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IEEFA: Oil supermajors made $20.5 billion in 2020 but spent $49.9 billion to please investors

IEEFA: Oil supermajors made $20.5 billion in 2020 but spent $49.9 billion to please investors

Five largest private-sector oil supermajors have dropped more than a half-trillion on shareholders over last decade

March 4, 2021 (IEEFA) —The world’s five largest private-sector oil and gas companies collectively spent $29.4 billion more on shareholder payouts than they generated from operations, according to a new report by the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The five supermajors—ExxonMobil, Chevron BP, Total and Shell—generated $20.5 billion in free cash flow, […]

IEEFA update: ExxonMobil’s financials indicate slide under CEO Darren Woods’s leadership

IEEFA update: ExxonMobil’s financials indicate slide under CEO Darren Woods’s leadership

Profits, cash and shareholder return slip compared with rivals using company’s own performance metrics

October 28, 2020 (IEEFA) — A close look at ExxonMobil’s financial performance metrics compared with its peers reveals significant slippage during Chairman & CEO Darren Woods’s tenure (2017-2019) even before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). IEEFA analysts found that the […]

IEEFA U.S.: Plummeting oil and gas prices leave New Mexico’s budget short by hundreds of millions of dollars

IEEFA U.S.: Plummeting oil and gas prices leave New Mexico’s budget short by hundreds of millions of dollars

Industry problems hit before the pandemic, were made worse by it and will persist even after the economy improves

October 20, 2020 (IEEFA) — After years of benefitting from record oil and gas revenues, global markets are signaling the beginning of the end of New Mexico’s financial reliance on fossil fuels. Leases, royalty payments and taxes from the oil and gas industry have directly accounted for as much as 30 percent of the state’s […]

IEEFA: ExxonMobil financial performance slides from industry leader to laggard

IEEFA: ExxonMobil financial performance slides from industry leader to laggard

Company’s own metrics reveal slippage compared with oil major peers

October 15, 2020 – An analysis released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) reveals lagging performance by ExxonMobil under the leadership of Chairman & CEO Darren Woods. IEEFA analysts detail how the company racked up deeper or more rapid declines based on three critical financial metrics it has long used […]

IEEFA brief: Second quarter results show that shareholder dividends pushed oil supermajors deep into red

IEEFA brief: Second quarter results show that shareholder dividends pushed oil supermajors deep into red

ExxonMobil, recently kicked out of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, posted the worst performance among supermajors in Q2

August 25, 2020 (IEEFA)— One day after ExxonMobil was kicked out of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, a new analysis shows that the company suffered through one of its worst quarters in years, characterized by sharply negative free cash flows and massive borrowing to sustain its shareholder dividends. Overall, the five global oil and gas […]

IEEFA report: Pandemic, price collapse may be final straw that sends Argentina’s ailing “Dead Cow” to slaughter

IEEFA report: Pandemic, price collapse may be final straw that sends Argentina’s ailing “Dead Cow” to slaughter

Reduced investment plans by foreign partners make bad situation worse for struggling Patagonia oil and gas reserve

June 24, 2020 (IEEFA Argentina) — Once seen as a silver bullet to solve the country’s economic and energy problems, development of the vast Argentine oil and gas shale reserves known as Vaca Muerta (“Dead Cow”) in Patagonia has sputtered to a near-halt, according to a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

Informe de IEEFA: El colapso de los precios provocado por la pandemia podría ser la gota que rebalse el vaso y termine definitivamente con la debilitada «gallina de los huevos de oro» de Argentina

Informe de IEEFA: El colapso de los precios provocado por la pandemia podría ser la gota que rebalse el vaso y termine definitivamente con la debilitada «gallina de los huevos de oro» de Argentina

La reducción de los planes de inversión de los socios extranjeros empeora la ya mala situación de la reserva de petróleo y gas no convencional de Patagonia

24 de junio de 2020 (IEEFA, Argentina) — Según un nuevo informe del Instituto de Economía Energética y Análisis Financiero (IEEFA, por sus siglas en inglés), la explotación de las inmensas reservas de gas y petróleo no convencional conocidas como Vaca Muerta, que solía ser consideradas como panacea para resolver los problemas económicos y energéticos […]

IEEFA update: Oil majors paid $216 billion more to shareholders than they earned directly from business over the past decade

IEEFA update: Oil majors paid $216 billion more to shareholders than they earned directly from business over the past decade

“Deficit spending” widens as companies continue to borrow heavily and sell off assets

April 6, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) ‒ The world’s five largest publicly traded oil and gas companies shelled out a total of $71.2 billion in dividends and share buybacks last year, while generating only $61.0 billion in free cash flow. This “deficit spending” points to a deeper crisis in the increasingly volatile industry, according to a […]

IEEFA brief: Oil majors’ shrinking capital expenditures (capex) signal ongoing decline of sector

IEEFA brief: Oil majors’ shrinking capital expenditures (capex) signal ongoing decline of sector

