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ExxonMobil announces first quarter 2023 results


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IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM):
  • Delivered record first quarter earnings of $11.4 billion, demonstrating structural earnings improvements through growth of advantaged assets, mix improvements, and cost and execution efficiencies
  • Increased oil and gas net production by nearly 300,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day versus first-quarter 2022, excluding divestments, entitlements, and Sakhalin-1 expropriation
  • Started up the Beaumont Refinery expansion and reached full capacity of 250,000 barrels of production per day to help meet global demand
  • Announced final investment decision for the Uaru offshore development and two new discoveries in Guyana
  • Grew Low Carbon Solutions business with the execution of a new long-term customer contract for carbon capture, transportation, and storage
Results Summary
Dollars in millions (except per share data) 1Q23 4Q22 Change 

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1Q22 Change 

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1Q22

Earnings (U.S. GAAP) 11,430 12,750 -1,320 5,480 +5,950
Earnings Excluding Identified Items (non-GAAP) 11,618 14,035 -2,417 8,833 +2,785
Earnings Per Common Share ¹ 2.79 3.09 -0.30 1.28 +1.51
Earnings Excluding Identified Items Per Common Share ¹ (non-GAAP) 2.83 3.40 -0.57 2.07 +0.76
Capital and Exploration Expenditures 6,380 7,463 -1,083 4,904 +1,476
¹ Assuming dilution.

Exxon Mobil Corporation today announced first-quarter 2023 earnings of $11.4 billion, or $2.79 per share assuming dilution. Results included unfavorable identified items of approximately $200 million associated with additional European taxes on the energy sector. Capital and exploration expenditures were $6.4 billion, on track to meet the company’s full year guidance of $23 billion to $25 billion.

“Our people’s hard work to execute on our strategic priorities delivered a record first quarter following a record year,” said Darren Woods, chairman and chief executive officer.

“We are growing value by increasing production from our advantaged assets to meet global demand. At the same time, our Low Carbon Solutions team is rapidly growing this new business with an additional carbon capture, transportation and storage agreement that underscores the company’s growing momentum in providing industrial customers with large-scale emission reduction solutions.”

Financial Highlights

  • First-quarter 2023 earnings were $11.4 billion compared with $12.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2022. Excluding the identified item associated with additional European taxes on the energy sector, earnings were $11.6 billion compared to $14.0 billion in the prior quarter. Identified items in the fourth quarter included a higher impact from the additional European taxes on the energy sector, asset impairments, and one-time adjustments related to the Sakhalin-1 expropriation.
  • Lower liquids and natural gas realizations coupled with the absence of favorable mark-to-market impacts on unsettled derivatives, fewer days in the quarter, and higher scheduled maintenance negatively impacted results sequentially. These impacts were partially offset by higher volumes, mix improvements driven by advantaged project growth, strong operating execution, and disciplined cost management. Results also benefited from the absence of year-end inventory effects and lower corporate and financing costs.
  • The company remains on track to deliver $9 billion of structural cost savings by the end of 2023 relative to 2019, having achieved cumulative structural cost savings of $7.2 billion to date.
  • Cash flow from operations totaled $16.3 billion, and free cash flow was $11.4 billion for the quarter. The company’s debt-to-capital ratio remained at 17% and the net-debt-to-capital ratio declined to about 4%, reflecting a period-end cash balance of $32.7 billion.

Shareholder Distributions

  • Shareholder distributions of $8.1 billion included $4.3 billion of share repurchases, keeping the company on track to repurchase up to $17.5 billion during the year.
  • The Corporation declared a second-quarter dividend of $0.91 per share, payable on June 9, 2023, to shareholders of record of Common Stock at the close of business on May 16, 2023.

Reducing Emissions

  • The company announced as of year-end 2022, it had reduced greenhouse gas emissions intensity of its operated assets by more than 10% and methane intensity by more than 50% relative to a 2016 baseline1.

