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Statements of future events or conditions in this report, including projections, targets, expectations, estimates, and business plans, are forward-looking statements. Actual future financial and operating results, including demand growth and energy source mix; capacity growth; the impact of new technologies; production growth; project plans, dates, costs, and capacities; resource additions, production rates, and resource recoveries; efficiency gains; cost savings; earnings growth; integration and technology benefits; returns; and product sales could differ materially due to, for example, changes in the supply of and demand for crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum and petrochemical products and resulting price impacts; reservoir performance; timely completion of development projects; war and other political or security disturbances; changes in law or government regulation, including environmental regulations and political sanctions; the actions of competitors and customers; unexpected technological developments; general economic conditions, including the occurrence and duration of economic recessions; the outcome of commercial negotiations; the impact of fiscal and commercial terms; unforeseen technical difficulties; unanticipated operational disruptions; and other factors discussed in this report and in Item 1A of ExxonMobil’s most recent Form 10-K.

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We use non-GAAP concepts and financial measures throughout this publication. These measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Definitions of certain financial and operating measures and other terms used in this report – such as “resources” and “resource base” – are contained in the section titled “Frequently used terms” on pages 102 through 105. In the case of non-GAAP financial measures, such as “Return on Average Capital Employed” and “Cash Flow from Operations and Asset Sales,” the definitions also include any reconciliation or other information required by SEC Regulation G. “Factors Affecting Future Results” and “Frequently Used Terms” are also available on the “Investors” section of our website. 

As used in this publication, the term “industry” refers to publicly traded international energy companies, and “return(s)” (unless referring to ROCE) mean discounted cash flow returns based on current company estimates. The term “project” can refer to a variety of different activities and does not necessarily have the same meaning as in any government payment transparency reports.

Unless otherwise specified, data shown is for 2017. Prior years’ data have been reclassified in certain cases to conform to the 2017 presentation basis.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has numerous affiliates, many with names that include ExxonMobil, Exxon, Mobil, Esso, and XTO. For convenience and simplicity, those terms and terms such as Corporation, company, our, we, and its are sometimes used as abbreviated references to specific affiliates or affiliate groups. Abbreviated references describing global or regional operational organizations, and global or regional business lines are also sometimes used for convenience and simplicity. Similarly, ExxonMobil has business relationships with thousands of customers, suppliers, governments, and others. For convenience and simplicity, words such as venture, joint venture, partnership, co-venturer, and partner are used to indicate business and other relationships involving common activities and interests, and those words may not indicate precise legal relationships. 

Included in this Summary Annual Report are financial and operating highlights and summary financial statements. For complete financial statements, including notes, please refer to ExxonMobil’s 2017 Financial Statements and Supplemental Information booklet included in the Summary Annual Report mailing. The Financial Statements and Supplemental Information booklet also includes Management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations. The “Investors” section of ExxonMobil’s website (exxonmobil.com) contains the Proxy Statement and other company publications, including ExxonMobil’s Financial & Operating Review. These publications provide additional detail about the company’s global operations.

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