News ID: 318519
Published: 0306 GMT December 06, 2021

Iran plans sales of shares in PGPIC, largest divestiture ever

Iran plans sales of shares in PGPIC, largest divestiture ever

The Iranian government will sell its shares in the Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Corporation (PGPIC), in what is expected to be the largest divestiture in the country’s asset sales program.

Head of the Iranian Privatization Organization Hossein Qorbanzadeh said that the government’s stake in PGPIC, which amounts to 18% of the total shares in the company, will be sold through a listing on the local stock market in the near future, Press TV reported.

Qorbanzadeh said the divestiture will be the largest in Iran’s history if the sell-off takes place in one single block trade.

“Naturally, this will be the largest sell-off in the history of the government’s stake divestitures in rials,” said the official without elaborating on how much the company has been valued in Iran’s official currency.

The Iranian Oil Ministry has the controlling shares in PGPIC, the second largest petrochemical company in the Middle East and one of the most profitable in the world.

The holding controls a group of major petrochemical plants and chemical factories in Iran, many of them feeding on the country’s vast natural gas reserves located in the Persian Gulf.

PGPIC has been blacklisted by the United States as part of Washington’s efforts to deprive Iran of its lucrative oil sector revenues.

However, growing sales of the company in the past three years have played a major role in Iran’s efforts to offset the impacts of American sanctions on the country’s economy.

Speaking to IRNA, Qorbanzadeh said that another option for divesting government stakes in PGPIC would be to offer the shares in three large blocks with each block containing 6% of the shares.

He said the government is supposed to sell assets worth 900 trillion rials ($3 billion) to finance the current Iranian-year budget, which runs through to March 20.



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