Friday, June 1st 2012 - 01:33 UTC

Repsol regains 6% warranty-stake in YPF and now owns 12.43% of the company

Spain energy Group Repsol regained rights on a 6% warranty-stake in the Argentine oil and gas giant YPF after the Petersen Group, which used to own 25.46% of the company, lost it as the result of not having met payments for the loan through which they initially enter the business without paying a single cent.

The Eskenazi family was invited by the Kirchner couple to buy into YPF back in 2008

Thus, Repsol, which was left with a 6.43% stake in YPF after the Argentine government’s decision of nationalizing 51% of the 57.43% the multinational company Repsol used to own since its acquisition back in 1999, now owns 12.43% of the company.

Repsol’s Chairman, Antonio Brufau, informed during a shareholders general meeting that the Petersen Group had failed to meet their dues in order to clinch the 25.46% package they were offered with, thus activating a warrant clause that allows Repsol to regain a 6% stake in case of breach of contract.

The Petersen group belongs to the Eskenzi family, very close to Nestor and Cristina Kirchner and was invited by the powerful couple to buy into YPF.

In 2008 they received a loan of 1.018 billion dollars from a pool of banks, Credit Suisse, Goldaman Sachs, BNP Paris and Itaú to buy a 14.9% stake of YPF financed by Repsol. In 2011 the Petersen group bought another 10% stake with a 670 million dollars loan from a consortia made up of Itaú, Standard Bank, Crédit Suisse, Santander and Citi banks.

Until last year the Eskenazi group was using YPF dividends to pay back the loans. In fact the agreement signed between Repsol and the Eskenazi in 2008 stated that every year the oil and gas company would distribute 90% of profits among shareholders, a condition imposed by the Argentine government of the Kirchner couple to ensure debt payments.

Repsol CEO Brufau insisted on the company’s interest of negotiating compensation with the government of Cristina Fernández after the company’s nationalization. Earlier this week Brufau said before shareholders that Repsol will also seek punitive damages from Argentina for the seizure of YPF.

However, fresh demands would raise the stakes in a potentially long legal battle because Repsol has already sued Argentina for 10 billion in compensation over the YPF seizure in a case that could drag on for years.

Repsol has also taken steps to file a complaint at the World Bank's International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Repsol unveiled a four-year strategic plan earlier this week, pledging heavy investment in its exploration business in a bid to recover from the blow of the loss of YPF.

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1 me@ez (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 03:01 am Report abuse
easy comes...easy goes...
2 rnbgr (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 04:45 am Report abuse
and that 2.0 billion loaned by the big European and US banks to the Eskanazi family to buy YPF shares goes poof !
3 Welsh Wizard (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 08:44 am Report abuse
This is massively village. Some tit didn't do their due diligence properly. Which law firm acted for the government? Weil Gotshal?
I don't know anything about Argentinean corporate law but, in the UK, there are various thresholds which allow shareholders to block certain actions of the company (this is normally around 20%). Repsol could pull a funny one here, buy up YPF shares listed in America (up to the threshold), and make running the company difficult. After all, it wouldn't be expensive as the shares happened to have lost a great deal of their value recently...
4 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 09:40 am Report abuse
I know it isn't the main point of the article, but doesn't Cristina look beautiful in the picture, her dress is really lovely
5 yankeeboy (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 10:59 am Report abuse
Once the class action suits get going in the USA I am sure there will be a “hold” put on all the U$ in the USA YPF accounts and YPF ( now Arg gov't) will find it very hard to sell or buy oil since most of the transactions will be in U$ and somehow get funneled through USA, UK, EU.
They got themselves into a mess and it is all falling apart now. Hopefully the new Gov't will be smarter and honorable but I'm not holding my breath.
6 Idlehands (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 11:33 am Report abuse

What are you after? A cabinet post or a shag? I don't know how you expect anyone else around here to take you seriously.
7 yankeeboy (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 12:06 pm Report abuse
6. Bk's posts are so creepy they make my skin crawl.
8 Simon68 (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 12:37 pm Report abuse
BK's taste in lady's ware is at best dodgy, Kretina's dress in the photo looks like a cheap hotel's sofa covers.
9 JuanGabriel (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 01:27 pm Report abuse
Is this article lost in translation or does it actually say Repsol had to pay 90% of profits to shareholders by Argentine Government condition?
10 Idlehands (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 01:58 pm Report abuse
Nope - no mistake. The Peterson Group got their shares for free. Repsol had to pay 90% dividends (ordered by CFK) in order that the Peterson Group could pay back the purchase price.

