24 maio 2016

Governo brasileiro se prepara para vender ativos

The Brazilian government plans to host a round of investor meetings to market a broad plan of asset sales, a key initiative to help raise cash and cut a record budget deficit, a senior official and people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

According to Wellington Moreira Franco, the head of a government agency to draw foreign investment to Brazil, a round of so-called roadshows will help advertise the assets and the legal and regulatory framework behind the plan. He did not give a timetable nor say which assets will be sold.

The planned sales, which could be Brazil's most ambitious privatization drive in two decades, offer more evidence of a policy shift since the Senate's decision earlier this month to suspend leftist President Dilma Rousseff and try her on charges of breaking budgetary rules.

Five sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters over the past week that Moreira Franco and Foreign Affairs Minister José Serra will lead the roadshows, which may take place in New York, London and other financial hubs. Two of the sources said the presentations are scheduled for mid-July.

The list of ready-for-sale assets is still in the making. Yet, interim President Michel Temer wants to sell majority stakes in the fuel distribution unit of oil producer Petróleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PETR4.SA) and in power utility Furnas Centrais Elétricas SA, and in ventures in which airport authority Infraero has minority interests, the sources said.

Moreira Franco said the program's goal is to help create jobs as Brazil wrestles with a two-year long recession and slumping commodity prices. Still, the plan could help Brazil raise extra funds to narrow a deficit that most economists forecast to top 10 percent of gross domestic product this year.

"It's time to end with the government monologue and start building solutions with our partners," Moreira Franco said late on Friday, adding that the legal and investment framework will be designed in a way that bidders "feel safe and confident."

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