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24 Saudi companies turn a profit in 2021 after losses last year as pandemic eases

Some 24 enlisted companies in the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) rebounded from a nine-month 2020 net loss to profit this year, according to data compiled by Arab News from Tadawul. 

The findings give indications of a positive recovery from the pandemic’s adverse effects on the economy last year.

Data was compiled as of the afternoon of 8 November 2021.

The National Petrochemical Company (Petrochem) recorded the most significant change in profit, growing by a staggering 5,400 percent to reach a profit of SR1.2 billion ($320 billion) for the nine-month period ending on 30 September 2021. This was driven by higher product prices and drops in the Zakat provision.

It was followed by Takween Advanced Industries which earned SR50.4 million ($13.4 billion) for 9M 2021, leaping by over 2,000 percent compared to the same period last year. The shift to profits was attributed to increases in revenues and a decline in general and administrative costs.

Sipchem posted an increase of 1,700 percent in its net profit for the first three quarters of 2021 to gain SR2.3 billion ($613 billion). Again, rising revenues contributed to the improvement in profitability this year.

The mean value of the 24 companies’ profitability percentage change was 724 percent, while the median value was a lower 267 percent. This demonstrates the outliers’ large effects on the mean value.

Half of the companies experienced a less-than 300 percent expansion in their net profit. Other companies, such as the ones mentioned above, had much higher rates pushing the mean value up considerably.

Overall, when looking at companies that experienced the highest growth rates in their profitability, it was mainly attributed to healthier revenues and higher product prices which might have been the result of a recovering economy following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reasons for improved profitability for the top 10 companies with the highest percentage growth in net profit:

Petrochem: Rise in the company’s joint projects’ profit share due to an increase in products’ prices and a fall in zakat provision.

Takween: Jumps in revenue along with drops in general and administrative costs and financial charges.

Sipchem: Increase in revenue as prices rose.

Saudi electricity: Improved profitability was the result of regulatory and financial reforms which included the cancellation of government fee costs. Finance costs also declined.

SABIC: Higher average selling prices pushed profits up while there were no longer the impairment provisions worth SR1.55 billion ($413 million) which were present last year.

Zoujaj: Jumps in associated companies ’profits for the float glass sector due to better performance.

Saudi Industrial Investment Group: Rise in average sales prices of projects’ products and a decrease in Zakat expenses.

Electrical Industries Company (EIC): An increase in revenues from SR397.2 million ($106 million) last year to SR541.1 million in 9M 2021.

Ma’aden: Jumps in average realized sales prices of all products, higher net profit of joint ventures attributable to the company and larger other income revenues.

Tasnee: Average selling prices for all products went up and there was a higher share of profits from investments in associates and joint ventures. General and administrative expenses, along with finance charges, also fell.

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