Saudi Aramco’s valuation allows investors to benefit from IPO: energy minister
Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the success of Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO) mirrors the opinion of those who injected money in the Saudi economy and the Kingdom’s future economic approach.
The IPO success also reflects Saudi Aramco’s value. The right valuation will allow subscribers to benefit from their investment, Prince Abdulaziz told Al-Arabiya TV.
Prince Abdulaziz also described the decision of those who abstained from subscribing to Aramco’s shares as “regretful”, adding that they were affected by some sources that aimed to downplay the share sale, the company valuation and the Kingdom’s economic position.
“We believe that the value of the company is way higher than $1.7 trillion,” the Saudi energy minister told Reuters yesterday. He also said in an interview with Bloomberg that Saudi Aramco will probably soon exceed the $2 trillion valuation.
The giant oil producer raised SAR 446 billion from the retail and institutional tranches in its IPO. The IPO was 465% oversubscribed. The final IPO price was set at SAR 32 per share and the offering size hit as much as SAR 96 billion ($25.6 billion).
Saudi Aramco priced its IPO at the high end of the targeted range to give the oil giant a total value of $1.7 trillion in the world's biggest-ever IPO.