Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund reported a loss on investment activities of about $11 billion last year compared to a profit of $19 billion in 2021 as global markets sank.
That meant the fund's loss attributable to its owner was 36.6 billion riyals ($9.8 billion) in 2022, down from a profit of 81.8 billion riyals, according to the wealth fund's accounts published Tuesday. Total assets of the PIF, as the fund is known, rose to about $778 billion from $676 billion.
PIF said it made a 25% return in 2021 as global markets rallied, roughly in line with that of investors in the S&P 500 index that year. PIF didn't disclose a comparable figure in its 2022 accounts, a year when the S&P dropped almost 20%. The index is up about 15% so far this year.
The PIF is in the midst of a global investment spree after it was transformed from a domestically-focused holding company into a sovereign fund in 2016. In recent months, it has grabbed global attention for a deal to merge its upstart LIV golf tournament with the PGA, part of a push by the kingdom to boost its soft power and improve its image internationally by investing in global sports.
During the course of 2022, the fund established the Sports Investment Company as a wholly owned subsidiary to invest in sports internationally and domestically. This year, the Saudi government transferred a further 4% of energy giant Aramco — worth almost $80 billion — to PIF.
The fund also manages a roughly portfolio of U.S. equities that includes stakes in Lucid Group, Activision Blizzard and Uber Technologies.