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Reliance details assets to be included in spun-off refining, petchems business

September 21/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) released a detailed plan to carve out its oil-to-chemicals business into a separate entity for a potential stake sale, said Chemweek

As per the scheme, RILs oil-to-chemicals (O2C) assets, including its refining, petrochemicals, fuel retail (majority interest only) and bulk wholesale marketing businesses, along with its assets and liabilities, will be transferred to a new unit. The new unit will include the refining and petrochemical plants and manufacturing assets at RILs Jamnagar, Dahej, Hazira, Nagothane, Vadodara, Patalganga, Silvassa, Barabanki and Hosiarpur locations.

It will also include all assets relating to RILs ongoing refinery and petrochemical projects that are being commissioned or near completion, the company said. RIL had officially announced its proposal to transfer its oil-to-chemicals (O2C) business to a separate entity in April.

The nature of risk and returns involved in the O2C business are distinct from those of the other businesses of RIL and the O2C business attracts a distinct set of investors and strategic partners, it said in the statement detailing its plan to create the new subsidiary. "RIL being a listed company cannot issue shares with differential rights (i.e. equity shares with interest linked only to O2C business) therefore, the O2C undertaking has to be transferred into a wholly-owned subsidiary of RIL in which the investors will invest, it added.

Accordingly this scheme is being proposed for transfer of the O2C business to the subsidiary on a slump sale basis. In a slump sale, assets are transferred or sold without considering the values of the individual assets or liabilities contained within the undertaking.

"The scheme will become effective from the appointed datemeans opening business hours of 1 January 2021 or such other dates as may be approved by board of the parties, the company said on its website. The separation of the assets was planned as part of RILs target to sell 20% in its refining and chemicals business to Saudi Aramco.

The USD15bn deal with Aramco was initially scheduled to be completed by March 2020, but has been delayed/ At the companys Annual General Meeting in July, RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani had said that the company expected to complete the deal with Aramco by early 2021.

As MRC informed earlier, in August last year, RIL announced initial agreements to sell a 20% stake in the oil-to-chemical business to Saudi Aramco for an asking of USD15 billion. The deal covers all of Reliances refining and petrochemicals assets as well as the remainder of stake the firm has in fuel retailing business after selling 49% to BP Plc of UK for Rs 7,000 crore (USD924.2 million).

And in late April 2020, it became known that Saudi Aramcos plan to buy USD15-billion stake in Reliance Industries hydrocarbon business may not go through due to the rising risk of collapsing oil prices, US-based brokerage Bernstein has warned. The unique combination of excess crude oil global supply, 30% drop in demand due to coronavirus crisis and continuous price fall weighed heavily on Aramcos investment plans.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall PE production totalled 1,712,400 tonnes in the first seven months of 2020, up by 58% year on year. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) accounted for the greatest increase in the output. At the same time, overall PP production in Russia increased in January-July 2020 by 24% year on year to 1,063,700 tonne. ZapSibNeftekhim accounted for the main increase in the output.

Reliance Industries is one of the world's largest producers of polymers. Thus, the company produces among others polypropylene, polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PVC, PP, PE, Reliance Industries.
Category:General News
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