Saudi Aramco to Raise $11.2B From Share Sale

Saudi Aramco to Raise $11.2B From Share Sale
Saudi Aramco to Raise $11.2B From Share Sale

Saudi Arabia is poised to raise more than $11.2 billion selling shares in oil giant Aramco, opening a new tab to help fund its spending plans, after pricing the stock at the lower end of its expectations, the company said.

Aramco shares were priced at 27.25 riyals ($7.27) after the company set a price range of 26.7 to 29.0 riyals.

The offering was covered four to five times, a person familiar with the matter said.

International demand was greater than for Aramco's IPO in 2019, two people said, and included interest from China, elsewhere in Asia as well as Europe, another person said.

Saudi Arabia has been seeking to lure international investment to pour tens of billions of dollars into projects to diversify away from its reliance on oil. Yet foreign investment has repeatedly missed targets.

Foreign demand for this sale was stronger than anticipated, one person said.

The Saudi government and Aramco did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Saudi de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 is funding endeavors as diverse as electric vehicles to building futuristic cities in the desert, mainly via its Public Investment Fund (PIF).

The $925 billion sovereign fund, after scaling back some of its flagship "giga-projects", aims to sharpen its focus to drive forward the vision.

Proceeds from the share sale are likely to be funneled to the PIF, sources and analysts have said, though funds could also help plug the kingdom's budget deficit which has risen as the oil price has weakened.