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Major Governance Issue: Concerns over Saudi control of Aramco

March 12/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Mark Mobius has "governance" concerns over investing in shares or bonds that could be issued by Saudi Aramco in the future because of Riyadh's control over the oil giant, the emerging markets investor said, as per Hydrocarbonprocessing.

"At the end of the day decisions about the company will not necessarily be for the benefit of the larger shareholders but for the government," Mobius told Reuters on the sidelines of an investment conference in Dubai.

Saudi Aramco is expected to issue its first international bond over the next few months with the proceeds likely to be linked to the acquisition of a controlling stake in petrochemical maker SABIC.

Mobius said he would not invest in Aramco's bonds unless the risk-reward ratio is balanced by high interest rates, which would have to be higher than what Saudi Arabia offers.

"Because at the end of the day if there is dissolution in one way or another the Aramco bond would be the first to go, the first to be sacrificed (before the sovereign)" he said.

Saudi Aramco pulled its planned $100 billion initial public offering (IPO) last year, partly because of concern on disclosure requirements, sources familiar with the decision said. The planned IPO is at the heart of Saudi Arabia's push to reform its economy and diversify its revenues from oil.

But Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih said in January a listing would happen by 2021.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, petrochemistry, Crude oil, Saudi Aramco.
Category:General News
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