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22 October 2019
MARKETS

Saudi Aramco says IPO timing depends on market conditions

The state-owned energy giant was expected to launch the first part of a two-stage listing in the coming week but decided to push the trading date back to December 2019 or January 2020.

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Saudi Aramco said that the timing of its long-awaited debut listing will depend on market conditions in the latest delay to the oil company’s initial public offering (IPO), reported Agence France Presse.

The world’s most profitable company said that it will continue to engage with the shareholders on IPO readiness activities, adding that the company is ready, and timing will depend on market conditions as well as shareholders’ choosing.

Saudi Aramco’s IPO is the cornerstone of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform programme conceived to wean the Kingdom off its reliance on oil.

The oil company has planned a two-stage listing, with about two per cent of the capital trading on the Tadawul in Saudi Arabia and an additional three per cent on a foreign exchange. With a $2 trillion valuation, the five per cent sale could raise about $100 billion in what would be the largest IPO ever.

 


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