Carbon Capture and Storage2

  • ExxonMobil and Linde, one of the world’s leading global industrial gases and engineering companies, have entered into a long-term commercial agreement in which ExxonMobil, subject to government permitting, will capture, transport, and permanently store up to 2.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year from Linde’s new clean hydrogen production facility in Beaumont, Texas, with operations starting as soon as 2025.

1 Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emission estimates from ExxonMobil’s operated assets (2022, compared to 2016 levels); the company is working to continuously improve its performance and methods to detect, measure and address greenhouse gas emissions.

The emission reduction outcome of this project is subject to the timing and regulatory approval of necessary permits, acquisition of rights of way, changes in regulatory policy, supply chain disruptions, and other market conditions

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EARNINGS AND VOLUME SUMMARY BY SEGMENT
Upstream
Dollars in millions (unless otherwise noted) 1Q23 4Q22 1Q22
Earnings/(Loss) (U.S. GAAP)
United States 1,632 2,493 2,376
Non-U.S. 4,825 5,708 2,112
Worldwide 6,457 8,201 4,488
Earnings/(Loss) Excluding Identified Items (non-GAAP)
United States 1,632 2,493 2,376
Non-U.S. 4,983 6,269 5,367
Worldwide 6,615 8,762 7,743
Production (koebd) 3,831 3,822 3,675
  • Upstream earnings were $6.5 billion, a decrease of $1.7 billion from the fourth quarter. The main drivers were lower prices, with crude and natural gas realizations down 10% and 23%, respectively, and unfavorable unsettled derivatives mark-to-market effects of $2.0 billion, largely reflecting the absence of a positive mark-to-market impact in the prior quarter. These impacts were partially offset by robust cost control and seasonally lower expenses, the absence of year-end inventory effects, and favorable volume/mix effects from advantaged growth in the Permian, Guyana, and LNG. Identified items unfavorably impacted earnings by $158 million this quarter, down from $561 million in the previous quarter. Earnings excluding identified items decreased from $8.8 billion to $6.6 billion.
  • Compared to the same quarter last year, earnings increased $2 billion. The prior-year period was negatively impacted by an identified item associated with the Sakhalin-1 expropriation. Excluding identified items, earnings declined $1.1 billion year over year, driven by a 23% decrease in crude realizations, partly offset by higher production volumes.
  • Net production in the first quarter was 3.8 million oil-equivalent barrels per day, an increase of nearly 160,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day compared to the same quarter last year. Excluding divestments, entitlements and the Sakhalin-1 expropriation, net production increased nearly 300,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day driven by advantaged projects in Guyana and the Permian.
  • The company announced its final investment decision for the Uaru development in Guyana. This is the fifth offshore project and is expected to provide an additional 250,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day of gross capacity with start-up targeted for 2026. In addition, two new exploration discoveries were made this year.
Energy Products
Dollars in millions (unless otherwise noted) 1Q23 4Q22 1Q22
Earnings/(Loss) (U.S. GAAP)
United States 1,910 2,188 489
Non-U.S. 2,273 1,882 (684)
Worldwide 4,183 4,070 (196)
Earnings/(Loss) Excluding Identified Items (non-GAAP)
United States 1,910 2,246 489
Non-U.S. 2,303 2,508 (684)
Worldwide 4,213 4,754 (196)
Energy Products Sales (kbd) 5,277 5,423 5,111
  • Energy Products earnings totaled $4.2 billion, up $113 million from the fourth quarter. Positive drivers were volume and mix improvements driven by reliable operations and the Beaumont refinery expansion start-up and the absence of unfavorable prior-quarter unsettled derivatives. Continued cost control offset the impact from higher scheduled maintenance expenses which were also partially mitigated by top-quartile1 turnaround performance reducing labor costs and downtime. The absence of year-end inventory effects, foreign exchange impacts, and downtime from scheduled maintenance as well as fewer days in the quarter negatively impacted results. Earnings excluding identified items decreased to $4.2 billion from $4.8 billion. Identified items in the fourth quarter included a higher impact from the additional European taxes on the energy sector and asset impairments.
  • Compared to the same quarter last year, earnings increased $4.4 billion due to stronger industry refining margins, increased marketing and trading contributions, and favorable volume/mix impacts, partly offset by increased scheduled maintenance.
  • The company successfully completed the ramp-up of the Beaumont Refinery expansion, demonstrating 250,000 barrels per day of crude distillation capacity and expanding its integration advantage by capitalizing on the growth of lighter crude oil from the Upstream’s Permian assets.

