Aramco IPO depends on oil, bourse status: Al-Falih

Saudi Arabia is expected to list 5% of the state-owned oil giant by the end of 2018

The initial public offering of Saudi Aramco will depend on oil and stock market conditions: Khalid Al-Falih.
The initial public offering of Saudi Aramco will depend on oil and stock market conditions: Khalid Al-Falih.

The initial public offering of Saudi giant Aramco will depend on oil and stock market conditions, the Kingdom’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources has been quoted as saying.

Khalid Al-Falih told German newspaper Handelsblatt that the size and complexity of the listing would require ‘a great deal of internal preparation’.

“The actual IPO timeframe will also be subject to a number of external factors including equity market conditions, oil price outlook, and domestic capital market readiness,” Al-Falih, who is also Aramco’s chairman, told the paper.

The interview came after Siemens was awarded a $500mn contract to develop gas turbines in Saudi Arabia.

The listing of Aramco is expected to become the world’s largest ever IPO. The government plans to sell 5% of the company’s shares by the end of 2018, with government officials estimating it could be worth $2tn to $3tn.

Al-Falih previously said that the listing of the company would not include oil reserves.

He told reporters in June that Aramco would have to convince investors to maintain an oil surplus to be used in times of crisis.

This has been described as not feasible by some banks as they are unused assets.

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