HRT - 2nd quarter 2014 earnings results

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A. - "HRT", "HRTP" or "Company" (BM&FBovespa: HRTP3 and TSX-V: HRP) announces its results for the second quarter of 2014 ("Q2 14"). Unless otherwise indicated, the financial and operational information below is presented on a consolidated basis and stated in thousands of Brazilian Reais (R$) according to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), including our direct subsidiaries: HRT O&G Exploração e Produção de Petróleo Ltda., Integrated Petroleum Expertise Company - Serviços em Petróleo Ltda., HRT Africa Petróleo S.A., and HRT America Inc., and their respective subsidiaries and branches.


  • Net revenue of R$138 million, Gross Income of R$55 million, EBITDA of R$34 million with Margin of 25% and Net Income of R$10 million;
  • Oil and gas production in the Polvo Field without stoppage and workover underway to enhance the production in a well previously abandoned;
  • Approval of the Reverse Split process;
  • Effectiveness of the Provisional Presidential Decree 651/14 that refers to the exemption of income tax on the sale of shares of small and medium-sized companies;
  • Signing of an agreement with Maersk for the acquisition of a 40% working interest ("WI") in the Polvo Field, turning HRT the holder of a 100% WI, after ANP's approval;
  • ANP's approval of the request for reconsideration filed by HRT O&G on the extension of the second period of the exploration phase for Block SOL-T-195, in Solimões;
  • ANP's approval of the assignment of a 6% WI and the transfer of operating activities in the Solimões Basin from HRT to Rosneft Brasil;
  • Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the study of alternatives to the Solimões' Gas Monetization with HRT, Rosneft and Petrobras.


Following the results of the previous quarter, HRT has concluded this first half with a free cash flow of R$365 million, closing its accounts with a net revenue of R$281 million, gross income of R$78 million, EBITDA of R$70 million and net income of R$11 million, as a debt-free company at the end of the period.

In its new line of growth, the Company has established a goal of minimum free cash exceeding USD100 million, thus assuring the focus on the sustainability of its businesses, seeking new efficiency mechanisms every day, which allow to reduce costs and increase the Company's revenues. The agreements completed these last months with Rosneft, in Solimões, and with Maersk, in the Polvo Field, are the basis of the HRT's new philosophy in the coming periods.

As for Namibia, we continue seeking the farm down, with the intention to attract major global oil companies to evaluate our assets and enter into a partnership with HRT. Negotiations underway are concentrated on the reduction of HRT's risk exposure, the correct assessment and measurement of information and discoveries, as well as obtaining larger exploration periods in licenses before the Namibian Government.

HRT's 2014 strategy has been tirelessly implemented, including determined efforts into cost reduction, focus on operating results, cash generation and protection, investment recovery in fixed assets, including the execution of the divestment plan, in addition to the search for strategic partners in exploration assets and assessment of new opportunities of acquisition of oil and gas producing assets.

HRT, free of conflicts and with new Board of Directors' and Fiscal Council's members, follows the strategy to diversify its portfolio and acquire new production assets, seeking to increase its production level and the lifespan of the production profile, with a consequent increase of revenues, results and cash generation.

With that, I would like to emphasize my pleasure to report the second successive quarter of positive operating results, for HRT and its shareholders, from the oil production in the Polvo Field, with a high level of operating and financial efficiency. The results obtained in this quarter encourage us to go on developing HRT and constantly seeking new business and assets opportunities, in addition to the adjustment of corporate risks and the strengthening of our financial position.

Milton Romeu Franke


At the beginning of the second quarter of 2014, the Board of Directors resolved to cease the existence of the Chief Technical Officer position at the HRT's organizational chart. In light of that, the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Milton Romeu Franke, became to accumulate the relevant position, besides the one of President of the wholly-owned subsidiary, HRT O&G Exploração e Produção de Petróleo Ltda. ("HRT O&G"), managing the Exploration and Production technical departments.