1 Based on ExxonMobil estimates using historical benchmarking results from Solomon Associates

Chemical Products
Dollars in millions (unless otherwise noted) 1Q23 4Q22 1Q22
Earnings/(Loss) (U.S. GAAP)
United States 324 298 770
Non-U.S. 47 (48) 636
Worldwide 371 250 1,405
Earnings/(Loss) Excluding Identified Items (non-GAAP)
United States 324 298 770
Non-U.S. 47 (48) 636
Worldwide 371 250 1,405
Chemical Products Sales (kt) 4,649 4,658 5,018
  • Chemical Products earnings were $371 million, up from $250 million in the fourth quarter, mainly on improved margins from strengthening of the North American ethane feed advantage partly offset by higher scheduled maintenance.
  • Compared to the same quarter last year, earnings decreased by $1.0 billion on weaker industry margins and lower sales, reflecting softer market conditions.
  • The Baton Rouge polypropylene expansion, which started up in December, delivered positive earnings and cash contribution during its first full quarter of operations.
Specialty Products
Dollars in millions (unless otherwise noted) 1Q23 4Q22 1Q22
Earnings/(Loss) (U.S. GAAP)
United States 451 406 246
Non-U.S. 323 354 230
Worldwide 774 760 476
Earnings/(Loss) Excluding Identified Items (non-GAAP)
United States 451 406 246
Non-U.S. 323 394 230
Worldwide 774 800 476
Specialty Product Sales (kt) 1,940 1,787 2,006
  • Specialty Products earnings were $774 million, up $14 million from the fourth quarter. Improved finished lubes margins partially offset lower industry basestock prices. Unfavorable margin effects were more than offset by higher volumes supported by China demand recovery and finished lubes market position growth as well as seasonally lower expenses. In addition, earnings were impacted by the absence of favorable year-end inventory impacts.
  • Compared to the same quarter last year, earnings increased by $298 million, with favorable pricing actions partially offset by unfavorable foreign exchange impacts.
Corporate and Financing
Dollars in millions (unless otherwise noted) 1Q23 4Q22 1Q22
Earnings/(Loss) (U.S. GAAP) (355) (531) (694)
Earnings/(Loss) Excluding Identified Items (non-GAAP) (355) (531) (596)
  • Corporate and Financing reported net charges of $355 million. This was a decrease of $176 million versus the fourth quarter driven by lower financing costs.
  • Compared to the same quarter last year, net charges declined $339 million due to lower financing costs. Excluding the identified item associated with the Sakhalin-1 expropriation, net charges decreased $241 million.
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CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS AND ASSET SALES EXCLUDING WORKING CAPITAL
Dollars in millions (unless otherwise noted) 1Q23 4Q22 1Q22
Net income/(loss) including noncontrolling interests 11,843 13,055 5,750
Depreciation and depletion (includes impairments) 4,244 5,064 8,883
Changes in operational working capital, excluding cash and debt (302) (200) 1,086
Other 556 (298) (931)
Cash Flow from Operating Activities (U.S. GAAP) 16,341 17,621 14,788
Proceeds from asset sales and returns of investments 854 1,333 293
Cash Flow from Operations and Asset Sales (non-GAAP) 17,195 18,954 15,081
Changes in operational working capital, excluding cash and debt 302 200 (1,086)
Cash Flow from Operations and Asset Sales excluding Working Capital (non-GAAP) 17,497 19,154 13,995
FREE CASH FLOW
Dollars in millions (unless otherwise noted) 1Q23 4Q22 1Q22
Cash Flow from Operating Activities (U.S. GAAP) 16,341 17,621 14,788
Additions to property, plant and equipment (5,412) (5,783) (3,911)
Additional investments and advances (445) (2,175) (417)
Other investing activities including collection of advances 78 1,270 90
Proceeds from asset sales and returns of investments 854 1,333 293
Free Cash Flow (non-GAAP) 11,416 12,266 10,843
CALCULATION OF STRUCTURAL COST SAVINGS
Dollars in billions (unless otherwise noted) Twelve Months 

