DOHA (Sputnik) – The net profit of Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Saudi Aramco for the first nine months of this year amounted to $68 billion, revenue for the same period reached $244 billion, the company’s report indicated.
It may additionally pay interim dividends in the amount of $9.5 billion to the kingdom’s authorities only.
The country’s Capital Markets Authority announced earlier in the day that they had agreed to approve Saudi Aramco’s request to partially place its shares; first on the local Tadawul stock market, and then abroad, placing a total of 5 percent of the company’s shares.
According to the Al Arabiya broadcaster, the start of collecting investors’ applications is expected on December 4, while the trading of shares will commence on December 11.
Saudi Aramco was pronounced the world’s most profitable company earlier this year which may give it record-breaking earnings upon going public. The company currently sits on the second largest proven oil reserve of about 266 million barrels.