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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Petrobras Quarterly Profit Beats Estimates on Export Growth

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Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4), the world’s biggest oil producer in deep waters, said first quarter profit topped analysts’ expectations because of increased revenue from crude exports and higher fuel prices.

Net income dropped 16 percent to 9.2 billion reais ($4.6 billion), or 71 centavos a share, from 10.99 billion reais, or 84 centavos, a year earlier, Brazil’s state controlled producer said late yesterday. Per share profit beat the 64 centavo average of four analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

Petrobras increased prices for gasoline and diesel by 10 percent and 2 percent, respectively, on Nov. 1. The first boost in more than three years reduced the discount to international prices. Oil exports rose 20 percent to 497,000 barrels a day after the company sold inventories it accumulated in late 2011, Petrobras said in a regulatory filing.

“The company’s increase in oil exports and its use of inventories at lower prices mainly explained the better than expected operating performance in the period,” Bradesco SA analysts led by Auro Rozenbaum said in a note to clients distributed today.

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