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Aramco Launches Major Secondary Offering: 1.55 billion Shares

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Aramco’s Strategic Secondary Offering

Aramco has embarked on its second significant public offering since its record-breaking initial public offering (IPO) in December 2019, which raised $25.6 billion. This time, the energy giant is offering over $10 billion worth of shares, marking a substantial step in its strategic financial maneuvers.

Details of the Offering

The offering involves 1.55 billion shares, equivalent to 0.64% of the company’s issued shares, priced between SR 26.70 and SR 29 ($7 to $7.70) per share. The book-building process for institutional investors is set from June 2 to 6, while retail investors can participate from June 3 to 5.

Market Implications

This secondary offering is expected to attract significant attention from both domestic and international investors. Aramco has strategically positioned this sale to include institutional investors in Saudi Arabia and qualified foreign investors, adhering to the Rules for Foreign Investment in Securities. Additionally, the offering will comply with Regulation S under the US Securities Act of 1933, ensuring it meets global regulatory standards.

Strategic Insights

This move comes as part of Aramco’s broader strategy to diversify its investor base and increase liquidity. The Saudi government, which currently holds 82.19% of Aramco’s shares, will see its stake reduced to approximately 81.55% post-offering, assuming the over-allotment option is not exercised.

Market Position and Financial Performance

The company’s robust financial performance is evident from its first-quarter net profit of $27.27 billion in 2024, a 2.04% increase from the last quarter of 2023. Aramco’s total revenue for Q1 2024 stood at $107.21 billion, with an operating income of $58.88 billion.

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Investor Outlook

The involvement of prominent investment banks underscores the offering’s significance. Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia (part of UBS Group), BNP Paribas, Bank of China International, and China International Capital Corporation join Saudi National Bank, Citi, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JPMorgan, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Al Rajhi Capital, Riyad Capital, and Saudi Fransi as joint book-runners. This diverse and robust lineup of financial institutions highlights the high expectations and potential impact of Aramco’s secondary offering on the global financial market.

Aramco’s secondary offering represents a pivotal moment in its financial strategy, poised to enhance its market presence and investor engagement. This move not only reinforces its standing as an energy powerhouse but also signifies its ongoing commitment to financial growth and stability.

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