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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 […]

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IEEFA Analysis: The Economic Frailties and Rickety Finances Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline

IEEFA Analysis: The Economic Frailties and Rickety Finances Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline

Shippers Are in a Position Now to Renegotiate Contracts; Oil Prices Have Tanked Since Deals Were Signed; Long-Term Outlook for Project is Deeply Uncertain

Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has sparked considerable public controversy, bringing national attention to issues that include tribal sovereignty and risks to drinking water. Less publicized are the project’s financial weaknesses, and the fact the pipeline may represent a substantial overbuilding of the Bakken’s oil-transport infrastructure. The report that we released today in partnership […]

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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 […]

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Comments on Proposed Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform, ONRR-2012-0004-0024

Comments on Proposed Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform, ONRR-2012-0004-0024

COAL SOLD FOR EXPORT SHOULD NOT BE EXEMPT FROM FEDERAL ROYALTY PAYMENTS

Comments on Proposed Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform, ONRR-2012-0004-0024 By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

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IEEFA Update: Exxon Sends Investors Down a Russian Rabbit Hole

Well-Timed Ploy to Divert Attention From Balance-Sheet Rot Eating Away at World’s Biggest Oil Company; Public Relations Plum for Putin; Another Blow to Shareholders

News comes today that ExxonMobil is applying for a U.S. government waiver on sanctions against the Kremlin that are keeping the company from developing new oil reserves in Russia. The sanctions in question, imposed in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, specifically forbid U.S. corporate deals with Rosneft and specifically named the head of the […]

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Changing Energy Markets Mean Trouble for ExxonMobil Finances

Public News Service (Virginia): Oil giant ExxonMobil is in a sharp decline that some are calling irreversible – in part due to deep changes in world energy markets. Once among the largest companies in the world, Exxon’s revenue peaked at nearly $500 billion, but last year, it was less than half that. Tom Sanzillo, director […]

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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 […]

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Market Tide Buries Canadian Oil Sands

SNL: In the last month, Royal Dutch Shell plc and Conoco Inc. shed most of their upstream oil sands operations in the country in a pair of deals that valued their assets at just over C$30 billion. Shell sold its assets to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. at a steep discount to replacement value, while Conoco […]

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Dakota Access Campaign Seen as a Model for Pipeline Resistance Nationally

Associated Press: The tactics used in North Dakota – resistance camps, prominent use of social media, online fundraising – are now being used against several projects. They include the Sabal Trail pipeline that will move natural gas from Alabama to Florida; the Trans-Pecos natural gas pipeline in Texas; the Diamond pipeline that will carry oil […]

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Oil Majors Are Struggling to Break Even

Wall Street Journal: The world’s biggest oil companies are struggling just to break even. Despite billions of dollars in spending cuts and a modest oil-price rebound, Exxon Mobil Corp. , Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Chevron Corp. and BP PLC didn’t make enough money in 2016 to cover their costs, according to a Wall Street Journal […]

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Now That It’s Been ‘Approved,’ When Might the Keystone Pipeline Be Built? Never Is Likely

The Hill: Friday’s approval of a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is just the opening act of a renewed fight to get the project built. With regulatory approval still pending in Nebraska and greens promising a fresh round of legal challenges and public protests, getting the Keystone XL from Canada up and running is […]

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The Exxon Email Trail

Associated Press: Democratic Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is asking Exxon Mobil to preserve all alias email accounts of company executives. Massachusetts and New York are investigating whether Exxon misled investors and the public about the risks climate change posed for the oil and gas company. Monday’s letter comes after it was disclosed former Exxon […]

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Statoil: In Global Energy Transition, ‘Winners Will Provide Energy With the Lowest Cost and Carbon Footprint Possible’

Wall Street Journal: Norway’s state-owned oil giant Statoil ASA said it was rebalancing its business model so far toward renewables and cleaner fossil fuels that the company’s value would rise even if the world’s governments took drastic actions to limit carbon emissions. In a stress test the company published in its sustainability report Friday, Statoil […]

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A Global Decoupling From Fossil Fuels

Utility Dive: Stricter emissions regulations, a decline in the use of coal, cheaper natural and the rise of clean energy have all helped keep global emissions flat since 2014. The progress has been apparent. According to the IEA, 2016 emissions in the United States were at their lowest level since 1992, almost a quarter century […]

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