ExxonMobil announces 1Q 2024 earnings of US$8.2 billion

ExxonMobil announces 1Q 2024 earnings of US$8.2 billion

Chemical Products earnings were $785 million, an increase of $414 million compared to the same quarter last year

  • By ICN Bureau | April 26, 2024

Exxon Mobil Corporation today announced first-quarter 2024 earnings of US$8.2 billion, or $2.06 per share assuming dilution. Capital and exploration expenditures were US$5.8 billion, consistent with the company's full-year guidance of $23 billion to $25 billion.

The company generated strong first-quarter earnings of US$8.2 billion and US$14.7 billion of cash flow from operating activities. First-quarter earnings were $8.2 billion versus $11.4 billion in the first quarter of 2023. Earnings excluding identified items were $8.2 billion compared to $11.6 billion in the same quarter last year.

Earnings decreased as industry refining margins and natural gas prices came down from last year's highs to trade within the ten-year historical range2. Timing effects from unsettled derivative mark-to-market impacts and other primarily non-cash impacts from tax and inventory adjustments as well as divestments contributed to the lower earnings.

Strong advantaged volume growth primarily from Guyana and the Beaumont refinery expansion, and structural cost savings helped to offset lower base volumes from divestments, unfavorable entitlements and government-mandated curtailments, and higher expenses from scheduled maintenance.

The company achieved $10.1 billion of cumulative Structural Cost Savings versus 2019 with an additional $0.4 billion during the quarter. The company plans to deliver cumulative savings totaling $15 billion through the end of 2027.

It also achieved quarterly gross production of more than 600,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day in Guyana and reached a final investment decision on the sixth major development.

The company's debt-to-capital ratio was 16% and the net-debt-to-capital ratio was 3%, reflecting a period-end cash balance of $33.3 billion.

ExxonMobil managed to grow performance chemical sales volumes and delivered record first-quarter refining throughput while maintaining excellent turnaround performance. It also reduced operated methane emissions intensity by more than 60% since 2016.

Chemical Products earnings were $785 million, an increase of $414 million compared to the same quarter last year. Despite continued bottom-of-cycle conditions, results improved with higher margins due to lower North American feed costs and higher margins from performance chemicals more than offsetting the decline in industry margins for polyethylene and polypropylene. Earnings were further supported by advantaged performance product volumes growth, reflecting advantaged investments including the recent Baytown Chemical Expansion. Base volumes also improved from lower scheduled maintenance and strong reliability during U.S. Gulf Coast weather events.

“Our strategy and focus on execution excellence is creating significant value for society and our shareholders,” said Darren Woods, Chairman and CEO.

“We delivered a strong quarter with continued growth in advantaged assets, such as Guyana, where production continues at higher-than-expected levels, contributing to historic economic growth for the Guyanese people. In Product Solutions, our strong turnaround performance on cost and schedule helped drive record first-quarter refining throughput. Looking ahead, we’re making great progress on our plans to grow the earnings power of our existing businesses from investments in advantaged assets and higher-value products, and further reduce structural costs. We are investing in technology to transform the molecules derived from oil and natural gas into products that extend our reach into new, high-value, high-growth markets to capture even greater value from our core competitive advantages.”

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