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IEEFA U.S.:  Appalachian frackers report $504M in negative free cash flow despite capex slashing

IEEFA U.S.: Appalachian frackers report $504M in negative free cash flow despite capex slashing

Tide of red ink shows little sign of ebbing any time soon for shale-focused regional gas producers

December 3, 2020 (IEEFA)—Even after cutting their capital expenditures (capex) by more than one-third from the previous year, nine shale-focused gas producers in Appalachia spent a half-billion dollars more during the third quarter on drilling and building projects than they earned from selling oil and gas. Capex investments during the third quarter were the lowest […]

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 update: ExxonMobil’s asset sales strategy comes up short in 2019, company backs off ambitious plans

IEEFA update: ExxonMobil’s asset sales strategy comes up short in 2019, company backs off ambitious plans

Problems began long before COVID-19 pandemic and oil price war

April 2, 2020 (IEEFA U.S.) ‒ ExxonMobil’s strategy of selling assets to make up for inadequacies in its annual cash budget are likely to continue to fall short, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Even before this year’s oil price dive, ExxonMobil’s planned assets […]

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 […]

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IEEFA: After a terrible 2020, the oil industry’s story has turned political
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IEEFA: After a terrible 2020, the oil industry’s story has turned political

For 2021, expect conflict and infighting to further muddy the industry’s prospects

It was a dismal year for oil and gas. As the pandemic sucked the wind from the sails of the global economy, oil demand slumped, stockpiles swelled, prices sagged, capital spending collapsed, debt ballooned, profits evaporated, and bankruptcies skyrocketed. After this torrent of bad news, the energy sector ended the year in last place in […]

IEEFA: NYS Comptroller DiNapoli’s bold divestment plan may inspire investors to follow suit

Divestment option should be emulated by other major funds

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, who heads one of the largest public pension funds in the U.S., concluded 2020 with a bold investment decision on fossil fuels. He will hold the entire industry to higher standards regarding climate change and establish broader scrutiny of a pension portfolio with holdings that span the entire economy in a […]

January 7, 2021 Read More →

Special event: Guyana debates offshore oil contracts with ExxonMobil-led consortium

Experts see economic drawbacks and risks for revenues and sovereign wealth fund

Kaieteur News in collaboration with Kaieteur Radio will host a live-streamed end-of-year debate in Guyana on December 31 at 11:00 AM GYT (10:00 AM EST). Panelists will explore Guyana’s first year as an oil-producing state, what went right, what went wrong, the global outlook for oil and gas, and the steps needed to ensure transparency […]

December 23, 2020 Read More →
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 […]

December 8, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.:  Appalachian frackers report $504M in negative free cash flow despite capex slashing
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IEEFA U.S.: Appalachian frackers report $504M in negative free cash flow despite capex slashing

Tide of red ink shows little sign of ebbing any time soon for shale-focused regional gas producers

December 3, 2020 (IEEFA)—Even after cutting their capital expenditures (capex) by more than one-third from the previous year, nine shale-focused gas producers in Appalachia spent a half-billion dollars more during the third quarter on drilling and building projects than they earned from selling oil and gas. Capex investments during the third quarter were the lowest […]

Oil industry writedowns top $80 billion mark in past year

Reuters: The world’s top energy companies have slashed the value of their oil and gas assets by around $80 billion (60.05 billion pounds) in recent months after revising lower the long-term outlook for fuel prices in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic and the energy transition. Exxon Mobil, the largest U.S. oil company, announced on […]

December 2, 2020 Read More →

ExxonMobil to take $20 billion writedown, cut development spending

Bloomberg: Exxon Mobil Corp. is about to incur the biggest writedown in its modern history as the giant U.S. oil and gas producer reels from this year’s collapse in energy prices. Exxon — traditionally far more reluctant to cut the book value of its business than other oil majors — on Monday disclosed it will […]

December 1, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA: Does Guyana pay when ExxonMobil drills a dry well?

IEEFA: Does Guyana pay when ExxonMobil drills a dry well?

After Tanager misstep, oil giant needs to answer important questions

Various reports have surfaced that ExxonMobil’s exploration of the Tanager-1 drilling in the Kaieteur Block has discovered reserves that are not commercially viable.  Exploratory wells at the Tanager site will be plugged and abandoned.  The Kaieteur Block is being developed under a contract with the government of Guyana and a consortium of investors led by […]

November 30, 2020 Read More →
IEEFA update: ExxonMobil’s dismal third quarter
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IEEFA update: ExxonMobil’s dismal third quarter

Cash results disappoint, raising questions about dividends

ExxonMobil today posted third quarter cash results that were significantly worse than those of its four peers, Shell, Total, BP and Chevron. These disappointing results challenge the company’s repeated claims that the fundamentals of the oil and gas industry have not changed.  “ExxonMobil needs a business model that manages decline, generates stable profits and contributes […]

IEEFA: Why 2020 is turning out be a pivotal year for fossil fuel exits

The writing is on the wall for coal, and now globally significant financial institutions are starting to shun high risk oil and gas projects

What started as a trickle is turning into a rush for the exit as countries, financial institutions and companies commit to quitting coal – and increasingly oil and gas as well. 2020 to-date has seen 56 global banks, insurers, pension funds and asset managers announce new or expanded coal exit policies – 143 globally significant […]

October 30, 2020 Read More →