Ended December 31,

Three Months 

Ended March 31,

2019 2022 2022 2023
Components of operating costs
From ExxonMobil’s Consolidated statement of income 

(U.S. GAAP)

Production and manufacturing expenses 36.8 42.6 10.2 9.4
Selling, general and administrative expenses 11.4 10.1 2.4 2.4
Depreciation and depletion (includes impairments) 19.0 24.0 8.9 4.2
Exploration expenses, including dry holes 1.3 1.0 0.2 0.1
Non-service pension and postretirement benefit expense 1.2 0.5 0.1 0.2
Subtotal 69.7 78.2 21.8 16.4
ExxonMobil’s share of equity company expenses (non-GAAP) 9.1 13.0 2.6 2.7
Total adjusted operating costs (non-GAAP) 78.8 91.2 24.4 19.1
Total adjusted operating costs (non-GAAP) 78.8 91.2 24.4 19.1
Less:
Depreciation and depletion (includes impairments) 19.0 24.0 8.9 4.2
Non-service pension and postretirement benefit expense 1.2 0.5 0.1 0.2
Other adjustments (includes equity company depreciation 

and depletion)

3.6 3.5 0.8 0.8
Total cash operating expenses (cash opex) (non-GAAP) 55.0 63.2 14.6 13.9
Energy and production taxes (non-GAAP) 11.0 23.8 5.2 4.3
Total cash operating expenses (cash opex) excluding energy and production taxes (non-GAAP) 44.0 39.4 9.4 9.6
Change 

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2019

Change 

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Estimated Cumulative vs 

2019

Total cash operating expenses (cash opex) excluding energy and production taxes (non-GAAP) -5 +0.2
Market +3 +0.2
Activity /Other -1 +0.3
Structural Savings -7 -0.3 -7.2

This press release also references structural cost savings. Structural cost savings describe decreases in cash opex excluding energy and production taxes as a result of operational efficiencies, workforce reductions, and other cost-saving measures that are expected to be sustainable compared to 2019 levels. Relative to 2019, estimated cumulative structural cost savings totaled $7.2 billion, which included an additional $0.3 billion in the first three months of 2023. The total change between periods in expenses above will reflect both structural cost savings and other changes in spend, including market factors, such as inflation and foreign exchange impacts, as well as changes in activity levels and costs associated with new operations. Estimates of cumulative annual structural savings may be revised depending on whether cost reductions realized in prior periods are determined to be sustainable compared to 2019 levels. Structural cost savings are stewarded internally to support management’s oversight of spending over time. This measure is useful for investors to understand the Corporation’s efforts to optimize spending through disciplined expense management.

ExxonMobil will discuss financial and operating results and other matters during a webcast at 7:30 a.m. Central Time on April 28, 2023. To listen to the event or access an archived replay, please visit www.exxonmobil.com.

