Petrobras Concludes Frade Field Divestment

(Petrobras, 5.Feb.2021) — Petrobras, following up on the release disclosed on 28 November 2019, informs that it has concluded today the sale of its 30% participation in the Frade field, located in the Campos Basin, north coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, to PetroRio Jaguar Petróleo Ltda., a subsidiary of Petro Rio S.A. (PetroRio), which holds the remaining 70%.

The transaction also included the sale of the entire stake held by Petrobras Frade Inversiones S.A. (PFISA), a subsidiary of Petrobras, in the company Frade BV to Petrorio Luxembourg, which now holds 100% of Frade BV.

After fulfilling the previous conditions, the operation was concluded with the payment of $36mn to Petrobras today, an amount resulting from the payments foreseen in the contracts and with the applicable adjustments. This value adds to the amount of $7.5mn paid to Petrobras at the sales contract signing.

The amount received today was adjusted due to the profit earned by Petrobras and PFISA of $56.5mn in the period between 1 July 2019 (base date of transaction) and 5 February 2021 (closing of transaction). This type of price adjustment is a common practice on M&A transactions. 

The amounts paid to Petrobras today and in the signing, added to the profit earned, totaled $100mn, as previously disclosed. In addition, there is the amount of $20mn contingent to a potential new commercial discovery in the field, which if it occurs in the future, Petrobras will be entitled to receive.

This disclosure is in accordance with Petrobras’ internal rules and with the provisions of the special procedure of assignment of exploration rights, development and production of oil, natural gas and other fluid hydrocarbons, provided for in Decree 9,355/2018.

This operation is aligned with the strategy of portfolio optimization and the improvement of the company’s capital allocation, increasingly concentrating its resources on world-class assets in deep and ultra-deep waters, where Petrobras has demonstrated great competitive edge along the years.

About the Frade field

The Frade field is located about 118 km off the north coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, at a water depth of between 1,050 and 1,300m. Production started in June/2009 and the average production in 2020 was around 20 thousand boe/day, of which Petrobras production stake was around 6 thousand boe/day.

About PetroRio

PetroRio is a Brazilian company, independent producer of oil and gas with an average production of about 30 thousand boe/day in the fourth quarter of 2020, being the operator of the fields of Tubarão Martelo, Polvo, besides Frade in the Campos Basin and non- operator of Manati, in the Camumu-Almada Basin with a 10% stake. With the conclusion of the transaction, PetroRio now holds, through its subsidiaries, 100% of the consortium and the company Frade BV.