Exxon Mobil Corporation Announces Estimated First Quarter 2009 Results

Apr 30, 2009 - 09:01 AM EDT

Dateline:

IRVING, Texas

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
XOM

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM):

      First Quarter  
2009   2008 %

Earnings 1

$ Millions 4,550 10,890 -58
$ Per Common Share
Assuming Dilution 1 0.92 2.02 -54

 

Special Items

$ Millions 0 0
 

Earnings Excluding Special Items

$ Millions 4,550 10,890 -58
$ Per Common Share
Assuming Dilution 1 0.92 2.02 -54
 
Capital and Exploration
Expenditures - $ Millions 5,774 5,491 5
 

1 See Accounting standards adopted in first quarter 2009

EXXONMOBIL'S CHAIRMAN REX W. TILLERSON COMMENTED:

"ExxonMobil posted solid first quarter results despite the slowdown in the global marketplace and sharply lower commodity prices. ExxonMobil’s first quarter earnings were $4.6 billion, down 58% from the first quarter of last year. Earnings per share were down 54% reflecting lower earnings and the benefit of the share purchase program.

"In spite of the dramatic changes to the global economic environment, ExxonMobil is maintaining its long-term focus and disciplined approach to capital investment. In the first quarter, capital and exploration project spending increased to $5.8 billion, up 5% from last year. We are committed to investing in our world-class inventory of projects to develop new energy supplies which are vital to economic growth.

"The Corporation returned significant cash to shareholders in the first quarter, distributing a total of $9.0 billion through dividends and share purchases to reduce shares outstanding."

FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Earnings were $4,550 million, a decrease of 58% or $6,340 million from the first quarter of 2008.
  • Earnings per share were $0.92, a decrease of 54%.
  • Capital and exploration expenditures were $5.8 billion, up 5% from the first quarter of 2008.
  • Oil-equivalent production of 4.2 million barrels per day was up slightly from the first quarter of 2008. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production was up 2%.
  • Cash flow from operations and asset sales was approximately $9.1 billion, including asset sales of $0.1 billion.
  • Share purchases of $7.0 billion reduced shares outstanding by 1.9%.
  • ExxonMobil announced the arrival of the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) cargo at the South Hook LNG receiving terminal in Wales. The terminal adds to the United Kingdom’s LNG import capacity and energy diversity, with the ability to deliver up to 2 billion cubic feet of gas daily into the U.K. market. The terminal forms part of the Qatargas II joint venture which will supply gas to the U.K. from Qatar’s North Field.
  • ExxonMobil inaugurated its newest high efficiency cogeneration plant at its Antwerp refinery in Belgium. In addition to generating 125 megawatts, the new plant will reduce Belgium’s carbon dioxide emissions by an amount equivalent to removing 90,000 cars from Europe’s roads.
  • ExxonMobil Chemical announced it will build a technology center in Shanghai, China to provide product applications support for its growing business in the Chinese and Asian markets. The technology center is expected to be operational in 2010.

First Quarter 2009 vs. First Quarter 2008

Upstream earnings were $3,503 million, down $5,282 million from the first quarter of 2008. Lower crude oil realizations reduced earnings approximately $4.4 billion while lower natural gas prices decreased earnings about $500 million. Higher operating expenses reduced earnings about $300 million.

On an oil-equivalent basis, production was up slightly from the first quarter of 2008. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production was up 2%.

Liquids production totaled 2,475 kbd (thousands of barrels per day), up 7 kbd from the first quarter of 2008. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, liquids production was up 3%, as increased production from projects in west Africa, the United States and the North Sea, and lower maintenance activity more than offset natural field decline.

First quarter natural gas production was 10,195 mcfd (millions of cubic feet per day), down 34 mcfd from 2008. New production volumes from project additions in Qatar, the North Sea, and Malaysia were offset by natural field decline and lower European demand.

Earnings from U.S. Upstream operations were $360 million, $1,271 million lower than the first quarter of 2008. Non-U.S. Upstream earnings were $3,143 million, down $4,011 million from last year.

Downstream earnings of $1,133 million were down $33 million from the first quarter of 2008. Volume and mix effects reduced earnings about $400 million, while unfavorable foreign exchange impacts and higher operating expenses decreased earnings about $300 million. Higher margins increased earnings about $700 million. Petroleum product sales of 6,434 kbd were 387 kbd lower than last year's first quarter, mainly reflecting asset sales and lower demand.

U.S. Downstream earnings were $352 million, down $46 million from the first quarter of 2008. Non-U.S. Downstream earnings of $781 million were $13 million higher than last year.

Chemical earnings of $350 million were $678 million lower than the first quarter of 2008. Lower volumes and lower margins each reduced earnings approximately $300 million. Unfavorable foreign exchange effects also reduced earnings. First quarter prime product sales of 5,527 kt (thousands of metric tons) were 1,051 kt lower than the prior year due to lower demand.

