Exxon Mobil Corporation Announces Estimated Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

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

                       
Fourth Quarter Twelve Months
2012 2011 % 2012     2011 %

Earnings Excluding Special Items 1

$ Millions 9,950 9,400 6 44,880 41,060 9
$ Per Common Share
Assuming Dilution 2.20 1.97 12 9.70 8.42 15
 

Special Items

$ Millions 0 0 0 0
 

Earnings

$ Millions 9,950 9,400 6 44,880 41,060 9
$ Per Common Share
Assuming Dilution 2.20 1.97 12 9.70 8.42 15
 
Capital and Exploration
Expenditures - $ Millions 12,443 10,019 24 39,799 36,766 8
 

1 See Reference to Earnings

EXXONMOBIL'S CHAIRMAN REX W. TILLERSON COMMENTED:

“Energy is fundamental to economic growth and improved living standards. ExxonMobil’s strong financial performance enables continued investment in new energy supplies, which creates jobs and supports economic expansion.

“Fourth quarter 2012 earnings were over $9.9 billion, up 6% from the fourth quarter of 2011. Full year 2012 earnings were $44.9 billion, up 9% from 2011, with record earnings per share of $9.70.

“Capital and exploration expenditures were a record $39.8 billion in 2012 as we continue pursuing opportunities to find and produce new supplies of oil and natural gas to meet global demand for energy.

“In 2012, the Corporation distributed over $30 billion to shareholders through dividends and share purchases to reduce shares outstanding.”

FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Earnings of $9,950 million increased $550 million or 6% from the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Earnings per share (assuming dilution) were $2.20, an increase of 12% from the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Gains from asset sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 were nearly $600 million, down $800 million from the prior year.
  • LIFO inventory gains were over $300 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, similar to the 2011 level.
  • Capital and exploration expenditures were $12.4 billion, up 24% from the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Oil-equivalent production decreased 5% from the fourth quarter of 2011. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production decreased 2%.
  • Cash flow from operations and asset sales was $14.0 billion, including proceeds associated with asset sales of $0.8 billion.
  • Share purchases to reduce shares outstanding were $5 billion.
  • Dividends per share of $0.57 increased 21% compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • ExxonMobil commenced start-up operations at one of the world’s largest ethylene steam crackers, the centerpiece of the company’s multi-billion dollar expansion at its Singapore petrochemical complex. Powered by a new 220-megawatt cogeneration plant, the expansion adds 2.6 million tonnes per year of new finished product capacity.
  • As announced on January 4, 2013, ExxonMobil will develop the Hebron oil field offshore the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador using a gravity-based structure that will recover more than 700 million barrels of oil, an increase versus earlier estimates. Capital cost for the project, which is expected to begin oil production around the end of 2017, is estimated at $14 billion. The platform is being designed for daily production of 150,000 barrels of oil.

Fourth Quarter 2012 vs. Fourth Quarter 2011

Upstream earnings were $7,762 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, down $1,067 million from the fourth quarter of 2011. Lower liquids realizations, partially offset by improved natural gas realizations, decreased earnings by $70 million. Production volume and mix effects reduced earnings by $400 million. All other items, including over $500 million of lower gains from asset sales, decreased earnings by a net $600 million.

On an oil-equivalent basis, production decreased 5.2% from the fourth quarter of 2011. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production decreased 2.1%.

Liquids production totaled 2,203 kbd (thousands of barrels per day), down 47 kbd from the fourth quarter of 2011. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, liquids production was down 1.4%, as field decline was partially offset by project ramp-up in West Africa and lower downtime.

Fourth quarter natural gas production was 12,541 mcfd (millions of cubic feet per day), down 1,136 mcfd from 2011. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes and divestments, natural gas production was down 2.8%, as field decline was partially offset by higher demand and lower downtime.

Earnings from U.S. Upstream operations were $1,604 million, $420 million higher than the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-U.S. Upstream earnings were $6,158 million, down $1,487 million from the prior year.