Capex at lowest levels since 2007

February 26, 2019 (IEEFA U.S.) ‒ Faced with a convergence of market forces, the world’s five leading integrated oil and gas companies are reducing historically robust levels of capital spending, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The five largest integrated oil and gas companies […]

IEEFA report: Oil majors live beyond their means ‒ can’t pay for dividends, buybacks

IEEFA report: Oil majors live beyond their means ‒ can’t pay for dividends, buybacks

Companies resort to asset sales and new borrowing to cover chronic shortfalls in free cash flows

January 16, 2020 (IEEFA) ‒ Since 2010, the world’s largest oil and gas companies have failed to generate enough cash from their primary business – selling oil, gas, refined products and petrochemicals – to cover the payments they have made to shareholders. In a report released Thursday, analysts from the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

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BP: Offshore wind installations to climb significantly in coming 10 years

Reuters: Offshore wind is at an “inflection point” for growth as costs for the renewable power source fall and technologies advance, BP’s zero carbon energy executive said at a conference on Thursday. “The offshore wind potential is global and (we) should expect more countries around the world to follow suit,” Felipe Arbelaez, a senior vice […]

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IEEFA: Oil supermajors made $20.5 billion in 2020 but spent $49.9 billion to please investors
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IEEFA: Oil supermajors made $20.5 billion in 2020 but spent $49.9 billion to please investors

Five largest private-sector oil supermajors have dropped more than a half-trillion on shareholders over last decade

March 4, 2021 (IEEFA) —The world’s five largest private-sector oil and gas companies collectively spent $29.4 billion more on shareholder payouts than they generated from operations, according to a new report by the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The five supermajors—ExxonMobil, Chevron BP, Total and Shell—generated $20.5 billion in free cash flow, […]

BP, Chevron invest in promising geothermal technology

Market Watch: BP and Chevron have made a landmark expansion into geothermal energy on Tuesday, betting on a new technology that could prove to be the world’s first scalable clean energy derived from a constant source: the natural heat of the earth. The two major oil companies have headlined a $40 million funding round into […]

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IEEFA Africa: Is Angola a cautionary tale for Guyana’s oil wealth hopes?
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IEEFA Africa: Is Angola a cautionary tale for Guyana’s oil wealth hopes?

After 25 years of deepwater drilling, African nation sinks $76B deeper in debt

The  South American country of Guyana, the latest nation to have discovered commercial reserves of oil and gas, hopes to raise its standard of living, cut its debt, eliminate its deficit and create a sovereign wealth fund. It is in a weak position to accomplish these goals.  Consider the example of Angola, which has hosted […]

RWE, BP big winners in latest U.K. offshore wind auction

Reuters: RWE, BP and Total were among winners in Britain’s first major auction of offshore wind farm leases in more than a decade, British authorities said on Monday. Countries across the globe are racing to build up green power in order to slow global warming in line with the Paris climate accord. Britain plans to […]

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Green hydrogen commercialization coming faster than anyone forecast—Wood Mackenzie

Greentech Media: Green hydrogen is set to play a substantive role in the overall energy mix with its development likely to happen faster than anyone predicts, according to a new report by Wood Mackenzie. The 2050: The Hydrogen Possibility report details how the project pipeline has grown nine-fold since October 2019 to a staggering 26 […]

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Rising climate risks prompt S&P to begin review of oil majors’ credit ratings

Bloomberg: Big Oil suffered a fresh setback after one of the most influential rating companies warned it may cut the credit score of Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and a plethora of other major energy companies due to “greater industry risk” associated with climate change. The move by S&P Global Ratings comes as […]

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Lighthouse BP begins construction of two Texas solar farms totaling 316MW

ReNews.biz: Lightsource BP has concluded a $380m financing and begun construction of 316MW of solar in Texas. The projects are the 163MW Elm Branch and the 153MW Briar Creek and commercial operation of both projects is expected by late 2021. Tax equity financing for the projects was secured from Bank of America. The debt for […]

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New York awards 2.5GW of offshore wind projects to Equinor and BP

Greentech Media: The state of New York has awarded 2.5 gigawatts of offshore wind projects to developers Equinor and BP, the largest yet in the state’s massive offshore wind build-out and one of the single largest U.S. renewable energy contracts yet awarded. Wednesday’s award, announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his 2021 State […]

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IEEFA: Malaysia’s CIMB announces coal financing phase-out by 2040 as Asia’s fossil fuel divestment drive accelerates

IEEFA: Malaysia’s CIMB announces coal financing phase-out by 2040 as Asia’s fossil fuel divestment drive accelerates

The first emerging markets bank to announce a progressive coal exit policy

Malaysia’s CIMB Group Holdings (CIMB) has announced a comprehensive coal exit policy with a commitment to phase out both project and general corporate financing of thermal coal mining and coal-fired power generation across its portfolio by 2040. This is a first in several ways. CIMB is the first Malaysian bank to act on a formal […]

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