One of the largest base oils producers in the world

One of the largest base oils producers in the world

Helping produce 1 in every 8 barrels of base oil globally, as part of the Saudi Aramco base oil alliance, with an annual total capacity of 1.3 million metric tonnes of both Group I and II base oils.

Attractive margins, high cash conversion and exceptional returns

Attractive margins, high cash conversion and exceptional returns

A robust financial framework with a track record of value-added growth, underpinning shareholder distributions.

A driving force in the Kingdom's industrialization ambitions

A driving force in the Kingdom's industrialization ambitions

Our products keep the global supply chain moving, from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, across the Middle East and beyond.

Message from the leadersHip

Message from the leadersHip

We believe Luberef is an integral part of Saudi Arabia’s supply chain and a driving force in the Kingdom’s industrialization ambitions.  Luberef’s listing adds an important strategic dimension to the Company’s growth strategy, while facilitating our vision to be the leading supplier of premium base oils and specialty products.

Ibrahim Qassim Al Buainain


Luberef’s IPO supports its growth ambitions, will strengthen its already competitive business and unlock new opportunities for its stakeholders. Since its establishment, Luberef has built a robust reputation for delivering high-quality base oil products in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond, while creating value for all its stakeholders. As we have done in the past, Luberef will continue focusing on achieving growth in key end-markets, especially where market dynamics present attractive demand outlooks.

Tareq Abdulaziz Alnuaim

President and CEO


Initial Public Offering

Saudi Aramco Base Oil Company (Luberef) is pleased to announce its intention to offer 29.6562963% of its share capital to the public through an initial public offering (IPO) and listing its shares on the Main Market of the Saudi Exchange, creating opportunities for investors to participate in one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent sectors.

All the Offering Shares will be offered to individual and institutional investors (including institutional investors outside the United States), with a claw-back by the retail investors of up to 25%, as determined by the Joint Financial Advisors.

Transaction Milestones

  1. Intention to Float

    27 Nov 2022

  2. Price Range Announcement and Institutional Book Building

    4-9 Dec 2022

  3. Final price announcement and final prospectus

    11 Dec 2022

  4. Retail Subscription period

    14-18 (at 5pm) Dec 2022

  5. Announcement of the final allocation of the Offer Shares

    22 Dec 2022

  6. Refund of excess subscription amounts (if any)

    28 Dec 2022

  7. Start of Trading



Where does Luberef plan to list?

The shares will be listed on the Main Market of the Saudi Exchange.

How can I subscribe?

Please contact one of the selling agents listed below: SNB Capital Company (Lead Manager), HSBC Saudi Arabia, Citigroup Saudi Arabia and Morgan Stanley Saudi Arabia, as the Joint Financial Advisors, Bookrunners, and Underwriters, can advise you on the process to invest. Further details will be disclosed in the prospectus in due course. We also recommend discussing your investment related queries with your financial advisor.

Who is eligible to subscribe to the offering?

Subscription to the offer is available to: (1) Participating Parties: This tranche comprises the parties entitled to participate in the book-building process as specified under the Book-Building Instructions; and (2) Retail Subscribers: This tranche comprises Saudi Arabian nationals, in addition to any non-Saudi natural person who is resident in the Kingdom and any GCC natural person, provided they have a bank account with one of the Receiving Entities and are entitled to open an investment account. Further details will be disclosed in the prospectus in due course.

When will the final offer price be announced?

The final price of the shares will be set after the book-building is complete.

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About Luberef


million MT

annual production capacity for Group I and Group II base oils




(USD 2,359 million1)
revenues in 2021G




(USD 559 million)
EBITDA in 2021G



per MT base oil crack margin2 in 2021G



conversion3 in 2021G




(USD 250 million) dividend
distributions in 2021G



for 2021G



as at December 2021G

1 For the purposes of this announcement, the exchange rate applied is [SAR 1 = USD 3.75]

2 The difference between the prices of base oil and the prices of feedstock

3 Cash conversion defined as FCF / EBITDA. FCF defined as net cash flow from operations minus capex

4 ROACE – Return on Average Capital Employed; NOPAT / (average net debt plus average book value of equity). NOPAT calculated as operating income minus taxes

5 Net debt / (net debt plus book value of equity)

Investment Highlights

Highly specialized and embedded base oil producer

Luberef is a highly specialized, standalone base oil producer with global scale assets and a unique position in the Middle East:

  • Luberef is a pure play base oil producer, with facilities optimized for base oil production and is the only virgin base oil producer in the Kingdom.
  • The Company’s base oil production capacity of 1.3 million MT per annum positions it as the second largest producer by capacity6 in the Middle East in 2021G, leveraging its long-term agreements with Saudi Aramco for the provision of its high-quality Arab-light feedstock.
  • Luberef’s production assets have competitive scale globally7 with the Yanbu facility ranking among the largest ten refining facilities globally in terms of capacity when including the planned Yanbu Growth II expansion project.
  • The Company is integrated within Saudi Aramco’s system and supplies critical products to the Kingdom.
  • The Company has a network of global marketing and logistical hubs in strategic locations, including the Kingdom and the UAE, which Luberef utilizes to export its products regionally and globally.
  • The Company’s participation in the Aramco Base Oil Alliance allows it to supply base oils to key markets in Asia and the Americas through its partners, S-Oil and Motiva, to benefit from additional demand in other markets.

