This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed May 27, 2008.
The Companys market capitalization increased by 69% year-on-year, mostly due to the oil and gas discoveries in the pre-salt layer, the new exploratory frontier, and potential production growth.
EBITDA climbed 26% year-on-year, largely due to reduced expenses, especially those related to taxes and the pension plan. In comparison with the 4Q-2007, EBITDA moved up 15%, largely thanks to lower exploration costs (dry wells), reduced general and administrative expenses and the non-occurrence of tax losses and losses from the recovery of assets.
The strong operating result and high cash flow in the 1Q-2008 allowed for substantial period investments as well as the payment of R$ 4.07 billion in interest on equity.
Average oil and gas production edged up 2% year-on-year due to the start-up of the FPSO-Cidade do Rio de Janeiro (Espadarte), Piranema (Piranema), Cidade de Vitória (Golfinho), P-52 (Roncador) and P-54 (Roncador) platforms. It is especially worth highlighting domestic natural gas output, which increased by 11% year-on-year and 10% quarter-over-quarter.
Due to delays associated with the availability of offshore support vessels in the 1Q-2008, oil production was not as high as originally expected and output from the P-52 and P-54 platforms will only reach maximum level in the second half of the year. In addition, difficulties related to maintaining pressure in the Golfinho reservoir hampered production from this field.
The Petrobras Systems investments in the 1Q-2008 moved up 23% year-on-year but fell 31% over the previous quarter.
The Petrobras Systems added value was 15% higher than in the 1Q-2007 and 10% more than in the 4Q-2007.