Saudi Aramco IPO Share, Price, Listing Date, Trading Time and More: Mother of all IPOs is here! All you need to know about this mammoth of Riyadh stock exchange
Saudi Aramco IPO Share, Price, Date: It's the world's largest IPO ever!
Saudi Aramco IPO Share, Price, Date: It's the world's largest IPO ever! Saudi Arabian state oil giant Saudi Aramco has priced its initial public offering (IPO) at the high end of the targeted range. This will allow the oil giant to raise a record total of at least $25.6 billion.
Saudi Aramco IPO: 3 billion shares at price of 32 Saudi riyals ($8.53) a share
- The company plans to sell 3 billion shares, or 1.5 per cent of its total shares, at a price of 32 Saudi riyals ($8.53) per share.
Market valuation of $1.7 trillion
This IPO's size gives Aramco a market valuation of $1.7 trillion, pushing it ahead of Apple ($1.17 trillion) as the world's most valuable publicly traded company, Efe news reported, as per IANS.
Trading to begin
Trading of Aramco's shares is expected to begin next week pending an announcement by Riyadh's stock exchange. Aramco had previously announced that its shares would not be offered in the United States, Australia, Canada or Japan.
Saudi Arabia has pursued a commitment from wealthy Saudi citizens and regional allies to purchase shares as a gesture of solidarity and goodwill as opposed to an investment decision.
Doubling of the leverage limit for loans
Meanwhile, the kingdom's banks were directed to double the leverage limit for loans to investors looking to buy Aramco's shares. Compared to an average leverage-ratio limit for loans of 1 to 1, banks were allowed to lend to retail customers for this purpose at a 2-to-1 ratio.
The company will offer 33.3 percent of the available shares (0.5 percent of Aramco's total shares) to retail investors, while the remaining 66.7 percent have been allocated for institutional investors.
4.65 times oversubscribed
The IPO was 4.65 times oversubscribed, with total bids of $119 billion, according to sources close to the process, as per IANS.
An additional 450 million Aramco shares could be sold under an over-allotment option for underwriters, which would bring the total amount raised to nearly $30 billion. The previous record IPO ($25 billion) was set in 2014 by Chinese online commerce company Alibaba Group Holding.
Trading of the shares is expected to commence after all relevant legal requirements and procedures have been completed.
Base dividend of $75 billion in 2020
The company plans to pay a base dividend of $75 billion in 2020. However, it has cautioned about investment risks that include fluctuating oil prices and the backlash faced by oil companies due to their role in climate change.
The sale has been bolstered by Saudi Arabia's regional allies, whose participation was a relief to the kingdom after plans to market the IPO globally floundered. Proceeds from the IPO are needed as the kingdom aims to diversify its economy away from oil and implement domestic socio-economic reforms.
Aramco's IPO plans were put on hold last year in preparation for Saudi capital market reforms. No information currently exists on where the IPO will be listed abroad.
The IPO may encourage other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state oil companies to carry out their own initial public offerings; however, Abu Dhabi-based ADNOC is expected to only list the shares of its subsidiaries.
Aramco reported net income of $111.1 billion in 2018 and $46.9 billion in the first half of 2019. The company suffered a damaging drone and missile attack on some of its oil-processing facilities in September of this year.
Get Latest Business News, Stock Market Updates and Videos; Check your tax outgo through Income Tax Calculator and save money through our Personal Finance coverage. Check Business Breaking News Live on Zee Business Twitter and Facebook. Subscribe on YouTube.