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Saudi Aramco in advanced talks to buy stake in Reliance

Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries (Photo: MANPREET ROMANA/AFP via Getty Images).

By: Shilpa Sharma

SAUDI ARAMCO is in advanced talks with Reliance Industries Ltd for an all-stock deal to acquire a stake in the Indian conglomerate’s oil refining and chemicals business, news agency Bloomberg reported.

The Saudi Arabian oil giant is discussing the purchase of a roughly 20 per cent stake in the Reliance unit for about $20 billion (£14bn) to $25bn (£18bn)-worth of Aramco shares. The deal would facilitate closer ties between the world’s biggest oil exporter and one of the fastest-growing energy consumers.

The two companies are expected to reach an agreement in the coming weeks, the Bloomberg’s report said quoting sources.

It would also mark Aramco’s first all-stock deal since its initial public offering in 2019.

Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries had confirmed talks about a deal with an implied stake valuation of $15bn (£10.8bn) in 2019. However, discussions got delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The deal would boost Aramco’s sales of crude to India, and for Reliance it would ensure a steady supply of crude oil for its giant refineries and make the Indian conglomerate a shareholder in Aramco.

Based on Aramco’s market valuation of about $1.9 trillion (£1.4tn), the deal would give Reliance a stake of around one per cent.

Details of the transaction are still being negotiated, the report said.

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