© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Saudi Aramco logo is pictured at the oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo
DUBAI (Reuters) – State-owned oil producer Saudi Aramco (TADAWUL:) on Sunday reported an almost 82% rise in first-quarter net income, broadly in line with analyst forecasts, helped by strong oil prices.
Aramco, which is at par with Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) as the world’s most valuable companies, reported a net income of $39.5 billion for the quarter to March 31 from $21.7 billion a year earlier.
The world’s top oil exporter was forecast to post a net income of $38.5 billion, according to a median estimate from 12 analysts provided by the company.