Sadara Chemical to go ahead with sukuk offer

Updated 17 March 2013
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Sadara Chemical to go ahead with sukuk offer

Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) announced yesterday the launch of the public offering of sukuk certificates following the approval by the Capital Market Authority (CMA).
The sukuk will be issued by Sadara Basic Services Company (SBSC), a joint stock company, primarily established for the purpose of issuing the sukuk on behalf of Sadara. The total offering size and value will be determined at a later stage by Sadara.
The proceeds of the sukuk issuance will be used to provide finance for the construction and delivery of a part of the Sadara complex located in Jubail Industrial City II in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom, which will be the world’s largest chemical complex ever built in a single phase.
The CMA approved the sukuk on March 13 and the sukuk prospectus were scheduled to be published yesterday. The Shariah structure of the sukuk has been approved by the joint Shariah committee formed by Alinma Investment Company and AlBilad Investment Company, and the Shariah committees of Deutsche Securities Saudi Arabia L.L.C. and Riyad Capital.
The offering, sale and delivery of the Sukuk is limited solely to Saudi nationals and those other legal persons with a permanent establishment in the Kingdom holding a current commercial registration number issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and maintaining a bank account in the Kingdom.
The sukuk will be a floating rate sukuk, with a tenor of approximately sixteen (16) years. The investors will receive an expected return of six (6) month SAIBOR plus a margin per annum to be distributed semi-annually.
Established in October, 2011, Sadara is a limited liability company developed by Saudi Arabian Oil Company and The Dow Chemical Company. Sadara is building a world-scale, fully integrated chemicals complex in Jubail Industrial City II. Once complete, the complex is expected to be one of the world’s largest integrated chemical facilities, and the largest ever built in a single phase. First production units are expected to come on line in the second half of 2015, with all production units coming on line in 2016.
Sadara has appointed Deutsche Bank, AlBilad, Alinma and Riyad Capital as joint lead managers and joint book runners. The joint lead managers and joint book runners appointed Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and Zeyad Khoshaim Law Firm in association with Allen & Overy LLP as their legal advisors. Sadara and SBSC appointed Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co. and Dr. Waleed N. Al-Nuwaiser in association with White & Case LLP as their legal advisers.


Saudi minister Al-Falih says Aramco IPO likely in 2019

Updated 36 min 32 sec ago
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Saudi minister Al-Falih says Aramco IPO likely in 2019

  • Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih: “We are ready, the company (Saudi Aramco) essentially has ticked all the boxes. We’re simply waiting for a market readiness for the IPO.”
  • Khalid Al-Falih: “Most likely it will be in 2019 but we will not know until the announcement has been made. All I could say is stay tuned.”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is most likely to hold the initial public offering (IPO) of oil giant Aramco in 2019, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Friday, confirming a delay from the initial plan to list the company this year.

“The timing I think will depend on the readiness of the market, rather than the readiness of the company or the readiness of Saudi Arabia,” Khalid Al-Falih, who’s also the company’s chairman, said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia on Friday.

“We are ready, the company essentially has ticked all the boxes,” he said. “We’re simply waiting for a market readiness for the IPO.”

For almost two years, Saudi officials said the IPO was “on track, on time” for the second half of 2018. But for the first time in March they suggested it could be delayed until 2019.

“Most likely it will be in 2019 but we will not know until the announcement has been made,” Al-Falih said. “All I could say is stay tuned.”

The Aramco IPO would be a once-in-a-generation event for financial markets. Saudi officials said they hope to raise a record $100 billion by selling a 5 percent stake, valuing the company at more than $2 trillion and dwarfing the $25 billion raised by Chinese retailer Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in 2014.