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| 18 October, 2017

Aramco IPO still set for 2018: Saudi Oil Minister

Oil tanks seen at the Saudi Aramco headquarters during a media tour at Damam city.

Oil tanks seen at the Saudi Aramco headquarters during a media tour at Damam city.

REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

Saudi Arabia is still aiming to complete both international and domestic portions of the initial public offering of Aramco, in 2018, says Khalid Al Falih

LONDON - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is still aiming to complete both international and domestic portions of the initial public offering of Aramco, in 2018, the Saudi Oil Minister Khalid Al Falih said Tuesday in London on the sidelines of the Oil & Money conference.

Asked whether both the local and international parts of the IPO will happen in 2018, Al Falih said, "Yes of course. It is on track. We will announce the venue in due course." The Saudi comments came after unnamed people familiar with the situation said last week that the Kingdom is considering delaying the international portion of the offering until at least 2019, according to Reuters.

The Saudi government has said the sale of 5 percent of the shares could value the company at as much as US$2 trillion. If Saudi Arabia achieves its valuation, the 5 percent stake it plans to sell would raise about US$100 billion, which would eclipse the $25 billion raised by Alibaba Group in 2014.

The IPO is the centerpiece of a broad-ranging economic reform programme proposed by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

London and New York exchanges are vying for a role in the Aramco IPO, with Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Toronto also trying to attract the sale.

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