On April 30, 2014, the Company held an Annual Shareholders' Meeting ("ASM") and, in accordance with the agenda, it was approved, by majority votes of shareholders in attendance, the following matters:

i.  The Executive Board's accounts, the Management Annual Report, the Company's Financial Statement and the Independent Auditor's Opinion, related to the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013;
ii.  The allocation of results at the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013;
iii.  The establishment of the overall annual compensation of the Company's management for the fiscal year 2014;
iv.   The installation of the Company's Fiscal Council, establishment of the compensation of its members and the election of Messrs Elias de Matos Brito, Roberto Portella and Gilberto Braga, as full members, and Messrs Ronaldo dos Santos Machado, Anderson dos Santos Amorim and Luiz Alberto Pereira de Matos, as alternate members; and
v.  Not changing the official newspaper for the Company's publications and the determination of the publishing of a Notice to the Shareholders.

In the second half of June, the Board of Directors approved the creation of the Chief Legal Officer position for HRT, given the amount and relevance of ongoing matters and the need of an executive full-time dedicated to the Company. It was unanimously approved the appointment of Mr Ricardo Wagner Carvalho de Oliveira.

HRT held a Special Shareholders' Meeting ("SSM") on June 13, on first call, and on June 24, on second call, at which were approved, by majority votes of those in attendance, the following matters:

i.  The change of the Company's headquarters;
ii.   The ratification of the Company's capital increase, due to the exercise of stock options and subscriptions bonus, in an amount equivalent to 4,335,996 new shares, in the total amount of R$ 11,420,758.80;
iii.  The Company's common shares on a Reverse Split basis;
iv.  The amendment to the head provision of article 5 of the Company's By-laws, to reflect the new capital stock;
v.  The approval of the reform of the By-laws; and
vi.  The restatement of the Company's By-laws.

The reverse split of the Company's common shares was performed at the rate of 10 common shares for 1, pursuant to article 12 of Law 6,404/76, including also the reverse split of Global Depositary Shares ("GDSs") of the Company, at the rate of 10 GDSs for 1, maintaining the proportion currently in force of 2 GDSs for one common share.

The Company's proposal to effect the reverse split was in line with the understanding that a target price equal to or exceeding R$ 10 protects the Company from being affected by high fluctuations in percentage, resulting from low fluctuations in stock prices, as per inquiry made and indications received from the BM&FBOVESPA.

Additionally, the Company's proposal to perform the reverse split was equally in line with the new regulations for the Listing of Issuers and Admission of Securities for Trading (Regulamento para Listagem de Emissores e Admissão à Negociação de Valores Mobiliários) presented by BM&FBOVESPA in February 2014, developed with the purpose of upgrading and streamlining the relationship of issuers with BM&FBOVESPA and market participants. This regulation will become effective in August 2014.

The shareholders (common shares and GDSs holders) had until August 1, at their own discretion, to sell or buy the amount of shares required to eliminate the fraction of shares that might result from the reverse split executed by the Company.

As from August 4, the common shares and GDSs became to be traded on a reverse split basis.

Within the next weeks, the group of shares which composes the share fractions will be sold through an auction on the stock exchange market, by a brokerage firm, in Brazil, and a selling agent, in Canada. The value resulting from the sale of fractions of common shares and GDSs will be credited to their holders.

In early July, the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) disclosed at its website the list of companies envisaged by the Provisional Presidential Decree 651/14, which refers to the exemption of income tax on the sale of shares of small and medium-sized companies. According to the relevant rule, the exemption falls on the income tax of the capital gain earned by the individual, until December 31, 2023, on the sale, performed on the stock exchange market, of shares that have been issued by companies that, cumulatively, meet the requirements set forth in sections I to IV of article 16 of the relevant Provisional Presidential Decree. Currently, HRT complies with all requirements under the Provisional Decree 651/14. HRT's Management believes that this initiative will ramp up the growth of the Brazilian capital market, boosting the demand for its shares, and increasing the liquidity of shares covered by the rule.

