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This excerpt taken from the PBR 20-F filed May 22, 2009.
PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
In this annual report, references to “real,” “reais” or “R$” are to Brazilian reais and references to “U.S. dollars” or “U.S.$” are to the United States dollars. Certain figures included in this annual report have been subject to rounding adjustments; accordingly, figures shown as totals in certain tables may not be an exact arithmetic aggregation of the figures that precede them.
 
Petrobras
 
The audited consolidated financial statements of Petrobras and our consolidated subsidiaries as of December 31, 2008 and 2007, and for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2008, and the accompanying notes, contained in this annual report have been presented in U.S. dollars and prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP. See Item 5. “Operating and Financial Review and Prospects” and Note 2(a) to our audited consolidated financial statements. We also publish financial statements in Brazil in reais in accordance with the accounting principles required by Law No. 6404/76, as amended, or Brazilian Corporate Law and the regulations promulgated by the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (Brazilian Securities Commission, or the CVM), or Brazilian GAAP, which differs in significant respects from U.S. GAAP.
 
Certain prior year amounts for 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 have been reclassified to conform to current year presentation standards. These reclassifications had no impact on our net income.
 
Our functional currency is the Brazilian real. As described more fully in Note 2(a) to our audited consolidated financial statements, the U.S. dollar amounts as of the dates and for the periods presented in our audited consolidated financial statements have been recalculated or translated from the real amounts in accordance with the criteria set forth in Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 52, or SFAS 52, of the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board, FASB. U.S. dollar amounts presented in this annual report have been translated from reais at the period-end exchange rate for balance sheet items and the average exchange rate prevailing during the period for income statement and cash flow items.
 
 
Unless the context otherwise indicates:
 
  •     historical data contained in this annual report that were not derived from the audited consolidated financial statements have been translated from reais on a similar basis;
 
  •     forward-looking amounts, including estimated future capital expenditures, have all been based on our Petrobras 2020 Strategic Plan, which covers the period from 2008 to 2020, and on our 2009-2013 Business Plan, and have been projected on a constant basis and have been translated from reais in 2009 at an estimated average exchange rate of R$2.10 to U.S.$1.00, and future calculations involving an assumed price of crude oil have been calculated using a Brent crude oil price of U.S.$58 per barrel for 2009, U.S.$61 per barrel for 2010, U.S.$72 for 2011, U.S.$74 for 2012 and U.S.$68 per barrel for 2013, adjusted for our quality and location differences, unless otherwise stated; and
 
  •     estimated future capital expenditures are based on the most recently budgeted amounts, which may not have been adjusted to reflect all factors that could affect such amounts.
 
PifCo
 
PifCo’s functional currency is the U.S. dollar. Substantially all of PifCo’s sales are made in U.S. dollars and all of its debt is denominated in U.S. dollars. Accordingly, PifCo’s audited consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2008 and 2007, and for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2008, and the accompanying notes contained in this annual report have been presented in U.S. dollars and prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and include PifCo’s wholly owned subsidiaries: Petrobras Europe Limited, Petrobras Finance Limited, Bear Insurance Company Limited (BEAR) and Petrobras Singapore Private Limited.


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PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

In this annual report, references to “Real,” “Reais” or “R$” are to Brazilian Reais and references to “U.S. dollars” or “U.S.$” are to United States dollars. Certain figures included in this annual report have been subject to rounding adjustments; accordingly, figures shown as totals in certain tables may not be an exact arithmetic aggregation of the figures that precede them.

 

Petrobras

 

The audited consolidated financial statements of Petrobras and our consolidated subsidiaries as of December 31, 2004 and 2003, and for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2004, and the accompanying notes, contained in this annual report have been presented in U.S. dollars and prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP). See Item 5. “Operating and Financial Review and Prospects” and Note 2(a) to our audited consolidated financial statements. We also publish financial statements in Brazil in Reais in accordance with the accounting principles required by Brazilian Corporation Law and the regulations promulgated by the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (Brazilian Securities Commission, or the CVM) “Brazilian GAAP,” which differs in significant respects from U.S. GAAP.

 

We are required by Brazilian Corporation Law to change auditors every five years and to select auditors through a bidding process. Since June 2003, Ernst & Young Auditores Independentes S/S has served as our independent auditors and audited our financial statements for each of the years ending December 31, 2004 and 2003. PricewaterhouseCoopers Auditores Independentes audited our financial statements for each of the years ending December 31, 2002, 2001 and 2000.

 

Our functional currency is the Brazilian Real. As described more fully in Note 2(a) to our audited consolidated financial statements, the U.S. dollar amounts as of the dates and for the periods presented in our audited consolidated financial statements have been remeasured or translated from the Real amounts in accordance with the criteria set forth in Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 52 of the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board, or SFAS 52. U.S. dollar amounts presented in this annual report have been translated from Reais at the period-end exchange rate for balance sheet items and the average exchange rate prevailing during the period for income statement and cash flow items.

 

Unless the context otherwise indicates,

 

    historical data contained in this annual report that were not derived from the consolidated financial statements have been translated from Reais on a similar basis;

 

   

forward-looking amounts, including estimated future capital expenditures, have been projected on a constant basis and have been translated from Reais in 2005 at an estimated average exchange rate of R$3.0147 to U.S.$1.00, and future calculations involving an assumed price of crude oil have been

 

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calculated using a Brent crude oil price of U.S.$23.00 per barrel for 2005 and thereafter, adjusted for our quality and locational differences, unless otherwise stated; and

 

    estimated future capital expenditures are based on the most recently budgeted amounts, which may not have been adjusted to reflect all factors that could affect such amounts.

 

We signed a final agreement for the acquisition of Petrobras Energia Participaciones S.A., or PEPSA, and Petrolera Entre Lomas S.A., or PELSA, in October 2002 and the acquisition was approved by Argentine government agencies in May 2003. Our results of operations for 2002 do not include PEPSA and PELSA’s results and our results of operations for 2003 only include PEPSA and PELSA’s results from June through December of 2003. We acquired Liquigás Distribuidora S.A. (formerly Sophia do Brasil S.A. and Agip do Brasil S.A.) in August 2004. Our results of operations for 2004 only include Liquigás Distribuidora’s results from August to December of 2004. See Note 20 to our audited consolidated financial statements for further information about these acquisitions.

 

We adopted FIN 46 in our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2003. Our interest in certain project financings special purpose entities and thermoelectric plants were consolidated on a line-by-line basis in the income statement beginning as of January 1, 2004. Although there were effects in each line of the income statement, it did not have a significant impact on our net income.

 

PIFCo

 

PIFCo’s functional currency is the U.S. dollar. Substantially all of PIFCo’s sales are made in U.S. dollars and all of its debt is denominated in U.S. dollars. Accordingly, PIFCo’s audited consolidated financial statements as of December 31, 2004 and 2003, and for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2004, and the accompanying notes contained in this annual report have been presented in U.S. dollars and prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and include PIFCo’s wholly-owned subsidiaries: Petrobras Europe Limited, Petrobras Finance Limited, Bear Insurance Company Limited – BEAR (which Brasoil, a Petrobras subsidiary, transferred to PIFCo in January 2003) and Petrobras Netherlands B.V. (which PIFCo transferred to Petrobras in January 2003). See Item 5. “Operating and Financial Review and Prospects” and Note 1 to the PIFCo audited consolidated financial statements.

 

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