News on August 23, according to a recent report by the Nikkei News,
according to QUICK FactSet's ranking of about 16,000 listed companies around the world in the second quarter (April-June 2022) net profit, the world's most profitable wafer foundry TSMC ranked 14th.
The soaring oil prices caused by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine have boosted oil-related companies'profits in the second quarter and their rankings have leapt forward. Among them, Saudi Aramco's second-quarter net profit reached US$46.3 billion, which was nearly double the level of the same period last year, and its ranking rose from the second place in the same period last year to the first place, becoming the world's most profitable company. At the same time last year, Berkshire Hathaway, run by Warren Buffett, was the most profitable company in the world, but it lost a whopping $43.7 billion last quarter, and its ranking plummeted to the second bottom (16,087th).
In addition to Saudi Aramco, there are five oil companies squeezed into the top10. Among them, the net profit of British Shell reached 18 billion US dollars, a surge of 426% over the same period last year, and its ranking jumped from 46th to 3rd; US Exxon Mobil net profit reached 17.8 billion US dollars, Compared with the same period of last year, it increased by 280.6%, and the ranking jumped from 35th to 4th.
The report pointed out that in addition to the oil industry, semiconductor companies also performed well, benefiting from improved shipping conditions. TSMC's net profit in the last quarter surged 76.4% from the same period last year to US$8 billion, jumping from 33rd to 14th, and its profit surpassed US Meta's US$6.6 billion; global container shipping giant Maersk Group (AP Moller- Maersk)'s net profit surged 131.4% to US$8.5 billion, jumping from 43rd to 12th; Taiwan's Evergreen's net profit surged 143.2% over the same period last year to US$3.4 billion, jumping from 139th To the 40th, it beat Alibaba, which was ranked 41st by a small margin.
As for the U.S. IT giants that were previously the global leader, except for Microsoft, the rest of Google, Apple, Amazon, Meta, etc. all experienced a deterioration in their profits. Among them, although Apple's ranking rose from third to second, its net profit shrank by 10.6% from the same period last year to $19.4 billion: Microsoft's net profit increased by 1.7%, and its ranking remained unchanged at No. 5; Google's parent company Alphabet's net profit Profits fell 13.6%, and the ranking dropped from No. 4 to No. 6; Meta's ranking fell from No. 10 to No. 16; Amazon suffered losses for the second consecutive quarter, and its ranking plummeted from No. 18 to No. 16,078.