Petrobras, Novonor to sell US$1.5bil Braskem stake


State-owned oil producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) and Novonor, the industrial conglomerate previously known as Odebrecht, filed for a secondary offering to sell as many as 154,886,547 preferred Braskem shares.

BRASILIA: The controlling shareholders of Braskem SA are seeking to raise about US$1.5bil (RM6.3bil) by selling shares in the petrochemical firm in what is expected to be one of Brazil’s largest equity offerings this year.

State-owned oil producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) and Novonor, the industrial conglomerate previously known as Odebrecht, filed for a secondary offering to sell as many as 154,886,547 preferred Braskem shares.

They can raise a combined 8.1 billion reais (US$1.5bil or RM6.3bil) based on the stock’s close on Friday.

The price per share will be set on Jan 27, according to the prospectus.

Braskem said that Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Banco Bradesco BBI, Banco Itau BBA, Citigroup Inc, UBS BB Investment Bank, Banco BTG Pactual SA and Banco Santander Brasil SA are handling the transaction.

If the offering is fully sold, Petrobras and Novonor will virtually scrap all of their Braskem’s preferred stock, keeping just common shares.

Novonor, which has been struggling to recover from the Carwash corruption probe, said it will use part of the proceeds to pay debt with creditors Bradesco, Itau and Santander.

For Petrobras, the sale is another breakthrough in its strategy of divesting from non-core assets to focus on the pre-salt region in Brazil’s deep waters.

Shares of Braskem, one of the world’s top petrochemicals makers, fell as much as 5.1% in Sao Paulo on Monday on the back of the announcement. The stock jumped 145% last year, the second-best performer on Brazil’s main stock gauge.

Analysts are forecasting potential gains of about 33% from current levels, Bloomberg data show. — Bloomberg

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