Saudi oil firm Aramco’s first-quarter profits up by 30%

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9:24am, Tue 04 May 2021
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Saudi Aramco’s profits soared by 30% for the first quarter of the year, riding on the back of higher crude oil prices.

The company’s financial results show a net income of 21.7 billion dollars (£15 billion) for the first three months of the year, compared to the same period in 2020 when Aramco’s earnings plunged to 16.7 billion dollars (£12 billion) as the early effects of the coronavirus pandemic were beginning to dramatically drive down global demand for oil.

Aramco said the increase in profits primarily reflects the impact of higher crude oil prices brought on by increased global demand for crude amid ongoing vaccination programmes and the reopening of the economy in several countries.

The company also confirmed it would deliver on a promised dividend payout of 18.75 billion dollars (£13.5 billion) for its shareholders.

Aramco is more than 98%-owned by the Saudi government, with 1.7% traded on the Saudi stock exchange.

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