Tillerson noted that ExxonMobil's financial strength, technological expertise, and superior resource base allow it to meet the challenges of today's increasing demand for energy while delivering industry-leading returns.
"Market and geopolitical forces continue to shape the environment in which we operate," said Tillerson. "Our view of what it takes to be successful in this industry has not changed. It requires consistency, integrity, discipline, reliability and ingenuity. ExxonMobil has these qualities in abundance."
"Our focus on proprietary research delivers competitive advantage. It creates resource opportunities through cost-effective solutions in challenging environments and allows us to develop innovative products and new and improved manufacturing processes in the Downstream and Chemical businesses," Tillerson said. "We continue to prudently invest more in technology than our competitors. In 2006, we spent more than $700 million and have invested more than $3 billion since 2002. This consistent level of investment demonstrates our commitment to invest in technology development for the long term."
Delivering Superior Results
When it comes to delivering superior return on investments, Tillerson pointed out that ExxonMobil led the industry in 2006 with return on capital employed (ROCE) of 32 percent. "We continued our superior performance with a 5-year average ROCE of 24 percent and have increased the gap between ourselves and competition," said Tillerson. "Our 2006 ROCE was 50 percent higher than our competitors."
Investing in People
"Delivering a high level of performance requires outstanding people," Tillerson said. "We need people who are bright, creative and unafraid to embrace change, people who excel in international business environments and who value the diversity of talents and abilities that exist throughout our corporation and in our partners around the globe."
This is the fifth year that ExxonMobil has made an annual presentation to analysts at the New York Stock Exchange.
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