From Seeking Alpha
The Brazilian energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro S.A (), more commonly known as Petrobras, has been eyeing a turnaround but so far, it has fallen short of expectations. It managed to deliver a decent performance in its last quarter, but its ADR has fallen by 21.45% this year. The company is controlled by the Brazilian government through its 63% . Petrobras has struggled with profitability because the business has been used as a tool to curb inflation. The company is eyeing an uptake in production in H2-2013, but I believe that, for now, investors should avoid this stock.
Nearly two weeks ago, Petrobras the approval of a $2.1 billion asset sale. The company has a $9 billion divestment program outlined in its five-year business plan. The current sale was disappointing for investors as Petrobras sold its assets below market . The company sold its 35% stake in block BC-10 for $1.54 billion to China's Sinochem, nearly $160 million below analysts' estimates. Nonetheless, the company has been operating under a pile of debt, and the current sale will lend Petrobras a hand to support its massive $236.7 billion capital expenditure plan.