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.”

 


Qatar Airways announces $69 million revenue loss this year

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Qatar Airways announces $69 million revenue loss this year

DUBAI: Qatar Airways says it suffered a $69 million loss this year off revenue of $11.5 billion amid a boycott of Doha by four Arab nations.
The carrier made the announcement in a statement Tuesday, over a year after the boycott saw Qatar Airways locked out the airspace of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Qatar Airways also adjusted its profit in 2017 to $766 million off revenue of $10.7 billion.
The airline's chief executive, Akbar al-Baker, said: "This turbulent year has inevitably had an impact on our financial results, which reflect the negative effect the illegal blockade has had on our airline."
The four Arab nations are boycotting Doha in a political dispute. Mediation by Kuwait and the United States hasn't managed to stop the boycott.