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IEEFA Investor Memo ExxonMobil (XOM): Company Is an ‘Outlier’ in How It Reports Write-offs on Canadian Oil Sands Assets

Loss Accounting ‘Largely Overlooked by Industry Analysts;’ Full Transparency Could Affect Balance Sheet by $22 Billion

April 17, 2017  (IEEFA.org) – The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published an investor memo questioning whether ExxonMobil has appropriately accounted for its recent write-off of billions of barrels of Canadian oil sands assets. In “ExxonMobil Investment Note,” IEEFA outlines how ExxonMobil remains the exception in the oil industry in its […]

April 17, 2017 Read More →

IEEFA Exxon: Telltale Crossover in Late 2014 Marks Where a Major Oil Stock Began to Go South

A Decoupling From the Larger Stock Market 2 Years Ago Portends a Future in Which the World’s Biggest Oil Company Will Be Smaller and Will Not Pay Out as Much in Shareholder Distributions

The world is moving in fits and starts but with gathering momentum toward a more diversified, low-carbon energy mix. The evidence is all around us. One exhibit, of many, is in the report we published this week—“Red Flags on Exxon: A Note to Institutional Investors”—which includes the chart here: ExxonMobil Financial Performance, 2006 – 2015 […]

October 27, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Report: Red Flags on ExxonMobil: Core Financials Show a Company in Decline

IEEFA Report: Red Flags on ExxonMobil: Core Financials Show a Company in Decline

Potentially Irreversible Slide; Falling Revenues, Rising Debt, Shrinking Capex, Weak Cash Balances Add to Growing Reputational Risk Tied to Climate-Change Controversy; ; Institutional Investors Owe Their Shareholders a Fiduciary Review

CLEVELAND, Oct. 26, 2016 (IEEFA.org) — The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) published a report today that indicates deep financial weaknesses at ExxonMobil (XOM) and suggests the company is in potentially irreversible decline. The report—“Red Flags on ExxonMobil (XOM)”—by IEEFA Director of Finance Tom Sanzillo, cites key metrics that include a 45 […]

October 26, 2016 Read More →
Report: ‘A Constellation of Risks’: How Public Accountability Is Slowing Tar Sands Development

Report: ‘A Constellation of Risks’: How Public Accountability Is Slowing Tar Sands Development

Material Risks: How public accountability is slowing tar sands development (pdf) By: Tom Sanzillo (IEEFA), Lorne Stockman (Oil Change International), Deborah Rogers (Energy Policy Forum), Hannah McKinnon (Oil Change International), Elizabeth Bast (Oil Change International), and Steve Kretzmann (Oil Change International)

October 29, 2014 Read More →
Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk (pdf) By Tim Buckley,  Director of Energy Resource Studies, Australasia, IEEFA

April 18, 2014 Read More →

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Major Oil Companies Aren’t the Investment They Used to Be

Bloomberg: For generations of investors, ExxonMobil Corp. has been a cornerstone of fund managers’ portfolios alongside the biggest names in corporate America. Not so much anymore. From leading the S&P 500 Index a decade ago, the company has dropped to the ninth-largest in a top 10 now dominated by technology giants. Its rivals Royal Dutch Shell […]

April 25, 2018 Read More →

In Achieving 100% Renewable Energy Milestone at Offices, Stores and Data Centers, Apple Inc. Now Looks to Its Manufacturing Chain

Wall Street Journal: Apple Inc. said Monday that it has achieved a decade-old goal of having its facilities world-wide powered exclusively by renewable energy, an achievement that will shift the company’s sustainability efforts to its supply chain, where about 10% of suppliers have made a similar commitment. The tech giant said it has improved to […]

April 11, 2018 Read More →

In ‘Attack on Shareholder Rights,’ SEC Seeks to Sideline Activist Investors

Washington Post: Shareholders battling corporate management over everything from greenhouse gas emissions to discrimination to wasteful K-Cups are finding it more difficult to put their proposed proxy resolutions to votes as a result of new guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC has widened the definition of “micromanaging” and business relevance, and […]

April 9, 2018 Read More →

Big Investors Continue to Press for Climate-Risk Transparency Across Oil and Gas Industry

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Investors concerned about environmental issues hope big fund managers, such as Vanguard Group Inc. and BlackRock Inc., will continue to push oil and gas companies to make plans for a carbon-constrained future, even after a decision by SEC staff that has dampened the momentum of such shareholder motions. Sixteen oil […]

April 5, 2018 Read More →

ExxonMobil ‘in the Hot Seat’ Over Its Climate-Risk Nonchalance

Bloomberg News: Exxon Mobil Corp. is in the hot seat again over its reply to last year’s unprecedented investor drive for an analysis of how carbon curbs could affect the oil giant’s business over the long term. The leader of that drive, the New York State Common Retirement Fund, has sent Exxon a series of […]

April 4, 2018 Read More →
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IEEFA Update: ExxonMobil’s Empty Climate-Risk Report

A Majority of Shareholders Want—and Deserve—More Transparency

Institutional-investor coalitions and shareholder-advocacy groups are deciding their next steps in the push for changes to ExxonMobil’s board as a result of the company’s weak recent climate-risk report. That report—as we describe in a recent investor memo—is defective and largely unresponsive to a resolution from shareholders, led by the office of New York State Comptroller […]

ExxonMobil Loses Bid to Stop Inquiry Into Its Climate Risk Policies

Associated Press: A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by Exxon Mobil aimed at stopping an investigation by New York and Massachusetts officials into whether the oil giant misled investors and the public about its knowledge of climate change and how the issue could affect its business. “Exxon’s allegations that the AGs are pursuing […]

March 30, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Op-Ed: The Time to Reason With Oil Majors Has Passed

‘Shareholder Engagement’ Looks More and More Like a Cynical Ritual That Values Talk Above Action

When French insurance group Axa announced it was selling its coal assets in 2015, the question emerged whether rivals including Allianz, Aviva, Zurich and others would divest too. Some did, and some did not. A broader question also surfaced: would public and private investors now look to sell down all their investments related to fossil […]

March 8, 2018 Read More →

ExxonMobil’s Abandoned Ventures Weigh on Company’s Financials

Reuters: ExxonMobil Corp’s (XOM.N) $200 million write-down last month on abandoned ventures in Russia – once its next big frontier – points to challenges facing Chief Executive Darren Woods in his second year leading the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer. Some of the biggest bets taken by his predecessor Rex Tillerson, now the U.S. […]

March 7, 2018 Read More →
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IEEFA Op-Ed: Shareholders Need Not Be in Denial Like ExxonMobil Is

An Oil Major That Seems Unable to Acknowledge Climate Risk

ExxonMobil has prepared a new climate report in response to shareholder concerns about climate change, and the verdict is in: If you were hoping that ExxonMobil would seriously address the issue, you’ll be disappointed. Climate risk may be real, according to the report. But it says it won’t affect Exxon’s bottom line. In ExxonMobil’s 2018 […]

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