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Exxon Mobil Corporation Announces Estimated First Quarter 2012 Results

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

                   
        First Quarter          
        2012       2011       %  

Earnings Excluding Special Items 1

                         
$ Millions       9,450       10,650       -11  
$ Per Common Share                          
Assuming Dilution       2.00       2.14       -7  
                           

Special Items

                         
$ Millions       0       0          
                           

Earnings

                         
$ Millions       9,450       10,650       -11  
$ Per Common Share                          
Assuming Dilution       2.00       2.14       -7  
                           
Capital and Exploration                          
Expenditures - $ Millions       8,834       7,821       13  
                           

1 See Reference to Earnings

 

EXXONMOBIL'S CHAIRMAN REX W. TILLERSON COMMENTED:

“First quarter results reflect our ongoing focus on developing and delivering energy needed to support job creation and economic growth. Despite continuing economic uncertainty, we are progressing our robust investment plans to meet the energy demands of the future.

“Capital and exploration expenditures were $8.8 billion as we continue with plans to invest about $37 billion per year over the next five years.

“We continued to generate strong cash flow from operations and asset sales with $21.8 billion in the quarter.

“First quarter earnings of $9.5 billion were down 11% from the first quarter of 2011.

“Oil-equivalent production was down over 5% from 2011. Excluding the impact of higher prices on entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production was down 1%.

“The Corporation distributed more than $7 billion to shareholders in the first quarter through dividends and share purchases to reduce shares outstanding.”

FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Earnings of $9,450 million, which included gains from asset sales of about $400 million, decreased 11% or $1,200 million from the first quarter of 2011.
  • Earnings per share (assuming dilution) were $2.00, a decrease of 7%.
  • Capital and exploration expenditures were $8.8 billion, up 13% from the first quarter of 2011.
  • Oil-equivalent production decreased over 5% from the first quarter of 2011. Excluding the impact of higher prices on entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production was down 1%.
  • Cash flow from operations and asset sales was $21.8 billion, including proceeds associated with asset sales of $2.5 billion.
  • Share purchases to reduce shares outstanding were $5 billion.
  • Dividends per share of $0.47 increased 7% compared to the first quarter of 2011.
  • ExxonMobil and Rosneft announced the signing of agreements to progress a long-term Strategic Cooperation Agreement to jointly explore for and develop oil and natural gas in Russia, and to share technology and expertise. Additionally, Rosneft will take equity in exploration and development projects in the United States and Canada.
  • In Romania, ExxonMobil’s affiliate drilled a successful deepwater new play test on the Neptun block in the Black Sea with the Deepwater Champion drillship and has additional 3D seismic data acquisition planned to support future drilling opportunities on the block.
  • ExxonMobil participated in a successful exploration well offshore Tanzania which discovered approximately 5 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas in a high quality reservoir. A second exploration well is planned to test another prospect on the block.

First Quarter 2012 vs. First Quarter 2011

Upstream earnings were $7,802 million, down $873 million from the first quarter of 2011. Higher liquids and natural gas realizations increased earnings by $980 million. Lower sales volumes decreased earnings by $850 million. All other items, primarily higher operating expenses and the absence of gains on asset sales, decreased earnings by $1.0 billion.

On an oil-equivalent basis, production decreased over 5% from the first quarter of 2011. Excluding the impact of higher prices on entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production was down 1%.

Liquids production totaled 2,214 kbd (thousands of barrels per day), down 185 kbd from the first quarter of 2011. Excluding the impact of higher prices on entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, liquids production was down less than 1%, as field decline was mostly offset by ramp-up of Angola and Iraq projects, and lower downtime.

First quarter natural gas production was 14,036 mcfd (millions of cubic feet per day), down 489 mcfd from 2011, mainly due to field decline and divestments.

Earnings from U.S. Upstream operations were $1,010 million, $269 million lower than the first quarter of 2011. Non-U.S. Upstream earnings were $6,792 million, down $604 million from the prior year.

Downstream earnings of $1,586 million were up $487 million from the first quarter of 2011. Lower margins decreased earnings $40 million. Volume and mix effects increased earnings by $210 million, while all other items, mainly gains on asset sales, increased earnings by $320 million. Petroleum product sales of 6,316 kbd were 49 kbd higher than last year's first quarter.

Earnings from the U.S. Downstream were $603 million, down $91 million from the first quarter of 2011. Non-U.S. Downstream earnings of $983 million were $578 million higher than last year.

Chemical earnings of $701 million were $815 million lower than the first quarter of 2011. Weaker margins decreased earnings by $520 million. Other items, including higher planned maintenance and the absence of favorable tax items, decreased earnings by $300 million. First quarter prime product sales of 6,337 kt (thousands of metric tons) were 15 kt higher than last year's first quarter.

Corporate and financing expenses were $639 million, consistent with the prior year.

During the first quarter of 2012, Exxon Mobil Corporation purchased 66 million shares of its common stock for the treasury at a gross cost of $5.7 billion. These purchases included $5 billion to reduce the number of shares outstanding, with the balance used to acquire shares in conjunction with the company's benefit plans and programs. Share purchases to reduce shares outstanding are currently anticipated to equal $5 billion in the second quarter of 2012. 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.

Estimates of key financial and operating data follow.

ExxonMobil will discuss financial and operating results and other matters on a webcast at 10 a.m. Central time on April 26, 2012. To listen to the event live or in archive, go to our website at exxonmobil.com.

Cautionary statement

Statements relating to future plans, projections, events or conditions are forward-looking statements. Actual results, including project plans, costs, timing, and capacities; capital and exploration expenditures; 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 outcome of commercial negotiations; 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 2011 Form 10-K. We assume no duty to update these statements as of any future date. 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.

