Sabic Output At Record High In 2016, But Net Income Lower In ‘Pivotal Year’

Sabic is targeting specialty chemicals and “huge” JVs in an ongoing shake-up.

Saudi state petchems giant Sabic had record output of 72.7mn tons in 2016 but net income fell by almost 5% to SR17.84bn ($4.76bn) from $5.01bn in 2015. That said, the firm has weathered the last two years’ more than halving in oil prices far better than it did in 2009, when a more modest fall in oil prices saw earnings collapse to just $2.42bn (see charts).

Net income has fallen every year but one since 2011’s record $7.80bn despite steadily rising output since. Production numbers are somewhat confusing as they include not only some intermediate as well as final products, but also 5-6mn tons/year of steel. (CONTINUED - 918 WORDS)

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chart Sabic Production (Mn T*) Has Continued To Edge Higher In Recent Years, Setting A New Record In 2016...
chart ...But Earnings Have Been Hit By Lower Oil Prices