Sabic’s quarterly net profit slumps 94% on lower sales prices

Saudi biggest petrochemicals giant posts a net income of SR290 million ($77.28 million) in the three-month period ended December 31, down from SR4.97 billion a year earlier

By Reuters

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Sabic’s earnings are closely related to oil prices and global economic growth.
Sabic’s earnings are closely related to oil prices and global economic growth.

Published: Tue 28 Feb 2023, 5:59 PM

Saudi Basic Industries Corp (Sabic), one of the world’s biggest petrochemicals companies, said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter net profit slumped 94 per cent on lower average sales prices.

Sabic posted a net income of SR290 million ($77.28 million) in the three-month period ended December 31, down from SR4.97 billion a year earlier.


Prices across the main petrochemicals segments, chemicals, polyethylene and performance polymers were lower in the fourth quarter, Sabic said, adding margins were expected to remain under pressure in the first half of 2023 amid slow demand.

Sabic’s acting chief executive Abdulrahman Al Fageeh said demand from China, which ended its Covid controls in early December, could return in the second quarter or second half of 2023.


He told a news briefing there had been little rise in demand from China since its reopening and did not match the lift seen in 2021.

“Until today, we cannot see the higher demand which was expected to take place,” he said.

Net income attributable to shareholders for the year 2022 was SR16.53 billion, down 28 per cent from the previous year.

Sabic’s earnings are closely related to oil prices and global economic growth as its products — plastics, fertilisers and metals — are used extensively in construction, agriculture and industry and in making consumer goods. — Reuters


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