RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, April 19, 2012 /CNW/ - HRT Participações em Petróleo S.A. (the "Company" or "HRT") (BM&FBOVESPA: HRTP3) (TSXV: HRP), announces the issue of shares, due to the following events:
Under the terms of the First Common Stock Purchase or Subscription Option Plan of HRT ("Stock Option Plan"), approved by the Annual Shareholders' Meeting held on May 14, 2010, the Company increased its capital, due to the exercise of stock options by some participants of said plan, being the capital increase amounting by of R$3,606.00 (three thousand, six hundred and six Brazilian Reais) through the issue of 3,606 (three thousand, six hundred and six) new registered, common, book-entry shares with no par value. Such shares were subscribed to and fully paid up in national currency and delivered to the participants in accordance with clause 4, item 4.2.5 of the Stock Option Plan. Notwithstanding the future issues resulting from the exercise of stock options already granted within the Stock Option Plan, the Plan has been closed.
Moreover, in accordance with the conditions established for the Company's private placements held in October and November 2009, subscription warrants were issued to participating investors through the Board of Directors' Meetings held on November 6, 2009 and December 7, 2009. All the subscription warrants related to said placements may be exercised within four (4) years from the date of the Company's IPO.
With the exercise of subscription warrants by some holders, the Company increased its capital by R$6,207,282.20 (six million, two hundred and seven thousand, two hundred and eight two Brazilian Reais and twenty centavos) through the issue of 16,975 (sixteen thousand, nine hundred and seventy five) new registered, common, book-entry shares with no par value, subscribed to and fully paid in national currency.
Note that the shares issued as a result of the aforementioned events will be fully entitled to any dividends and interest on equity declared by the Company.
Including the above-mentioned issues, the Company's current capital stands at R$3,952,690,279.33 (three billion, nine hundred and fifty two million, six hundred and ninety thousand, two hundred and seventy nine Brazilian Reais and thirty three centavos), divided into 5,862,615 (five million, eight hundred and sixty two thousand and six hundred and fifteen) common, book-entry shares with no par value. The capital will be duly ratified and Article 5 of the Company's Bylaws will be amended accordingly at an Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting.
For further information, contact HRT`s Investor Relations Department.
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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 100% 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, security 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.
For further information:
Francisco Lourenço Bastos-Tigre - CFO and Investor Relations Officer
+55 21 2105-9700
Fábio Bueno - IR Manager
+55 21 2105-9745