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For the month of May, 2010

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EBITDA grows 19% to R$729 million in 1Q10

EBITDA LTM reached R$ 2.7 billion

São Paulo, May 14, 2010 - BRASKEM S.A. (BM&FBOVESPA: BRKM3, BRKM5 and BRKM6; NYSE: BAK; LATIBEX: XBRK), the leading resins producer in the Americas announces today its results for the first quarter of 2010 (1Q10).

In accordance with CVM Instruction 247, these figures consider the proportional consolidation of the interest in Cetrel S.A. - Empresa de Proteção Ambiental. The quarterly information was reviewed by independent external auditors.

On March 31, 2010, the Brazilian real/U.S. dollar exchange rate was R$1.7810/US$1.00.

According to Braskem CEO Bernardo Gradin:

“Braskem's team has began this year by implementing strategic and structural initiatives to achieve its objective of becoming one of the five largest petrochemical companies in the world in terms of enterprise value. The partnership with Petrobras to develop the Brazilian petrochemical industry, which included the acquisition of Quattor, the signing of the agreement with Pemex for the Ethylene XXI Project, and the acquisition of the first asset in the United States have accelerated the achievement of our objective to become the leading thermoplastic resin producer in the Americas. At the end of the first quarter, Braskem presents the solidity of a healthy and liquid capital structure and strong operational and economic performance, reporting EBITDA1 of R$729 million, up 59% from 1Q09 and 19% from the previous quarter. These results are the product of our continuous efforts to pursue opportunities to create value for shareholders and boost productivity, with the core objective of serving our clients and strengthening our value chain. The current scenario in the global industry suggests caution as of the second half of the year, but the Brazilian economy, which is experiencing strong growth, should partially mitigate any reductions in international margins with higher volumes to the domestic market.”


1.1 EBITDA of R$729 million in 1Q10, with EBITDA margin of 16.3%:

Braskem registered EBITDA of R$729 million in 1Q10, with EBITDA margin of 16.3%, up 1.9 p.p. from 4Q09. The strong domestic demand, good price opportunities in some export markets, which followed the recovery in international prices, led to EBITDA growth of 19% from the prior quarter.

1.2 Ethylene XXI Project advances with the hiring of a financial advisor for the project finance:

On April, giving continuity to the Ethylene XXI Project, which provides for the installation of a cracker with ethylene production capacity of 1,000 kt/year integrated with the production of 1,000 kt/year of PE through a joint venture in which Braskem holds a controlling interest and with a take-or-pay raw material contract signed with Pemex, a financial advisor was hired to support the structuring of the project finance for the joint venture, which should be based on 30% capital from the partners and 70% debt.

EBITDA may be defined as earnings before the net financial result, income and social contribution taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-operating income. EBITDA is used by the Company’s management as a measure of performance, but does not represent cash flow for the periods presented and should not be considered a substitute for net income or an indicator of liquidity. The Company believes that in addition to serving as a measure of operating performance, EBITDA allows for comparisons with other companies. Note however that EBITDA is not a measure established in accordance with Brazilian Corporation Law or U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP), and may be defined and calculated differently by other companies

For further information, visit our IR website at www.braskem.com.br/ri or contact our IR Team
Luciana Ferreira  Roberta Varella  Marina Dalben 
IRO  IR Manager  IR Analyst 
Phone: (55 11) 3576 9178  Phone: (55 11) 3576 9266  Phone: (55 11) 3576 9716 
luciana.ferreira@braskem.com.br  roberta.varella@braskem.com.br  marina.dalben@braskem.com.br 


1.3 Braskem’s Capital Increase, a condition precedent for the Acquisition of Quattor Participações S.A. (“Quattor”), reaches 83% of the announced amount:

On April 14, Braskem announced the partial ratification of 83% of the capital increase within the authorized limit approved by the Board of Directors in early March, which reached R$3.74 billion, with the issue of 243,206,530 new common shares and 16,697,781 new class "A" preferred shares. As a result, Braskem’s capital stock increased to approximately R$7.9 billion, represented by 780,832,465 shares. The purpose of the capital increase is to maintain Braskem’s financial health after the consolidation of the acquired companies and to strengthen its capital structure, thereby assuring its continued financial flexibility. The resources will be used to pay the assets acquired from Unipar, as announced in the Material Fact dated January 22, 2010, and to reduce Quattor’s gross debt by eliminating short-term debt with financial costs and other conditions that are not aligned with Braskem’s Financial Management Policy.

1.4 Acquisition of Quattor within the established timetable:

As announced on January 22, 2010, Braskem concluded on April 27, 2010, the acquisition of the common shares issued by Quattor held by União de Indústrias Petroquímicas S.A. (“Unipar”) representing 60% of Quattor's total and voting capital. In the second week of May, the Company also acquired the common shares held by Unipar representing 100% of the total and voting capital of Unipar Comercial and 33.3% of the total and voting capital of Polibutenos. As mentioned previously, the acquisition led Braskem to become the leader in the Americas and the eighth-largest company worldwide in terms of thermoplastic resins production capacity. Braskem will focus on concluding all phases involved in the acquisition and capturing synergies in the consolidation process, always seeking to maximize value creation for shareholders.

1.5 Acquisition of Sunoco Chemicals approved by U.S. anti-trust agencies and concluded on schedule:

Giving continuity to the announcement of the acquisition of the polypropylene (PP) business of Sunoco Chemicals on February 1, 2010, in early April Braskem announced the payment and conclusion of the acquisition of these assets for US$350 million, following approval by the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Braskem now has production capacity of 950 kton in North America, which combined with its Brazilian assets brings the total to 2,900 kton, making Braskem the third-largest PP producer worldwide. The acquisition of these assets provides access to a major consumer market and reinforces the international expansion strategy, which focus on investments in new capacity based on access to competitive feedstock in Latin America.

1.6 Braskem finances almost US$1 billion in long term debt:

Braskem financed in March and April US$530 million in 5-year export pre-payment with a 3 year grace period and with a cost around libor + 2.5%, aiming at extending the profile of its indebtedness. The Company also announced the issue of approximately US$ 400 million in bonds maturing in May 2020. The bonds were issued by Braskem Finance and are secured by Braskem and were evaluated in the same preference class as the company's unsecured and unsubordinated debt. The bonds were assigned ratings of Ba1 from Moody's, BB+ from S&P and BB+ from Fitch. With a coupon of 7% p.a., the issue reached a cost 0.375% p.a. lower than the previous issue, despite the volatile environment during the pricing week due to the crisis sparked by the financial situation in Greece. The operation was mainly distributed to investors in the United States and Europe.