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Advantaged value chain positions with competitive cost structure

Luberef has advantaged value chain positions due to long term access to high quality, low value reduced crude oil feedstock, operational cost leadership, strategically located production assets, and long-standing relationships with key customers:

  • Luberef has advantaged value chain positions in feedstock supply, assets and operations, and customer relationships.
  • The Company enjoys long-term agreements with Saudi Aramco for the provision of its high-quality Arab-light feedstock.
  • Luberef’s high quality, low value reduced crude oil feedstock, the main feedstock used by the Company, has an optimal composition for use in producing base oils, and its market price is typically lower per barrel than Brent due to its high sulfur content8.
  • The Company’s advantaged feedstock position and reliability of supply enable high plant utilization (87% in 2021G ) and base oil production, resulting in high operational efficiency, supply and resilience.
  • The Company’s base oil unit production cost, excluding feedstock, was approximately USD 119 per MT in 2021G, over 60% lower than the average for other base oil producers9 due to its asset quality and scale, energy efficiency, and high utilization from secured feedstock.
  • The Company has deep, multi-decade relationships with globally and regionally renowned base oil customers, due to the reliability and quality of its base oil supply.

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Track record of value-add growth

The Company has a track record of value-added growth with attractive opportunities to capture projected market growth in key end-markets:

  • Luberef has grown its base oil production capacity and sales volumes, with the most recent Yanbu Growth I expansion project, allowing the Company to introduce Group II base oil production capacity into Saudi Arabia to cater for domestic and regional demand.
  • The expansion of the Yanbu facility following the implementation of the Yanbu Growth I expansion project increased production capacity of the facility by 710 thousand MT, and resulted in an approximately 50% increase in Group II base oil sales volumes in 2021G compared to 2020G.
  • The demand outlook for base oils is further supported by strong macro fundamentals in Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle East region, which are key end-markets for Luberef, with real GDP expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 2.5% in Saudi Arabia and approximately 3.3%, in the Middle East between 2021G and 2030G10.
  • The Company intends to continue to benefit from the structural growth in global demand growth for Group II and Group III base oils which are expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.5% and 4.8% between 2022G and 2030G, respectively11.
  • The next phase of the Company’s growth story includes the Yanbu Growth II expansion project, which is planned to be completed in 2025G, and which will add additional Group II base oil production capacity and introduce Group III base oil production capacity to Luberef.
  • The relationship with Saudi Aramco and its asset portfolio presents a unique platform for additional opportunities for further growth, with demand for base oils globally expected to increase by approximately 5 million MT between 2022G and 2030G12.

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High margins, cash conversion and returns underpin shareholder distributions

Luberef’s high margins, high cash conversion and high returns underpin a robust financial framework and allow for optimum shareholder value:

  • In FY 2021G, Luberef generated approximately SAR 8,847 million (USD 2,359 million) in revenues and SAR 2,096 million (USD 559 million) in EBITDA resulting in cash conversion of 83% and a ROACE of 31%. Furthermore, the Company distributed SAR 938 million (USD 250 million) of dividends to its shareholders during that period.
  • The Company achieved a base oil crack margin of SAR 2,250 (USD 599) per MT in FY 2021G.
  • The Company’s strong financial performance in FY 2021G is attributed to an increase in Group II base oils sales volumes following full ramp up of its Yanbu Growth I expansion project in 2021G, in addition to high demand that was met with tight supply in the base oil market due to lack of feedstock from refinery operations of some base oil producers.
  • The Company operates within a robust financial framework that focuses on three key elements including capital structure, capital investments and shareholders returns.
  • The Company targets a prudent capital structure and strong liquidity position, with a target gearing ratio of 25-35% through the cycle and gearing of 15% at December 2021G.
  • The Company's operational setup requires low maintenance capex, given its well invested asset base, preventative maintenance programs, the recently completed and ramped up expansions, and a rigorous capital allocation process for growth projects, all of which underpin a robust financial profile which the Company believes is beneficial to ROACE.

Strong environmental performance and robust business governance

Luberef has a strong commitment to environmental and social performance and a robust governance framework:

  • Luberef has a goal to foster environmental excellence. The Company delivered a 40% flaring reduction in 2021G vs. 2020G, as well as an approximate 45% CO2 emission reduction in 2021G vs. 2016G13  
  • The Company is also exploring new opportunities and collaboration for low carbon hydrogen production and opportunities to reduce the sulfur content of its fuel oil and base oils.
  • The Company collaborated with KAUST to target up to an 85% reduction in sulphur content of its fuel oil and base oils.
  • The Company has a goal to contribute to the well-being and safety of its employees and the communities it operates in. In 2021G, the Company reported a total recordable incident rate of 0.0, which reflects its efforts for employee safety.
  • From a governance perspective, the Company has an experienced Board of Directors, with defined corporate governance policies aligned with the applicable governance regulations.
  • The Company maintains an arms-length relationship with Saudi Aramco, with key feedstock purchases and product sales conducted on an arm’s length basis.

13Based on CO2 generated per valuable product produced i.e., base oils, naphtha, ULSD, and drilling fluid.

Experienced management team with expertise across the value chain

The Company’s experienced management team has decades of expertise across the value chain and is committed to foster operational excellence and innovation:

  • Luberef has a highly experienced leadership team, with strong sector knowledge, and a deep commitment to maintaining the highest standards of excellence at the Company.
  • The senior management team has over 170 years of combined experience across various operational and financial areas.

Useful Resources

ITF Press Release

IPO Factsheet

Red Herring Prospectus

Red Herring Prospectus

Price Range Announcement

Final Offer Price Announcement

Subscription period results for individual investors announcement


Lead Manager

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Communications Advisor

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Joint Financial Advisors, Bookrunners, Global Coordinators and Underwriters

Receiving Banks

Saudi British Bank (SABB)

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