BOGOTA, Colombia, July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ecopetrol S.A. (BVC: ECOPETROL; NYSE: EC) ("Ecopetrol" or the "Company") reports that its Board of Directors has approved the establishment of the following companies for the purpose of continuing to execute the strategy of Ecopetrol Business Group for 2020:
- A Colombian company, 100% indirectly owned by Ecopetrol S.A. through Propilco S.A., to which the indirect participations that Ecopetrol S.A. currently has in Comai Ltda. and in Sociedad Portuaria de Oleofinas y Derivados will be transferred.
- A foreign company domiciled in Peru, 100% indirectly owned by Ecopetrol S.A., which will be directly affiliated with Propilco S.A. and will serve the Peruvian market directly.
- A Colombian company, 100% directly owned by Ecopetrol S.A., for the purpose of contributing a participation of 43.35% and the litigation rights that the Company currently possesses in Inversiones de Gases de Colombia S.A., derived from an ordinary legal proceeding currently in progress in the Civil Cassation Court of the Supreme Court of Justice, in which Ecopetrol S.A. and other companies are acting as plaintiffs.
Once the establishment of these companies has been completed, Ecopetrol S.A. will announce to the market the names of the new companies, the amount of the investment, their economic activities and nationality, as well as the stock participation that Ecopetrol S.A. will retain in them.
Ecopetrol is the largest company in Colombia and is an integrated oil & gas company; it is among the top 50 oil companies in the world and among the four top ones in Latin America. Besides Colombia - where it generates over 60% of the national production - it has exploration and production activities in Brazil, Peru & the US (Gulf of Mexico). Ecopetrol owns the largest refinery in Colombia and most of the pipeline and multi-product pipeline network in the country, and is significantly increasing its participation in bio-fuels.
This release contains statements that may be considered forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All forward-looking statements, whether made in this release or in future filings or press releases or orally, address matters that involve risks and uncertainties, including in respect of the Company's prospects for growth and its ongoing access to capital to fund the Company's business plan, among others. Consequently, changes in the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements: market prices of oil & gas, our exploration and production activities, market conditions, applicable regulations, the exchange rate, the Company's competitiveness and the performance of Colombia's economy and industry, to mention a few. We do not intend, and do not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
For further information, please contact:
Head of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations (A)
Lina María Contreras Mora
Phone: (+571) 234 5190
Media Relations (Colombia)
Jorge Mauricio Tellez
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