Dhahran, The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (“Saudi Aramco” or

“the Company”) today announced its full-year 2019 financial results, delivering strong profits

and dividends despite a lower price environment and challenging margins in refining and

chemicals.

Financial Highlights

Net income was $88.2 billion for the full-year 2019, compared to $111.1 billion in 2018. The

decrease was primarily due to lower crude oil prices and production volumes, coupled with

declining refining and chemical margins, and a $1.6 billion impairment associated with Sadara

Chemical Company.

Free cash flow* was $78.3 billion, compared to $85.8 billion the previous year. This was primarily

due to lower income, offset by lower capital expenditures and favorable working capital

movements.

The balance sheet showed a gearing ratio of -0.2% at the end of 2019, demonstrating the

Company’s strong and prudent financial framework.

Total dividend payments were $73.2 billion in 2019. As disclosed in the IPO prospectus, the

Company has declared ordinary dividends of $3.9 billion, covering the period from December 5,

2019, the date IPO shares were allocated to investors, through December 31, 2019. These

ordinary dividends represent a proportion of the $13.4 billion total ordinary dividends declared

for the fourth quarter 2019. The dividends of $3.9 billion will be paid on March 31, 2020 to

registered shareholders as at March 18, 2020.

Saudi Aramco: Public

With respect to calendar year 2020, and as described in the Company’s IPO prospectus, the

Company, subject to Board approval, intends to declare aggregate ordinary cash dividends of at

least $75.0 billion a year, paid quarterly. First quarter 2020 dividends are anticipated to be

announced along with the Company’s first quarter 2020 financial results, which are expected to

be published in May 2020.

Capital expenditure last year was $32.8 billion, compared to $35.1 billion in 2018. The Company

expects capital spending for 2020 to be between $25 billion and $30 billion in light of current

market conditions and recent commodity price volatility. Capital expenditure for 2021 and

beyond is currently under review. The Company’s low upstream costs and low sustaining capital

provide significant flexibility and demonstrate differentiation to its peers.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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