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Sabic Q2 revenue drops 29% to $6.57bn

RIYADH, August 11, 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Sabic, a multinational chemical manufacturing company, said that its revenue for the second quarter reached SR24.62 billion ($6.57 billion), representing a decrease of 18% compared to the previous quarter and a 29% decrease year-on-year.

Loss from operations for the quarter totalled SR1.26 billion ($0.34 billion). This was higher than the loss from operations of SR0.06 billion [$0.02 billion] in the previous quarter and lower than the profit from operations of SR4.02 billion [$1.07 billion] in the second quarter of 2019

Net losses during the second quarter amounted to SR2.22 billion ($0.59 billion). This was higher than the net loss of SR1.05 billion [$0.28 billion] in the previous quarter and lower than the net profit of SR2.03 billion ($0.54 billion) in the second quarter of 2019.

Yousef Al-Benyan, Sabic Vice Chairman and CEO, said that Sabic’s performance came in the context of ongoing significant challenges facing both the chemicals sector and the financial markets globally.

“The second quarter saw strong headwinds as global growth declined significantly. This was due to COVID-19 impacting the supply and demand balance for our critical products and the resultant effect on prices and margins,” he said.

“Despite the challenging environment, Sabic has shown resilience in its operations. We remain committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, supplying our customers reliably, supporting humanitarian efforts and proactively collaborating with customers, logistic partners, governments and health authorities to maximize our collective positive impact on communities.”

“In the current tough macro environment, maintaining a strong balance sheet and a strong credit rating on a standalone basis, and delivering competitive dividends to our shareholders are high priorities,” Al-Benyan added.

Announced in June 2020, Saudi Aramco successfully completed its share acquisition of a 70% stake in Sabic from the Public Investment Fund (PIF), for a total purchase price of SR259.125 billion ($69.1 billion).

Al-Benyan said: “Our collaboration with Saudi Aramco will accelerate the achievement of Sabic’s strategic objectives. There will be benefits for business and operations, with coordinated efforts for sales and marketing bringing one face to the market. We will work together with Saudi Aramco to realize the many potential synergies including capitalizing on expertise in executing and streamlining growth projects coupled with distribution, logistics and supply chain activities. Bringing the businesses together will also support the Kingdom’s strategy of maximizing the value generated by the petrochemicals industry and delivering Saudi Vision 2030.

In July, Moody’s Investors Service affirmed Sabic’s A1 long-term issuer rating and A1 senior unsecured bond ratings following the completion of Saudi Aramco’s acquisition of a 70% stake in Sabic.

Sustainability and innovation also continue to represent essential success factors for Sabic. In the reporting period, Sabic extended support to London-based bioplastics firm VOID to develop a new technology to reduce plastic use, mostly in packaging, by up to 50%, while remaining fully recyclable. – TradeArabia News Service




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