Saudi Aramco Still interested to invest $15 billion in Reliance Industries

Saudi Aramco: Deal to buy 20% stake of Reliance’s O2C business is still ON, was signed in 2019 for $15 billion

Saudi Arabian state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco says that work is on to buy a 20 percent stake in Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). RIL had sold the sale of its oil-to-chemical (O2C) business to the world’s largest crude oil producer for $15 billion.

Speaking to the media after the financial results were released on Sunday, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasir said, “We are still in talks with Reliance.” Work on this deal is in progress. We will inform our shareholders about the Reliance deal at the appropriate time. In the second quarter, Saudi Aramco’s profit fell 73 percent to $ 6.57 billion. There was a 50 percent decline in the net income of the company in the first half.

In the last financial year, RIL had announced to sell 20 percent of its O2C business to Saudi Aramco. In July last month, RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani said that the deal with Aramco was not progressing as per its actual timeline. Mukesh Ambani had said that the deal has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances in the energy market.

At Reliance Industries AGM on July 15, Mukesh Ambani said that we value our 2-decade-old relationship with Saudi Aramco and are committed to long-term partnerships. We will propose to close our O2C business as a separate subsidiary to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to facilitate our partnership opportunity.

Mukesh Ambani expects the Reliance-Aramco deal to be completed by early 2021. In the second quarter of the calendar year 2020, Saudi Aramco’s net profit fell 73 percent to 24.6 billion riyals or $ 6.57 billion. The net profit of the company was 92.6 billion riyals i.e. $ 24.69 billion in the same period a year ago. Aramco’s free cash flow in the second quarter stood at 6.1 billion. It was $ 21.1 billion in the first half of 2020.

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