Petrobras posted an annual profit of 188 billion reais ($36 billion) last year, up 76% from the 107 billion reais profit registered in 2021 and a record for any Brazilian company.

Fourth-quarter earnings of 43 billion reais were also up 38% on a yearly comparison with 2021 as the state-controlled company continued to reap the benefits of higher oil prices and stronger refining margins. The quarterly earnings were down 6% on a sequential comparison with the previous quarter.

A portion of the record gains were also attributed to one-off payments from new partners on pre-salt fields Sepia, Atapu and Buzios, representing the partial recovery of development costs that Petrobras had already sunk into these prolific producing assets.