1.7 Board of Directors approves investment to expand PVC capacity:

On May 6, Braskem's Board of Directors approved the investment of US$470 million to expand PVC capacity by 200 kt/year. The project takes advantage of the surplus capacity of EDC (ethylene dichloride) that is currently exported, and adds an MVC and a PVC plant. As a result, Braskem will discontinue its EDC exports in order to sell PVC in the domestic market. Adopting last-generation technology that will provide productivity gains and significantly lower operating and maintenance costs, the plants are slated to start operations in the first half of 2012 and should add net present value to the Company of over US$400 million and help boost infrastructure investments in Brazil, which currently depend on PVC imports.


1.8 Braskem’s consolidated pro forma EBITDA, including Quattor and Braskem America (former Sunoco Chemicals), of the last twelve months reaches R$3.5 billion:

Braskem’s EBITDA LTM pro forma consolidated presented a growth of 11% from the previous period and reached R$3.5 billion, with margin of 15.0%. The increase reflects the good performance of the domestic market associated with a recovery in the world economy and the improvement in North American economic activity.

1.9 Braskem includes an additional R$368 million in the Tax Debit Renegotiation Program (Refis):

Continuing the work or reviewing the lawsuits and administrative procedures in which it is involved and taking into consideration the benefits of 25% discount on interest and fines and 180 month installments offered by Federal Law 11.941/09, Braskem determined additional amounts of taxes included in the program. The work of reviewing these other lawsuits and administrative claims in the program resulted in an impact of R$109 million on results in the period, excluding the effects of income and social contribution taxes. Note 17 to the quarterly financial statements provides details on the taxes and respective amounts included in the renegotiation plan.

Key Indicators  Unit  1Q10 (A)  4Q09 (B)  1Q09 (C)  Change %  Change % 
          (A/B)  (A/C) 
Net Revenue  R$ million  4,466  4,253  3,260  37 
EBITDA  R$ million  729  614  457  19  59 
EBITDA Margin  16.3%  14.4%  14.0%  1.9 p.p.  2.3 p.p. 
Net Profit / Loss  R$ million  (123)  (893)  10  (86) 



2.1 Quarterly Performance of the Polymers Unit

International resin prices increased during the first quarter of the year, basically reflecting (i) the strong Chinese demand through February and (ii) the high feedstock prices resulting from the high volatility in oil prices and limited supply. Despite the slight drop in Asian prices in March, due Chinese demand failure to pick up after the lull during the Lunar New Year holiday as expected, prices in the quarter increased by over 10% from 4Q09.

The Brazilian market remained strong in 1Q10 and the seasonal deceleration in January and during the Carnival holiday did not occur this year, which led demand2 for thermoplastic resins (PE, PP and PVC) to reach approximately 1,165,000 tons, virtually in line with the previous quarter. In relation to 1Q09, demand grew by 28%, reflecting the growth in the local economy, the continued demand from the sectors related to plastics consumption and the low inventory levels throughout the chain. Prices in Brazilian real followed the upward trend in international prices.

Virtually all PE segments registered strong performances, notably injection, extrusion and films. In the PP segment, demand was driven by the caps, niches, disposable goods and home appliance sectors, with the latter benefitting from higher purchasing power and government tax incentives. In relation to 1Q09, PE and PP sales increased by 20% and 35%, respectively, since Brazilian demand began to recover in March 2009.

In the PVC segment, domestic sales increased by 2% from 4Q09, reflecting the lower volume of imports. In terms of specific industries, demand was led by the construction, infrastructure and consumer goods sectors.

Demand was measured based on the company’s internal estimates, since Abiquim did not publish 1Q10 data for apparent consumption in Brazil’s thermoplastic resin market. The 4Q09 figures were revised to 1,163 kton based on the 2009 data published by Abiquim.


In relation to 1Q09, sales increased by 60%, confirming the destocking trend in that period, as mentioned earlier.

Performance (tons)
Thermoplastic Resins 
1Q10 (A)  4Q09 (B)  1Q09 (C)  Change%
(A)/ (B) 
(A)/ (C) 
Sales - Domestic Market           
PE´s  278,000  282,492  231,520  (2)  20 
PP  182,454  187,267  135,002  (3)  35 
PVC  123,158  121,092  76,997  2  60 
Total Resins  583,612  590,851  443,520  (1)  32 
Sales - Export Market           
PE´s  166,152  175,022  167,666  (5)  (1) 
PP  42,429  54,018  67,924  (21)  (38) 
PVC  149  25,813  (100)  (100) 
Total Resins  208,581  229,189  261,403  (9)  (20) 
Total Sales           
PE´s  444,152  457,514  399,187  (3)  11 
PP  224,883  241,284  202,926  (7)  11 
PVC  123,158  121,241  102,810  2  20 
Total Resins  792,192  820,040  704,922  (3)  12 


Braskem’s resin exports in the quarter totaled 209 kton, down 9% from the previous quarter. The lower availability of the products, as a result of the unscheduled shutdowns, limited exports.

Total resin sales volumes were 792 kton, down 3% from 4Q09 and up 12% in relation to 1Q09. Production volume was 764 kton, down 7% from the previous quarter, due to some unscheduled shutdowns in 1st and 2nd generation operations due to power outages and a more diversified production mix. Despite this lower production volume, the plants continued to operate at high utilization rates. In relation to the same period last year, production volume grew by 20%, since utilization rates in 1Q09 suffered impacts from the global economic crisis.

Performance (tons)
Thermoplastic Resins 
1Q10 (A)  4Q09 (B)  1Q09 (C)  Change%
(A)/ (B) 
(A)/ (C) 
PE´s  417,100  451,843  357,694  (8)  17 
PP  224,544  235,455  178,877  (5)  26 
PVC  122,614  131,751  99,103  (7)  24 
Total Resins  764,259  819,049  635,673  (7)  20 


The trajectories of the capacity utilization rates for the main products of Braskem consolidated are shown below:



2.2 - Basic Petrochemicals Quarterly Performance

The scenario in the first quarter was also marked by the recovery in basic petrochemicals prices in the international market, reflecting (i) scheduled and unscheduled maintenance shutdowns that limited the supply of cracker products; (ii) continued operational problems in the Middle East, involving lack of qualified labor to operate the plants and the learning curve involved in operating these new plants, as well as the OPEC quotas on oil production, which limited supply of the associated gas; (iii) higher-than-expected demand from Asia; and (iv) high naphtha prices, which followed the hike in oil prices.