CFK then expropriated YPF for paying excessive dividends and not investing enough in Argentina. Did I also mention YPF had to sell oil to Argentina at well below market price too?

You simply couldn't make this up as it's too idiotic to believe.
11 Ahab (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 02:20 pm Report abuse
I'm no lawyer but if the Argentine government forced these policies on Repsol, effectively hamstringing them and then expropriated only Repsols shares for the exact things they forced them to do, shouldn't Repsol have a pretty good case to get the $10Bn they are after in their legal proceedings?
12 Idlehands (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 02:33 pm Report abuse
You'd think so - but getting Argentina to pay up when they lose the case is nearly impossible - they simply refuse and ignore it. Ask the Paris Club!

One of the reasons Argentina is excluded from the world money markets. It'd be like lending your blood to Dracula.
13 yankeeboy (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 02:38 pm Report abuse
12. Arg will pay, EU UK USA are sick of this miscreant and are putting the screws in as we post. It takes the wheels of justice a long time to turn but they've almost arrived at their destination.
I have a feeling all of this and the economic crash will hit at the same time. Maybe that is what they're all waiting for...full impact. Good lesson for rogue nations.
14 Ahab (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 02:55 pm Report abuse
@12 Having said that, after the Argie government runs out of money (if they already haven't) you might see a lot of people at the blood bank trying to make some money.

Not dollars, of course. Saving in dollars is only allowed for government officials.
15 ChrisR (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 02:58 pm Report abuse
The Mad Bitch of Argentina looks a LOT older now than she did in that photo, and it's not yet four years old.

Scottie_KIrchner: I think I will start calling you Blind_Scottie_Kirchner to fit the facts.
16 tobias (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 04:05 pm Report abuse

Rogue nations? Nope, a country that wants nothing to do with you. And that boobooes your pride because you think everyone wants to be your friend.

Argentina will never do as the UK, USA, and EU demand. We are a country, not your vassal. That's what you people don't get, and what will ultimately bring your destruction.
17 yankeeboy (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 04:33 pm Report abuse
Toby, I bet my maid thinks the same as she is washing my clothes. You do realize USA/UK/EU companies control a HUGE portion of your economy don't you?
18 tobias (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 04:36 pm Report abuse
Well, you are a billion people...

If Argentina had a billion people, we would be top dog over you.

I'm not impressed by countries that bully other countries 10 times smaller in population. It is caitiff quite honestly.
19 yankeeboy (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 04:53 pm Report abuse
Do you think making countries abide by treaties and contracts is bullying? Typically Argentinian, that is why your country is falling off a cliff.

Did you hear Kicilloff today? What a MORON!

I heard 150K was the going price per vote for the new BA tax plan. That sounds like democracy to me does it to you?
20 tobias (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 05:05 pm Report abuse
You are not trying to make us abide treaties,

Dude I know little about Buenos Aires province politics, why do you keep asking me about it? Do you know about the politics of the states you don't live in?

There are no protests in Mendoza, no strikes, no salary controversies. We didn't have any problems in 2001 as a province, we are going to have them now with record tourism, record wine exports, and the Vaca Muerta find lurking in the future?
21 yankeeboy (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 05:12 pm Report abuse
20. Toby, losing trade privileges with US and EU will make your wine sales plummet, instability will decrease tourism ( at least from EU UK USA which are the big spenders) you'll be left with Colombians, Chilenos, Brazilians that don't spend squat when they travel and you'll be long dead before any o/g gets out of the ground. Good luck with that!

