RIO DE JANEIRO, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A.
(the "Company" or "HRT") (BM&FBOVESPA: HRTP3, TSX-V: HRP), following
the creation of a Special Committee to promptly evaluate inorganic
development options for HRT, as previously disclosed on July 1st, 2013, announces the following initiatives:
The signing of an updated contract, on July 19th 2013, with Erickson Air-Crane Inc. (the "Buyer") for the sale of HRT's
air logistics business, Air Amazonia, reflecting a reduced work program
for the Solimões. This event replaces the binding Term Sheet announced
on March 7th, 2013.
The updated contract reflects the revised work program for the Solimões,
provides certain advantages to improve HRT financial risk management
and increases operational flexibility as compared to the earlier
structure. The new terms include a reduction of the number of aircraft
sold exclusively to the Buyer and a one-year initial term with annual
renewal options and structured incentives over an additional four
Key components of the new agreement include:
The sale of 6 helicopters.
An aerial services agreement with an initial one-year term and four
one-year options to support HRT's operations in the Solimões Basin.
An agreed-upon total transaction price between US$26 million and US$40
million depending on meeting certain contractual terms.
The Company has granted the Buyer with the right of first refusal on the
sale of aircraft in the remaining fleet of 8 helicopters and on
additional aerial services work that the Company may require.
Both companies expect to complete the sale in the third quarter.
Additionally, the Company is continuing with its plan to sell its
remaining fleet of 8 helicopters and is currently in ongoing
negotiations with other potential buyers. The market value of these
helicopters is approximately US$ 30 million.
The commencement of discussions with leading companies to evaluate the
sale of HRT's world class geochemistry services provider IPEXco.
IPEXco is a Brazilian Company, providing integrated analytical services
and technology to support petroleum production and exploration players.
IPEXco's projects are diversified and range from molecular geochemistry
of oil and gas samples, to 3D modeling of basins. IPEXco laboratory
facilities have attained important certifications, such as ISO
9001:2008 and ISO 17025:2005.
HRT has decided to open a virtual data room to expedite access to
information on IPEXco and its business for potentially interested
The launch of the sale of four heli-transportable drilling rigs with the
capacity to drill up to a 4,000 meters depth.
We are in preliminary negotiations with potential buyers and results
should be disclosed as soon as HRT has entered into a final agreement.
The market value for the drilling rigs ranges from, approximately, US$
40 million to US$ 50 million.
"This strategic process of divestment is focused on concentrating our
efforts on our exploratory activity and in the transition process and
operation of the Polvo field, as well as recover relevant financial
resources to strengthen the cash position of HRT. These are potential
paths forward to maximize value for HRT shareholders", highlighted Milton Franke, CEO of HRT.
For additional information, please contact HRT's Investor Relations
Sedar Profile # 00031536
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HRT Participações holds one of the largest independent oil and gas
exploration and production companies in Brazil. The HRT Group comprises
eight main subsidiaries: IPEX (Integrated Petroleum Expertise Company
Serviços em Petróleo Ltda.), HRT O&G Exploração e Produção de Petróleo
Ltda., HRT Netherlands B.V., HRT África Petróleo S.A., HRT América
Inc., Air Amazonia Serviços Aéreos Ltda. and HRT Canada Inc.. The
Company retains a 55% interest in 21 exploratory blocks in the Solimões
Basin. HRT also operates ten exploratory blocks off the Namibian coast:
eight blocks in the Orange Sub-basin and two blocks in the Walvis
Sub-basin. HRT's team includes PHDs and masters in geochemistry,
geophysics, biology and engineering, most of them former employees of
Petrobras and ANP (Brazil petroleum agency). HRT is committed to
minimizing any possible environmental impacts in the sites where it
acts. Our commitment to the local communities is towards health
conditions, safety and quality of life. For more information, please
visit the Company's website: www.hrt.com.br/ir
This news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements
other than statements of historical fact contained in this news release
are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation,
statements regarding our drilling and seismic plans, operating costs,
acquisitions of equipment, expectations of finding oil, the quality of
oil we expect to produce and our other plans and objectives. Readers
can identify many of these statements by looking for words such as
"expects", "believe", "hope" and "will" and similar words or the
negative thereof. Although management believes that the expectations
represented in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there
can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. By
their nature, forward-looking statements require us to make assumptions
and, accordingly, forward-looking statements are subject to inherent
risks and uncertainties. We caution readers of this news release not to
place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements because a number
of factors may cause actual future circumstances, results, conditions,
actions or events to differ materially from the plans, expectations,
estimates or intentions expressed in the forward-looking statements and
the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements.
The following risk factors could affect our operations: the contingent
resource and prospective resource evaluation reports involving a
significant degree of uncertainty and being based on projections that
may not prove to be accurate; inherent risks to the exploration and
production of oil and natural gas; limited operating history as an oil
and natural gas exploration and production company; drilling and other
operational hazards; breakdown or failure of equipment or processes;
contractor or operator errors; non-performance by third party
contractors; labour disputes, disruptions or declines in productivity;
increases in materials or labour costs; inability to attract sufficient
labour; requirements for significant capital investment and maintenance
expenses which HRT may not be able to finance; cost overruns and
delays; exposure to fluctuations in currency and commodity prices;
political and economic conditions in Namibia and Brazil; complex laws
that can affect the cost, manner or feasibility of doing business;
environmental, safety and health regulation which may become stricter
in the future and lead to an increase in liabilities and capital
expenditures, including indemnity and penalties for environmental
damage; early termination, non-renewal and other similar provisions in
concession contracts; and competition. We caution that this list of
factors is not exhaustive and that, when relying on forward-looking
statements to make decisions, investors and others should also
carefully consider other uncertainties and potential events. The
forward-looking statements herein are made based on the assumption that
our plans and operations will not be affected by such risks, but that,
if our plans and operations are affected by such risks, the
forward-looking statements may become inaccurate.
The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified
in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking
statements included in this news release are made as of the date of
this news release. Except as required by applicable securities laws, we
do not undertake to update such forward-looking statements.
SOURCE: HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A.
For further information:
Ricardo Bottas Dourado - CFO and Investor Relations Officer
Sandra Calcado - Investor Relations Manager
Tainah Costa - Investor Relations Senior Analyst
+55 21 2105-9700