Downstream earnings were $1,768 million, up $1,343 million from the fourth quarter of 2011. Stronger refining-driven margins increased earnings by $1.2 billion, while volume and mix effects contributed an additional $80 million. All other items increased earnings by about $80 million. Petroleum product sales of 6,108 kbd were 385 kbd lower than last year's fourth quarter due mainly to the Japan restructuring and divestments.

Earnings from the U.S. Downstream were $697 million, up $667 million from the fourth quarter of 2011. Non-U.S. Downstream earnings of $1,071 million were $676 million higher than last year.

Chemical earnings of $958 million were $415 million higher than the fourth quarter of 2011. Higher margins, mainly commodities, increased earnings by $330 million. All other items increased earnings by $90 million. Fourth quarter prime product sales of 5,901 kt (thousands of metric tons) were 370 kt lower than last year's fourth quarter due mainly to the Japan restructuring.

Corporate and financing expenses were $538 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, up $141 million from the fourth quarter of 2011, due mainly to tax impacts.

During the fourth quarter of 2012, Exxon Mobil Corporation purchased 59 million shares of its common stock for the treasury at a gross cost of $5.3 billion. These purchases included $5.0 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 first quarter of 2013. 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.

Full Year 2012 vs. Full Year 2011

Earnings of $44,880 million increased $3,820 million from 2011. Earnings per share increased 15% to $9.70.

FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Earnings were $44,880 million, up 9%.
  • Earnings include $9.9 billion of divestment and restructuring gains, mainly Japan of $6.5 billion.
  • Earnings per share increased 15% to $9.70.
  • Oil-equivalent production was down 6% from 2011. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production was down 2%.
  • Cash flow from operations and asset sales was $63.8 billion, including proceeds associated with asset sales of $7.7 billion.
  • The Corporation distributed over $30 billion to shareholders in 2012 through dividends and share purchases to reduce shares outstanding.
  • Capital and exploration expenditures were a record $39.8 billion.
  • The Corporation participated in three major liquids project start-ups in West Africa in 2012 with capacity of 350 thousand gross barrels of oil per day.

Upstream earnings were $29,895 million, down $4,544 million from 2011. Lower liquids realizations, partly offset by improved natural gas realizations, decreased earnings by about $100 million. Production volume and mix effects decreased earnings by $2.3 billion. All other items, including higher operating expenses, unfavorable tax items, lower gains on asset sales, and unfavorable foreign exchange effects, reduced earnings by $2.1 billion.

On an oil-equivalent basis, production was down 5.9% compared to 2011. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production was down 1.7%.

Liquids production of 2,185 kbd decreased 127 kbd from 2011. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, liquids production was down 1.6%, as field decline was partly offset by project ramp-up in West Africa and lower downtime.

Natural gas production of 12,322 mcfd decreased 840 mcfd from 2011. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes and divestments, natural gas production was down 1.9%, as field decline was partially offset by higher demand and lower downtime.

Earnings from U.S. Upstream operations for 2012 were $3,925 million, down $1,171 million from 2011. Earnings outside the U.S. were $25,970 million, down $3,373 million.

Downstream earnings of $13,190 million increased $8,731 million from 2011. Stronger refining-driven margins increased earnings by $2.6 billion, while volume and mix effects increased earnings by about $200 million. All other items increased earnings by $5.9 billion due primarily to the $5.3 billion gain associated with the Japan restructuring and other divestment gains. Petroleum product sales of 6,174 kbd decreased 239 kbd from 2011 due mainly to the Japan restructuring and divestments.

U.S. Downstream earnings were $3,575 million, up $1,307 million from 2011. Non-U.S. Downstream earnings were $9,615 million, an increase of $7,424 million from last year.

Chemical earnings of $3,898 million were $485 million lower than 2011. Margins decreased earnings by $440 million, while volume effects lowered earnings by $100 million. All other items increased earnings by $50 million, as a $630 million gain associated with the Japan restructuring and favorable tax impacts were mostly offset by unfavorable foreign exchange effects and higher operating expenses. Prime product sales of 24,157 kt were down 849 kt from 2011.