Corporate and financing expenses of $436 million increased by $347 million due overall to net lower interest income.

During the first quarter of 2009, Exxon Mobil Corporation purchased 107 million shares of its common stock for the treasury at a gross cost of $7.9 billion. These purchases included $7.0 billion to reduce the number of shares outstanding, with the balance used to offset shares issued in conjunction with the company's benefit plans and programs. Shares outstanding were reduced from 4,976 million at the end of the fourth quarter to 4,880 million at the end of the first quarter. Share purchases to reduce shares outstanding are currently anticipated to equal $5.0 billion through the second quarter of 2009. Purchases may be made in both the open market and through negotiated transactions, and may be increased, decreased or discontinued at any time without prior notice.

ExxonMobil will discuss financial and operating results and other matters on a webcast at 10 a.m. Central time on April 30, 2009. To listen to the event live or in archive, go to our website at exxonmobil.com.

Cautionary statement

Statements in this release relating to future plans, projections, events or conditions are forward-looking statements. Actual results, including project plans, costs, timing, and capacities; capital expenditures; and share purchase levels, could differ materially due to factors including: changes in long-term oil or gas prices or other market conditions affecting the oil and gas industry; completion of repair projects as planned; unforeseen technical difficulties; political events or disturbances; reservoir performance; the outcome of commercial negotiations; wars and acts of terrorism or sabotage; changes in technical or operating conditions; and other factors discussed under the heading "Factors Affecting Future Results" on our website and in Item 1A of ExxonMobil's 2008 Form 10-K. We assume no duty to update these statements as of any future date. References to quantities of oil expected to be developed may include amounts not yet classified as proved reserves but that we believe will ultimately be produced.

Frequently used terms

Consistent with previous practice, this press release includes both earnings excluding special items and earnings per share excluding special items. Both are non-GAAP financial measures and are included to help facilitate comparisons of base business performance across periods. A reconciliation to net income attributable to ExxonMobil is shown in Attachment II. The release also includes cash flow from operations and asset sales. Because of the regular nature of our asset management and divestment program, we believe it is useful for investors to consider sales proceeds 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. Further information on ExxonMobil's frequently used financial and operating measures and other terms is contained under the heading "Frequently Used Terms" available through the Investors section of our website at exxonmobil.com.

Accounting standards adopted in first quarter 2009

Effective January 1, 2009, ExxonMobil adopted the Financial Accounting Standards Board's (FASB) Statement No. 160 (FAS 160), “Noncontrolling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statements – an Amendment of ARB No. 51”. FAS 160 changed the accounting and reporting for minority interests, which will be recharacterized as noncontrolling interests and classified as a component of equity. FAS 160 required retrospective adoption of the presentation and disclosure requirements for existing minority interests. All other requirements of FAS 160 will be applied prospectively. The adoption of FAS 160 did not have a material impact on the Corporation’s financial statements.

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

Effective January 1, 2009, ExxonMobil adopted the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Staff Position (FSP) on the Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) Issue No. 03-6-1, “Determining Whether Instruments Granted in Share-Based Payment Transactions are Participating Securities”. The FSP required that all unvested share-based payment awards that contain nonforfeitable rights to dividends should be included in the basic Earnings Per Share (EPS) calculation. Prior-year EPS numbers have been adjusted retrospectively on a consistent basis with 2009 reporting. This standard did not affect the consolidated financial position or results of operations.

Attachment I
 
 
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER 2009

(millions of dollars, unless noted)
      First Quarter
2009   2008
Earnings / Earnings Per Share 1
 
Total revenues and other income 64,028 116,854
Total costs and other deductions 56,178 96,380
Income before income taxes 7,850 20,474
Income taxes 3,148 9,302
Net income including noncontrolling interests 4,702 11,172
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 152 282
Net income attributable to ExxonMobil (U.S. GAAP) 4,550 10,890
 
Earnings per common share (dollars) 0.92 2.03
 
Earnings per common share
- assuming dilution (dollars) 0.92 2.02
 
Other Financial Data
 
Dividends on common stock
Total 1,981 1,879
Per common share (dollars) 0.40 0.35
 
Millions of common shares outstanding
At March 31 4,880 5,284
Average - assuming dilution 1 4,959 5,379
 
ExxonMobil share of equity at March 31 107,003 123,139
ExxonMobil share of capital employed at March 31 119,163 135,503
 
Income taxes 3,148 9,302
Sales-based taxes 5,906 8,432
All other taxes 8,589 11,607
Total taxes 17,643 29,341
 

