Exxon Mobil Announces Record 2007 Results Of Gas And Oil Sales

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Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM): The net income in 2007 reached to 40,610 million dollars of oil and gas sales.

EXXONMOBIL'S CHAIRMAN REX W. TILLERSON COMMENTED:

“ExxonMobil's full year 2007 net income and earnings excluding special items were a record $40,610 million ($7.28 per share), reflecting strong results in all business segments.

“We continued to supply crude oil and natural gas volumes to meet the world’s energy needs through disciplined development and operation of our globally diverse resource base. Capital and exploration project spending increased to $20,853 million in 2007, up 5% from 2006. Our long-term investment program, in projects often far from major consuming nations, continued to provide resources essential to the increasingly interdependent global energy supply network. Operations reliability in our global Downstream and Chemical businesses continued to supply the important products consumers require around the world.

“The Corporation distributed a total of $35.6 billion to shareholders in 2007 through dividends and share purchases to reduce shares outstanding, up $3.0 billion from 2006.

“ExxonMobil’s fourth quarter earnings excluding special items were a record $11,660 million, up 18% from the fourth quarter of 2006. Higher crude oil and natural gas realizations and gains on asset sales were partly offset by lower chemical margins.”

FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

* Net income was a record $11,660 million, up 14% from the fourth quarter of 2006. Fourth quarter 2006 net income included a special tax-related benefit of $410 million.
* Cash flow from operations and asset sales was approximately $13.1 billion, including asset sales of $1.8 billion.
* Spending on capital and exploration projects was $6.2 billion, up 21% from the fourth quarter of 2006.
* Excluding the Venezuela expropriation, divestments, OPEC quota effects and price and spend impacts on volumes, production on an oil-equivalent basis increased nearly 3%.
* The Marimba North project, located more than 90 miles off the coast of Angola in approximately 3,900 feet of water, started production ahead of schedule and within budget. The project is the first tie-back development to the Kizomba A infrastructure, and is designed to develop 80 million barrels of oil (gross) and is expected to have peak production capacity of about 40,000 barrels of oil per day (gross).
* ExxonMobil Chemical and ExxonMobil’s Japanese affiliate, Tonen Chemical, introduced new battery separator film technologies that are expected to significantly enhance the safety, power and reliability of lithium-ion batteries for use in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Fourth Quarter 2007 vs. Fourth Quarter 2006

Upstream earnings were $8,204 million, up $1,984 million from the fourth quarter of 2006 primarily reflecting higher crude oil realizations and higher gains on asset sales partly offset by tax items and lower liquid volumes.

On an oil-equivalent basis, production increased nearly 1% from the fourth quarter of 2006. Excluding the Venezuela expropriation, divestments, OPEC quota effects and price and spend impacts on volumes, production was up nearly 3%.

Liquids production of 2,517 kbd (thousands of barrels per day) was 161 kbd lower. Excluding the Venezuela expropriation, divestments, OPEC quota effects and price and spend impacts on volumes, liquids production was down 3%. Mature field decline and PSC net interest reductions were partly offset by increased production from projects in Russia and West Africa.

Fourth quarter natural gas production was 10,414 mcfd (millions of cubic feet per day), up 1,113 mcfd, or 12%, from 2006. Higher European demand and increased volume from projects in Qatar and the North Sea were partly offset by mature field decline.

Earnings from U.S. Upstream operations were $1,275 million, $223 million higher than the fourth quarter of 2006. Non-U.S. Upstream earnings were $6,929 million, up $1,761 million from 2006.

Downstream earnings of $2,267 million were $307 million higher than the fourth quarter of 2006. Gains on asset sales were about $450 million higher, and a LIFO inventory gain of approximately $250 million was consistent with 2006 LIFO inventory results. Fourth quarter 2007 earnings also reflected improved refinery operations partly offset by lower U.S. refining margins. Petroleum product sales of 7,125 kbd were 322 kbd lower than last year's fourth quarter, mainly reflecting asset sales.

U.S. Downstream earnings were $622 million, down $323 million from the fourth quarter of 2006. Non-U.S. Downstream earnings of $1,645 million were $630 million higher and included the impact of higher gains on asset sales.