We will make Argentina abide by its treaties and pay its debts just wait and see. It may be as soon as this year but definitely next year.

BTW BA is your largest population center BY FAR 1/2 the country lives there so if I were you I would pay attention to the politics. You pretend to know more of the USA, 15 hrs away by plane than you do of BA it'a a little dis-ingeniousness don't you think?
22 tobias (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 05:26 pm Report abuse
I know about national politics. Have you ever heard me talk about California or New York? I don't even know who their governors are (I only knew Schwarzenegger for obvious reasons).

Wine sales are still great to the US post act of agression, EU and UK will even be less effective as they are not as hardcore spartan people. Chileans and Brazilians actually spend quite a bit of money in Mendoza because the tourist we get are high-end for the boutique wine lodges and the ski resorts (rich brazilians adore to ski), and we are the main getaway city for Chileans from Santiago and Valpo regions which are half the population of the country, so we always draw them in great numbers, and sheer volume more than outweighs frugal spending habits. And Europeans adore Mendoza, Americans keep coming in great numbers there was an article on this just the other day on Los Andes. I'll bring it for you.

100% increase in tourist since 2002, 90% increase in flights to Mendoza (this when the aviation industry in Argentina is DEAD).

Within days of the expropriation British, German, and Chinese cos were asking for the rights, and that's even as the specter of legal action was raised by Repsol.

HECK, even REPSOL is back in the game a bit with YPF. Imagine in a couple of years when the dust settles and internal fuel prices inevitably are brought to near international levels.

Plus, we have great companies like IMPSA world's biggest hydro and wind co, UN Cuyo runs Balseiro institute which helps at INVAP (world leader in satellite engineering and building, plus medical nuclear reactors), we have one of the world's premier eye-institutes (Saldivar Institute), Latin America's biggest mineral water industry (Villavicencio and Eco de los Andes). Add to that the oil, the ski resorts, the wine region, and that we are the retail center of the Cuyo region (4 shopping malls).

3% unemployment.
23 yankeeboy (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 05:47 pm Report abuse
I am glad everything is rosy for Mendoza but pretty sure you will be sinking along with the rest of your country shortly. Maybe you should ask to rejoin Chile or maybe they will invade when it all goes to h*ll “to protect their interests”. You can only hope.
24 f0rgetit87 (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 06:06 pm Report abuse
off topic but I can't wait to tell you all.....I love young boys.
25 scarfo (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 06:07 pm Report abuse

Plus, we have great companies like IMPSA world's biggest hydro and wind co,

im afraid it dosent even make the top ten
26 tobias (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 06:25 pm Report abuse

Well the tide could go lo but if the ship is sound, it always stays above the waves.

You trully hate Argentina with a passion, never miss a change to say USA will destroy US, UK will bomb us, EU will bankrupt us, Chile will invade us, Brazil ditto, etc... you are a sad individual with a massive issue with us.
27 reality check (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 06:30 pm Report abuse
Do you think she will notice that one of the curtains is missing from the front room?
28 yankeeboy (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 06:31 pm Report abuse
26. I don't hate Argentina, but I hate Peronists, Progressives, Socialists, Marxists. They are ruining and have ruined what could be one of the richest countries in the world. It is a perfect example of what bad government can do to people's (country's) wealth. If not for living in Arg for as long as i did I would never have spotted Obama and the Dems as the devils they are and their will to turn the USA into Argentina.
29 scarfo (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 06:39 pm Report abuse

a round up of the argentinain news lol
30 tobias (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 06:44 pm Report abuse

There is nothing inherently wrong with socialism. It is how iti s applied, just as capitalism, that determines result.

In small countries in population, territory, and racial/ethnic composition, socialism tends to work much better. People are much closer, there's fewer of them and are homogeneous in values. In countries like New Zealand, Uruguay, Denmark, Finland, Costa Rica, such a system can work.

