Saudi Aramco says reports on SABIC stake ‘entirely speculative’

Media reports on a potential transaction between Saudi Aramco and the Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) were “entirely speculative,” the state energy firm said on Thursday. (Screenshot)
Updated 13 September 2018
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Saudi Aramco says reports on SABIC stake ‘entirely speculative’

  • Saudi Aramco tweeted media speculation was "entirely speculative"
  • It follows media speculation in recent weeks about a potential deal involving the purchase of the petrochemicals giant by Aramco

LONDON: Media reports on a potential transaction between Saudi Aramco and the Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) were “entirely speculative,” the state energy firm said on Thursday.
It follows media speculation in recent weeks about a potential deal involving the purchase of the petrochemicals giant by Aramco.
“Saudi Aramco will provide updates when appropriate,” the national oil company tweeted, without mentioning which reports it referred to or the media outlets concerned.

Saudi Aramco in July denied interest in acquiring an ownership position at SABIC in July, but said it was in “very early-stage discussions” with the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) to acquire a stake in SABIC via a private transaction.
“Saudi Aramco has no plans to acquire any publicly held shares of SABIC,” it had said, adding that appropriate announcements would be made in compliance with “applicable regulations.”

 


Shareholders of India’s Jet Airways approve debt-for-equity swap

Updated 23 February 2019
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Shareholders of India’s Jet Airways approve debt-for-equity swap

  • The plan will mean the lenders will have a bigger holding than any other shareholder
  • Currently, Chairman Naresh Goyal owns a 51 percent stake in the company and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways owns 24 percent

MUMBAI: India’s Jet Airways said late on Friday that its shareholders approved a plan to convert existing debt to equity, paving the way for the troubled company’s lenders to infuse funds and nominate directors to its board.
Jet’s board last week approved a plan by lenders, led by State Bank of India, for an equity infusion, debt restructuring and the sale or sale-and-lease-back of aircraft.
The plan will mean the lenders will have a bigger holding than any other shareholder.
Currently, Chairman Naresh Goyal owns a 51 percent stake in the company and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways owns 24 percent.
Jet, which had net debt of 72.99 billion rupees ($1.03 billion) as of end-December, has debt payments looming next month, according to rating agency ICRA. It has been unable to pay pilots’ salaries and has outstanding bills to aircraft lessors.
The company, India’s biggest full-service carrier, is struggling with competition from budget rivals, high oil prices and a weaker rupee. The share price took a beating in 2018, losing nearly 70 percent of its value.
In a regulatory filing, Jet said on Friday that 98 percent of its shareholders voted to increase the share capital to 22 billion rupees ($309.8 million) from 2 billion rupees at a special meeting.
Jet, whose financial woes are set against the backdrop of wider aviation industry problems, has been in the red for four straight quarters.