The entire content of the Provisional Decree 651/14 is available at the website HRT recommends the reading of this content before taking any investment decision.


During Q2 14, important events occurred in the Polvo Field development plan. HRT forwarded to the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) the documentation for the drilling licensing of new wells by the Polvo A platform. Also, in respect of the Polvo Field, HRT proceeded performing socio-environmental projects under its operating licenses and delivered to the Environmental Body, in May, the 15th Requirement Compliance Report of this license.






In early July, the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) approved the assignment of a 6% WI in the exploration, development and production rights and the operation on 19 blocks under HRT O&G's concession in the Solimões Sedimentary Basin, in Amazônia, to Rosneft Brasil, a Brazilian subsidiary of Rosneft Oil Company ("Rosneft Brasil"), which becomes to hold a 51% WI, and HRT O&G, the remaining 49% WI. The preliminary agreement between HRT and Rosneft was signed in November 2013, and the process of assignment before ANP started with the signing of definite agreements, in March 2014. Through the completion of the agreement, Rosneft becomes the operator of 19 blocks in Solimões.

The relevant transaction amounted to UDS 96 million and covered the HRT O&G's sale of a 6% WI and the transfer of the operatorship in the Joint Venture in the Solimões Basin to Rosneft, the sale of four heli-transportable drilling rigs and the settlement of outstanding cash calls owned by Rosneft until October 2013. From that amount:

  • USD54 million were received in the fourth quarter of 2013;
  • USD18 million were received in the first quarter of 2014; and
  • The remaining amount of USD24 million will be received in the third quarter of 2014.

Furthermore, both companies entered into an agreement for the grant of loan ("carry financing") of up to USD40 million by Rosneft to HRT, regarding the funding of investments in the Solimões Basin, for a 12-month period, from the conclusion of the transaction after ANP's approval.

The transition process between the teams of both companies is on the track to be completed. In addition to the transfer of HRT's personnel and operations to Rosneft Brasil, supply services agreements and financial guarantees submitted to ANP will be also replaced and /or transferred.

Also, at the beginning of July, 2014, HRT, Rosneft and Petrobras, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding ("MoU") for the second phase of the Gas Monetization Project, regarding the establishment of cooperation in the review of development systems to monetize the gas in areas under concession of Petrobras and HRT O&G/Rosneft in the Solimões Sedimentary Basin.

The MoU was signed by the relevant parties, in Brasilia, in the presence of Mr Igor Sechin, President and Member of the Management Board of Rosneft Oil Company, Mr José Alcides Santoro Martins, Chief Gas and Energy Officer of Petrobras and Mr Milton Franke, CEO of HRT. The signing ceremony relied on the presence of the President of Brazil, Ms Dilma Rousseff and the President of Russia, Mr Vladimir Putin.

As reported in the Q1 14 earnings release, HRT has filed with ANP, during the first quarter of 2014, some requests for the extension of the exploration phase for blocks SOL-T-195, SOL-T-148 and SOL-T-149. At the beginning of the third quarter, ANP granted HRT O&G a two-year extension for the second period of the exploration phase of Block SOL-T-195, located in the Solimões Sedimentary Basin, with effectiveness from July 9, 2014. The request for extension of the second period of the exploration phase for the areas of blocks SOL-T-148 and SOL-T-149 continues under evaluation of the regulatory agency.

In the second quarter of 2014, the second period of the exploration phase of Block SOL-T-172 terminated.  Given the 1-HRT-11-AM well drilling result, which presented no hydrocarbon shows, and once the Minimum Working Obligations (Programa Exploratório Mínimo - PEM) of such block been met, HRT understood as appropriate not to submit the request for the extension of the second period of the exploration phase, and relinquished the block.

In that context, the Company is preparing a relinquishment plan and subsequently a final relinquishment report of the area, which will be submitted to ANP.


In the coming months, HRT, Rosneft and Petrobras will submit a work plan for the Gas Monetization Project that will establish the steps and responsibilities, prioritizing the options in the scope of natural gas converted to LNG and the electric power generation, both of which are critical inputs for the development of the region and the country.