In huge countries, capitalism works much better because there are simply too many people, to huge a landmass, and to many different views and races to make it work from a socialistic office. Thus China, Russia, Brazil have done much better under a free-market mercantilist system, as has the USA. Also, countries with over 100 million people have “critical mass”, for a capitalist system to thrive: attracting brainpower, factories, and investment because there is a self-sustaining market.

You give the peronists too much credit. Ultimately, Argentina cannot prosper because it is too big to be socialist (thus corruption eats the system due to population, and the vast distances between cities), but too small to be capitalist (cannot sustain an internal market that can hold its own against international crisis).

Argentina is screwed because there is no system in existence today that is fit for the size of the country.
31 reality check (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 08:20 pm Report abuse
@30 Tobias
Please give example where socialism has worked for all people living under the system?
32 tobias (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 08:26 pm Report abuse
Costa Rica, Uruguay, Sweden, Norway.

Their GINI levels are increbibly low. That is the point of socialism, to provide a counterbalance and prevent massive inequalities in wealth.
33 MistyThink (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 08:37 pm Report abuse
you can write second paragraph in Norwegian nynorsk accent .
34 tobias (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 08:51 pm Report abuse
I don't know Nyorsk, which if I remember correctly is actually rather different from standard and Swedish/Danish. I plan in the next couple of years to learn some *basic* scandinavian, I was leaning Swedish simply because of the size of the country in population, and the fact I would be understood in other countries anyway.
35 reality check (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 09:00 pm Report abuse
Sorry to disagree with you. Norway and Sweden are not socialist, their policies are. Yes they have free health care, free eduaction, social housing, unemployment benefit, etc, etc. Has does the UK. Whilst their GINI levels are low, these social services are paid for by money from other sources, has they are in the UK. There is no such thing as true socialism, the history of the 20C proved it. USSR and China, theonly two truly socialist states of that century have abandonned it. China still calls itself a socialist state, but if your honest, you know it is not. Who is left, Nth Korea? where the poor starve equally and ruling classes thrive.
36 Raymo (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 09:55 pm Report abuse
@35 “where the poor starve equally and ruling classes thrive”. Possibly the best sentence I have read that accurately describes socialism.

Well said sir!!!!
37 f0rgetit87 (#) Jun 01st, 2012 - 11:22 pm Report abuse
Brazilian Socialism will dominate South America in the next 50 years. Brazil will pull Argentina out of it's troubles.
38 reality check (#) Jun 02nd, 2012 - 12:28 am Report abuse
Brazils gift to the world= Beach Volleyball.
39 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jun 02nd, 2012 - 10:35 am Report abuse
#6 “What are you after? A cabinet post or a shag?”

Naw just to wind up the right wing trolls. Don't think Elaine, cougar that she is, is interested and my views probably won't lead to me getting headhunted by Cameron!

#7 “Bk's posts are so creepy they make my skin crawl”

I could say the same for you Mr Might Is Right yanqui

#15 “The Mad Bitch of Argentina looks a LOT older now than she did in that photo, and it's not yet four years old”

I think she's getting better and better with age, like a fine wine =)

#30 “China, Russia, Brazil have done much better under a free-market mercantilist system”

I wouldn't defend everything in the old USSR but its a fact that living standards dramatically fell when Russia moved to a free market system.

#38 And people say I'm creepy lol
40 yankeeboy (#) Jun 02nd, 2012 - 12:42 pm Report abuse
#39 BK you are seriously creepy. I think you are mentally unstable and are in desperate need psychiatric help.
41 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jun 02nd, 2012 - 03:33 pm Report abuse
At least I'm not a racist warmonger who believes that might is right
42 f0rgetit87 (#) Jun 02nd, 2012 - 07:45 pm Report abuse
well said BK
I don't think your creepy at all.
43 Marcos Alejandr0 (#) Jun 03rd, 2012 - 01:33 pm Report abuse
Nor me.
44 ChrisR (#) Jun 03rd, 2012 - 04:41 pm Report abuse

Well, there are two scintilating examples of your supporters to be proud of.
45 British_Kirchnerist (#) Jun 04th, 2012 - 01:30 pm Report abuse
Better them than you =)

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