This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Mar 21, 2006.
(g) Ventures in Japan
Through its subsidiary PETROBRAS International Braspetro B.V. - PIB BV, PETROBRAS created in Japan Brazil-Japan Ethanol Co., Ltd (Nippaku Ethanol K.K. in Japanese) in order to import and distribute ethanol produced in Brazil, developing technical and business solutions that result in reliable long-term fuel alcohol supply to the Japanese market.
Brazil-Japan Ethanol Co. Ltd will be equally owned (50% - 50% share) by PETROBRAS and Nippon Alcohol Hanbai K.K., which holds 70% of the ethanol distribution market in that country. Corporate management will be shared by both companies, which will join efforts and apply their distinct knowledge, technology and experience to export ethanol for fuel use from Brazil to Japan in large volumes, with quality and safety.
The new company will seek to develop technical and business solutions with a view to introducing ethanol in the Japanese energy system in replacement for fuel fossils, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide, thus contributing to the successful adoption of the Kyoto protocol.
20. Domestic and international acquisitions (Continued)
(h) Acquisition of a 49% interest in TERMOBAHIA
On December 28, 2005, PETROBRAS exercised its preemptive right and concluded the acquisition of a 49% interest held by ABB-EV in TERMOBAHIA, comprising shares and amounts receivable in the total amount of US$ 45, under a financial structuring agreed upon with the IDB.
This financial structuring involves two simultaneous operations: the acquisition of ABB-EVs rights and the sale of such rights to a private institution until a strategic partner is introduced by PETROBRAS within a maximum period of one year. The Companys previous investment on TERMOBAHIA was being accounted for in accordance to FIN 46 and step-acquisition business combination accounting was not applied as the transaction had no material impact on PETROBRAS consolidated accounting records. Due to the immateriality, proforma information has not been presented. See Note 15 discussion regarding Blade.