Posted on November 03, 2018

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced estimated third quarter 2018 earnings of $6.2 billion, or $1.46 per share assuming dilution, compared with $4 billion a year earlier. Cash flow from operations and asset sales was $12.6 billion, including proceeds associated with asset sales of $1.5 billion. During the quarter, the company distributed $3.5 billion in dividends to shareholders. Capital and exploration expenditures were $6.6 billion, up 10 percent from the prior year.

Oil-equivalent production was 3.8 million barrels per day, down 2 percent from the third quarter of 2017. Excluding entitlement effects and divestments, liquids production increased 6 percent, as growth in North America more than offset decline and higher downtime. Natural gas volumes decreased 4 percent, excluding entitlement effects and divestments, largely due to a continuing near-term shift in U.S. unconventional development from dry gas to liquids.

“We are seeing the benefits of integration as we capture value from advantaged feedstock from the Permian and Western Canada for our North American refineries,” said Darren W. Woods, chairman and chief executive officer. “The logistical network we’ve established provides reliable connectivity between Upstream production and manufacturing facilities. Operational performance improved significantly versus the second quarter with lower levels of scheduled maintenance and reliability levels in line with our expectations.”

“We’re pleased with the increase in production from the second quarter of 2018 recognizing it reflects contributions from just one of our key growth areas, the Permian,” Woods said. “We expect to continue to increase volumes over time as we ramp up activity in the Permian and new projects start up.”

Third Quarter 2018 Business Highlights


  • Crude and natural gas prices strengthened in the third quarter.
  • Permian unconventional production experienced strong growth in the third quarter, with a ramp-up to 38 rigs currently in the Midland and Delaware basins.
  • Third quarter production strengthened with improved reliability and lower scheduled maintenance. Syncrude operations in Canada were impacted by a power supply disruption that began in late June with recovery by the middle of September. Also in Canada, Kearl net production reached a quarterly record of 230,000 barrels per day.


  • Industry fuels margins strengthened during the quarter in North America and Europe supported by widening crude differentials in North America and tightening supply in Europe. The company leveraged its midstream logistics capacity to connect advantaged crudes from the Permian and Western Canada to its refineries and customers.
  • Overall lower planned maintenance and improved reliability contributed to strong earnings in the quarter.


  • Significant turnaround activities commenced at the Singapore chemical plant in the third quarter and are progressing as scheduled.

Strengthening the Portfolio

  • ExxonMobil made its ninth discovery offshore Guyana at the Hammerhead-1 well, marking its fifth discovery on the Stabroek Block in the past year. Hammerhead-1 encountered approximately 197 feet (60 meters) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir.
  • ExxonMobil increased its holdings in Brazil’s pre-salt basins after it won the Titã exploration block with co-venturer Qatar Petroleum during Brazil’s fifth pre-salt bid round. The awarded block added more than 71,500 net acres to the ExxonMobil portfolio, expanding its total position in the country to approximately 2.3 million net acres. ExxonMobil will be the operator and own a 64 percent equity interest in the block.
  • ExxonMobil completed the sale of about 1,000 Esso-branded service stations in Germany to EG Group Ltd. on Oct. 1, 2018. The company is converting its retail business to the branded wholesaler model consistent with other markets in Europe and North America, and will continue selling ExxonMobil-supplied SynergyTM fuels and Mobil-branded lubricants at Esso stations throughout the country.
  • Production started at the Kaombo project, an offshore development on Angola Block 32, where ExxonMobil has a 15 percent interest. Production will reach an estimated 230,000 barrels per day at its peak, and the associated gas will be delivered to the Angola LNG plant in Soyo.

Investing for Growth

  • ExxonMobil started a new 1.5 million-metric-ton-per-year ethane cracker at its integrated Baytown, Texas chemical and refining complex. The new cracker, part of ExxonMobil’s Growing the Gulf initiative, provides ethylene feedstock to new performance polyethylene lines at the company’s Mont Belvieu plastics plant, which began production in the fall of 2017. The Mont Belvieu plant is one of the largest polyethylene plants in the world, with manufacturing capacity of about 1.3 million metric tons per year.
  • ExxonMobil signed a cooperation framework agreement with the Guangdong Provincial People’s Government in China to advance discussions concerning the proposed construction of a chemical complex in the Huizhou Dayawan Petrochemical Industrial Park. The new facility would help meet expected demand growth for chemical products in China. The multibillion-dollar project, which remains subject to a final investment decision, would include a 1.2 million-metric-ton-per-year ethylene flexible feed steam cracker, two performance polyethylene lines and two differentiated performance polypropylene lines. Startup is planned for 2023.

The framework agreement also confirms Guangdong Province’s support in progressing the Huizhou LNG receiving terminal, in which ExxonMobil intends to participate, including supply of LNG.

