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Local Bond Issuance and Placement by Ecopetrol S.A.

BOGOTA, Colombia, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE: EC; BVC: ECOPETROL; BVL: EC; TSX: ECP) ("Ecopetrol" or the "Company") informs by means of a notice of public offer a local public bond issuance and placement in the aggregate principal amount of eight hundred billion pesos ($800,000,000,000).

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The bonds have the following specifications, having previously been approved by Resolution 3159 of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit on October 20, 2010.  

  • Total amount: One trillion pesos ($ 1,000,000,000,000).
  • Amount of first tranche: Eight hundred billion pesos ($800,000,000,000)
  • Issue date: December 1, 2010
  • Objective: To finance the Company's 2010 Investment Plan.
  • Bonds issued: To the order of.
  • Series: The bonds can be issued in three series, as follows:
    • Series A: Peso-denominated variable IPC rate bonds.
    • Series B: Peso-denominated variable DTF rate bonds.
    • Series C: Peso-denominated fixed rate bonds.
  • Nominal value: Fifty million pesos ($50,000,000) for each of the series A, B and C.
  • Minimum investment:  One (1) bond.
  • Maturity date: The following sets forth the maturity dates of each subseries of bonds being offered:


Series A: Peso-denominated variable IPC rate bonds

Maturity date

5 years

7 years

10 years

30 years

Subseries

A5

A7

A10

A30




  • Amortization: At maturity.
  • Yield: Each subseries has interest payable semi-annually
  • Placement Mechanism: Dutch Auction.

Ecopetrol is the largest company in Colombia and a vertically integrated oil company, among the 40 largest oil companies in the world and four largest in Latin America. In addition to Colombia, where it generates over 60% of the country's production, it maintains exploration and production operations in Brazil, Peru and the United States (Gulf of Mexico).  Ecopetrol owns the largest refinery in Colombia, the majority of the network of oil pipelines and multi-use pipelines and is increasing significantly its participation in biofuels.

This release contains forward-looking statements related to the prospects of the business, estimates for operating and financial results, and those related to growth prospects of Ecopetrol. These are merely projections and, as such, are based exclusively on the expectations of management concerning the future of the company and its continued access to capital to fund the Company's business plan. Such forward-looking statements depend on changes in market conditions, regulations, competitive pressures, the performance of the Colombian economy and the industry, among other factors, therefore, they are subject to change without prior notice.


For more information, please contact:


Investor Relations

Alejandro Giraldo

Telephone: +571-234-5190

e-mail: investors@ecopetrol.com.co


Media Relations (Colombia)

Mauricio Tellez

Telephone: +571-2345377

Fax: +571-2344480

e-mail: mtellez@ecopetrol.com.co


Website: www.ecopetrol.com.co    




SOURCE Ecopetrol S.A.

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