The lower demand for gasoline also affected utilization rates at U.S. refineries and consequently led to the lower availability of propylene and higher prices in the region. In addition, the higher competitiveness of gas in relation to naphtha continued to favor the use of lighter products (e.g. ethane) limiting the supply of cracker co-products, such as propylene, butadiene and BTX, consequently sustaining the higher prices in the international market.

Unscheduled shutdowns in 1st and 2nd generation operations impacted production in 1Q10, but did not prevent Braskem’s crackers from operating at high utilization rates, which averaged 91% in the period. The volume of ethylene production in the quarter was 567 kton, 4% lower than in 4Q09 and 25% higher than in 1Q09 (note that utilization rates reached 55% in January 2009 due to the global economic crisis).

Performance (tons)
Basic Petrochemicals 
1Q10 (A)  4Q09 (B)  1Q09 (C)  Change%
(A)/ (B) 
(A)/ (C) 
Ethylene  566,800  592,402  454,369  (4)  25 
Propylene  293,062  303,611  216,137  (3)  36 
BTX*  263,712  251,009  203,773  5  29 
*BTX - Benzene, Toluene, Orthoxylene and Paraxylene       


The general scheduled shutdown announced for June at one of the lines of the Camaçari Complex was postponed to November 2010. The cracker will not stop operating completely, with its utilization rate declining to the range of 75-85%.

Performance (tons)
Basic Petrochemicals 
1Q10 (A)  4Q09 (B)  1Q09 (C)  Change%
(A)/ (B) 
(A)/ (C) 
Sales - Domestic Market           
Ethylene  77,862  79,774  56,081  (2)  39 
Propylene  94,066  93,404  78,650  1  20 
BTX*  142,215  137,447  104,786  3  36 
Sales - Export Market           
Ethylene  -  - 
Propylene  37,257  53,118  16,895  (30)  - 
BTX*  126,878  101,756  107,050  25  19 
Total Sales           
Ethylene  77,862  79,774  56,081  (2)  39 
Propylene  131,322  146,522  95,546  (10)  37 
BTX*  269,092  239,203  211,836  12  27 
*BTX - Benzene, Toluene, Orthoxylene and Paraxylene       


Total ethylene and propylene sales in the quarter fell by 8% from 4Q09 to 209 kton, mainly due to lower availability of propylene. On the other hand, propylene sales volume was increased to the domestic market and decreased to the export market. In relation to the same period last year, sales increased by 38%, reflecting the recovery in capacity utilization rates.


In the case of aromatics, domestic and total BTX sales grew 3% and 12%, respectively, over 4Q09, driven by the recovery in utilization rates in the aromatics plants at the Camaçari Complex, where a scheduled maintenance shutdown was carried out in the last quarter of the year. In relation to 1Q09, total BTX sales grew by 27%.

The recovery in butadiene sales after the scheduled shutdown in 4Q09 fueled domestic sales by 44% to 54 kton. This higher consumption also reflects the scheduled shutdown at clients scheduled for April.


3.1 Net Revenue

Braskem posted net revenue in the quarter of US$2.5 billion, in line with the previous quarter. In Brazilian real, revenue was R$4.5 billion, 5% higher than in the previous quarter, due to the average appreciation in the U.S. dollar of 3.7% in the period. Excluding in both periods the effects from naphtha/condensate/oil resales for processing at Refap and Refinaria Riograndense, net revenue increased by 5% in US dollar terms and by 9% in Reais.

The main drivers were: (i) higher resin prices in both the domestic and export markets, which followed the upward trend in international prices; and (ii) higher prices of basic petrochemicals, especially for exports of propylene and BTX, which grew over 20%.

Revenue from the resale of naphtha/condensate/oil in 1Q10 was R$259 million, down 32% from the prior quarter, due to the lower volume traded in the period.

Export revenue in the quarter was US$797 million (32% of net revenue), up 25% from US$638 million in 4Q09 (26% of net revenue). This performance was driven by the higher export prices of resins and basic petrochemicals, as explained earlier.

In relation to 1Q09, net revenue in U.S. dollar rose by 76%, or US$1.1 billion, due to (i) the 32% growth in domestic sales of resins and basic petrochemicals, led by BTX and propylene sales, which increased 36% and 20%, respectively; (ii) the higher resin and basic petrochemical prices, which accompanied the recovery in international prices. In Reais, net revenue grew 37%, despite the negative impact from the average local currency appreciation of 22% in the period. On the same comparison basis, net revenue from exports in the quarter was 130% higher than the US$346 million (25% of net revenue) in 1Q09.

The variations in total net revenue between the two periods are shown below:


Sales to South America, North America and Europe accounted for 83% of exports in 1Q10, supported by Braskem's intensified efforts at its commercial offices in these regions. In South America, where the Company is able to have better profitability, sales grew by 11 p.p., driven by the stronger regional demand. Another highlight was sales in North America, which increased by 4 p.p. from the prior quarter.

3.2 Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)

Braskem's cost of goods sold (COGS) in 1Q10 was R$3.7 billion, in line with the previous quarter. The lower naphtha/condensate/oil resale, lower sales volume and normalization of depreciation and amortization levels, which had been impacted by optimization of the criteria used to establish the useful life of industrial plants in 4Q09, offset the increase in feedstock prices in 1Q10.

In relation to 1Q09, COGS rose by 28%. The higher feedstock prices in the quarter were partially offset by greater operational efficiency, since the average ARA naphtha price increased 85% between the periods.

The average price of ARA naphtha in the quarter was US$709/ton, up 7% from 4Q09. Braskem acquires the bulk of its naphtha feedstock from Petrobras, with the remainder imported from suppliers in Argentina, Venezuela and from countries in the North of Africa.

3.3 Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

In 1Q10, selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were R$274 million, down R$79 million from 4Q09. In relation to 1Q09, these expenses were R$33 million higher.

