San Francisco Chronicle
Profit soars 80% for giant oil firm
Oil giant Saudi Aramco said Sunday its profits soared more than 80% in the first three months of the year, as the statebacked company cashes in on the volatility in global energy markets and surging oil prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The bumper first-quarter earnings by the firm formally known as the Saudi Arabian Oil Co., which overtook Apple as the world’s most valuable company last week, show a record net income of $39.5 billion, up from $21.7 billion during the same period last year.
The figure marks the oil group’s highest quarterly profit since 2019, when the Saudi government, which owns 98% of the company, listed a sliver of its worth on Riyadh’s Tadawul stock exchange in what was then the world’s largest-ever initial public offering.