration and producing activities of the Company. The information included in items (i) through (iii) provides historical cost information pertaining to costs incurred in exploration, property acquisitions and development, capitalized costs and results of operations. The information included in items (iv) and (v) present information on Petrobras estimated net proved reserve quantities, standardized measure of estimated discounted future net cash flows related to proved reserves, and changes in estimated discounted future net cash flows.
Beginning in 1995, the Federal Government of Brazil undertook a comprehensive reform of the countrys oil and gas regulatory system. On November 9, 1995, the Brazilian Constitution was amended to authorize the Federal Government to contract with any state or privately-owned company to carry out the activities related to the upstream and downstream segments of the Brazilian oil and gas sector. This amendment eliminated Petrobras effective monopoly. The amendment was implemented by the Petroleum Law, which liberated the fuel market in Brazil beginning January 1, 2002.
The Petroleum Law established a new regulatory framework ending Petrobras exclusive agency and enabling competition in all aspects of the oil and gas industry in Brazil. As provided in the Petroleum Law, Petrobras was granted the exclusive right for a period of 27 years to exploit the petroleum reserves in all fields where the Company had previously commenced production. However, the Petroleum Law established a procedural framework for Petrobras to claim exclusive exploratory (and, in case of success, development) rights for a period of up to three years with respect to areas where the Company could demonstrate that it had "established prospects". To perfect its claim to explore and develop these areas, the Company had to demonstrate that it had the requisite financial capacity to carry out these activities, alone or through financing or partnering arrangements.
The "International" geographic includes activities in Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, the United States of America, Venezuela, Iran, Lybia and Tanzania. The Company has immaterial non-consolidated companies involved in exploration and production activities; the amounts related to such are in the line item titled Companys share of unconsolidated affiliates.