ExxonMobil earns $2.7 billion in third quarter of 2016

IRVING, Texas — Exxon Mobil Corporation today announced estimated third quarter 2016 earnings of $2.7 billion, or $0.63 per diluted share, compared with $4.2 billion a year earlier. Results reflect lower refining margins and commodity prices.

News Oct. 28, 2016

ExxonMobil earns $2.7 billion in third quarter of 2016
  • Cash generation supported by integrated portfolio
  • Continued focus on business fundamentals and strategic investments
  • Chemical and Downstream results reflect diverse product portfolio, integrated manufacturing sites
Third quarter   Nine months  
Earnings summary

(Dollars in millions, except per share data)
2016 
2015 %
2016
2015 %
     Earnings
2,650
4,240 -38
6,160
13,370 -54
     Earnings Per Common Share Assuming Dilution
0.63
1.01 -38
1.47
3.18 -54
Capital and Exploration Expenditures
4,190
7,670 -45
14,475
23,635 -39

“ExxonMobil’s integrated business continues to deliver solid results,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer. “While the operating environment remains challenging, the company continues to focus on capturing efficiencies, advancing strategic investments, and creating long-term shareholder value.”

During the quarter, Upstream earnings were $620 million. Volumes for the quarter declined 3 percent to 3.8 million oil-equivalent barrels per day compared with a year ago, due to unplanned downtime, primarily in Nigeria, and field decline partially offset by increased production from recent project start-ups.

Third quarter Chemical earnings of $1.2 billion, comparable with prior year results, reflect higher maintenance costs, partially offset by increased specialty product sales. Downstream earnings declined to $1.2 billion primarily due to weaker refining margins.

During the quarter, capital and exploration expenses were reduced by 45 percent to $4.2 billion.

The corporation distributed $3.1 billion in dividends to shareholders in the third quarter.

Third Quarter 2016 Highlights

  • Earnings of $2.7 billion decreased $1.6 billion, or 38 percent, from the third quarter of 2015.
  • Earnings per share assuming dilution were $0.63.
  • Cash flow from operations and asset sales was $6.3 billion, including proceeds associated with asset sales of $1 billion.
  • Capital and exploration expenditures were $4.2 billion, down 45 percent from the third quarter of 2015.
  • Oil-equivalent production was 3.8 million oil-equivalent barrels per day, with liquids down 5.1 percent and natural gas up 0.8 percent.
  • The corporation distributed $3.1 billion in dividends to shareholders.
  • Dividends per share of $0.75 increased 2.7 percent compared with the third quarter of 2015.
  • ExxonMobil and InterOil Corporation announced an agreed transaction worth more than $2.5 billion, under which ExxonMobil will acquire all of the outstanding shares of InterOil. The acquisition will give ExxonMobil access to InterOil’s resource base, which includes interests in six licenses in Papua New Guinea covering about four million acres. The transaction is pending the outcome of a shareholder appeal of the court decision approving the transaction.
  • ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Ventures Inc., a 25 percent shareholder in Tengizchevroil LLP, has approved the final investment decision for the Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Management Project as part of the next expansion phase of the Tengiz oil field.
  • In Guyana, the Liza-3 appraisal well was successfully completed in October, confirming a world-class resource discovery in excess of 1 billion oil-equivalent barrels. Also in October, the Owowo-3 exploration well, located offshore Nigeria, confirmed a discovery of 500 million to 1 billion barrels of oil.
  • ExxonMobil announced plans to increase production of ultra-low sulfur fuels at the Beaumont, Texas, refinery by approximately 40,000 barrels per day. The new unit will use proprietary technology to remove sulfur while minimizing octane loss, and will ensure gasoline meets the latest environmental standards.
  • The company announced plans to expand its specialty elastomers plant in Newport, Wales. The project is expected to be completed in late 2017 and will result in a 25 percent increase in global capacity to manufacture Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizate, high-performance elastomers used for automotive, industrial and consumer applications.
  • ExxonMobil and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) are considering the potential development of a jointly owned petrochemical complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The project would include a steam cracker and derivative units, and would be located in Texas or Louisiana near natural gas feedstock. A final investment decision will be made upon completion of necessary studies.
  • During the quarter, the company announced new developments in its relationships with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Princeton University and the University of Texas at Austin to pursue technologies to help meet growing energy demand while reducing environmental impacts and the risk of climate change.