As foreseen in the Q1 14 earnings release, HRT executed, in June, the sale of the third crude oil shipment with a volume of approximately 595 thousand barrels. Through the sale of this crude oil shipment, HRT recognized a Net Revenue of R$138 million, in the Q2 14.

In the second quarter of 2014, the field produced a total of approximately 940 thousand barrels of oil (100%) and until July of this fiscal year, the production reached the volume of 2,140 thousand barrels of oil (100%). The average natural gas production in this quarter, 32 thousand m3 per day, is fully used as fuel in the field activities. HRT is currently ranking the seventh in oil production in Brazil, according to ANP.

The Company expects to execute the sale of the fourth shipment with an approximately volume of 550 thousand barrels, by September 2014.

In early July, HRT entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Maersk Energia Ltda ("Maersk") for the acquisition of 40% in the exploration, development and production rights in the area of the Polvo Field, located in the Campos Sedimentary Basin.

The conclusion of the purchase and sale transaction between HRT and Maersk is subject to certain conditions, among them, ANP's definite approval. Once the transaction is approved, HRT will become the holder of a 100% WI in the Polvo Field.

The acquisition of a 40% WI in the Polvo Field, after six months of HRT as its operator, underscores the Company's confidence in the potential for production of this field, as well as it can contribute to potential gains in cost management , bringing to the field new perspectives on the development of the production.

The chart below shows the monthly average of daily oil production in the last 13 months, considering 100% of the Polvo Field output: (click here)


HRT is preparing a plan to extend the lifespan of the Polvo Field, which foresees, among other measures, the enhancement of the production through a new well to be drilled from the undeveloped proven reserves of the field, and it is operationally assessing alternatives to enhance the production efficiency from existing producing wells and those that once were producers.




In mid-June, the Spain's Repsol, in partnership with Tower Resources, announced the conclusion of the drilling of well Welwitschia-1, whose spud-in was in May. The drilling reached a total depth of 2,454 meters. Logging evaluations indicated that Paleocene, Maastrichtian and upper Campanian section reservoirs were less well-developed than it was anticipated, and no hydrocarbons were encountered.  Welwitschia-1 is located at PEL0010, in the Walvis Basin, at 200km, in the northern of the HRT's Wingat-1well.

Repsol and Tower Resources were interested in continuing the drilling of the well in order to test deeper targets, therefore its drilling timetable had already been set back, and costs were 10% in excess of the USD 91 million previously budgeted. However, costs estimated to continue the drilling would exceed USD40 million and thus the companies have agreed not to drill further this time and wait for full analysis of the field before taking any decision. In this regard, drilling operations were interrupted and the well was plugged and abandoned.

In July, Eco Atlantic Oil & Gas executed a farm down with Tullow Kudu Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tullow Oil. Through an agreement, Tullow has acquired a 40% stake in Block 2012A, located in the Walvis Basin. This farm in, in conjunction with Eco Atlantic's prior farm out to Azimuth for 20%, nets the Company a 100% carry of all costs on an expanded 1,000 km2 3D seismic survey and interpretation. This seismic program is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2014. Tullow has also committed to fully carry the drilling costs related to the exploration well in the block.

The abovementioned activities, together with other ones reported in the Q1 14 earnings release show the industry growing interest in the Namibian region, where HRT owns 10 blocks over an area that exceeds 53,000 km2. In light of this scenario, HRT pursues opportunities of farm down and new partners for its African assets.


Following the farm down process, as mentioned in the Q1 14 earnings release, an International Oil Conference took place in Windhoek, Namibia's capital, in this quarter, one of the three planned conferences to be held in 2014. HRT's representatives attended this event with focus on opportunities of partnerships and farm downs for its Namibian blocks. Additionally, HRT's Business Development area continues focused on the development of new partnerships and the data room with block, seismic and well information, all concerning Namibia, is affordable at our office in Houston, USA, for potential HRT's new partners.


