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Hyundai Oilbank plans to go public next year

All News 20:01 June 14, 2021

SEOUL, June 14 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Oilbank Co., a major South Korean oil refiner under Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, plans to list its shares on the country's bourse next year, its parent company said Monday.

The decision for Hyundai Oilbank's initial public offering (IPO) was made during its board meeting, according to Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings Co, the largest shareholder of the refiner with a 74.13 percent stake.

The holding firm previously tried to list its oil refining unit on the local stock market in 2018. It also sought for the IPO in 2019 after Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings decided to sell its 17 percent stake in the refiner to Saudi Aramco, the world's largest crude exporter, for US$1.2 billion.

This photo taken on Sept. 22, 2020, shows the corporate logo of South Korean oil refiner Hyundai Oilbank Co. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Industry insiders said the shipbuilding conglomerate's decision to again pursue Hyundai Oilbank's IPO came as the local IPO market became popular with increased capital flows amid low interest rates.

Hyundai Oilbank reported an operating income of 412.8 billion won ($368 million) in the first quarter of the year, shifting from 563.2 billion won loss from a year earlier. Its first-quarter sales grew 2.7 percent on-year to 4.53 trillion won.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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