Corporate and financing expenses were $2,103 million, down $118 million from 2011.

Gross share purchases for 2012 were $21.1 billion, reducing shares outstanding by 244 million shares.

Estimates of key financial and operating data follow.

ExxonMobil will discuss financial and operating results and other matters on a webcast at 8:30 a.m. Central time on February 1, 2013. 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.

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. References in this release to barrels of oil include amounts that are not yet classified as proved reserves under SEC definitions but that we believe will ultimately be produced. 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.

The term “project” as used in this release does not necessarily have the same meaning as under SEC Rule 13q-1 relating to government payment reporting. For example, a single project for purposes of the rule may encompass numerous properties, agreements, investments, developments, phases, work efforts, activities and components, each of which we may also informally describe as a “project.”

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

FOURTH QUARTER 2012

(millions of dollars, unless noted)
  Fourth Quarter   Twelve Months
2012   2011 2012   2011
Earnings / Earnings Per Share
 
Total revenues and other income 115,173 121,609 482,295 486,429
Total costs and other deductions 97,473 104,568 403,569 413,172
Income before income taxes 17,700 17,041 78,726 73,257
Income taxes 7,398 7,317 31,045 31,051
Net income including noncontrolling interests 10,302 9,724 47,681 42,206
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 352 324 2,801 1,146
Net income attributable to ExxonMobil (U.S. GAAP) 9,950 9,400 44,880 41,060
 
Earnings per common share (dollars) 2.20 1.97 9.70 8.43
 
Earnings per common share
- assuming dilution (dollars) 2.20 1.97 9.70 8.42
 
Other Financial Data
 
Dividends on common stock
Total 2,592 2,247 10,092 9,020
Per common share (dollars) 0.57 0.47 2.18 1.85
 
Millions of common shares outstanding
At December 31 4,502 4,734
Average - assuming dilution 4,541 4,775 4,628 4,875
 
ExxonMobil share of equity at December 31 165,863 154,396
ExxonMobil share of capital employed at December 31 182,781 175,406
 
Income taxes 7,398 7,317 31,045 31,051
Sales-based taxes 7,752 8,490 32,409 33,503
All other taxes 8,966 10,969 38,857 43,544
Total taxes 24,116 26,776 102,311 108,098
 
ExxonMobil share of income taxes of
equity companies 1,360 1,296 5,859 5,603
 
Attachment II
 
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FOURTH QUARTER 2012

(millions of dollars)
  Fourth Quarter   Twelve Months
2012   2011 2012   2011
Earnings (U.S. GAAP)
Upstream
United States 1,604 1,184 3,925 5,096
Non-U.S. 6,158 7,645 25,970 29,343
Downstream
United States 697 30 3,575 2,268
Non-U.S. 1,071 395 9,615 2,191
Chemical
United States 728 383 2,220 2,215
Non-U.S. 230 160 1,678 2,168
Corporate and financing (538 ) (397 ) (2,103 ) (2,221 )
Net income attributable to ExxonMobil 9,950 9,400 44,880 41,060
Special Items
Upstream
United States 0 0 0 0
Non-U.S. 0 0 0 0
Downstream
United States 0 0 0 0
Non-U.S. 0 0 0 0
Chemical
United States 0 0 0 0
Non-U.S. 0 0 0 0
Corporate and financing 0 0 0 0
Corporate total 0 0 0 0
Earnings Excluding Special Items
Upstream
United States 1,604 1,184 3,925 5,096
Non-U.S. 6,158 7,645 25,970 29,343
Downstream
United States 697 30 3,575 2,268
Non-U.S. 1,071 395 9,615 2,191
Chemical
United States 728 383 2,220 2,215
Non-U.S. 230 160 1,678 2,168
Corporate and financing (538 ) (397 ) (2,103 ) (2,221 )
Corporate total   9,950     9,400     44,880     41,060  
Cash flow from operations and asset sales (billions of dollars)
Net cash provided by operating activities
(U.S. GAAP)
13.2 10.7 56.1 55.4
Proceeds associated with asset sales 0.8 6.9 7.7 11.1
Cash flow from operations and asset sales   14.0     17.6     63.8     66.5  
 