Selling expenses in 1Q10 were R$116 million, down 18% from the previous quarter, mainly due to the lower expenses with logistics, since the renegotiations conducted in 2009 were fully booked in 4Q09, and the lower provision for doubtful accounts in the period, which confirms the quality of the credit extended and lower delinquency levels. In comparison with 1Q09, selling expenses decreased by 8%, or R$10 million, once again explained by the lower expenses with logistics, in line with the Company's efforts to reduce costs and boost competitiveness.


General and administrative expenses were R$159 million in the quarter, R$53 million lower than in 4Q09, chiefly due to (i) the normalization of salaries and social charges, given the recognition in December of the increases under the collective bargaining agreement retroactive to September for the states of Bahia and Alagoas; and (ii) the inexistence of any significant nonrecurring expenses as it happened during 4Q09. In relation to 1Q09, general and administrative expenses increased by R$44 million, basically owing to the lower provisions for profit sharing in that period.


Braskem’s consolidated EBITDA in 1Q10 was R$729 million, up 19% from the previous quarter. In dollar terms, EBITDA in the period was US$ 404 million, up 15% from 4Q09.

In relation to 1Q09, EBITDA increased 59%, reflecting the recovery in the market since March 2009, which translated into higher sales volume of resins and basic petrochemicals, better sales mix, with more sales to the domestic market, and the high level of prices. In U.S. dollar, EBITDA grew by 104%.

3.5 Net Financial Result

In 1Q10, the net financial result was an expense of R$645 million, in line with the net financial expense of R$655 million in 4Q09. In relation to 1Q09, the net financial result decreased by R$437 million, chiefly reflecting (i) the depreciation in the Brazilian real of 2%3 in 1Q10, which had a negative impact of R$175 million on the results compared to R$49 million in 1Q09 and (ii) the additional amount in the Refis program, with a negative impact of R$206 million, partially offset by (iii) the reduction in the average cost of debt in Reais from 104% of CDI (Brazilian base interest) to 89% and the maintenance in the cost of debt in US dollar at US$ + 6.87%.

Since Braskem holds net exposure to the U.S. dollar (more dollar-pegged liabilities than dollar-pegged assets), any shift in the path of the exchange rate has an impact on the accounting financial result. On March 31, 2010, this net exposure was composed of: 65% of debt and approximately 74% of suppliers, which is partially offset by 32% of accounts receivable and 48% of cash. Given its heavily dollarized operational cash flow, the Company considers this exposure adequate. Practically 100% of the company’s revenue is directly or indirectly pegged to the variation in the US dollar exchange rate, and most of its costs are also pegged to this currency.

Exchange rate at end of period


It is important to note that foreign exchange variation has no direct effects on the Company's cash position in the short term. This amount represents foreign exchange accounting impacts, especially those on the Company’s debt, with any expenditure occurring when the debt matures, which has an average term of 9.7 years.

Excluding the effects from foreign exchange variation and monetary restatement on its balance-sheet accounts exposed to foreign currencies, the net financial result in 1Q10 was a net financial expense of R$440 million, down R$318 million from 4Q09, primarily due to the R$341 million reduction in the recognition of tax charges related to participation in the Refis program.

The table below shows the composition of the net financial result of Braskem consolidated on a quarterly basis.

Million of R$  1Q10  4Q09  1Q09 
Financial Expenses  (763)  (684)  (237) 
Interest Expenses  (144)  (153)  (186) 
Monetary Variation (MV)  (51)  (49)  (43) 
Foreign Exchange Variation (FX)  (228)  177  112 
IOF/Income Tax/Banking Expenses  (4)  (6)  (12) 
Net Interest on Fiscal Provisions  (263)  (579)  (19) 
Others  (74)  (74)  (90) 
Financial Revenue  117  28  29 
Interest  39  35  62 
Monetary Variation (MV)  20  13  28 
Foreign Exchange Variation (FX)  53  (38)  (63) 
Net Interest on Fiscal Credits 
Others  16 
Net Financial Result  (645)  (655)  (208) 
Million of R$  1Q10  4Q09  1Q09 
Net Financial Result  (645)  (655)  (208) 
Foreign Exchange Variation (FX)  (175)  139  49 
Monetary Variation (MV)  (30)  (36)  (15) 
Financial Result excluding F/X and MV  (440)  (758)  (242) 


With the objective of protecting its cash flow and reducing volatility in the financing of its working capital and investment programs, Braskem seeks to match the maturity dates of its debt denominated in U.S. dollar with the receivables also denominated in U.S. dollar added to its investments in this currency, maintaining its short-term cash flow protected from variations in the dollar between 12 and 24 months. Braskem also adopts market and credit risk management procedures in line with its Financial Management Policy and Risk Management Policy. In March 2010, the Company held three derivative transactions for hedging purposes and with maturities, currencies, rates and amounts perfectly adequate for the assets or liabilities protected. In any given scenario, gains or losses in derivative positions will be offset by gains or losses in the protected assets and liabilities. These operations are detailed in Note 22 to the quarterly financial statements.

3.6 Net Income

In 1Q10, Braskem recorded a net loss of R$123 million, an increase of R$770 million from the net loss of R$893 million recorded in 4Q09. The strong operational performance, with EBITDA growth of 19%, was impacted by the foreign exchange losses of R$175 million in the period and the additional recognition of R$206 million in the net financial result from the inclusion of debits in the Refis program in February this year.

In relation to 1Q09, net income was R$133 million lower, due to the USD depreciation against the BRL and the inclusion of debits in the Refis program.


3.7 Free Cash Flow

Braskem’s operating cash flow in 1Q10 was R$951 million, compared with operating cash generation of R$484 million in the previous quarter, representing growth of R$467 million. In 1Q10, working capital contributed R$348 million to cash generation and was chiefly composed of (i) an increase in the Suppliers line of R$754 million, reflecting the higher average naphtha price in the period and the depreciation in the Brazilian real; which was partially offset by the negative variations of (ii) R$125 million in Securities due to adjustment to the new accounting practices and (ii) R$102 million in Other Accounts Receivable related to the payment in installments of the Quattor shares held by Unipar.