Third Quarter 2016 vs. Third Quarter 2015

Upstream earnings were $620 million in the third quarter of 2016, down $738 million from the third quarter of 2015. Lower liquids and gas realizations decreased earnings by $880 million, while volume and mix effects increased earnings by $80 million. All other items, including lower expenses partly offset by unfavorable foreign exchange effects, increased earnings by $60 million.

On an oil-equivalent basis, production was down compared with the third quarter of 2015. Liquids production totaled 2.2 million barrels per day, down 120,000 barrels per day. Higher downtime, mainly in Nigeria, and field decline were partly offset by project start-ups. Natural gas production was 9.6 billion cubic feet per day, up 77 million cubic feet per day from 2015 as project start-ups more than offset field decline and divestment impacts.

U.S. Upstream earnings declined $35 million from the third quarter of 2015 to a loss of $477 million in the third quarter of 2016. Non-U.S. Upstream earnings were $1.1 billion, down $703 million from the prior year.

Downstream earnings were $1.2 billion, down $804 million from the third quarter of 2015. Weaker margins, mainly in refining, decreased earnings by $1.6 billion while favorable volume and mix effects increased earnings by $170 million. All other items increased earnings by $580 million, including lower maintenance expenses and gains from divestments in Canada. Petroleum product sales of 5.6 million barrels per day were 203,000 barrels per day lower than the prior year mainly due to divestment of the Torrance, California, and Chalmette, Louisiana, refineries.

Earnings from the U.S. Downstream were $225 million, down $262 million from the third quarter of 2015. Non-U.S. Downstream earnings of $1 billion were $542 million lower than prior year.

Chemical earnings of $1.2 billion were $56 million lower than the third quarter of 2015. Margins decreased earnings by $10 million. Volume and mix effects increased earnings by $20 million. All other items decreased earnings by $70 million due primarily to higher maintenance expenses. Third quarter prime product sales of 6.1 million metric tons were 51,000 metric tons higher than the prior year's third quarter.

U.S. Chemical earnings of $434 million were $92 million lower than the third quarter of 2015. Non-U.S. Chemical earnings of $737 million were $36 million higher than prior year.

Corporate and financing expenses were $370 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $378 million in the third quarter of 2015.

First Nine Months 2016 Highlights

  • Earnings of $6.2 billion decreased 54 percent from $13.4 billion in 2015.
  • Earnings per share assuming dilution were $1.47.
  • Cash flow from operations and asset sales was $16.9 billion, including proceeds associated with asset sales of $2.2 billion.
  • Capital and exploration expenditures were $14.5 billion, down 39 percent from 2015.
  • Oil-equivalent production was essentially unchanged at 4 million oil-equivalent barrels per day, with liquids up 2.6 percent and natural gas down 4.4 percent.
  • The corporation distributed $9.3 billion in dividends to shareholders.

First Nine Months 2016 vs. First Nine Months 2015

Upstream earnings were $838 million, down $5.4 billion from the first nine months of 2015. Lower realizations decreased earnings by $5.8 billion. Favorable volume and mix effects increased earnings by $130 million. All other items increased earnings by $260 million, primarily due to lower expenses partly offset by the absence of asset management gains.

On an oil-equivalent basis, production of 4 million barrels per day was essentially flat compared to the same period in 2015. Liquids production of 2.4 million barrels per day increased 59,000 barrels per day, with project start-ups partly offset by field decline, the Canadian wildfires, and downtime mainly in Nigeria. Natural gas production of 10 billion cubic feet per day decreased 458 million cubic feet per day from 2015 as regulatory restrictions in the Netherlands, field decline and divestment impacts were partly offset by project start-ups.

U.S. Upstream earnings declined $1.3 billion from 2015 to a loss of $1.8 billion in 2016. Earnings outside the U.S. were $2.7 billion, down $4.1 billion from the prior year.

Downstream earnings of $3 billion decreased $2.2 billion from 2015. Weaker refining margins decreased earnings by $3.3 billion, while volume and mix effects increased earnings by $330 million. All other items increased earnings by $680 million, mainly reflecting lower maintenance expense and gains from divestments. Petroleum product sales of 5.5 million barrels per day were 306,000 barrels per day lower than 2015 mainly due to divestment of the Torrance and Chalmette refineries.