Chemical earnings of $1,112 million were $130 million lower than the fourth quarter of 2006, mainly due to lower margins and lower LIFO inventory effects partly offset by higher sales volumes. Prime product sales of 7,049 kt (thousands of metric tons) in the fourth quarter of 2007 were up 222 kt from the prior year.

Corporate and financing earnings excluding special items were $77 million, down $341 million, mainly due to tax items.

During the fourth quarter of 2007, Exxon Mobil Corporation purchased 88 million shares of its common stock for the treasury at a gross cost of $7.9 billion. These purchases included $7.0 billion to reduce the number of shares outstanding, with the balance used to offset shares issued in conjunction with the company's benefit plans and programs. Shares outstanding were reduced from 5,464 million at the end of the third quarter to 5,382 million at the end of the fourth quarter. 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 2007 vs. Full Year 2006

Net income of $40,610 million ($7.28 per share) was a record and increased $1,110 million from 2006. Net income for 2006 included a special item of $410 million for a tax-related benefit in the corporate and financing segment. Excluding this impact, 2007 earnings increased by $1,520 million.

FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS

* Earnings excluding special items were a record $40,610 million, up 4%, reflecting record performance across all business segments.
* Earnings per share excluding special items increased 11% to $7.28, reflecting strong business results and the continued reduction in the number of shares outstanding.
* Net income was up 3% from 2006, which included a special item of $410 million for a tax-related benefit. Net income for 2007 did not include any special items.
* Cash flow from operations and asset sales was approximately $56.2 billion, including $4.2 billion from asset sales.
* The Corporation distributed a total of $35.6 billion to shareholders in 2007 through dividends and share purchases to reduce shares outstanding, an increase of $3.0 billion versus 2006.
* Dividends per share of $1.37 increased 7%.
* Capital and exploration expenditures were $20.9 billion, an increase of 5% versus 2006.
* Excluding the Venezuela expropriation, divestments, OPEC quota effects and price and spend impacts on volumes, production on an oil-equivalent basis increased nearly 1%.

Upstream earnings were a record $26,497 million, an increase of $267 million from 2006 due to higher crude oil realizations and favorable sales mix effects, mostly offset by higher operating expenses, net unfavorable tax items and lower natural gas realizations.

On an oil-equivalent basis, production decreased 1% from last year. Excluding the Venezuela expropriation, divestments, OPEC quota effects and price and spend impacts on volumes, production was up nearly 1%.

Liquids production of 2,616 kbd decreased 65 kbd from 2006. Excluding the Venezuela expropriation, divestments, OPEC quota effects and price and spend impacts on volumes, liquids production was flat. Mature field decline and PSC net interest reductions were offset by higher production from projects in Russia and West Africa.

Natural gas production of 9,384 mcfd increased 50 mcfd from 2006. Higher volumes from projects in Qatar and the North Sea were mostly offset by mature field decline.

Earnings from U.S. Upstream operations in 2007 were $4,870 million, a decrease of $298 million. Earnings outside the U.S. were $21,627 million, $565 million higher than 2006.

Downstream earnings were a record $9,573 million, up $1,119 million from 2006, reflecting higher gains on asset sales and improved refinery operations partly offset by lower refining margins. Petroleum product sales of 7,099 kbd decreased from 7,247 kbd in 2006.

U.S. Downstream earnings were $4,120 million, down $130 million. Non-U.S. Downstream earnings were $5,453 million, $1,249 million higher than last year.

Chemical earnings were a record $4,563 million, up $181 million from 2006, driven by higher sales volumes and favorable foreign exchange effects partly offset by weaker margins. Prime product sales were 27,480 kt, up 130 kt from 2006.

Corporate and financing expenses excluding special items were $23 million and were comparable to 2006.

In 2007, Exxon Mobil Corporation purchased 386 million shares of its common stock for the treasury at a gross cost of $31.8 billion. These purchases included $28.0 billion to reduce the number of shares outstanding, with the balance used to offset shares issued in conjunction with the company’s benefit plans and programs. Shares outstanding were reduced from 5,729 million at the end of 2006 to 5,382 million at the end of 2007, a decrease of 6.1%. - Source: Exxon Mobile News

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