Million of R$  1Q10  4Q09  1Q09 
Operating Cash Flow  951  484  164 
Interest Paid  (148)  (124)  (188) 
Income Tax and Social Contribution  (5)  (8)  (3) 
Investment Activities  (259)  (388)  (124) 
Free Cash Flow  538  (36)  (151) 


In 1Q10, free cash flow was positive R$538 million, compared with negative R$36 million in the prior quarter, mainly due to the higher operational cash flow in the period, as explained previously.

3.8 - Capital Structure and Liquidity

On March 31, 2010, Braskem's gross debt was US$5,508 million, down 2% from the balance on December 31, 2009. Meanwhile, the balance of dollar-denominated cash and financial investments increased by 3% to US$1,859 million.

As a result, on March 31, 2010, Braskem’s consolidated net debt stood at US$3,650 million, down 4% from the level registered on December 31, 2009.


Net debt in Brazilian real stood at R$6,500 million at the close of March 2010, down 2% from the figure recorded on December 31, 2009, reflecting the depreciation against the US dollar of 2% in the period.

The reduction in net debt in Reais and the EBITDA growth of 11% in the last 12 months (R$2.7 billion), led to a decrease in financial leverage as measured by the net debt/EBITDA ratio, from 2.67x in 4Q09 to 2.37x in 1Q10. The net debt/EBITDA ratio expressed in USD also declined, from 2.98x in 4Q09 to 2.47x at the close of March. This indicator benefitted by the growth of 16% in EBITDA in USD in the last 12 months, while net debt decreased by 4%.

On March 31, 2010, the average debt term was 9.7 years, slightly longer than the 9.5 years at the close of 2009. The percentage of debt pegged to the U.S. dollar increased slightly in relation to 4Q09 to 65%.

The following charts show Braskem’s gross debt by category and indexer.

The chart below shows the company’s consolidated amortization schedule as of March 31, 2010.


In 1Q10, Braskem once again held a high level of liquidity, maintaining its balance of cash and cash equivalents at R$3.3 billion, effectively guaranteeing performance of all obligations maturing within the next 24 months.


In line with its commitment to capital discipline and making investments with returns above their cost of capital, Braskem made operational investments of R$232 million (excluding capitalized interest) in 1Q10, significantly higher than the R$123 million invested in 1Q09. This increase is due to investments of R$165 million for the acquisition of equipment for the Green Ethylene plant. With its investment within the budget, the project is in its final phase of construction, with operations estimated to begin in the third quarter of this year.

The remaining capital expenditure was invested in the operational, technology, health, safety and environmental areas and in information technology systems, and benefited all of the company's business units.

The Company spent R$28 million on scheduled maintenance shutdowns, in keeping with its objective of maintaining its plants operating at high levels of reliability. A maintenance shutdown at the ethylene cracker in Camaçari, Bahia state is also scheduled for this year. The shutdown is scheduled for November and should last 40 days.



5.1 Key Financial Indicator 1Q10

As of the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10), Braskem will present its results consolidated with those of Quattor and Braskem America, formerly Sunoco Chemicals. To maintain comparability between periods, we will present results on a pro-forma basis, as if these acquisitions had occurred on January 1, 2009. However, with the objective of keeping the market informed, the results of these companies in 1Q10 are presented below.

Braskem America (R$)             
Key Indicators  Unit  1Q10 (A)  4Q09 (B)  1Q09 (C)  Change %  Change % 
          (A/B)  (A/C) 
Net Revenue  R$ million  547  464  351  18  56 
EBITDA  R$ million  65  21  51  213  28 
EBITDA Margin  11.9%  4.5%  14.5%  7.4 p.p.  -2.6 p.p. 
Net Profit / Loss  R$ million  38  18  994  106 


The recovery in PP spreads over propylene and the stronger U.S. economy supported improvement in operational performance in 1Q10. EBITDA was R$65 million in the quarter, with a margin of 11.9%. Excluding the non-recurring positive adjustment in the inventory booking criteria of R$18 million, EBITDA in the period was R$47 million, with margin of 8%.

Quattor (R$)             
Key Indicators  Unit  1Q10 (A)  4Q09 (B)  1Q09 (C)  Change %  Change % 
          (A/B)  (A/C) 
Net Revenue  R$ million  1,233  1,242  981  (1)  26 
EBITDA  R$ million  109  116  37  (6)  198 
EBITDA Margin  8.8%  9.3%  3.7%  -0.5 p.p.  5.1 p.p. 
Net Profit / Loss  R$ million  (767)  (369)  (118)  108  550 


Quattor’s EBITDA in 1Q10 remained virtually in line with the last quarter of the year, impacted primarily by problems with raw material supplies, which led the 1st and 2nd generation segments to operate at lower utilization rates of 82% and 74%, respectively.

In the coming quarters, Quattor shall present results that reflect (i) higher reliability of plants, with normalization of raw material supplies, (ii) improvement in operating efficiency (better production mix and better operational practices), (iii) the good performance of the domestic market and especially (iv) the startup and reliability of investments in Mauá cracker (São Paulo state) and the new polyethylene plant.

5.2 Braskem’s leverage after acquisitions

Another key point of this operation is the financial health and flexibility of Braskem as a consolidated entity. Considering the cash and debt effects from the recent acquisitions of Quattor and Sunoco Chemicals on the base date of March 31, 2010. Braskem’s pro-forma consolidated gross debt would be R$17.2 billion, with cash and cash equivalents of R$6.3 billion, which translates into net debt of R$10.9 billion. Over the coming months, the financial department will work to lower gross debt and pre-pay the debts least adequate for Braskem’s current debt profile. The goal is to maintain a minimum cash level of R$ 3 billion with the remaining to be used to reduce gross debt.

In terms of financial leverage, given the significant improvement in EBITDA LTM 1Q10, the net debt/EBITDA proforma ratio, which stood at 3.5x when the acquisitions were announced, declined to 3.1x.



6.1 Scenario in the World and in Brazil

The global economy has registered improvement in indicators accompanied by signs of recovery, but the sustainability of this expansion still depends on government stimulus. China, for example, posted strong annualized GDP growth of 11.7% in 1Q10, with GDP returning to pre-crisis levels, reflecting a continuation of the economic stimulus measures, especially through monetary policy and a higher supply of credit.

Consumers, especially in developed countries, are still cautious regarding the sustainability of the recovery, due to (i) lower income levels, (ii) scarce credit and (iii) a labor market still in recovery.