U.S. Downstream earnings were $824 million, a decrease of $642 million from 2015. Non-U.S. Downstream earnings were $2.1 billion, down $1.6 billion from the prior year.

Chemical earnings of $3.7 billion increased $288 million from 2015. Stronger margins increased earnings by $440 million. Favorable volume and mix effects increased earnings by $130 million. All other items decreased earnings by $280 million, including the absence of asset management gains in the U.S. partly offset by lower expenses. Prime product sales of 18.6 million metric tons were up 387,000 metric tons from 2015.

U.S. Chemical earnings were $1.5 billion, down $342 million from the first nine months of 2015 reflecting the absence of asset management gains. Non-U.S. Chemical earnings of $2.2 billion were $630 million higher than prior year.

Corporate and financing expenses were $1.4 billion in 2016, compared to $1.5 billion in 2015.

During the first nine months of 2016, Exxon Mobil Corporation purchased 9 million shares of its common stock for the treasury at a gross cost of $727 million. These shares were acquired to offset dilution in conjunction with the company’s benefit plans and programs. The corporation will continue to acquire shares to offset dilution in conjunction with its benefit plans and programs, but does not currently plan on making purchases to reduce shares outstanding.

Forward-looking Statements

As disclosed in ExxonMobil’s 2015 Form 10-K, low crude oil and natural gas prices can impact the corporation’s reserves as reported under Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules. Average year-to-date crude prices have been significantly affected by the very low prices experienced during the first quarter of 2016, but have recovered considerably since that time. If the average prices seen during the first nine months of 2016 persist for the remainder of the year, under the SEC definition of proved reserves, certain quantities of oil, such as those associated with the Kearl oil sands operations in Canada, will not qualify as proved reserves at year-end 2016. In addition, if these average prices persist, the projected end-of-field-life for estimating reserves will accelerate for certain liquids and natural gas operations in North America, resulting in a reduction of proved reserves at year-end 2016. Quantities that could be required to be de-booked as proved reserves on an SEC basis amount to approximately 3.6 billion barrels of bitumen at Kearl, and about 1 billion oil-equivalent barrels in other North America operations. Among the factors that would result in these reserves being re-booked as proved reserves at some point in the future are a recovery in average price levels, a further decline in costs, and / or operating efficiencies. Under the terms of certain contractual arrangements or government royalty regimes, lower prices can also increase proved reserves attributable to ExxonMobil. We do not expect the de-booking of reported proved reserves under SEC definitions to affect the operation of the underlying projects or to alter our outlook for future production volumes.

In light of continued weakness in the upstream industry environment during 2016, and as part of its annual planning and budgeting process which is currently in progress, the corporation will perform an assessment of its major long-lived assets, similar to the exercise undertaken in late 2015, including North America natural gas assets and certain other assets across the remainder of its operations. The assessment will reflect crude and natural gas price outlooks consistent with those that management uses to evaluate investment opportunities and generally consistent with the long-term price forecasts published by third-party industry and government experts. Development of future undiscounted cash flow estimates requires significant management judgment, particularly in cases where an asset’s life is expected to extend decades into the future. An asset group would be impaired if its estimated undiscounted cash flows were less than the asset’s carrying value, and impairment would be measured by the amount by which the carrying value exceeds fair value. The corporation will complete its asset recoverability assessment and analyze the conclusions of that assessment in connection with the preparation and review of the corporation’s year-end financial statements for inclusion in its 2016 Form 10-K. Until these activities are complete, it is not practicable to reasonably estimate the existence or range of potential future impairments related to the corporation’s long-lived assets.

ExxonMobil will discuss financial and operating results and other matters during a webcast at 8:30 a.m. Central Time on October 28, 2016. To listen to the event or access an archived replay, please visit www.exxonmobil.com.

Cautionary Statement

Statements relating to future plans, projections, events or conditions are forward-looking statements. Actual financial and operating results, including project plans, costs, timing, and capacities; capital and exploration expenditures; asset carrying values; reported reserves; resource recoveries; and share purchase levels, could differ materially due to factors including: changes in oil or gas prices or other market or economic conditions affecting the oil and gas industry, including the scope and duration of economic recessions; the outcome of exploration and development efforts; changes in law or government regulation, including tax and environmental requirements; the impact of fiscal and commercial terms; changes in technical or operating conditions; and other factors discussed under the heading "Factors Affecting Future Results" in the “Investors” section of our website and in Item 1A of ExxonMobil's 2015 Form 10-K. Closing of pending acquisitions is also subject to satisfaction of the conditions precedent provided in the applicable agreement. We assume no duty to update these statements as of any future date.

