Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras informs that its Executive Board approved yesterday, May 15, 2023, the commercial strategy to define Petrobras’ diesel and gasoline prices, replacing the pricing policy for gasoline and diesel commercialized by its refineries.
The commercial strategy uses market references such as: (a) the customer’s alternative cost, as the value to be prioritized in pricing, and (b) the marginal value for Petrobras. The customer’s alternative cost considers the main supply alternatives, whether suppliers of the same or substitute products, while the marginal value for Petrobras is based on the opportunity cost given the various alternatives for the company, among them, production, imports and exports of the product and/or the oils used in the refining process.
The readjustments will continue to be made without a defined periodicity, avoiding the transfer to domestic prices of the cyclical volatility of international prices and of the exchange rate.
The decisions related to commercial strategy will continue to be subordinated to the Executive Group of Market and Price, composed by the CEO of the company, the Chief Logistics, Commercialization and Markets Officer and the Chief Financial and Investor Relations Officer.
The commercial strategy is aligned with the Internal Market Pricing Guideline (Guideline) approved by the Board of Directors on July 27, 2022.
The commercial strategy is based on competitive prices per sales hub, in balance with the national and international markets, taking into account the best alternative accessible to the customers. This strategy allows Petrobras to compete more efficiently, taking into account its market share, to optimize its refining assets, and profitability on a sustainable basis.
With the change, Petrobras has more flexibility to charge competitive prices, taking advantage of its better production and logistics conditions and disputing the market with other players that commercialize fuels in Brazil, such as distributors and importers.
Competitive pricing maintains a price level that ensures the investments foreseen in the Strategic Planning, under the premise of maintaining the company’s financial sustainability. Petrobras reinforces its commitment to generate value and to its long-term financial sustainability, preserving its performance in balance with the market.
The diesel and gasoline price adjustments will continue to be disclosed in the communication channels to customers and on the company’s website (precos.petrobras.com.br), where information is also available regarding its share and of the other agents in the formation and composition of the average fuel prices to the consumer.