Therefore, uncertainty concerning the sustainability of a positive scenario for the world economy has caused volatility in capital markets, which oscillates between moments of risk appetite and risk aversion, impacting the prices of commodities such as oil. The variation in oil prices is an exogenous factor to the balance of supply and demand, but also impacts the price of petrochemical naphtha and in turn the international prices for resins and basic petrochemical prices.

The current outlook for the petrochemical industry in the first half of 2010 is for international resin prices to remain in line with the first quarter of this year, which was marked by limited product supplies and price increases compared to the last quarter of 2009. The basic drivers of this scenario were (i) unscheduled and scheduled maintenance shutdowns in Asia and Europe; (ii) low capacity utilization rates in the Middle East, with a higher learning curve for the new plant startups and operational problems; and (iii) demand growth. For basic petrochemicals, prices are expected to maintain an upward trend, due to (i) seasonally higher demand from the gasoline market; and (ii) continued benefits from the use of light feedstocks for cracker swing units, as well as the factors mentioned earlier.

The outlook for the medium term is less favorable, as the industry expects the new capacity coming online in the Middle East and Asia to pressure profitability in the world petrochemical industry as of the second half of this year, since the additional capacity announced exceeds the expected growth in demand. However, various factors could minimize the impact from these new players and maintain industry profitability at levels above current expectations, such as: (i) continued operational problems in Iran, where crackers have operated at rates of around 50% since their start-up (2005); (ii) project and commissioning delays at these new capacities; (iii) the lack of qualified labor; (iv) problems with the supply of natural gas feedstock, such as in Qatar; and (v) stronger growth in world demand.

In Brazil, the seasonal low period did not materialize this year and demand for thermoplastic resins has remained strong since the third quarter of 2009, which suggests that the solid performance of the plastics industry is sustainable. There are no signs of restocking in the chain and demand is expected to remain high in 2Q10 and 3Q10, driven by the good performance of sectors related to construction and consumer goods. However, the expected hike in the basic interest rate (Selic) could slow growth in demand for plastic products from sectors related to durable consumer goods.

6.2 Strategic Investments

Braskem maintains its commitment to preserve the quality of its business through its operational efficiency and profitability; through its permanent focus on long-term relationships and partnerships with clients, seeking to maximize competitiveness in the national petrochemical chain without disregarding its financial health.

In line with its growth plan to become one of the five largest petrochemical companies in the world in terms of enterprise value, which includes diversifying its energy matrix and strengthening its presence in the region, in 2010 Braskem will focus on integrating the two assets acquired at the start of the year and on capturing the associated synergies, especially in the Brazilian operations.

Braskem is concentrating its resources on priority projects that feature high returns, and self financing, while maintaining its financial solidity and capital discipline during this period marked by expectations of the onset of another low cycle in the global petrochemical industry. The disbursements for operational investments scheduled for 2010 should reach R$1.6 billion, considering Quattor and Braskem America, which includes maintenance capex, capacity expansions, contributions to JVs and scheduled shutdowns. Braskem also remains committed to reducing costs and fixed expenses in order to boost competitiveness and maximize synergies from the new assets.


In May, Braskem Board of Directors approved the investment of US$470 million to expand PVC production capacity by 200 kton/year. The project is scheduled to become operational in 1H2012 and this year we should begin investing and ordering new equipment.

In the area of renewable feedstock, 2010 will mark the operational startup of the Green Ethylene plant and it should add net present value to the Company of around US$180 million. This is a strategic project to create value by producing polymers made from sugarcane ethanol, and represents an important development for the sustainability of the petrochemical industry. In addition Braskem signed contract partnership with technology companies aiming at developing other sustainable products, such as the green PP.

The expansion projects designed by Braskem to increase competitiveness by gaining access to more attractive feedstock prices include several integrated projects in Mexico, Venezuela and Peru, in partnership with local companies in each region and based on a project finance model.

In February 2010, Braskem (65%) and IDESA (35%) signed with PEMEX-Gás an ethane supply agreement with volume of 66,000 barrels/day for 20 years. Ethane will be used as feedstock for an integrated cracker in Coatzacoalcos in the Mexican state of Veracruz, with production capacity of 1,000 kton/year of ethylene and three polyethylene plants producing approximately 1,000 kton/year of HDPE, LLDPE and LDPE. The investment is estimated at some US$2.5 billion, adopting a project finance model, with conclusion of construction and operational startup of the unit expected in January 2015. Since Mexico is a net importer and depends on foreign polyethylene suppliers, this project is extremely attractive and of major importance to the development of the local petrochemical industry.

In May 2008, Braskem, Petrobras and Petróleos del Perú – PetroPerú S.A. signed an agreement to assess the technical and economic feasibility of installing an integrated project for the production of 600 kt to 1,000 kt of polyethylene, using the natural gas available in Peru as feedstock. Braskem concluded the initial phase of the project’s technical and economic feasibility study in 2009, and renewed the agreement with Petrobras and PetroPerú.

Through these projects, Braskem will further strengthen its presence in Latin America, serving a large and underserved market in Mexico and gaining a presence in the largest integrated complex on the Pacific coast with the project in Peru, factors that are fully aligned with its strategy of international expansion and growth and consolidation in the region.

Braskem and Pequiven decided to evaluate a new model for the petrochemical projects that are the objects of the joint ventures Propilsur and Polimerica, given the new reality in the international credit market and the better alternatives for the supply of feedstocks.

For the polypropylene project of the privately held and state-owned company Propilsur, Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA presented an alternative feedstock supply source from the Paraguaná Refinery Complex in the state of Falcón. In view of this proposal, Pequiven and Braskem are analyzing the feasibility of changing the configuration, location and size of the project. The feedstock supply should be enough to build a polypropylene plant with capacity of 300 kton/year, eliminating the need for investment in an intermediate propane dehydrogenation unit, as envisaged in the previous project. Accordingly, the total investment is expected to decrease to approximately US$500 million, facilitating the contracting of finance. Studies of the new configuration for the Propilsur project have already begun, with the plant still expected to start up operations in 2013, provided the conditions proposed by Pequiven, PDVSA and the Venezuelan government are ultimately confirmed.

With the new configuration and site location for polypropylene project, and given the possibility signaled for the future supply of ethane gas and other feedstock sources in the region from the PDVSA Refinery Complex in Paraguaná, Pequiven and Braskem also agreed to postpone for one year the developments related to the polyethylene project through the joint venture Polimerica in order to evaluate more competitive alternatives for the project.


