Saudi Arabia’s PIF working with Klein and Evercore on strategy

The Saudi Public Investment Fund will work with former Citigroup banker Michael Klein and Evercore Bank in all aspects of the PIF investment strategy and financial planning. (Courtesy Saudi PIF)
Updated 10 November 2017
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Saudi Arabia’s PIF working with Klein and Evercore on strategy

RIYADH: The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) will work with former Citigroup banker Michael Klein and Evercore Bank in all aspects of the PIF investment strategy and financial planning, informed sources said.
According to Bloomberg news, Klein is advising the PIF on its strategic partnerships with international companies by working closely with the fund’s chief executive, Yasser Al-Rumayan, the sources said. Evercore is providing advice on strategy and funding options.
The roles of both Citigroup and Evercore will help to support the economic transformation of the Kingdom and Vision 2030. Both are working on the initial public offering (IPO) of the giant oil company Aramco.
Klein is providing strategic advice to the government regarding Aramco’s IPO, while Evercore serves as a public offering financial adviser.
Klein has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions. He has played an important role in providing advice on many of the huge deals executed in the last few years.


Saudi Aramco in talks for stake in world’s no. 4 chemical firm

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi Aramco in talks for stake in world’s no. 4 chemical firm

  • Aramco made the invitation for the SABIC deal to the banks last month
  • The oil giant is expanding its footprint globally by signing downstream deals and boosting the capacity of its plants

DUBAI: Saudi Aramco said on Thursday it is looking to buy a stake in Saudi petrochemical maker SABIC, a move that could boost the state oil giant’s market valuation ahead of a planned initial public offering.
Aramco said in a statement that it was in “very early-stage discussions” with the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund to acquire the stake in SABIC via a private transaction. It has no plans to acquire any publicly held shares, it said.
In a separate statement, the PIF also said that talks about a sale were in early stages. “There is a possibility that no agreement will be reached in relation to this potential transaction,” it said.
Reuters reported on Wednesday that Saudi Aramco had invited banks to pitch for an advisory role on the potential acquisition of a strategic stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corp, citing two sources with direct knowledge of the matter.
Aramco wants to develop its downstream business as the government prepares to sell up to 5 percent of the world’s largest oil producer, possibly by next year. Boosting its petrochemicals portfolio further could help attract investors for the IPO.
Riyadh-listed SABIC, the world’s fourth-biggest petrochemicals company, is 70 percent owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia’s top sovereign wealth fund. It has a market capitalization of 385.2 billion Saudi riyals ($102.7 billion).
The Aramco IPO is the centerpiece of an ambitious plan championed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy beyond oil.
Aramco made the invitation for the SABIC deal to the banks last month, said the sources, declining to be identified due to commercial sensitivities.
Aramco plans to boost investments in refining and petrochemicals to secure new markets for its crude, and sees growth in chemicals as central to its downstream strategy to lessen the risk of a slowdown in oil demand.
The oil giant is expanding its footprint globally by signing downstream deals and boosting the capacity of its plants.
Aramco’s push into chemicals also includes a mega project it is building at home with SABIC. The $20 billion project would build a complex that converts crude oil into chemicals directly, bypassing the refining stage.