Brazil’s Petrobras Buys Ipiranga Group for US$ 4 Billion

    Ipiranga gas station in Brazil

    Ipiranga gas station in Brazil Government-controlled Brazilian oil giant Petrobras, Ultra group, in the gas, chemical and transport sector, and petrochemical company Braskem signed an agreement to acquire the businesses of Ipiranga group.

    The value of the operation will be US$ 4 billion. Ipiranga operates in the oil refining, petrochemical and fuel distribution sectors.

    Last year Ipiranga had net revenues of 30 billion reais (US$ 14.40 billion), with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of 1 billion reais (US$ 480 million) and net profit of 534 million reais (US$ 256 million).

    "In line with its strategic planning, Petrobras is strengthening its presence on the national petrochemical sector, consolidating its distribution networks, mainly in the North, Northeast and Midwest, and expanding its presence in the various sectors in which it operates," stated Petrobras president José Sérgio Gabrielli de Azevedo.

    Ultra will have the Ipiranga fuel distribution network in the South and Southeast of the country, and will continue running it under the Ipiranga brand. Petrobras will take over the Ipiranga distribution network in the North, Northeast and Midwest, and will have up to five years to use the Ipiranga brand, after which it will have to be replaced for the Petrobras Distribuidora brand.

    Braskem will manage 60% of the assets of Ipiranga Group in the petrochemical sector. Petrobras will keep the other 40% of the Ipiranga group petrochemical activities.

    The Ipiranga Refinery, in the southernmost Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, will be equally controlled by Petrobras, Ultra Group and Braskem, who agree to proceed with the activities. The details of the agreement are included in a statement sent this morning to the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM).

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    • Armando Rozário

      VENEZUELA NEWS BULLETINS’s URL
      Here is the correct URL:

      http://www.franzlee.org/pandemonium01266.html

      You may also check the record profits of Petrobras & PDVSA in a Brazilian website, consult the column “Digital Photo Array” at this URL: http://www.jornalorebate.com [Text in English] posted by A.R. last month
      Armando RozÀƒ¡rio – Cabo Frio & MacaÀƒ© – March 21, 2007 – petroamerica@gmail.com

    • Armando Rozário

      Petrobras vs. PDVSA in Brazil?
      The price per litre of ethanol in Brazil is about US$0.90 (ninety cents). The price of one litre of gasoline in Venezuela is about $0.05 (five cents). The ratio is anout 19:1 In gasoline the gap is even greater!
      There is a huge gap and Petrobras wants to defend its share of the market in Brazil. You may check the e-mail which I had sent to Professor Franz J.T. Lee and confirm what I had just posted, here is the URL:
      http://www.franzlee.org/pandemonium01266html [VENEZUELA NEWS BULLETIN] or at:
      http://forum.atimes.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10001
      Can Petrobras compete with PDVSA in Latin America? In North America?
      Armando RozÀƒ¡rio – Cabo Frio & MacaÀƒ©
      March 21, 2007

    • conceicao

      Letting one company establish an effective refining monopoly is a prescription for disaster, especially a company with the government as a majority shareholder. The spread between what a
      refiner pays for crude and then can sell it for fluctuates greatly in a free market. With a monopoly, the refiner can basically set the spread anywhere it wants and tell the consumer to lump it.
      Petrobras should be divesting refineries not acquiring them. And, the market shares Colgate and AmBev enjoy in Brasil are harmful to consumers and exist only because of anticompetitive mergers.
      The government should not let Petrobras have another refinery any more than it should let Rio Doce squeeze competitors through its control of infrastructure assets like ports and railroads. Why
      allow one but not the other?

    • Ric

      This is good news
      Other were considering the acquisition of Ipiranga. Petrobras is much better that the others.

    • conceicao

      Petrobras’s participation in this deal should be disallowed on antitrust grounds. Petrobras
      already produces almost all of Brasil’s automotive fuel and letting it acquire one of the two
      refineries that it does not already own is bad for consumers and the overall economy. Reminds me of
      the government allowing Colgate to buy Kolynos and Brahma to buy Antarctica. If Lula or whoever is
      trying to play Putin with a deal like this, he need look no farther than Mexico to see the trouble Pemex
      is in and how the lack of competition in areas like telecommunications is holding back Mexico.

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