Rio de Janeiro, April 12, 2019 – Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras informs that it received the Official Letter No. 123/2019/CVM/SEP/GEA-1, which requests the following clarification:
Official Letter No. 123/2019/CVM/SEP/GEA-1
1. We refer to the news published on 04-11-2019, in the G1 news portal, Economics section, under the title: “Bolsonaro orders, and Petrobras gives up diesel price increase in refineries”, which include the following statements:
This Thursday night (11) Petrobras gave up the diesel price increase in refineries announced earlier. The withdrawal of the company’s decision came after a determination of President Jair Bolsonaro.
2. In this regard, we request a statement from the company on whether or not the news are true and, if that’s the case, explain the reasons why it understood that it is not a material fact, as well as comment on other information considered relevant on the matter.”
In response to the Official Letter, Petrobras clarifies that, given that there was an increasing range of information on a possible new truck drivers stoppage similar to that occurred in the country in May 2018, the Executive Board, on 03-25-2019, decided to change the frequency of diesel price adjustments, which started to be carried out in periods of fifteen (15) days or longer, as per market communication released on 03-26-2019.
Independent from this, Petrobras has maintained protection mechanisms in place, such as hedging through derivatives, aiming to preserve the profitability of its refining operations.
Since then, the Company has been monitoring, through its Crisis Committee, the scenario of a potential strike and its possible impacts to Petrobras, similar to those assessed at the aforementioned truck drivers’ strike, such as logistics challenges, throughput reduction in refineries, with the risk of a potential stoppage in operations and direct losses impacting the bottom line of the Downstream area and, consequently, of the Exploration & Production area, among others.
Within the announcement of a 5.7% increase in the diesel price on 04-11-2019, and the threatening of a new truck drivers strike, the Federal Government warned of the possible worsening of the situation and requested clarification from Petrobras regarding the proposed price increase.
Therefore, the Company reviewed its hedge position and assessed that the operations executed on Wednesday (04-10-2019) allowed an extension in the diesel price adjustment for a few days more.
In view of this scenario, Petrobras decided, based on a technical evaluation, that it would not change the diesel price for the time being, and communicated such decision to the market in a timely manner.
Petrobras reaffirms the maintenance of the diesel price aligned with the international market, with the average price in 2019 above the IPP (International Parity Price).
Facts deemed relevant shall be disclosed to the market in a timely manner.