SAUDI ARAMCO NET INCOME $30.4 BLN
ARAMCO- Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, October 31, 2021 – The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (“Aramco” or “the Company”) today announced its third quarter financial results, recording a 158% year-on-year (YoY) increase in net income to $30.4 billion and declaring a dividend of $18.8 billion to be paid in the fourth quarter.
The increase in net income was primarily the result of higher crude oil prices and volumes sold and stronger refining and chemicals margins in Q3, which were underpinned by rebounding global energy demand and increased economic activity in key markets.
Commenting on the results, Aramco President & CEO Amin H. Nasser, said:
“Our exceptional third quarter performance was a result of increased economic activity in key markets and a rebound in energy demand, as well as our unique low-cost position, our financial discipline and our proven ability to reliably deliver essential energy and chemical products to our customers.
“Some headwinds still exist for the global economy, partly due to supply chain bottlenecks, but we are optimistic that energy demand will remain healthy for the foreseeable future.
“Looking ahead, we are maintaining our strategy to invest for the long term, and we will build on our track record of low-cost and low-carbon intensity performance to advance our recently announced ambition to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions across our wholly-owned operated assets by 2050.”
Aramco’s net income was $30.4 billion in the third quarter, compared to $11.8 billion in Q3 2020. This 158% YoY increase in net income principally reflects the impact of higher crude oil prices and volumes sold and stronger refining and chemicals margins.
Free cash flow* was $28.7 billion in the third quarter, compared to $12.4 billion for the same period in 2020, and the company again delivered for its shareholders by declaring a dividend of $18.8 billion for Q3.
ROACE*, calculated on a 12-month rolling basis, was 20.6% for the period ending September 30, 2021, compared to 14.8% for the same period in 2020, principally reflecting an increase in net income.
The Company’s gearing ratio* was 17.2% on September 30, 2021, when compared with 23% on December 31, 2020. The decrease was mainly due to higher cash and cash equivalents, driven by higher operating cash flows resulting from stronger crude oil prices, improved refining and chemicals margins, the consolidation of SABIC’s results and cash proceeds in relation to Aramco’s stabilized crude oil pipelines transaction that completed in the second quarter of 2021.
Aramco continues to invest for the future with capital expenditure of $7.6 billion in the third quarter, representing a 19% increase, compared with the same period in 2020. This increase was primarily due to ongoing crude oil increment and other development projects. Aramco maintains a flexible approach to capital allocation and continues to expect 2021 capital expenditure to be approximately $35 billion.