Braskem's management remains confident and committed to Braskem’s strategy. Given Brazil’s favorable economic situation and financial solidity, it remains one of the best-positioned countries in the current economic scenario. Braskem maintains its commitment to sustainable growth and development, and will continue to act proactively in pursuit of the best opportunities, seeking to create value for shareholders and increase competitiveness throughout the entire petrochemical and plastics production chain.



EXHIBIT I –  Consolidated Income Statement  18 
EXHIBIT II –  Consolidated Balance Sheet  19 
EXHIBIT III –  Consolidated Cash Flow Statement  20 
EXHIBIT IV –  Consolidated Production Volume  21 
EXHIBIT V –  Consolidated Sales Volume - Domestic Market  22 
EXHIBIT VI –  Consolidated Sales Volume - Export Market  23 
EXHIBIT VII –  Consolidated Net Revenue  24 


Braskem, a world-class Brazilian petrochemical company, is the leader in the thermoplastic resins segment in the Americas and the third-largest Brazilian industrial company owned by the private sector. The company operates 26 industrial plants across Brazil and has annual production capacity of 3 million tons of chemical and petrochemical products. 



This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not historical data, but rather reflect the targets and expectations of Braskem’s management. Words such as "anticipate", "wish", "expect", "foresee", "intend", "plan", "predict", "project", "aim" and similar terms seek to identify statements that necessarily involve known and unknown risks. Braskem does not undertake any responsibility for transactions or investment decisions based on the information contained in this document.


Consolidated Income Statement
(R$ million)

Million of R$           
  1Q10  4Q09  1Q09  Change (%) Change (%) 
Income Statement  (A)  (B)  (C)  (A)/(B)  (A)/(C) 
Gross Revenue  5,630  5,390  4,159  35 
Net Revenue  4,466  4,253  3,260  37 
Cost of Good Sold  (3,673)  (3,680)  (2,861)  (0)  28 
Gross Profit  793  573  398  38  99 
Selling Expenses  (116)  (142)  (126)  (18)  (8) 
General and Administrative Expenses  (159)  (212)  (115)  (25)  38 
Depreciation and Amortization  (28)  (46)  (22)  (38)  27 
Other operating income (expenses)  (8)  29  114 
Investment in Associated Companies  (3)  (8) 
Operating profit before financial result  489  200  241  145  103 
Net financial result  (645)  (655)  (208)  (2)  210 
Operating profit (loss)  (156)  (456)  33  (66) 
Result with Fixed Assets write off and Others  (4)  (117)  (1)  (96) 
Operating profit before tax and social contribution  (161)  (573)  32  (72) 
Income tax / social contribution  37  (320)  (23) 
Net profit / Loss  (123)  (893)  10  (86) 
Earnings (loss) per share (EPS)  (0.24)  (1.71)  0.02  (86) 
EBITDA  729  614  457  19  59 
EBITDA Margin  16.3%  14.4%  14.0%  1.89 p.p.  2.29 p.p. 
Depreciacion and Amortization  247  411  209  (40)  18 
Cost  218  366  186  (40)  17 
Expense  28  46  22  (38)  27 




Consolidated Balance Sheet
(R$ million)

  03/31/2010  12/31/2009  Change (%) 
ASSETS  (A)  (B)  (A)/(B) 
Current  7,550  7,047  7 
Cash and Cash Equivalents  2,692  2,664  1 
Marketable Securities  600  467  28 
Accounts Receivable  1,722  1,297  33 
Inventories  1,908  1,919  (1) 
Recoverable Taxes  431  506  (15) 
Prepaid Expenses  22  (60) 
Others  188  173  9 
Non Current  15,199  15,058  1 
Long-Term Assets       
Related Parties  109  101  9 
Compulsory Deposits and Escrow accounts  145  155  (6) 
Deferred income tax and social contribution  856  881  (3) 
Recoverable Taxes  1,343  1,260  7 
Marketable Securities  19  18  4 
Others  263  163  62 
Investments  35  29  20 
Fixed Assets and Intangible  12,362  12,380  (0) 
Deferred  67  72  (7) 
Total Assets  22,749  22,105  3 


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY  03/31/2010  12/31/2009  Change (%) 
  (A)  (B)  (A)/(B) 
Current  7,421  7,290  2 
Suppliers  4,576  3,823  20 
Financing  1,361  1,821  (25) 
Hedge Operations  57  53  9 
Salaries and payroll charges  298  270  10 
Dividends and Interest on Equity  (33) 
Taxes payable  900  1,155  (22) 
Advances from Customers  55  30  85 
Others  172  135  27 
Non Current  10,714  10,073  6 
Long-Term Liabilities       
Financing  8,449  7,939  6 
Hedge Operations  52  32  66 
Deferred income tax and social contribution  743  849  (13) 
Taxes Payable  1,234  993  24 
Others  236  260  (9) 
Shareholders' Equity  4,614  4,742  (3) 
Capital  5,473  5,473  (0) 
Capital Reserves  429  429  0 
Treasury Shares  (12)  (12)  0 
Adjustment of Asset Evaluation (Law 11638/07)  (79)  (66)  19 
Retained Earnings (Losses)  (1,197)  (1,082)  11 
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  22,749  22,105  3 



Cash Flow Statement
(R$ million)

Cash Flow  1Q10  4Q09  1Q09 
Profit (loss) before income tax and social contribution  (161)  (573)  32 
Expenses (Revenues) not affecting Cash  763  540  271 
Depreciation and amortization  247  411  209 
Equity Result  (7) 
Interest, Monetary and Exchange Restatement, Net  513  46  150 
Others  10  80  (95) 
Adjusted Profit (loss) before cash financial effects  602  (32)  303 
Asset and Liabilities Variation, Current and Long Term  348  516  (139) 
Asset Reductions (Additions)  (263)  86  313 
Marketable Securities  (125)  (31)  (0) 
Account Receivable  (67)  (97)  (364) 
Recoverable Taxes  (4)  60  28 
Inventories  21  86  715 
Advances Expenses  13  14  (12) 
Dividends Received 
Other Account Receivables  (102)  52  (53) 
Increase (Decrease) in Liabilities  611  430  (452) 
Suppliers  754  121  (493) 
Advances from Customers  25  (45)  41 
Fiscal Incentives  (5) 
Taxes and Contributions  (216)  299  10 
Others  43  52  (5) 
Operating Cash flow  951  484  164 
Interest Paid  (148)  (124)  (188) 
Income Tax and Social Contribution  (5)  (8)  (3) 
Accounting cash generation  798  352  (27) 
Investment Activities  (259)  (388)  (124) 
Fixed Assets Sale 
Fixed Assets  (260)  (429)  (119) 
Intangible Assets  (0)  41  (2) 
Financing Activities  (510)  (8)  190 
Inflows  651  438  1,029 
Amortization  (1,160)  (439)  (844) 
Others  (7) 
Cash and Cash Equivalents Increase (Reduction)  29  (45)  38 
Cash and Cash Equivalents at the beginning of the period  2,664  2,708  2,620 
Cash and Cash Equivalents at the end of the period  2,692  2,664  2,659 



