Saudi Arabia's state oil company has emerged as the most profitable business in the world, raising profits of $ 111.1bn (£ 84.7bn) in 2018 to pass Apple.
A rare snapshot of its funding included in a bond offer document, Saudi Aramco made a return on revenue of $ 355.9bn last year, producing 10.3 million barrels of crude oil a day.
The snapshot, published Monday by the credit rating agency Moody's Investors Services, set the company in an alliance above Apple, which made a profit of $ 59.5bn in 2018.
It means that the company has made more than four times profit from other competitors in the oil industry last year, including the Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell company, which made $ 23bn, and the company Exxon Mobil. the US, which made $ 21bn.
The Aramco scale closes all other corporations in the world, but is also among the most secretive, owned by the Saudi state. It is the largest oil supplier on the planet and has unique access to almost all of the world's largest hydrocarbon funds in Saudi Arabia.
The state of the Gulf had previously prepared the company for a stock market float that would have appreciated about $ 2tn, twice the value of Apple, but then the scheme was postponed last year. London had been a potential listing destination, although it was not controversial as the UK regulators said they would waive some corporate governance rules.
Aramco's profit details were revealed as he looked to raise around $ 10bn from the sale of bonds to international investors to help fund his Sabic's competitive procurement in a $ 69.1bn deal.
Moody did not award the company the highest possible credit rating of Aaa, stating its “close relationships” with Saudi Arabia, instead giving it a grade A1, the same as Saudi sovereign.