Cautionary Statement

Statements related to outlooks; projections; descriptions of strategic, operating, and financial plans and objectives; statements of future ambitions and plans; and other statements of future events or conditions in this release, are forward-looking statements. Similarly, discussion of future carbon capture, transportation and storage,as well as biofuel, hydrogen and other plans to reduce emissions are dependent on future market factors, such as continued technological progress, policy support and timely rule-making and permitting, and represent forward-looking statements. Actual future results, including financial and operating performance; total capital expenditures and mix, including allocations of capital to low carbon solutions; structural earnings improvement and structural cost reductions and efficiency gains, including the ability to offset inflationary pressure; plans to reduce future emissions and emissions intensity; ambitions to reach Scope 1 and Scope 2 net zero from operated assets by 2050, plans to reach net zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions in Upstream Permian Basin unconventional operated assets by 2030, eliminating routine flaring in-line with World Bank Zero Routine Flaring, reaching near-zero methane emissions from its operations, meeting ExxonMobil’s emission reduction goals and plans, divestment and start-up plans, and associated project plans as well as technology efforts; timing and outcome of projects related to the capture, transportation and storage of CO2, and produced biofuels; changes in law, taxes, or regulation including environmental and tax regulations, trade sanctions, and timely granting of governmental permits and certifications; timing and outcome of hydrogen projects; cash flow, dividends and shareholder returns, including the timing and amounts of share repurchases; future debt levels and credit ratings; business and project plans, timing, costs, capacities and returns; and resource recoveries and production rates could differ materially due to a number of factors. These include global or regional changes in the supply and demand for oil, natural gas, petrochemicals, and feedstocks and other market factors, economic conditions and seasonal fluctuations that impact prices and differentials for our products; government policies supporting lower carbon investment opportunities such as the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act or policies limiting the attractiveness of future investment such as the additional European taxes on the energy sector; variable impacts of trading activities on our margins and results each quarter; actions of competitors and commercial counterparties; the outcome of commercial negotiations, including final agreed terms and conditions; the ability to access debt markets; the ultimate impacts of COVID-19 or other public health crises, including the effects of government responses on people and economies; reservoir performance, including variability and timing factors applicable to unconventional resources; the level and outcome of exploration projects and decisions to invest in future reserves; timely completion of development and other construction projects; final management approval of future projects and any changes in the scope, terms, or costs of such projects as approved; government policies and support and market demand for low carbon technologies; war, civil unrest, attacks against the company or industry and other political or security disturbances; expropriations, seizure, or capacity, insurance or shipping limitations by foreign governments or laws; opportunities for potential investments or divestments and satisfaction of applicable conditions to closing, including regulatory approvals; the capture of efficiencies within and between business lines and the ability to maintain near-term cost reductions as ongoing efficiencies; unforeseen technical or operating difficulties and unplanned maintenance; the development and competitiveness of alternative energy and emission reduction technologies; the results of research programs and the ability to bring new technologies to commercial scale on a cost-competitive basis; and other factors discussed under Item 1A. Risk Factors of ExxonMobil’s 2022 Form 10-K.

Forward-looking and other statements regarding our environmental, social and other sustainability efforts and aspirations are not an indication that these statements are necessarily material to investors or requiring disclosure in our filing with the SEC. In addition, historical, current, and forward-looking environmental, social and sustainability-related statements may be based on standards for measuring progress that are still developing, internal controls and processes that continue to evolve, and assumptions that are subject to change in the future, including future rule-making.

Frequently Used Terms and Non-GAAP Measures

This press release includes cash flow from operations and asset sales (non-GAAP). Because of the regular nature of our asset management and divestment program, the company believes 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 for the 2022 and 2023 periods is shown on page 8.

This press release also includes cash flow from operations and asset sales excluding working capital (non-GAAP). The company believes it is useful for investors to consider these numbers in comparing the underlying performance of the company’s business across periods when there are significant period-to-period differences in the amount of changes in working capital. A reconciliation to net cash provided by operating activities for the 2022 and 2023 periods is shown on page 8.

This press release also includes earnings/(loss) excluding identified items (non-GAAP), which are earnings/(loss) excluding individually significant non-operational events with, typically, an absolute corporate total earnings impact of at least $250 million in a given quarter. The earnings/(loss) impact of an identified item for an individual segment may be less than $250 million when the item impacts several periods or several segments. Earnings/(loss) excluding identified items does include non-operational earnings events or impacts that are generally below the $250 million threshold utilized for identified items. When the effect of these events is significant in aggregate, it is indicated in analysis of period results as part of quarterly earnings press release and teleconference materials. Management uses these figures to improve comparability of the underlying business across multiple periods by isolating and removing significant non-operational events from business results. The Corporation believes this view provides investors increased transparency into business results and trends and provides investors with a view of the business as seen through the eyes of management.

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