Saudi Aramco Review 2017

Dow, Aramco sign MoU

The Dow Chemical Company and Saudi Aramco have announced a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that sets forth a process for Dow to acquire an additional 15 per cent ownership interest from Saudi Aramco in Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara), a joint venture developed by the two companies.

The current equity ownership split is 65 per cent Saudi Aramco and 35 per cent Dow. If the potential transaction is concluded as presently proposed, Dow and Saudi Aramco would each hold a 50 per cent equity stake in Sadara.

"Sadara is the result of a game-changing partnership between Aramco and Dow by delivering market-driven solutions that support the diversification of the country’s economy," says Andrew Liveris, Dow’s chairman and CEO.

"Increasing our equity stake in this iconic joint venture is a powerful example of our strategic partnership with Saudi Aramco and is yet another accelerator in Dow’s long-term growth strategy designed to capture growing consumer-led demand in our key end-markets of transportation, infrastructure, packaging, and consumer products in developing regions."

Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin H Nasser says: "We are proud of our partnership with Dow given its preeminent stature among the world’s leading chemical companies. Dow’s larger stake in Sadara is an endorsement of the kingdom’s vibrant ecosystem, and signals Dow’s confidence in our partnership as a model of mutually beneficial foreign direct investment.

"The time is right to fully leverage Dow’s global leadership to further contribute to the kingdom’s economic transformation in line with Vision 2030."




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