December 3, 2019 / 8:08 PM / in 3 months

Institutions have subscribed for 5.9 billion shares of Aramco IPO - lead bankers

FILE PHOTO: An employee in a branded helmet is pictured at Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Riyadh (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco has received orders worth 189.04 billion riyals (39.3 billion pounds) for the institutional tranche of its planned initial public offering (IPO), its financial advisers said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

The institutional bookbuilding began on Nov. 17 and investors have until Dec. 4 to place orders. Aramco plans to sell 1.5% of its shares, in a deal which could raise up to $25.6 billion.

The Saudi oil giant has received subscription orders from institutional buyers for around 5.9 billion shares so far, Samba Capital, NCB Capital and HSBC Saudi Arabia said.

(This story corrects subscription order for shares to 5.9 billion, not 6.3 billion, after bank clarification)

Reporting by Marwa Rashad

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