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Brazilian state-run energy giant, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras (PBR - Analyst Report) has entered into a deal with China National Petroleum Company (CNPC), the largest integrated energy firm in China. Moreover, CNPC is the parent company of Chinese energy giant PetroChina Company Limited (PTR - Analyst Report).  

Per the agreement, Petrobras will divest its entire stake in Peru-based subsidiary Petrobras Energia Peru (PEP), for a consideration of roughly $2.6 billion. PEP owns three blocks – Block X, Block 57 and Block 58 – in Peru. The combined production from the assets currently stands at roughly 800,000 tons of oil equivalents annually.  

PEP’s wholly owned Block X has been yielding oil since 1912. Last year, the mature field generated 16,000 barrels of oil equivalent. PEP has a 46.16 % ownership in Block 57, while Spain-based Repsol SA (REPYY) holds the rest. However, to date, the condensed gas field has not started its operation. Additionally, Block 58 is fully owned by PEP and substantial gas and condensate has recently been discovered in the field.

The deal is expected to close depending on regulatory approvals along with certain necessary conditions.

Petrobras added that the asset sale is a portion of its divestment program for the period 2013–2017. We believe that through the sale of these assets, the company will be able to focus more on the huge offshore oil deposits discovered still now and hence will be able to increase its production significantly.  

Headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Petrobras is the largest integrated energy firm in Brazil and one of the largest in Latin America. The company operates through six segments: Exploration and Production, Refining, Transportation and Marketing, Distribution, Gas and Power, Biofuels and International.   

Petrobras currently holds a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), implying that it is expected to perform in line with the broader U.S. equity market over the next one to three months.

Meanwhile, one can look at energy firm like Matador Resources (MTDR - Snapshot Report) that offer better prospects. The stock sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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