Key facts from Saudi Aramco’s intention to float in Riyadh

The final offer price, number of shares to be sold and percentage of the shares to be sold is yet to be determined



Saudi Aramco on Sunday announced its intention to proceed with an initial public offering in Riyadh. The final offer price, number of shares to be sold and percentage of the shares to be sold will be determined at the end of the book-building period.

Retail investors

* Saudi retail investors will be eligible to receive one share for every 10 allotted shares if they continuously and uninterruptedly hold the shares for 180 days from the first date of trading and listing on the exchange

* Maximum bonus shares will be 100 per investor

* Retail investors can be non-Saudi natural person who is resident in the kingdom and any GCC national

Dividend

* Board intends to declare aggregate ordinary cash dividends of at least $75bn for 2020, in addition to any potential special dividends

* On November 1, Aramco declared an ordinary dividend of $13.4bn for quarter ended September 30

* To declare an interim (ordinary) dividend of a maximum of $9.5bn, after obtaining the necessary approvals from the board, prior to the date of allocation of the shares to the institutional subscribers and individual investors

* These dividends will be paid to the government (in its capacity as the sole shareholder in the company) and investors in the shares will not be entitled to any portion of these dividends regardless of when they are paid

* Subject to certain exceptions, the company will declare an interim (ordinary) dividend of $3.9bn with respect to the period from (and including) the date of allocation of the shares to the institutional subscribers and individual investors through December 31

* It will be paid from the company’s cash-on-hand

Capital expenditure

* 2020 capital expenditure to be between $35bn to $40bn

* 2021 capex $40bn to $45bn

* Can cut capex if oil prices fall

* Believes it retains significant flexibility to reduce capital expenditures in a lower oil price environment

* In medium term, the company expects to spend 35 per cent on liquids related expenditures, 40 per cent on gas-related expenditures and 25 per cent on downstream related expenditures

Nine-month financials

* Revenue, other income related to sales at $244bn

* Net income at $68bn

* Free cash flow $59bn

* Capex at $23bn

Royalties and taxes

* Aramco, government amend concession effective as at January 1

* Reduces royalty on crude oil and condensate output to 15 per cent from 20 per cent on Brent prices up to $70 per barrel

* Increases marginal royalty rate to 45 per cent from 40 per cent on Brent prices above $70 per barrel up to $100 per barrel

* Increases marginal royalty rate to 80 per cent from 50 per cent on Brent prices above $100 per barrel

* Cuts tax rate on downstream business to 20 per cent from the 50 per cent – 85 per cent multi-tiered range on the condition that the Aramco consolidate its downstream business under the control of a separate, wholly owned unit before 31 December 2024

* Period for which Aramco will not be obligated to pay royalties on condensate production extended for an additional 10 years after the current five-year period ending on 1 January 2023; may be further extended for subsequent 10-year periods subject to government approval