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The World’s Largest Oil Company Posts Record-High Free Cash Flow

  • Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, saw its net income surge by 39% in the third quarter compared to 2021.
  • Saudi Arabia’s oil giant also posted record-high free cash flow of $45.0 billion in the third quarter compared to $28.7 billion in 2021.
  • Aramco sees global oil demand growing for the rest of the decade and plans to extend its oil and gas production capabilities.

Saudi Aramco posted a 39% yearly surge in net income for the third quarter and generated record free cash flow as higher oil prices and higher production helped it beat the analyst consensus.  

Aramco, the world’s biggest oil firm in terms of both production and market capitalization, said on Tuesday that its third-quarter net income jumped by 39% year over year to $42.4 billion, while free cash flow surged to a record

$45.0 billion from $28.7 billion for the third quarter of 2021.

The profit from this past quarter is Aramco’s second-highest as a listed company, following the record $48.4 billion net income for the second quarter this year.  

“Market conditions slightly softened in the third quarter as continued economic uncertainty driven by inflationary pressures slowed crude oil demand growth. Despite this, Aramco delivered strong earnings and record free cash flow reflecting its ability to generate significant value through its low-cost Upstream production and strategically integrated Downstream business,” Aramco said in a statement.

“While global crude oil prices during this period were affected by continued economic uncertainty, our longterm view is that oil demand will continue to grow for the rest of the decade given the world’s need for more affordable and reliable energy,” Aramco’s president and CEO Amin Nasser said, commenting on the Q3 results.

The top executive of the Saudi state oil giant also noted that “Against the backdrop of global underinvestment in our sector, we are extending our long-term oil and gas production capabilities while also working towards our previously stated ambition to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions from our wholly-owned operated assets.”

Aramco declared a cash dividend of $18.76 billion for the third quarter, in line with its dividend policy to pay shareholders, the biggest of which with 98% is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

With robust profit and record free cash flow, Aramco joins the international majors who reported strong and – in some cases – record earnings for the third quarter. Big Oil’s profits prompted renewed criticism from U.S. President Joe Biden who said on Monday that the record profits of the likes of Exxon were “a windfall of war” and if oil companies don’t increase output, “they’re going to pay a higher tax on their excess profits and face other restrictions.”   

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on November 01 2022 said:
    Despite concerns about global recession and rising inflation, Saudi Aramco the world’s largest oil company is benefiting like other oil supermajors from a global oil market in its most bullish state since the 2014 oil price collapse, a robust global oil demand and a fast-shrinking global spare production capacity and also market tightness caused by underinvestment in oil and gas.

    Moreover, a rising free cash flow of $45 bn in the third quarter will enable Saudi Arabia to build up its financial reserves, pay some of Aramco’s outstanding debts and accelerate the diversification of its economy.

    Saudi Arabia sees global demand for oil continuing to rise well into the future hence its major investments in expanding its production capacity to be able to meet global demand. This is a timely and real rebuttal of projections by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest World Energy Outlook that demand for fossil fuels will peak or plateau between 2025 and 2030.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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