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IEEFA U.S.: Frackers cut capex to $5.8 billion during third quarter, lowest level in a decade

IEEFA U.S.: Frackers cut capex to $5.8 billion during third quarter, lowest level in a decade

Free cash flow surges as capital reductions may mark beginning of end for shale boom

December 8, 2020 (IEEFA) —Facing low prices and weak demand, a cross-section of 33 shale-focused oil and gas producers cut their capital expenditures (capex) to their lowest level in more than a decade, according to an analysis released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Thirty-two of the 33 companies cut capex […]

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: Australia’s gas-led recovery is flogging a dead horse

With LNG worse for the climate than coal, Australia must adjust to our export markets shrinking

With polluting emissions from LNG 13% higher than gas, and Australia’s primary export destinations targeting net zero emissions and therefore less dirty LNG, Australia’s gas-led recovery is looking increasingly like the Australian government is ‘flogging a dead horse’. Australia’s core export markets for LNG, coal and iron ore – Japan, South Korea and China – […]

November 3, 2020 Read More →
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: Canadian assessment of LNG ‘rising tide’ would drown balance sheets in red ink

IEEFA: Canadian assessment of LNG ‘rising tide’ would drown balance sheets in red ink

Hope springs eternal for Chinese demand but reality suggests bleak forecast for new projects

October 19, 2020 (IEEFA)— The Conference Board of Canada, an Ottawa-based research organization, has doubled down on a bad hand, according to an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Conference Board’s report, A Rising Tide: The Economic Impact of B.C.’s Liquified Natural Gas Industry, claims an expansion of the British […]

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 U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

IEEFA U.S.: Investors in gas-fired projects in largest regional power system face substantial risks

Eleven PJM projects under development may fail to prove financially viable

October 5, 2020 (IEEFA) — The landscape for developers of natural gas-fired power plants in the nation’s largest regional power system has shifted dramatically over the last decade, according to a joint study by the Applied Economics Clinic and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) system coordinates the flow […]

IEEFA U.S.: Capex cuts fail to stem gusher of red ink for Appalachian frackers

IEEFA U.S.: Capex cuts fail to stem gusher of red ink for Appalachian frackers

Nine major E&P companies collectively lost more than $1 billion over past year

September 10, 2020 (IEEFA) — Even after cutting capital expenditures to their lowest quarterly point in more than six years, nine Appalachian shale-focused gas producers continued to hemorrhage money, reporting more $134 million negative free cash flows in the second quarter of 2020.  Together, they have spilled $1.1 billion in red ink over the past […]

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 […]

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Shell plans $3.5-$4.5 billion writedown, raising yearly total to more than $22 billion

Reuters: Royal Dutch Shell on Monday said it will write down the value of oil and gas assets by $3.5 billion to $4.5 billion following a string of impairments this year as it adjusts to a weaker outlook. In an update ahead of its fourth quarter results on February 4, Shell said the post-tax charge […]

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IEEFA U.S.: Frackers cut capex to $5.8 billion during third quarter, lowest level in a decade
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IEEFA U.S.: Frackers cut capex to $5.8 billion during third quarter, lowest level in a decade

Free cash flow surges as capital reductions may mark beginning of end for shale boom

December 8, 2020 (IEEFA) —Facing low prices and weak demand, a cross-section of 33 shale-focused oil and gas producers cut their capital expenditures (capex) to their lowest level in more than a decade, according to an analysis released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Thirty-two of the 33 companies cut capex […]

Equinor, RWE join Dutch green hydrogen development effort

Reuters: German utility RWE and Norwegian oil and gas firm Equinor have joined an initial phase of a Dutch project to produce “green” hydrogen by using offshore wind power. The NorthH2 project, launched in February by Dutch Gasunie, Groningen Seaports and Shell, will use electricity to produce hydrogen from water avoiding carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions […]

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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 →

IEEFA update: Australia’s gas-led recovery is flogging a dead horse

With LNG worse for the climate than coal, Australia must adjust to our export markets shrinking

With polluting emissions from LNG 13% higher than gas, and Australia’s primary export destinations targeting net zero emissions and therefore less dirty LNG, Australia’s gas-led recovery is looking increasingly like the Australian government is ‘flogging a dead horse’. Australia’s core export markets for LNG, coal and iron ore – Japan, South Korea and China – […]

November 3, 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 update: ExxonMobil’s financials indicate slide under CEO Darren Woods’s leadership
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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
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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: Canadian assessment of LNG ‘rising tide’ would drown balance sheets in red ink
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IEEFA: Canadian assessment of LNG ‘rising tide’ would drown balance sheets in red ink

Hope springs eternal for Chinese demand but reality suggests bleak forecast for new projects

October 19, 2020 (IEEFA)— The Conference Board of Canada, an Ottawa-based research organization, has doubled down on a bad hand, according to an analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Conference Board’s report, A Rising Tide: The Economic Impact of B.C.’s Liquified Natural Gas Industry, claims an expansion of the British […]