Advancing Innovative Technologies and Products

  • ExxonMobil started a new unit at its integrated Beaumont, Texas facility, increasing production of ultra-low sulfur fuels by about 45,000 barrels per day. The new unit relies on a proprietary catalyst system developed by ExxonMobil to remove sulfur and meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency specifications while minimizing octane loss.
  • ExxonMobil joined the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a voluntary initiative representing 13 of the world’s largest oil and gas producers working collaboratively toward solutions to mitigate the risks of climate change. As part of the initiative, ExxonMobil will expand its investment in research and development of long-term solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pursue lower-emission technologies. Since 2000, ExxonMobil has spent more than $9 billion on lower-emission energy solutions such as cogeneration, flare reduction, energy efficiency, biofuels, carbon capture and storage and other technologies.
  • Startup has commenced on a project to expand ExxonMobil’s specialty elastomers plant in Newport, Wales. When completed, the expansion will increase the company’s global capacity to manufacture Santoprene™ thermoplastic vulcanizate, high-performance elastomers used for automotive, industrial and consumer applications, by 25 percent.

Earnings and Volume Summary

  Millions of Dollars   3Q   3Q        
  (unless noted)   2018   2017   Change   Comments
  U.S.   606   (238)   +844   Higher liquids prices and liquids volume growth
  Non-U.S.   3,623   1,805   +1,818   Higher prices and favorable one-time tax impacts (+240), partly offset by higher production expenses (-260) and lower volumes including downtime
  Total   4,229   1,567   +2,662   Prices +2,580, other volumes +130, downtime volumes -80, other +30
  Production (koebd)   3,786   3,878   -92  

Liquids +6 kbd: growth and improved performance, more than offset lower volumes from entitlements, divestments, decline, and downtime


Gas -584 mcfd: decline largely in U.S. aligned with value focus, lower volumes from divestments and lower demand

  U.S.   961   391   +570   Higher margins capturing crude differentials, higher volumes and favorable tax impacts (+110)
  Non-U.S.   681   1,141   -460   Lower margins, higher downtime / maintenance and unfavorable foreign exchange impacts
  Total   1,642   1,532   +110   Margins -110, downtime / maintenance -10, other +230
  Petroleum Product Sales (kbd)   5,616   5,542   +74    
  U.S.   404   403   +1   Stronger margins and growth volumes, offset by higher growth-related expenses
  Non-U.S.   309   689   -380   Weaker margins and higher downtime / maintenance, partly offset by growth volumes
  Total   713   1,092   -379   Margins -140, downtime / maintenance -90, other volumes +30, other -180
  Prime Product Sales (kt)   6,677   6,446   +231   Project growth and acquisitions
  Corporate and financing   (344)   (221)   -123   Lower U.S. tax rate

Earnings and Volume Summary

  Millions of Dollars   3Q   2Q        
  (unless noted)   2018   2018   Change   Comments
  U.S.   606   439   +167   Stronger prices, lower expenses and liquids volume growth
  Non-U.S.   3,623   2,601   +1,022   Higher volumes including lower downtime, favorable one-time tax items (+270) and stronger prices, partially offset by higher expenses
  Total   4,229   3,040   +1,189   Prices +270, other volumes +320, downtime volumes +130, other +470
  Production (koebd)   3,786   3,647   +139  

Liquids +74 kbd: growth and lower planned maintenance, more than offset lower entitlements and decline


Gas +388 mcfd: lower downtime

  U.S.   961   695   +266   Higher margins capturing crude differentials and lower downtime / maintenance
  Non-U.S.   681   29   +652   Higher margins, lower downtime / maintenance and absence of unfavorable foreign exchange impacts
  Total   1,642   724   +918   Downtime / maintenance +460, margins +150, foreign exchange impacts +140, other +170
  Petroleum Product Sales (kbd)   5,616   5,502   +114    
  U.S.   404   453   -49   Weaker margins
  Non-U.S.   309   437   -128   Higher downtime / maintenance, partly offset by higher growth-related volumes
  Total   713   890   -177   Downtime / maintenance -140, margins -20, other volumes +40, other -60
  Prime Product Sales (kt)   6,677   6,852   -175   Downtime / maintenance, partly offset by project growth
  Corporate and financing   (344)   (704)   +360   Favorable one-time tax item

Earnings and Volume Summary

  Millions of Dollars   YTD   YTD        
  (unless noted)   2018   2017   Change   Comments
  U.S.   1,474   (439)   +1,913   Higher liquids prices, liquids volume growth and favorable mix, partly offset by higher expenses and unfavorable tax impacts (-270)
  Non-U.S.   9,292   5,442   +3,850   Higher prices, favorable one-time tax impacts (+400) and divestment gains, partly offset by lower volumes and higher expenses
  Total   10,766   5,003   +5,763  

Prices +6,400, divestment gains +290, higher production expenses -740,

volumes -430, other +240

  Production (koebd)   3,774   3,983   -209  

Liquids -56 kbd: growth in North America, more than offset by lower volumes from decline, entitlements and divestments


Gas -920 mcfd: decline in U.S. aligned with value focus, higher downtime and lower volumes from entitlements and divestments

