20-F 1 brhc10036660_20f.htm 20-F

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 20-F
(Mark One)


REGISTRATION STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(B) OR (G) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

OR


ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended: December 31, 2021

OR


TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from __________ to __________.
OR


SHELL COMPANY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of event requiring this shell company report __________.

Commission file number: 1-13.396
TRANSPORTADORA DE GAS DEL SUR S.A.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

GAS TRANSPORTER OF THE SOUTH INC.
(Translation of Registrant’s name into English)

Republic of Argentina
(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

Don Bosco 3672
5th Floor
C1206ABF City of Buenos Aires
Argentina
(Address of principal executive offices)

Leandro Pérez Castaño
(54-11)-4865-9077
inversores@tgs.com.ar
Don Bosco 3672
5th Floor
C1206ABF City of Buenos Aires
 
Argentina
(Name, telephone, email and/or facsimile number and Address of Company contact person)

Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
American Depositary Shares (“ADS”), representing Class “B” Shares
TGS
New York Stock Exchange
Class “B” Shares, par value Ps.1.00 per share
n/a
New York Stock Exchange*

*Not for trading, but only in connection with the registration of American Depositary Shares related to the issuer’s American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) program, pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
None

Securities for which there is a reporting obligation pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act:
None



Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the issuer’s classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report:

Class “A” Shares, par value Ps.1.00 each
   
405,192,594
 
Class “B” Shares, par value Ps.1.00 each
   
347,568,464
 
Total(1)
   
752,761,058
 

(1) Excludes 41,734,225 treasury shares, representing 5.25% of the total shares not deemed outstanding under Argentine law.

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.

Yes
No

If this report is an annual or transition report, indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Yes
No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes
No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).

Yes
No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b–2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Large accelerated filer
Accelerated Filer
       
Non-accelerated filer
Emerging growth company


If an emerging growth company that prepares its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards† provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. ☐

†The term “new or revised financial accounting standard” refers to any update issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board to its Accounting Standards Codification after April 5, 2012.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report.

Yes

No

Indicate by check mark which basis of accounting the registrant has used to prepare the financial statements included in this filing:

 
U.S. GAAP
 
International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board
 
Other

If “Other” has been checked in response to the previous question, indicate by check mark which financial statement item the registrant has elected to follow.

Item 17
Item 18

If this is an Annual Report, indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934).

Yes
No


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PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL AND OTHER INFORMATION
 
Certain Defined Terms
 
In this annual report on Form 20-F (“Annual Report”), unless otherwise indicated or the context requires otherwise: (i) references to “we,” “us,” “our” and the “Company” mean Transportadora de Gas del Sur S.A. (“TGS”) and its consolidated subsidiaries, Telcosur S.A. (“Telcosur”), TGSLatam Energía S.A. (“TGSLatam”) and CTG Energía S.A.U. (“CTG”), (ii) references to “Argentina” are to the Republic of Argentina, (iii) references to the “United States” or “U.S.” are to the United States of America, (iv) references to “pesos” or “Ps.” are to Argentine pesos, the legal currency of Argentina, (v) references to “U.S. dollars,” “dollars” or “U.S.$” are to United States dollars, the legal currency of the United States, (vi) a “billion” is a thousand million, (vii) references to “cf” are to cubic feet, (viii) references to “MMcf” are to millions of cubic feet, (ix) references to “Bcf” are to billions of cubic feet, (x) references to “m3” are to cubic meters, (xi) references to “d” are to days, and (xii) references to “HP” are to horsepower.
 
Financial Statements and Basis of Preparation
 
We maintain our financial books and records and publish our consolidated Financial Statements (as defined below) in pesos, which is our functional currency. This Annual Report includes our audited consolidated statements of financial position as of December 31, 2021 and 2020, and our audited consolidated statements of comprehensive income, changes in equity and cash flows, and the related explanatory notes for the years ended December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019 (our “Financial Statements”). Our Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) and as in effect on the date of preparation of the Financial Statements. IFRS have been adopted by the Federación Argentina de Consejos Profesionales de Ciencias Económicas (“FACPCE”) as its professional accounting standards and are required to be adopted by certain public companies in Argentina (entidades incluidas en el régimen de oferta pública de la Ley de Mercado de Capitales) pursuant to the rules of the Comisión Nacional de Valores (“CNV”), compiled under General Resolution No. 622/2013 (as amended by General Resolution No. 668/2016 and as further amended, the “CNV Rules”).
 
At our shareholders’ meeting held on April 26, 2017, as a result of a proposal by our controlling shareholder, Compañía de Inversiones de Energía S.A. (“CIESA”), our shareholders voted in favor of having a joint audit on our consolidated financial statements commencing with fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, even though there is currently no legal requirement in Argentina for a joint audit. As a result, our Financial Statements were jointly audited by Price Waterhouse & Co. S.R.L., Buenos Aires, Argentina (“PwC”), member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, and Pistrelli, Henry Martin y Asociados S.R.L. (“EY”), member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited. The joint report of PwC and EY, dated April 26, 2022, is included elsewhere in this Annual Report. Each of PwC and EY is an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in the joint report appearing herein.
 