Frequently Used Terms

This press release includes cash flow from operations and asset sales, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Because of the regular nature of our asset management and divestment program, we believe it is useful for investors to consider proceeds associated with the sales of subsidiaries, property, plant and equipment, and sales and returns of investments together with cash provided by operating activities when evaluating cash available for investment in the business and financing activities. A reconciliation to net cash provided by operating activities is shown in Attachment II. References to quantities of oil or natural gas may include amounts that we believe will ultimately be produced, but that are not yet classified as “proved reserves” under SEC definitions. Further information on ExxonMobil's frequently used financial and operating measures and other terms including “prime product sales” is contained under the heading "Frequently Used Terms" available through the “Investors” section of our website at exxonmobil.com.

Reference to Earnings

References to corporate earnings mean net income attributable to ExxonMobil (U.S. GAAP) from the consolidated income statement. Unless otherwise indicated, references to earnings, Upstream, Downstream, Chemical and Corporate and Financing segment earnings, and earnings per share are ExxonMobil's share after excluding amounts attributable to noncontrolling interests.

The term “project” as used in this release can refer to a variety of different activities and does not necessarily have the same meaning as in any government payment transparency reports. Santoprene is a registered trademark of Exxon Mobil Corporation.

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. 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.

Estimated Key Financial and Operating Data

Exxon Mobil Corporation Third Quarter 2016 – Attachment I
(millions of dollars, unless noted)
  Third Quarter Nine Months
 

Earnings / earnings per share

2016
2015
2016
2015
Total revenues and other income
58,677
67,344
165,078
209,075
Total costs and other deductions
55,451
61,595
157,726
189,737
Income before income taxes
3,226
5,749
7,352
19,338
     Income taxes
337
1,365
1,001
5,617
Net income including noncontrolling interests
2,889
4,384
6,351
13,721
     Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
239
144
191
351
Net income attributable to ExxonMobil (U.S. GAAP)
2,650
4,240
6,160
13,370
Earnings per common share (dollars)
0.63
1.01
1.47
3.18
Earnings per common share - assuming dilution (dollars)
0.63
1.01
1.47
3.18
 

Other financial data

       
Dividends on common stock
       
     Total
3,133
3,060
9,320
9,036
     Per common share (dollars)
0.75
0.73
2.23
2.15
Millions of common shares outstanding
       
     At September 30    
4,147
4,163
     Average - assuming dilution
4,178
4,190
4,178
4,201
ExxonMobil share of equity at September 30
   
170,597
170,723
ExxonMobil share of capital employed at September 30
   
218,993
207,303
Income taxes
337
1,365
1,001
5,617
Sales-based taxes
5,437
5,813
15,687
17,308
All other taxes
7,054
7,585
21,076
22,454
     Total taxes
12,828
14,763
37,764
45,379
ExxonMobil share of income taxes of equity companies
391
686
1,256
2,402
Exxon Mobil Corporation Third Quarter 2016 – Attachment II
(millions of dollars)
  Third quarter Nine Months
 

Earnings (U.S. GAAP)

2016
2015
2016
2015
 

Upstream

       
     United States
(477)
(442)
(1,823)
(541)
     Non-U.S
1,097
1,800
2,661
6,785
 

Downstream

       
     United States
225
487
824
1,466
     Non-U.S.
1,004
1,546
2,136
3,740
 

Chemical

       
     United States
434
526
1,524
1,866
     Non-U.S.
737
701
2,219
1,589
Corporate and financing
(370)
(378)
(1,381)
(1,535)
Net income attributable to ExxonMobil
2,650
4,240
6,160
13,370
 

Cash flow from operations and asset sales (billions of dollars)

       
Net cash provided by operating activities (U.S. GAAP)
5.3
9.2
14.7
26.0
Proceeds associated with asset sales
1.0
0.5
2.2
1.6
Cash flow from operations and asset sales
6.3
9.7
16.9
27.6
Exxon Mobil Corporation Third Quarter 2016 – Attachment III
  Third Quarter Nine Months
 

Net production of crude oil, natural gas liquids, bitumen and synthetic oil, thousand barrels per day (kbd)