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. 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 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. 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.

Reference to Earnings

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.

 
Attachment I
   
   
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER 2012

(millions of dollars, unless noted)
      First Quarter
        2012   2011
Earnings / Earnings Per Share            
             
Total revenues and other income       124,053   114,004
Total costs and other deductions       106,538   95,087
Income before income taxes       17,515   18,917
Income taxes       7,716   8,004
Net income including noncontrolling interests       9,799   10,913
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests       349   263
Net income attributable to ExxonMobil (U.S. GAAP)       9,450   10,650
             
Earnings per common share (dollars)       2.00   2.14
             
Earnings per common share            
- assuming dilution (dollars)       2.00   2.14
             
Other Financial Data            
             
Dividends on common stock            
Total       2,221   2,188
Per common share (dollars)       0.47   0.44
             
Millions of common shares outstanding            
At March 31       4,676   4,926
Average - assuming dilution       4,716   4,971
             
ExxonMobil share of equity at March 31       157,012   151,480
ExxonMobil share of capital employed at March 31       177,137   171,235
             
Income taxes       7,716   8,004
Sales-based taxes       8,493   7,916
All other taxes       11,203   10,316
Total taxes       27,412   26,236
             
ExxonMobil share of income taxes of            
equity companies       1,705   1,513
 
Attachment II
 
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER 2012

(millions of dollars)
      First Quarter
        2012     2011  
Earnings (U.S. GAAP)            
Upstream            
United States       1,010     1,279  
Non-U.S.       6,792     7,396  
Downstream            
United States       603     694  
Non-U.S.       983     405  
Chemical            
United States       433     669  
Non-U.S.       268     847  
Corporate and financing       (639 )   (640 )
Net income attributable to ExxonMobil       9,450     10,650  
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       1,010     1,279  
Non-U.S.       6,792     7,396  
Downstream            
United States       603     694  
Non-U.S.       983     405  
Chemical            
United States       433     669  
Non-U.S.       268     847  
Corporate and financing       (639 )   (640 )
Corporate total       9,450     10,650  
Cash flow from operations and asset sales (billions of dollars)      
Net cash provided by operating activities
(U.S. GAAP)
      19.3     16.9  
Proceeds associated with asset sales       2.5     1.3  
Cash flow from operations and asset sales       21.8     18.2  
     
Attachment III
 
               
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER 2012

             
        First Quarter
        2012   2011
Net production of crude oil        
and natural gas liquids,        
thousands of barrels daily (kbd)        
United States       426   428
Canada/South America       248   262
Europe       228   306
Africa       464   561
Asia       802   792
Australia/Oceania       46   50
Worldwide       2,214   2,399
             
Natural gas production available for sale,            
millions of cubic feet daily (mcfd)            
United States       3,932   3,904
Canada/South America       377   468
Europe       4,447   4,783
Africa       12   6
Asia       5,011   5,089
Australia/Oceania       257   275
Worldwide       14,036   14,525
             
Oil-equivalent production (koebd) 1       4,553   4,820
         

1 Gas converted to oil-equivalent at 6 million cubic feet = 1 thousand barrels

 
Attachment IV
 
             
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER 2012

             
      First Quarter
        2012   2011
Refinery throughput (kbd)            
United States       1,825   1,771
Canada       438   452
Europe       1,481   1,446
Asia Pacific       1,296   1,223
Other       290   288
Worldwide       5,330   5,180
             
Petroleum product sales (kbd)            
United States       2,473   2,475
Canada       423   447
Europe       1,564   1,533
Asia Pacific       1,232   1,218
Other       624   594
Worldwide       6,316   6,267
             
Gasolines, naphthas       2,522   2,470
Heating oils, kerosene, diesel       2,096   2,034
Aviation fuels       458   464
Heavy fuels       505   555
Specialty products       735   744
Worldwide       6,316   6,267
             
Chemical prime product sales,            
thousands of metric tons (kt)            
United States       2,365   2,275
Non-U.S.       3,972   4,047
Worldwide       6,337   6,322
 
Attachment V
 
             
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FIRST QUARTER 2012

(millions of dollars)
           
      First Quarter
        2012   2011
Capital and Exploration Expenditures            
Upstream            
United States       2,422   2,080
Non-U.S.       5,657   4,820
Total       8,079   6,900
Downstream            
United States       110   117
Non-U.S.       329   333
Total       439   450
Chemical            
United States       74   56
Non-U.S.       239   393
Total       313   449
             
Other       3   22
             
Worldwide       8,834   7,821
             
             
Exploration expenses charged to income            
included above            
Consolidated affiliates            
United States       103   63
Non-U.S.       417   270
Equity companies - ExxonMobil share            
United States       1   1
Non-U.S.       6   1
Worldwide       527   335
 
Attachment VI
   
       
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

EARNINGS

       
       
  $ Millions   $ Per Common Share 1
       

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
Second Quarter 3,950   0.82
Third Quarter 4,730   0.98
Fourth Quarter 6,050   1.27
Year 19,280   3.99
       

2010

     
First Quarter 6,300   1.33
Second Quarter 7,560   1.61
Third Quarter 7,350   1.44
Fourth Quarter 9,250   1.86
Year 30,460   6.24
       

2011

     
First Quarter 10,650   2.14
Second Quarter 10,680   2.19
Third Quarter 10,330   2.13
Fourth Quarter 9,400   1.97
Year 41,060   8.43
       

2012

     
First Quarter 9,450   2.00
       
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.

 

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