Saudi Aramco, world’s most profitable oil company to go public

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Saudi Aramco, the world most profitable company made $111bn last year, almost double Apple’s profit, and dwarfing the earnings of rivals Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell.

Saudi Arabia’s state oil company, Saudi Aramco kick-started its initial public offering (IPO) on Sunday, announcing its intention to list on the domestic bourse as the kingdom seeks to diversify and create the world’s most valuable listed company.

Aramco did not give a time frame or say how much of the company it would sell, but sources have told Reuters the oil company could offer 1%-2% of its shares on the local bourse, raising as much as $20 billion-$40 billion.

Aramco said the IPO would be split into two tranches: one each for institutional and individual investors. The percentage of shares to be sold and the purchase price would be determined after the book-building period, it added in a statement.

Confirmation of the share sale in Saudi Arabian Oil Co, or Aramco, as the oil giant is usually known, comes…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper