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Aramco’s IPO Becomes a Saudi Affair as London Roadshow Scrapped

  • Aramco seeks IPO valuation of $1.6 trillion to $1.7 trillion
  • Saudi central banks will loosen lending rules to boost demand
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Ayham Kamel of Eurasia Group talks about Saudi Aramco’s planned initial public offering.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Saudi Aramco set a valuation target for its initial public offering well below Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s goal of $2 trillion and pared back the size of the sale after the government decided to make the deal an almost exclusively Saudi affair.

The initial public offering will now rely on local investors after most international money managers balked at even the reduced price target. The deal won’t be marketed in the U.S., Canada or Japan and on Monday bankers told investors roadshow events in London and other European cities, planned for this week, were canceled.