2016
2015
2016
2015
     United States
484
468
493
470
     Canada / Other Americas
437
425
424
386
     Europe
189
197
203
198
     Africa
388
531
482
524
     Asia
651
651
700
671
     Australia / Oceania
62
59
57
51
Worldwide
2,211
2,331
2,359
2,300
 

Natural gas production available for sale, million cubic feet per day (mcfd)

       
     United States
3,058
3,094
3,105
3,155
     Canada / Other Americas
220
229
244
267
     Europe
1,650
1,495
2,057
2,213
     Africa
13
7
7
6
     Asia
3,662
3,910
3,758
4,151
     Australia / Oceania
998
789
856
693
Worldwide
9,601
9,524
10,027
10,485
Oil-equivalent production (koebd)1
3,811
3,918
4,030
4,047
1 Gas converted to oil-equivalent at 6 million cubic feet = 1 thousand barrels.
Exxon Mobil Corporation Third Quarter 2016 – Attachment IV
  Third Quarter
Nine Months
 

Refinery throughput (kbd)

2016
2015
2016
2015
United States
1,604
1,681
1,587
1,730
Canada
406
391
350
385
Europe
1,476
1,504
1,403
1,501
Asia Pacific
677
687
708
636
Other
202
194
187
192
     Worldwide
4,365
4,457
4,235
4,444
 

Petroleum product sales (kbd)

       
United States
2,327
2,509
2,258
2,556
Canada
511
501
489
493
Europe
1,553
1,549
1,514
1,547
Asia Pacific
721
781
749
741
Other
473
448
463
442
     Worldwide
5,585
5,788
5,473
5,779
Gasolines, naphthas
2,298
2,382
2,258
2,374
Heating oils, kerosene, diesel
1,810
1,908
1,754
1,925
Aviation fuels
421
433
403
416
Heavy fuels
358
372
370
380
Specialty products
698
693
688
684
     Worldwide
5,585
5,788
5,473
5,779
 

Chemical prime product sales, thousand metric tons (kt)

       
United States
2,320
2,377
7,167
7,099
Non-U.S.
3,813
3,705
11,449
11,130
     Worldwide
6,133
6,082
18,616
18,229
Exxon Mobil Corporation Third Quarter 2016 – Attachment V
(millions of dollars, unless noted)

Third Quarter Nine Months
 

Capital and Exploration Expenditures

2016
2015
2016
2015
 

Upstream

       
     United States
712
1,992
2,701
6,207
     Non-U.S.
2,360
4,382
8,269
13,330
     Total
3,072
6,374
10,970
19,537
 

Downstream

       
     United States
192
242
608
803
     Non-U.S.
397
344
1,151
1,031
     Total
589
586
1,759
1,834
 

Chemical

       
     United States
359
452
1,148
1,452
     Non-U.S.
144
217
529
699
     Total
503
669
1,677
2,151
         

Other

26
41
69
113
Worldwide
4,190
7,670
14,475
23,635
         
 

Exploration expenses charged to income included above

       

Consolidated affiliates

       
     United States
35
45
178
122
     Non-U.S.
291
278
946
881
Equity companies - ExxonMobil share      
     United States
-
-
-
3
     Non-U.S.
6
2
1
33
Worldwide
332
325
1,125
1,039

Exxon Mobil Corporation Earnings – Attachment VI

  $ Millions $ Per Common Share1
 

2012

   
First quarter 9,450 2.00
Second quarter 15,910 3.41
Third quarter 9,570 2.09
Fourth quarter 9,950 2.20
Year 44,880 9.70
     
 

2013

   
First quarter 9,500 2.12
Second quarter 6,860 1.55
Third quarter 7,870 1.79
Fourth quarter 8,350 1.91
Year 32,580 7.37
     
 

2014

   
First quarter 9,100 2.10
Second quarter 8,780 2.05
Third quarter 8,070 1.89
Fourth quarter 6,570 1.56
Year 32,520 7.60
     
 

2015

   
First quarter 4,940 1.17
Second quarter 4,190 1.00
Third quarter 4,240 1.01
Fourth quarter 2,780 0.67
Year  16,150 3.85
     
 

2016

   
First quarter 1,810 0.43
Second quarter 1,700 0.41
Third quarter 2,650 0.63
1Computed using the average number of shares outstanding during each period.

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