Saudi Aramco IPO’s retail offer fully covered with $8.7 billion in orders
Thu Nov 28 2019
Mark Cooper (2113 articles)

Saudi Aramco IPO’s retail offer fully covered with $8.7 billion in orders

RIYADH (Reuters) – The retail portion of Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO) has been fully covered, with orders reaching 32.57 billion Saudi riyals (£6.77 billion), lead manager Samba Capital said on Wednesday.

The state-owned oil giant plans to sell 1.5% of the company, or about 3 billion shares, at an indicative price range of 30 riyals to 32 riyals, valuing the IPO at as much as 96 billion riyals ($ 25.6 billion) and giving the company a market value of between $ 1.6 trillion and $ 1.7 trillion.

Aramco has said at least one-third of the sale is expected to be covered by retail investors, who have until Nov. 28 to sign up.

Around 3.72 million retail investors had subscribed to 1.017 billion shares by 20:00 (1700 GMT) on Nov. 27, the statement said.

The IPO is the centrepiece of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plans to diversify the Saudi economy away from its reliance on oil.

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper is Political / Stock Market Correspondent. He has been covering Global Stock Markets for more than 6 years.

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