Saudi Aramco to purchase 100% equity stake in Esmax

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Saudi Aramco acquires Esmax
Officials during the signing ceremony.

Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies, has agreed to purchase a 100 percent equity stake in Esmax from Southern Cross Group, a Latin America-focused private equity company.

Esmax is a leading diversified downstream fuels and lubricants retailer in Chile. Its national presence includes retail fuel stations, airport operations, fuel distribution terminals, and a lubricant blending plant.

Aramco’s planned acquisition of Esmax would be its first Downstream retail investment in South America, recognizing the potential and attractiveness of these markets while advancing Aramco’s strategy of strengthening its downstream value chain.

Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani Image
Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani
Downstream President

“This agreement is yet another milestone in our strategy to grow Aramco’s downstream presence globally and expand our retail, lubricants, and trading businesses. We are excited by the opportunities it presents, creating synergies with our extensive trading and manufacturing systems. Moreover, it creates a platform to launch the Aramco brand both in Chile and South America more broadly, unlocking significant potential to capitalize on new markets for our products. Esmax is a well-run business in Chile with more than 100 years of experience with quality assets and growth potential. We are excited to have the outstanding people of Esmax join the Aramco family as we continue to execute on our downstream strategy.”

This transaction would enable Aramco to secure outlets for its refined products and help expand its retail business internationally. The transaction is subject to certain customary conditions, including regulatory approvals.

The acquisition also unlocks new market opportunities for Valvoline branded lubricants, following Aramco’s acquisition of the Valvoline Inc. global products business in February 2023, as per the statement.

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