Saudi Aramco has published its Initial Public Offering prospectus. The prospectus states it will sell 0.5% of its shares to Saudi nationals, qualifying resident expatriates and GCC citizens. 1 billion shares will be available to private shareholders. However, the prospectus does not contain any information on the total percentage of the company which will be sold, the level at which the shares will be priced and an estimate of the total value of Aramco. Various groups will now travel across Saudi Arabia, the wider Gulf region and elsewhere around the world to ascertain how much support there is for the Initial Public Offering. This process will start on 17 November and will close on 28 November for individual investors and 4 December for institutions. Private investors who buy shares and who hold them for at least six months after trading begins in December, will receive bonus shares up to a total of 100 shares.