  U.S.   1,975   1,030   +945   Higher margins capturing crude differentials, favorable tax impacts and higher sales, partly offset by higher downtime / maintenance
  Non-U.S.   1,331   3,003   -1,672   Higher sales, more than offset by weaker margins, higher downtime / maintenance, unfavorable foreign exchange impacts and lower divestment gains
  Total   3,306   4,033   -727   Margins +110, sales +180, downtime / maintenance -760, foreign exchange impacts -250, lower divestment gains -180, other +170
  Petroleum Product Sales (kbd)   5,517   5,499   +18    
  U.S.   1,360   1,413   -53   Volume growth and stronger margins, more than offset by higher growth-related expenses
  Non-U.S.   1,254   1,835   -581   Weaker margins and higher growth-related expenses, partly offset by volume growth and favorable foreign exchange impacts
  Total   2,614   3,248   -634   Margins -640, volumes +250, foreign exchange impacts +170, growth-related expenses -490, other +80
  Prime Product Sales (kt)   20,197   18,638   +1,559   Growth from new assets and stronger demand
  Corporate and financing   (1,846)   (954)   -892   Lower net favorable tax items, lower U.S. tax rate, and higher pension and financing related costs

Cash Flow from Operations and Asset Sales

Millions of Dollars     3Q    
Net income including noncontrolling interests   6,446   Including $206 million for noncontrolling interests
Depreciation   4,658    
Changes in working capital   957   Including seasonal payables effects
Other   (953)   Mainly changes in deferred income taxes

Cash Flow from Operating Activities (U.S. GAAP)

Asset sales   1,491   Including deposit for Germany service station sales

Cash Flow from Operations and Asset Sales

Millions of Dollars     YTD    
Net income including noncontrolling interests   15,215   Including $375 million for noncontrolling interests
Depreciation   13,717    
Changes in working capital   (25)    
Other   (1,500)   Equity company earnings greater than dividends

Cash Flow from Operating Activities (U.S. GAAP)

Asset sales   3,239    

Cash Flow from Operations and Asset Sales


First Nine Months 2018 Financial Updates

During the first nine months of 2018, Exxon Mobil Corporation purchased 5 million shares of its common stock for the treasury at a gross cost of $425 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.

ExxonMobil will discuss financial and operating results and other matters during a webcast at 8:30 a.m. Central Time on November 2, 2018. To listen to the event or access an archived replay, please visit .

Cautionary Statement

Outlooks, projections, goals, targets, descriptions of business plans and objectives, and other statements of future events or conditions in this release are forward-looking statements. Actual future results, including project plans, capacities, and timing; resource recoveries; earnings, margins and volume growth and mix; and maintenance activities could differ materially due to a number of factors. These include changes in supply and demand for oil, gas, and petrochemicals or other market conditions affecting the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries; reservoir performance; timely completion of new projects; the impact of fiscal and commercial terms and the outcome of commercial negotiations; changes in law, taxes, or government regulation and timely granting of governmental permits; war and other political or security disturbances; the actions of competitors; the capture of efficiencies between business lines; unforeseen technical or operating difficulties; unexpected technological developments; general economic conditions including the occurrence and duration of economic recessions; the results of research programs; and other factors discussed under the heading Factors Affecting Future Results on the Investors page of our website at and in Item 1A of ExxonMobil’s 2017 Form 10-K. We assume no duty to update these statements as of any future date.

Forward-looking statements in this release regarding future earnings refer to plans outlined at ExxonMobil’s Analysts’ Meeting held on March 7, 2018. The growth figures presented at that meeting are not forecasts of actual future results but were intended to help quantify future potential and goals of management plans and initiatives. See the complete March 7, 2018 presentation available in archive form (including the Cautionary Statement and Supplemental Information included with that presentation) on the Investors page of our website at for more detailed information. That material includes a description of the assumptions underlying these potential growth estimates including a flat real oil price of $60 per barrel, downstream and chemical margins consistent with 2017 levels, and future gas prices consistent with our internal company plans, as well as a reconciliation of adjusted 2017 earnings used as a baseline.

Frequently Used Terms and Non-GAAP Measures

This press release 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 for 2018 period on page 7 and for 2018 and 2017 periods in Attachment V.

This press release also includes total taxes including sales-based taxes. This is a broader indicator of the total tax burden on the corporation’s products and earnings, including certain sales and value-added taxes imposed on and concurrent with revenue-producing transactions with customers and collected on behalf of governmental authorities (“sales-based taxes”). It combines “Income taxes” and “Total other taxes and duties” with sales-based taxes, which are reported net in the income statement. We believe it is useful for the corporation and its investors to understand the total tax burden imposed on the corporation’s products and earnings. A reconciliation to total taxes is shown as part of the Estimated Key Financial and Operating Data in Attachment I.

References to the resource base and other quantities of oil, natural gas or condensate may include amounts that are not yet classified as “proved reserves” under SEC definitions, but which we believe will likely be moved into the “proved reserves” category and produced in the future. 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. Further information on ExxonMobil’s frequently used financial and operating measures and other terms including “Cash flow from operations and asset sales”, and “Total taxes including sales-based taxes” is contained under the heading “Frequently Used Terms” available through the “Investors” section of our website at .

Reference to Earnings

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