Saudi Arabia has made an initial valuation on a state-owned oil company that it intends to float on the stock market over the next year at over $1.5tn USD, making it one of the most expensive early valuations seen in recent years.
Aramco – otherwise known as the Saudi Arabian Oil Company – is owned and controlled by the government and is one of the largest companies in the world based on revenue intake, producing and distributing natural gas and petroleum.
Saudi Arabia is known globally for the huge amounts of oil reserves it currently has and thus, is one of the biggest players in the international market.
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had hoped to see a valuation closer to $2tn, but new figures from Bloomberg are suggesting that the number is significantly lower than expected.
Experts have concluded that should the flotation go forward, the figure would make it one of the highest IPOs (Initial Public Offering) put forward to potential investors.
If it were successful, it would overtake Alibaba as the highest pricing in trading history.With share prices starting at approximately $8, not only could this to prove a highly popular investment choice but would allow individual investors as well as larger companies and institutions to buy a stake in the company.
Experts are viewing this floatation as the first step in the company’s bid to go international.