We show below the changes in HRT's headcount, showing consistent progress in line with the initiatives implemented since early 2013, and the current allocation by project: (click here)

By the completion of the transfer the Solimões' operation to Rosneft and concluding its divestment program, HRT may end the fiscal year with a headcount 40% lower, when compared to Q2 14.

To view HRT's full Q2 14 Earnings and Financial Results, please view at the following link: (click here)


Certain information contained in this document, including any information as to our strategy, projects, plans or future financial or operating performance and other statements that express management's expectations or estimates of future performance constitute "forward-looking statements". All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The words "believe", "expect", "will", "anticipate", "contemplate", "target", "plan", "continue", "budget", "may", "intend", "estimate" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. HRT cautions the reader that such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual financial results, performance or achievements of HRT to be materially different from HRT's estimated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements and the forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance.

HRT disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.


HRT, through its subsidiaries, holds a 60% participating interest and it is also the operator of the Polvo Field, which is located in the southern portion of the Campos Basin, at 100km east of the city of Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro. HRT has the Brazil's seventh largest daily production of barrels of oil equivalent (boe), with 20.3º API, deriving from three producing reservoirs. HRT is the owner, through its subsidiaries, of "Polvo A" fixed platform and a 3.000HP drilling rig, currently in operation in the field, being the platform connected to the "Polvo FPSO" vessel, with capacity to segregate hydrocarbons and water treatment, oil storage and offloading. Polvo Field license covers an area of approximately 134km2, with several prospects with potential for further explorations. Additionally, HRT holds a 55% interest and is the operator of 19 exploration blocks in the Solimões Basin, and also operates ten exploration blocks off the Namibian coast, in the Orange and Walvis sub-basins. HRT is committed to minimizing any possible environmental impacts on 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:

Legal Notice This document contains statements about future events. All statements contained in this document, except those relating to historic facts, refer to future events, including, without limitation, statements about drilling plans and seismic acquisitions, operating costs, equipment purchases, expectations of oil finds, the quality of the oil we expect to produce and our other plans and objectives. Readers may identify a number of these statements from the use of words such as "estimate", "believe", "expect" and "intend", and similar words or their negatives. Although management believes that the expectations indicated in these statements are reasonable, we cannot give any assurance that such expectations will be fulfilled. By their nature, statements about future events require us to make suppositions and so such statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. We warn readers of this document not to place undue trust in our statements about future events, since various factors can lead to future circumstances, results, conditions, actions or events that may differ substantially from the plans, expectations, estimates and intentions expressed in these statements about future events and their underlying assumptions. The following risk factors could affect our operations: assessment reports on contingent or prospective resources involving a significant degree of uncertainty, and based on projections that may not be accurate; risks inherent to the exploration and production of oil and natural gas; limited history of operating as an oil and natural gas exploration and production company; drilling and other operating problems; breakdown or failure in equipment or processes; mistakes made in agreements or by operators; failure of contractors to perform; labor disputes, interruptions or loss of productivity; increase in material or personnel costs; inability to attract sufficient personnel; intensive capital requirements for investment and maintenance expenses that HRT may not be able to finance; costs caused by delays; exposure to fluctuations in exchange rates and commodity prices; economic conditions in Namibia and Brazil; complex laws that may affect costs or the means of carrying on the business; regulations in respect of the environment, health and safety that may become stricter in future and lead to an increase in liabilities and capital costs, including indemnities and penalties for damage to the environment; the early cancellation, non-renewal or other similar factors affecting the concession agreements; and competition. We warn you that this list of factors is incomplete, and that investors and others basing their decisions on statements about future events should carefully consider other uncertainties and potential occurrences. The statements about future events contained herein are based on the assumption that our plans and operations will not be affected by these risks. If our plans and operations are so affected, our statements about future events may prove to be inaccurate. This legal notice applies expressly to all statements about future events contained in this document. These statements are made as of the date of this document. We do not undertake to update these statements about future events, except when required to do so by the applicable securities legislation.




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