Attachment III
     
       

EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FOURTH QUARTER 2012

 

Fourth Quarter

 

Twelve Months

 

2012

2011 2012   2011
  Net production of crude oil
and natural gas liquids,
thousands of barrels daily (kbd)
United States 430 432 418 423
Canada/South America 268 247 251 252
Europe 205 257 207 270
Africa 479 468 487 508
Asia 776 800 772 808
Australia/Oceania 45 46 50 51
Worldwide 2,203 2,250 2,185 2,312
 
Natural gas production available for sale,
millions of cubic feet daily (mcfd)
United States 3,747 4,005 3,822 3,917
Canada/South America 346 400 362 412
Europe 3,627 3,866 3,220 3,448
Africa 15 8 17 7
Asia 4,477 5,103 4,538 5,047
Australia/Oceania 329 295 363 331
Worldwide 12,541 13,677 12,322 13,162
 
Oil-equivalent production (koebd) 1 4,293 4,530 4,239 4,506
 
 
 
1 Gas converted to oil-equivalent at 6 million cubic feet = 1 thousand barrels
 
Attachment IV
 
       
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FOURTH QUARTER 2012

 
Fourth Quarter Twelve Months
2012 2011 2012 2011
Refinery throughput (kbd)
United States 1,856 1,839 1,816 1,784
Canada 468 433 435 430
Europe 1,499 1,526 1,504 1,528
Asia Pacific 823 1,157 998 1,180
Other 191 295 261 292
Worldwide 4,837 5,250 5,014 5,214
 
Petroleum product sales (kbd)
United States 2,737 2,579 2,569 2,530
Canada 470 463 453 455
Europe 1,537 1,592 1,571 1,596
Asia Pacific 896 1,221 1,016 1,204
Other 468 638 565 628
Worldwide 6,108 6,493 6,174 6,413
 
Gasolines, naphthas 2,500 2,626 2,489 2,541
Heating oils, kerosene, diesel 1,881 2,080 1,947 2,019
Aviation fuels 487 492 473 492
Heavy fuels 499 568 515 588
Specialty products 741 727 750 773
Worldwide 6,108 6,493 6,174 6,413
 
Chemical prime product sales,
thousands of metric tons (kt)
United States 2,378 2,392 9,381 9,250
Non-U.S. 3,523 3,879 14,776 15,756
Worldwide 5,901 6,271 24,157 25,006
 
Attachment V
 
       
EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION

FOURTH QUARTER 2012

(millions of dollars)
 
Fourth Quarter Twelve Months
2012 2011 2012 2011
Capital and Exploration Expenditures
Upstream

United States

4,036 2,414 11,080 10,741
Non-U.S. 7,328 6,589 25,004 22,350
Total 11,364

9,003

36,084 33,091
Downstream
United States 192 152 634 518
Non-U.S. 479 493 1,628 1,602
Total 671 645 2,262 2,120
Chemical
United States 129 93 408 290
Non-U.S. 258 235 1,010 1,160
Total 387 328 1,418 1,450
 
Other 21 43 35 105
 
Worldwide 12,443 10,019 39,799 36,766
 
 
Exploration expenses charged to income
included above
Consolidated affiliates
United States 101 88 392 268
Non-U.S. 349 332 1,441 1,802
Equity companies - ExxonMobil share
United States 6 3 9 10
Non-U.S. 2 9 17 13
Worldwide 458 432 1,859 2,093
 
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
Second Quarter 15,910 3.41
Third Quarter 9,570 2.09
Fourth Quarter 9,950 2.20
Year 44,880 9.70
 
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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Exxon Mobil Corporation announces estimated fourth quarter 2012 results.

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