International Accounting Standard 29 (“IAS 29”) “Financial reporting in hyperinflationary economies” requires that the financial statements of an entity whose functional currency is one of a hyperinflationary economy be expressed in terms of the current unit of measurement at the closing date of the reporting period, regardless of whether such financial statements are based on the historical cost method or the current cost method. This requirement also comprises the restatement of comparative information of the financial statements to be presented in the current currency as of December 31, 2021, without modifying the statutory decisions made based on the financial information corresponding to those fiscal years.

IAS 29 describes characteristics that may indicate that an economy is hyperinflationary. However, it states that it is a matter of judgement by management when restatement of financial statements becomes necessary. Among other factors, an economy is “hyperinflationary” in accordance with IAS 29 when it has a cumulative inflation rate over three years that approaches, or exceeds, 100%, also taking into consideration other qualitative factors related to the macroeconomic environment.
 
The IASB does not identify specific economies that satisfy the requirements to be deemed hyperinflationary. The International Practices Task Force (“IPTF”) of the Centre for Audit Quality monitors the status of “highly inflationary” countries. The criteria of IPTF for identifying such countries are similar to those for identifying “hyperinflationary economies” under IAS 29. From time to time, the IPTF issues reports of its discussions with the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on the IPTF’s recommendations of which countries should be considered highly inflationary, and which countries are on the IPTF’s inflation “watch list.” The IPTF’s discussion document for its November 6, 2021 meeting states that in the view of the IPTF, Argentina had a three-year cumulative inflation rate exceeding 100%.
 
Inflation in Argentina significantly increased during 2021, 2020 and 2019, which resulted in an accumulated inflation rate for each of the three-year periods ended December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019, in excess of 100%. In addition, the rest of the indicators do not contradict the conclusion that Argentina should be considered a hyperinflationary economy for accounting purposes. As a result, our management considers that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that Argentina is a hyperinflationary economy in terms of IAS 29, effective as from July 1, 2018.
 
The Financial Statements and the other financial information included in this Annual Report for all the periods reported are presented on the basis of constant pesos as of December 31, 2021 (“Current Currency”). Thus, our audited consolidated statements of financial position as of December 31, 2020, and our audited consolidated statements of comprehensive income, changes in equity and cash flows, and the related explanatory notes for each of the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, included elsewhere in this Annual Report have been restated in accordance with IAS 29 for comparative purposes from the original figures reported and supersede any previously disclosed consolidated financial statements relating to such periods.
 
In analyzing the provisions of IAS 29, our management used the inflation rates stated in the official statistics published by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (“INDEC”), similar to the criteria adopted by the accounting profession and corporate regulatory bodies in Argentina. In order to restate the financial statements referred in the immediately preceding paragraph, the CNV has established that the series of indexes to be used for the application of IAS 29 is determined by the FACPCE. This series of indexes combines the National Consumer Price Index (“CPI”) as of January 2020 (base month December 2019) with the Domestic Wholesale Price Index (“WPI”), both published by INDEC until that date. According to information from FACPCE, inflation was 50.9%, 36.1% and 53.8% in the years ended December 31, 2021, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
 
For more information, see note 4(d) to the Financial Statements and “Item 5. Operating and Financial Review and Prospects—A. Operating Results—Factors Affecting Our Consolidated Results of Operation.” Also, see “Item 3. Key Information—D. Risk Factors—Risks Relating to Argentina—High levels of inflation could negatively affect our business, results of operations and financial condition, the value of our securities, and our ability to meet our financial obligations.”
 
Currency
 
Solely for the convenience of the reader, certain amounts presented in pesos in this Annual Report as of and for the year ended December 31, 2021, have been converted into U.S. dollars at specified exchange rates. Unless otherwise specified, all exchange rate information contained in this Annual Report has been derived from information published by Banco de la Nación Argentina (“Banco Nación”) on December 31, 2021, without any independent verification by us. As a result of fluctuations in the peso/U.S. dollar exchange rate, the exchange rate at such date may not be indicative of current or future exchange rates. Such fluctuations may affect the U.S. dollar equivalent of peso amounts included in this Annual Report. Consequently, these translations should not be construed as a representation that the peso amounts represent, or have been, or could be converted, into, U.S. dollars at that or any other rate.
 
Fluctuations in the exchange rate between pesos and U.S. dollars would affect the U.S. dollar equivalent of the peso price of our Class “B” shares, par value Ps.1 each (the “Class B Shares”), on the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange (Bolsas y Mercados Argentinos (“BYMA”)) and, as a result, the market price of our American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) as well.
 
Historically, Argentina has been subject to several restrictions imposed on the foreign exchange market. In the recent years, the Central Bank of the Republic of Argentina (Banco Central de la República Argentina or the “BCRA”) issued several communications which introduced several changes to the then existing foreign exchange control regime. For additional information, see “Item 10. Additional Information—D. Exchange Controls.
 
The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, high, low, average and period-end exchange rates between the peso and the U.S. dollar, as reported by Banco Nación. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York does not publish a buying rate for the peso. The average rate is calculated by using the average of Banco Nación reported exchange rates on each day during the relevant monthly period and on the last day of each month during the relevant annual period.
 
   
Pesos per U.S. dollar
     
   
High
   
Low
   
Average
   
Period end
 
Most recent six months:
                       
November 2021
   
100.9600
     
84.7000