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Saudi Industrial Investment Group and National Petrochemical Co. started talks in 2020 to merge, potentially creating a firm with $11 billion in assets. Image Credit: Bloomberg

Dubai: The Saudi Industrial Investment Group has offered to acquire the rest of National Petrochemical Co. in a share-swap, creating one of the largest petrochemical companies in the Middle East.

National Petrochem shareholders will receive 1.27 shares in Saudi Industrial in exchange for each share they hold, according to a statement. The transaction will value National Petrochem at SR24 billion ($6.4 billion).

The Saudi Industrial Investment Group, known as SIIG, already owns half of National Petrochemical. The companies started talks to merge, potentially creating a firm with $11 billion in assets as Middle Eastern energy companies assess their options in a lower oil-price environment.

The merger comes amid a boom in prices for chemicals and other petroleum products as major economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The stock of both companies is up almost 50 per cent this year.