Aramco Listing To Enhance Tadawul’s Global Profile

Aramco IPO is a big deal for Saudi Arabia's only stock exchange.

Tadawul, the only stock exchange allowed to operate in Saudi Arabia, welcomed Saudi Aramco’s intention to proceed with a multi-billion dollar initial public offering on its main market.

The exchange is already the leading market in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and it is now being thrust upon the world stage.

“Tadawul and all its systems are ready to receive the largest listing in the history of financial markets, which will mark a major milestone in Tadawul’s journey and bolster our position among international stock exchanges,” says Khalid Al Hussan, CEO of the exchange. Trading in Aramco was expected to begin by the middle of December.

The Saudi market is the 24th largest among the 67 members of the World Federation of Exchanges, and the seventh largest among emerging-market exchanges.

Foreign fund managers that track the MSCI Emerging Markets Index may be forced to buy Aramco shares, since the IPO will increase the kingdom’s share of the index from 2.4% to more than 3%.

The authorities issued certain exemptions to streamline the IPO application process for foreign investors. A successful Aramco listing will help Tadawul become a gateway for foreign investment as envisioned under the Vision 2030 program of economic reforms.