"Global economic conditions continue to impact the energy industry both in the volatility of commodity prices and reduced demand for products. In spite of these challenges, ExxonMobil achieved solid results. We continued our capital investment program at near record levels while returning over $16 billion to our shareholders during the first half of the year," said ExxonMobil's Chairman Rex W. Tillerson.
"ExxonMobil's second quarter 2009 earnings excluding special items were $4.1 billion, down 66% from the second quarter of 2008.
Earnings per share excluding special items were down 63% reflecting lower earnings and the benefit of the share purchase program.
Earnings for the second quarter of 2009 were $4.0 billion, down 66% from last year, and included a special charge of $140 million for interest related to the Valdez punitive damages award. Second quarter 2008 earnings included a charge of $290 million related to the Valdez punitive damages award.
"First half earnings excluding special items decreased 62% compared to the first half of 2008 reflecting lower crude oil and natural gas realizations. Earnings for the first half of 2009 were also down 62% versus 2008.
"ExxonMobil continued its robust capital investment program. For the first half of 2009, spending on capital and exploration projects was $12.3 billion, in line with our longer term plan.
"The Corporation distributed a total of $7.0 billion to shareholders in the second quarter, through dividends and share purchases to reduce shares outstanding."
SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS
Second Quarter 2009 vs. Second Quarter 2008
Upstream earnings were $3,812 million, down $6,200 million from the second quarter of 2008. Lower crude oil and natural gas realizations accounted for the decline, reducing earnings approximately $6.1 billion.
On an oil-equivalent basis, production decreased about 3% from the second quarter of 2008. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production was down about 2.5%.
Liquids production totaled 2,347 kbd (thousands of barrels per day), down 44 kbd from the second quarter of 2008. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, liquids production was flat, as field decline was offset by increased production from projects in the United States and west Africa, and lower maintenance activity.
Second quarter natural gas production was 8,013 mcfd (millions of cubic feet per day), down 476 mcfd from 2008. New production volumes from project additions in Qatar, the United States and the North Sea were more than offset by field decline and lower European demand.
During the second quarter of 2009, Exxon Mobil Corporation purchased 75 million shares of its common stock for the treasury at a gross cost of $5.2 billion. These purchases included $5.0 billion to reduce the number of shares outstanding, with the balance used to offset shares issued in conjunction with the company's benefit plans and programs. Shares outstanding were reduced from 4,880 million at the end of the first quarter to 4,806 million at the end of the second quarter. Share purchases to reduce shares outstanding are currently anticipated to equal $4.0 billion in the third quarter of 2009. Purchases may be made in both the open market and through negotiated transactions, and may be increased, decreased or discontinued at any time without prior notice.
First Half 2009 vs. First Half 2008
Earnings of $8,500 million ($1.73 per share) decreased $14,070 million from 2008. Earnings for 2009 included a special charge of $140 million for interest related to the Valdez punitive damages award. Earnings for 2008 included a charge of $290 million related to the Valdez punitive damages award. Excluding these impacts, 2009 earnings decreased by $14,220 million.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
Upstream earnings were $7,315 million, down $11,482 million from 2008. Lower crude oil and natural gas realizations decreased earnings approximately $11.0 billion while higher operating costs reduced earnings about $600 million.
On an oil-equivalent basis, production decreased less than 2% from last year. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production was flat.
Liquids production of 2,411 kbd decreased 19 kbd from 2008. Excluding the impacts of entitlement volumes, OPEC quota effects and divestments, production was up over 1%, as new volumes from project additions in west Africa and the United States, and lower maintenance activity, were partly offset by field decline.
Natural gas production of 9,094 mcfd decreased 265 mcfd from 2008. Higher volumes from Qatar and North Sea projects were more than offset by field decline and lower European demand.
Earnings from U.S. Upstream operations for 2009 were $1,173 million, a decrease of $2,492 million. Earnings outside the U.S. were $6,142 million, $8,990 million lower than last year.
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