ExxonMobil share of income taxes of equity companies

688 1,005
 

1 See Accounting standards adopted in first quarter 2009

 
Attachment II
 
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER 2009

(millions of dollars)
    First Quarter
2009     2008  
Earnings (U.S. GAAP)
Upstream
United States 360 1,631
Non-U.S. 3,143 7,154
Downstream
United States 352 398
Non-U.S. 781 768
Chemical
United States 83 284
Non-U.S. 267 744
Corporate and financing (436 ) (89 )
Net income attributable to ExxonMobil 4,550 10,890
Special Items
Upstream
United States 0 0
Non-U.S. 0 0
Downstream
United States 0 0
Non-U.S. 0 0
Chemical
United States 0 0
Non-U.S. 0 0
Corporate and financing 0 0
Corporate total 0 0
Earnings Excluding Special Items
Upstream
United States 360 1,631
Non-U.S. 3,143 7,154
Downstream
United States 352 398
Non-U.S. 781 768
Chemical
United States 83 284
Non-U.S. 267 744
Corporate and financing (436 ) (89 )
Corporate total       4,550     10,890  
Cash flow from operations and asset sales (billions of dollars)

Net cash provided by operating activities
(U.S. GAAP)

9.0 21.4
Sales of subsidiaries, investments and property, plant and equipment 0.1 0.4
Cash flow from operations and asset sales 9.1 21.8
 
Attachment III
 
       
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER 2009

 
First Quarter
2009 2008
Net production of crude oil
and natural gas liquids,
thousands of barrels daily (kbd)
United States 396 386
Canada/South America 308 297
Europe 411 457
Africa 715 635
Asia Pacific/Middle East 466 498
Russia/Caspian 179 195
Worldwide 2,475 2,468
 
Natural gas production available for sale,
millions of cubic feet daily (mcfd)
United States 1,249 1,288
Canada/South America 633 663
Europe 4,965 5,126
Africa 25 34
Asia Pacific/Middle East 3,168 2,994
Russia/Caspian 155 124
Worldwide 10,195 10,229
 
Oil-equivalent production (koebd) 1 4,174 4,173
 
 
 
 
1 Gas converted to oil-equivalent at 6 million cubic feet = 1 thousand barrels
 
Attachment IV
 
       
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER 2009

 
First Quarter
2009 2008
Refinery throughput (kbd)
United States 1,805 1,759
Canada 460 425
Europe 1,518 1,572
Asia Pacific 1,306 1,449
Other 292 321
Worldwide 5,381 5,526
 
Petroleum product sales (kbd)
United States 2,577 2,548
Canada 416 441
Europe 1,567 1,707
Asia Pacific 1,345 1,410
Other 529 715
Worldwide 6,434 6,821
 
Gasolines, naphthas 2,457 2,666
Heating oils, kerosene, diesel 2,188 2,089
Aviation fuels 526 612
Heavy fuels 593 687
Specialty products 670 767
Worldwide 6,434 6,821
 
Chemical prime product sales,
thousands of metric tons (kt)
United States 2,043 2,555
Non-U.S. 3,484 4,023
Worldwide 5,527 6,578
 
Attachment V
 
       
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER 2009

(millions of dollars)
 
First Quarter
2009 2008
Capital and Exploration Expenditures
Upstream
United States 803 591
Non-U.S. 3,563 3,504
Total 4,366 4,095
Downstream
United States 353 351
Non-U.S. 293 476
Total 646 827
Chemical
United States 77 99
Non-U.S. 681 467
Total 758 566
 
Other 4 3
 
Worldwide 5,774 5,491
 
 

Exploration expenses charged to income included above

 

Consolidated affiliates
United States 42 53
Non-U.S. 307 283
Equity companies - ExxonMobil share
United States 0 0
Non-U.S. 1 2
Worldwide 350 338
 
Attachment VI
 
 
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

EARNINGS

 
 
$ Millions $ Per Common Share 1,2
 

2005

First Quarter 7,860 1.23
Second Quarter 7,640 1.21
Third Quarter 9,920 1.58
Fourth Quarter 10,710 1.72
Year 36,130 5.74
 

2006

First Quarter 8,400 1.38
Second Quarter 10,360 1.72
Third Quarter 10,490 1.77
Fourth Quarter 10,250 1.77
Year 39,500 6.64

 

2007

First Quarter 9,280 1.63
Second Quarter 10,260 1.83
Third Quarter 9,410 1.71
Fourth Quarter 11,660 2.14
Year 40,610 7.31
 

2008

First Quarter 10,890 2.03
Second Quarter 11,680 2.24
Third Quarter 14,830 2.86
Fourth Quarter 7,820 1.55
Year 45,220 8.70
 

2009

First Quarter 4,550 0.92
 
 
 
 
 
1 Computed using the average number of shares outstanding during each period.
The sum of the four quarters may not add to the full year.

2 See Accounting standards adopted in first quarter 2009

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