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(Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2002) - PETROLEO BRASILEIRO S.A. - PETROBRAS, [BOVESPA: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, LATIBEX: XPBR/XPBRA], Brazil's biggest oil & gas, petrochemicals and energy company announces to shareholders and the market in general that pursuant to its bylaws, the Board of Directors of Petroleo Brasileiro S. A. - PETROBRAS, meeting today, approved payment to shareholders in the form of interest on own capital, in accordance with Article 9 of Law 9.249/95 and Decrees n(0)2,673/98 and 3,381/00.
The amount of R$ 1,086 million to be distributed, corresponding to a gross value of R$ 1.00 per common and preferred shares, subject to income tax of 15% (fifteen per cent) withheld at source except in the case of shareholders who are exempt, will be disbursed until January 15, 2003, and will be based on the shareholding position as of November 12, 2002. The shares will be negotiated ex-interest on capital from November 13, 2002 on. These interest on capital are to be offset against the remuneration payable at the end of the 2002 fiscal year and shall be restated at the Selic rate of interest from the effective date of payment up to the end of the aforementioned fiscal year, if applicable.
Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2002.
PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S.A. - PETROBRAS
|Petróleo Brasileiro S.A - PETROBRAS||THOMSON FINANCIAL/CARSON|
|Investor Relations Department||Isabel Vieira (New York)|
|Luciana Bastos de Freitas Rachid - Executive Manager||(212) 807-5110|
|Carlos Henrique Dumortout Castro - Manager||Valter Faria (Brazil)|
|E-mail:email@example.com||(11) 3848-0887 ext. 202|
|Av. Republica do Chile, 65 - 4th firstname.lastname@example.org|
|20031-912 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ|
PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S.A--PETROBRAS
/S/ João Pinheiro Nogueira Batista
João Pinheiro Nogueira Batista
Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Director
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