By The Financial District
Ukraine War Helps Shell Double Its Profit
Global energy giant Shell said that its annual profits doubled to a record high last year as oil and natural gas prices soared after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Kelvin Chan reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Photo Insert: Shell is the latest oil company to report bumper profits.
London-based Shell Plc posted adjusted earnings of $39.9 billion for 2022 in its financial results for the final three months of the year. Adjusted earnings in the fourth quarter, which exclude one-time items and fluctuations in the value of inventories, rose by 50%, to $9.8 billion, from the same period a year earlier.
Shell is the latest oil company to report bumper profits, which risks reigniting public anger that the fossil fuel industry does more to offset high energy bills for households and small businesses as well as cut climate-changing carbon emissions.
US-based Exxon Mobil also posted record annual profits days earlier, while UK rival BP and France’s TotalEnergies reported huge quarterly profits last year.
The results demonstrate Shell’s “capacity to deliver vital energy to our customers in a volatile world,” new CEO Wael Sawan said in a statement.
It’s the first earnings report presented by Sawan since he took over as chief executive at the start of the year, replacing Ben van Beurden, who stepped down after nine years. Sawan also has reorganized the company’s core business units.
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