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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 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 […]

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IEEFA: Guyana’s oil future relies on ‘lower-than-average governmental take’

IEEFA: Guyana’s oil future relies on ‘lower-than-average governmental take’

Deal raises questions for ExxonMobil shareholders, Guyanese citizens

Last week, IHS Markit released an updated analysis of ExxonMobil’s progress in Guyana that projected significant oil and cash flow from the Yellowtail phase of development. The announcement is one of several upbeat reports about the progress of oil and gas development in Guyana. Buried in this optimistic assessment was an important insight: The company’s […]

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IEEFA: Australia’s US$40.5 billion clean up bill for its offshore oil and gas industry

IEEFA: Australia’s US$40.5 billion clean up bill for its offshore oil and gas industry

Much of the cost will fall on the Australian government via the tax system

Australia’s US$40.5 billion clean up bill for offshore oil and gas wells and facilities will cost US$40.5 billion, with half of the work starting this decade, according to a report produced with the support of major Australian operators. Equipment to be removed includes 57 platforms with a total weight of 755,000 tonnes, equivalent to the […]

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, […]

IEEFA: ExxonMobil’s 2020 financial report: “Re-de-booking” raises questions about actual size of reserves

IEEFA: ExxonMobil’s 2020 financial report: “Re-de-booking” raises questions about actual size of reserves

ExxonMobil’s annual report, released last week, paints a picture of a company that has veered badly off course

As expected, COVID wrought havoc with earnings, leaving ExxonMobil with an enterprise-wide return on capital employed of minus 9.5%. But the real story wasn’t in the income statement; it was the estimate of oil reserves. At the end of 2019, ExxonMobil claimed 22.4 billion barrels of oil reserves worldwide. Now, it claims just 15.2 billion […]

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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 […]

ExxonMobil posts record loss, cuts value of shale assets by more than $20 billion

Reuters: Exxon Mobil Corp on Tuesday posted a historic annual loss after the COVID-19 pandemic hammered energy prices and the company reduced the value of shale gas properties by more than $20 billion. Exxon last year slashed spending on new projects by nearly a third, outlined plans to cut up to 15% of its workforce […]

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IEEFA: ExxonMobil 2020 results come as no surprise: still not covering dividends

IEEFA: ExxonMobil 2020 results come as no surprise: still not covering dividends

Spent $2.6 billion more cash on capital projects than it generated from operations

This morning, ExxonMobil reported its first-ever annual loss, with cash flows from operations falling by more than half year-over-year. And even though the company cut capital spending by roughly 29% from the previous year, ExxonMobil still spent $2.6 billion more cash on capital projects than it generated from operations. Yet despite these shortfalls, the company […]

IEEFA: Growing risks for US$50 billion of Mozambique LNG projects

The security situation has worsened, and developers face major challenges amid growing investor ESG concerns

French oil and gas company Total is facing increased security concerns at its US$20 billion Mozambique LNG project. The company has been removing staff from the project site as a three-year old Islamist militant insurgency in the northern province of Cabo Delgado escalates further. Total’s Mozambique LNG is one of two projects located on the […]

February 1, 2021 Read More →

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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IEEFA: ExxonMobil must change direction to thrive
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IEEFA: ExxonMobil must change direction to thrive

For oil majors, rising prices no longer guarantee financial success

By virtually every measure, the global oil and gas industry had a dreadful 2020. Demand slumped; prices sagged; stockpiles swelled; profits evaporated; and, for the fifth time in seven years, the energy sector ended the year in last place in the stock market.  Amid this rout, ExxonMobil stood out for its poor performance. The company’s stock lost 40 percent […]