DUBAI/BENGALURU (1) – Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has purchased minority stakes in main American corporations together with Boeing, Facebook and Citigroup, a regulatory submitting confirmed, giving it a portfolio of almost $10 billion in U.S.-listed shares.

FILE PHOTO – Normal view of Riyadh metropolis, after the Saudi authorities eased a curfew, following the outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Might 7, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

The $300 billion Public Funding Fund (PIF) has been shopping for minority stakes in corporations the world over, benefiting from market weak point in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The PIF disclosed stakes price $713.7 million in Boeing, ABOUT $522 million in Citigroup, $522 million in Facebook, $495.Eight million in Disney and $487.6 million in Financial institution of America, the U.S. Securities and Alternate Fee (SEC) submitting on Friday confirmed.

The PIF has an almost $514 million stake in Marriott and a small holding in Berkshire Hathaway, based on the submitting. The PIF additionally disclosed an $827.7 million stake in oil firm BP, which has American Depository Receipts (ADRs) listed in the US.

“The Saudi sovereign fund went purchasing in Q1,” tweeted Ali Al-Salim, co-founder of Dubai-based consulting agency Arkan Companions, including that it now held about $10 billion in U.S.-listed equities, up from $2 billion firstly of the yr.

PIF’s technique is two-pronged; constructing a global portfolio of investments and investing domestically in initiatives that may assist scale back Saudi Arabia’s reliance on oil.

“PIF is a affected person investor with a long-term horizon. As such, we actively search strategic alternatives each in Saudi Arabia and globally which have robust potential to generate vital long-term returns whereas additional benefiting the individuals of Saudi Arabia and driving the nation’s financial progress,” the sovereign wealth fund mentioned in an announcement.

“These alternatives embrace sectors and firms which might be nicely positioned to drive economies and lead sectors transferring ahead.”


The PIF has individually funded nearly half of Japanese investor SoftBank’s $100 billion Imaginative and prescient Fund, which has been hit by losses on expertise bets.

Final month the PFI’s head, Yasir al-Rumayyan, mentioned it was wanting into funding alternatives in areas reminiscent of aviation, oil and gasoline, and leisure, including that there could be loads of potential for funding alternatives as soon as the coronavirus disaster passes.

The PIF disclosed an 8.2% stake in coronavirus-hit Carnival Corp in April, sending the cruise operator’s shares almost 30% increased.

The Saudi fund purchased stakes in Royal Dutch Shell, Complete, Eni and Equinor earlier this yr , a supply acquainted with the transactions advised 1 on April 9.

The SEC submitting on Friday confirmed it had a $483.6 million stake in Shell, a $222.Three million holding in Complete and a $481 million stake in Suncor Power.

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An earlier submitting in Norway had proven the PIF had a 0.3% stake in oil and gasoline agency Equinor.

PIF already has a $2 billion stake in Uber Applied sciences and electrical automobile firm Lucid Motors. It used to personal a small stake in electrical carmaker Tesla, however the newest submitting didn’t present any publicity.

(This story was refiled to repair typo in paragraph 11)

Reporting by Saeed Azhar and Kanishka Singh; Modifying by Pravin Char