Consolidated Production Volume

tons  1Q09  2Q09  3Q09  4Q09  1Q10 
Polymers Unit           
PE´s - Polyethylene  357,694  459,500  471,434  451,843  417,100 
PP - Polypropylene  178,877  227,733  257,904  235,455  224,544 
PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride  99,103  120,260  127,963  131,751  122,614 
Caustic Soda  116,374  110,430  108,367  100,738  114,955 
EDC  40,103  30,687  11,276  9,128  26,889 
Chlorine  14,130  14,252  10,292  14,508  14,610 
Basic Petrochemicals           
Ethylene  454,369  588,998  620,193  592,402  566,800 
Propylene  216,137  297,865  315,866  303,611  293,062 
Benzene  129,037  165,770  187,051  177,424  173,228 
Butadiene  36,311  66,375  70,294  63,561  63,906 
Toluene  25,335  25,191  26,870  34,526  27,268 
Fuel (m3)  116,052  150,551  160,617  113,088  146,000 
Paraxylene  37,349  41,699  41,579  27,756  45,647 
Orthoxylene  12,053  14,896  15,022  11,303  17,569 
Isoprene  2,743  4,757  5,630  5,033  4,993 
Butene 1  15,201  20,227  19,118  17,823  19,141 
MTBE  23,794  23,861 
ETBE  23,855  49,335  83,142  79,480  77,031 
Mixed Xylene  16,270  14,237  19,182  18,121  11,832 
Caprolactam  1,247  1,125 



Consolidated Sales Volume
Domestic Market

tons  1Q09  2Q09  3Q09  4Q09  1Q10 
Polymers Unit           
PE´s - Polyethylene  231,520  267,724  275,205  282,492  278,000 
PP - Polypropylene  135,002  174,618  201,607  187,267  182,454 
PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride  76,997  119,514  139,826  121,092  123,158 
PET  11,745  6,280  13 
Caustic Soda  96,027  91,914  91,902  113,691  100,859 
Chlorine  12,636  12,145  10,547  14,654  14,628 
Basic Petrochemicals Unit           
Ethylene  56,081  72,677  78,437  79,774  77,862 
Propylene  78,650  92,068  101,566  93,404  94,066 
Benzene  74,780  105,316  81,963  101,631  104,887 
Butadiene  13,583  45,543  51,003  37,863  54,519 
Toluene  16,092  16,512  21,614  23,861  20,835 
Fuel (m3)  105,435  145,619  128,937  85,084  139,061 
Orthoxylene  13,913  15,899  14,215  11,956  16,493 
Isoprene  1,611  2,200  2,160  2,700  2,501 
Butene 1  2,208  1,456  909  964  1,445 
MTBE  80 
Mixed Xylene  10,422  8,730  9,427  12,285  13,214 
Caprolactam  2,788  3,139  3,090  3,041 



Consolidated Sales Volume
Export Market

EXPORT MARKET - Sales Volume
tons  1Q09  2Q09  3Q09  4Q09  1Q10 
Polymers Unit           
PE´s - Polyethylene  167,666  207,424  170,270  175,022  166,152 
PP - Polypropylene  67,924  49,912  56,509  54,018  42,429 
PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride  25,813  14,000  300  149 
PET  275  14,549 
Caustic Soda  7,480  1,003 
EDC  38,601  39,697  13,000  26,026 
Basic Petrochemicals Unit           
Propylene  16,895  47,898  33,577  53,118  37,257 
Benzene  57,585  51,440  97,434  66,365  75,566 
Butadiene  20,292  22,946  21,618  22,939  13,617 
Toluene  13,364  9,064  7,568  9,659  3,324 
Fuel (m3)  6,989  20,054  25,479  12,114  6,934 
Paraxylene  36,101  46,948  36,439  25,732  47,988 
Isoprene  840  2,518  3,355  1,683  2,359 
Butene 1  5,920  7,858  9,520  9,524  6,732 
MTBE  18,691  31,949  764 
ETBE  23,223  46,139  70,793  95,464  62,749 
Mixed Xylene  4,883  4,226  14,713  2,469  318 
Caprolactam  72  1,056 



Consolidated Net Revenue
Domestic Market

Million of R$  1Q09  2Q09  3Q09  4Q09  1Q10 
Polymers Unit           
PE / PP / PVC  1,259  1,475  1,728  1,663  1,718 
Others  207  120  57  78  72 
Basic Petrochemical Unit           
Ethylene / Propylene  205  264  328  346  355 
BTX  109  166  194  201  251 
Others  373  387  505  476  467 
Resale*  206  61  49  286  52 
Quantiq and Varient  100  90  105  95  115 
Total  2,459  2,563  2,967  3,144  3,030 
*Naphtha, condensate and crude oil         


Export Market

Million of R$  1Q09  2Q09  3Q09  4Q09  1Q10 
Polymers Unit           
PE / PP / PVC  512  532  499  486  514 
Others  54  10  21 
Basic Petrochemical Unit           
Ethylene / Propylene  16  55  58  88  88 
BTX  112  163  228  146  228 
Others  84  289  239  294  377 
Resale*  67  32  46  95  207 
Quantiq and Varient 
Total  801  1,125  1,080  1,109  1,435 
*Naphtha, condensate and crude oil         




        Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

Date: May 14, 2010
  By:      /s/      Carlos José Fadigas de Souza Filho
    Name: Carlos José Fadigas de Souza Filho
    Title: Chief Financial Officer



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