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Petrobras' Asset Sale to Statoil Halted by Brazilian Court

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Brazilian energy major Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. or Petrobras (PBR - Free Report) recently announced that the country’s 2nd Federal District Court of Sergipe state has ordered it to suspend the $2.5 billion sale of its stake in the Carcara field to Norwegian oil and gas company, Statoil ASA .

The National Federation of Oil Workers filed the lawsuit as the union strongly felt that a state-controlled enterprise like Petrobras must hold an open bidding process for selling its assets.

Petrobras had agreed to sell its 66% stake in the offshore prospect to Statoil in Jul 2016 as part of a two-year divestment plan to raise $21 billion to repay its debts. Petrobras and Statoil had reached an agreement to finalize the deal on Nov 22, 2016. In fact, Petrobras received an amount of $1.25 billion from the transaction, which it used for the early settlement of part of the financing contract between Transportadora Associada de Gás S.A., a wholly-owned Petrobras subsidiary, and the Brazilian Development Bank.

Petrobras is now looking at appropriate legal actions to facilitate the closure of deal, benefiting its investors.

About the Company

Petrobras is an integrated company that is involved in exploration, production, refining, retailing and transportation of petroleum and its byproducts, both domestically and internationally. The Brazilian multinational corporation is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro.

Price Performance

In the last one year, Petrobras’ shares gained 33.05%, outperforming the Zacks categorized Emerging Markets Integrated industry, which witnessed a 24.36% increase. 

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