This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed May 10, 2006.
Petrobras announces commencement of consent
Rio de Janeiro, May 9, 2006. PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S.A. - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex: XPBR/XPBRA, BCBA: APBR/APBRA], a Brazilian internacional energy company, announces that on May 5th, through its subsidiary PETROBRAS INTERNATIONAL FINANCE COMPANY - PFICo, commenced a consent solicitation to seek certain amendments to some of the provisions governing the Series 2003-A 6.436% Senior Trust Certificates due 2015 issued by PF Export Receivables Master Trust. The series is part of a prepayment program, supported by the future PETROBRAS exports of fuel oil and bunker fuel.
The amendments seek to eliminate exports from bunker fuel from the transaction and leave the securities collateralized only by receivables from sales of fuel oil exported by PETROBRAS. PETROBRAS cited as the main reason for the amendment the high administrative cost of tracking and monitoring cash flows from numerous exports of bunker which are typically made in relatively small transactions with a large number of purchasers. In contrast, sales of fuel oil are made in large volumes, to a discrete number of utilities and other industrial end users.
Additionally, during 2005 PETROBRAS prepaid Series 2001-A2 and 2001-C, reducing the program size by US$ 330.3 million. During 2006 PETROBRAS prepaid Series 2001-A1 and 2001-B further reducing the program by an additional US$ 333.9 million. These prepayments have left outstanding under the program only Series 2003-A and 2003-B, for a total of US$ 577.6 million which represents approximately 39% of the original amount of the program, thereby substantially reducing the program's future cash flow needs.
Citigroup Global Markets Inc. has been retained to serve as the solicitation agent for the solicitation, and Global Bondholder Services Corporation to serve as the information agent.
This announcement is not a solicitation of consents with respect to any securities. The solicitation is being made solely by the consent solicitation statement. In any jurisdiction where the laws require solicitations to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the solicitation will be deemed to be made on behalf of PETROBRAS by the solicitation agent, or one or more registered broker dealers under the laws of such jurisdiction.
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A PETROBRAS
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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: May 9, 2006
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